US envoy visits CPEC-hub Gwadar

United States Ambassador Donald Blome on Tuesday afternoon paid a visit to the port city of Gwadar which is a pivotal hub for China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and a vital component of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a global economic corridor.

During his visit, Ambassador Blome inspected the Gwadar Port, which has seen development and expansion with Chinese assistance.

He also held discussions with Gwadar Port Authority Chairman Pasand Khan Buledi, focusing on potential development plans and Gwadar’s role as a regional trans-shipment hub.

Additionally, they explored avenues for connecting Gwadar with Pakistan’s largest export market, the United States.

Ambassador Blome engaged in dialogues with local political leaders, representatives from the Gwadar Chamber of Commerce, and leaders from both the government and the private sector.

He reiterated US support for Balochistan’s development, encompassing economic growth, disaster relief, security, trade, and investment.

Ambassador Blome later visited Pakistan Naval West Command, where regional issues were discussed, emphasizing the continued partnership between the United States and Pakistan.

Meetings at the Gwadar Chamber of Commerce and Industry revolved around strategies to boost American trade and investment in various key sectors, including business, logistics, tourism, fisheries, and the blue economy. The objective was to foster Pakistan-led growth, create job opportunities in Balochistan, enhance technical skills, and promote bilateral trade.