Over a hundred containers arrived at the Sust Port, Hunza on Monday, initiating economic activity under CPEC. An inaugural ceremony was held prior to the landing of the shipment to celebrate the start of the fruitful trade activities between China and Pakistan.
The ceremony was attended by many top level officials including Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Hafeez ur Rehman and the Force Commander of Gilgit-Baltistan, Saqib Mahmud Malik. Chinese delegates marked their presence as well on the auspicious occasion and showed satisfaction over the recent developments.
Talking to the media, Chief Minister GB, Mr. Hafeez ur Rahman expressed feelings of gratitude and elation as they successfully achieved the first milestone.
This activity will bring prosperity and end unemployment in the region
He further highlighted some future projects which would elevate economic prosperity in the Gilgit-Baltistan region and bring endless opportunities for its people. Over a thousand Chinese containers will pass through GB every week allowing greater trade and employment opportunities.
The federal government has approved projects worth Rs72 billion in the region to provide GB with modern technology. The Shuntar pass, Babusar road and Gilgit-Skardu road would also be constructed under the CPEC
It was an important day for both the countries as trade between Pakistan and China will multiply after the programs under CPEC become operational.
Custom officer Ishaq Kiani briefed that containers loaded with material for CPEC projects are exempted from paying import tax. Overall 45 containers have been cleared from the Sust Port.
Full security measures were ensured to allow safe transit of all the containers, the government is making sure that no security lapse takes place and the entire process continues in a swift manner.
Not only has CPEC nurtured the bilateral relations between both the countries but has given Pakistan a major economic boost allowing it to expand its industry base and develop the remote areas.