ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Syed Ali Haider Zaidi called on Prime Minister Imran Khan and discussed various issues related to the ministry.
During the meeting, the Minister for Maritime Affairs gave a detailed briefing on the progress of the installation of LNG terminals. Zaidi also apprised the prime minister about the problems being faced by the residents of Karachi due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The minister informed PM Khan about the 4th meeting on Blue Economy held in Islamabad today. He said the meeting agenda was giving recommendations to address the gaps in rules of business. The final recommendations will be presented to the cabinet for approval, he added.
The federal minister reiterated the significance of a consolidated approach regarding all the functions scattered within the other ministries so that the Ministry of Maritime Affairs should be able to work with full potential.
Zaidi also briefed the prime minister about the affairs of his ministry, especially the measures that were taken at seaports and other related issues in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Zaidi said that effective precautionary measures had been taken in ports across the country in order to avoid the possible spread of deadly novel coronavirus to Pakistan.
Ali Zaidi said that crew members of ships coming from foreign countries were advised to remain on their vessel, adding that crew members are going through a complete screening procedure to avoid the spread of the deadly coronavirus in the country.
The minister for maritime affairs told the prime minister that despite the difficult situation of coronavirus, the country’s ports were kept operational in contrast to other big ports of the region which had faced closure.
On this occasion, Prime Minister Imran Khan appreciated the performance of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs