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KARACHI: Brisk shipping was recorded at the Port where seven ships, MOL Globe, Ikan Salmon, Ocean Enterprise, Flag Zannis, Khor Gas, Gao Cheng-3 and Jo Pinari carrying containers, 98,014 tonnes Coal, 19,718 tonnes Canola Seeds, 1,487 tonnes LPG, 17,500 tonnes Palm oil and 27,000 tonnes Diesel oil/MoGas were arranged berthing at Qasim International Container Terminal, Multi Purpose Terminal, Pakistan International Bulk Terminal, Grain  & Fertilizer Terminal, Engro Vopak Terminal, Liquid Cargo Terminal  and FOTCO Oil Terminal respectively on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, five more ships, Teno, IVS Swinley, Yu Fu, lowland Future and LNG Simaisma with Containers, Coal, Palm oil and LNG also arrived at outer anchorage of Port Qasim during last 24 hours. A total of ten ships, MOL Globe, MSC Asya, Maersk Atlanta, Flag Zannis, Khor Gas, Ikan Salmon, Ocean Enterprise, Gao Cheng-3, NCC Najem and Jo Pinari are currently occupying PQA berths to load/offload Containers, Canola Seeds, LPG, Coal, Palm oil and Diesel oil respectively.
Cargo throughput during last 24 hours stood at 129,135 tonnes, comprising 70,900 tonnes import cargo and 58,235 tonnes export cargo inclusive of containerized cargo carried in 3,573 Containers (TEUs), (508 TEUs Imports and 3,065 TEUs exports) was handled at the Port. Two ships, Container Vessel Maersk Atlanta and Gas carrier Khor Gas sailed out to sea on Thursday morning, while three more ships MSC Asya, NCC Najeem and Jo Pinari are expected to sail on the same day in the afternoon.
Four ships, Teno, Gulf Bridge, LNG Simaisma and IVS Swinley Forest carrying Containers, LNG, and Coal are expected to take berths at QICT, EEVTL, and PIBT respectively on Thursday, while two more ships, Songa Calabria and Safmarine Nyassa carrying Containers are due to arrive at PQ on Friday.

A piece published earlier:  PM has inaugurated the unit one of the 1,320MW coal-fired power plant yesterday (on Wednesday 29th of November) here at Port Qasim. It is pertinent to mention here that this is one of the biggest two projects under CPEC. PM, while speaking on the occasion, termed completion of the $2.8b project in 30 months a great achievement on the part of Port Qasim Electric Power Company Ltd and Private Power and Infrastructure Board.   Reiterating that the plant symbolized Sino-Pak friendship the PM acknowledged the financial support of Al-Mirqab Capital Chairman Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al-Thani. (Published on 30th November 2017) 

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ECC approves uninterrupted gas supply to export oriented industry

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ECC approves uninterrupted gas supply

ISLAMABAD: Economic Coordination Committee at its meeting here today approved the mechanism for supply of uninterrupted gas to zero-rated export-oriented industry.

The meeting chaired by Finance Minister Asad Umar approved the supply of RLNG to the export industry for three months from December this year to February next month.

According to the mechanism, the export sectors will be provided mix energy including RLNG from March to November.

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German business delegation due on 22nd Oct.

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KARACHI: A thirty-member business delegation from Germany -representing important sectors like energy, engineering, security technology, financial services, and construction- will be on a two-day visit to Karachi, from 22ns October.
This delegation was the result of joint efforts by Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Energy and Technology; Pakistan Embassy in Berlin with support of Dr. Poetis, who is Honorary Consul General of Pakistan in Munich; the Embassy of Germany in Pakistan and the German Consulate in Karachi, President GPCCI, Qazi Sajid Ali told APP here today.
On the first day, German-Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry has arranged a conference on the trade and investment opportunities in Germany and Pakistan. Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah is expected to inaugurate this programme.
Then, the delegation would visit Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Trade Development Authority of Pakistan, Sindh Board of Investment, Pakistan Business Council’s secretariat and the Governor House.
Qazi said that after a long period of time, a business delegation from Germany was coming to Karachi for business discussion with Pakistani counterparts and would finalize the projects of mutual interest for the bilateral business growth. Some of the German businessmen are also interested in the joint ventures. The visit would encourage German investment here and exports of Pakistani goods to Germany.

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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain today said Spanish companies were welcome to invest in the energy, infrastructure and tourism projects in Pakistan.
Speaking at a reception hosted by the Spanish embassy to celebrate the National Day of Spain, he said Pakistan highly valued its friendly and cooperative relations with Spain, bilaterally as well as in the context of European Union.
“Our relationship is based on mutual respect and similarity of perceptions on global issues of mutual concern. The trajectory of Pakistan Spain ties is positive and we are determined to make every effort to maintain it.”
The minister said, “Our mutually beneficial cooperation is strengthened by our shared democratic values, commitment to continued engagement and willingness to help each other. Pakistan looks forward to deepening its partnership with Spain for the achievement of its objectives of peace, prosperity, and development.”
He said Pakistan and Spain closely cooperated on issues of importance, both bilaterally as well as at the multilateral platforms, including the United Nations.
Bilateral trade between the two countries stood at US$ 1.07 billion with Pakistan’s exports of US$ 860 million and imports of US$ 211 million for the period June 2017-March 2018. There is substantial potential for further expansion.
“There is a considerable number of Pakistanis living in Spain and they serve as a bridge between our two friendly countries and positively contribute to the economic development of Spain,” he said adding, “We will have more investment opportunities after the establishment of Special Economic Zones, aimed at promoting regional trade. We have lots of business opportunities with investment-friendly policies. Let us progress together through collective efforts and cooperation.”
Fawad said the government would welcome investment of European Union countries in projects related to CPEC.
He invited people from all friendly countries for a visit to Pakistan for business and tourism. “They will find a much safer Pakistan than it was a few years ago. The situation has improved and will improve further.”
He extended deepest felicitations to the government and people of Spain on their National Day. Spain’s Ambassador to Pakistan Carlos Morales said Pakistan had a rich cultural heritage and he witnessed many changes during his more than three-year stay in the country. The one major change was that Pakistan was now a more safe place, which was a major achievement.
He said Spain wanted to boost relations with Pakistan in the fields of trade and investment. The ambassador said during his stay he tried to enhance people-to-people contacts and bilateral cooperation in the areas of education, culture, and tourism.
Hundreds of Pakistani students were pursuing graduate and postgraduate studies in Spain, he added. Earlier, national anthems of the two countries were played at the event attended by politicians, members of the diplomatic corps and prominent citizens from all walks of life.

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