Pakistani maritime sector is the foundation of the national economy: head of the navy – Pakistan
Published on September 29, 2021 6:03 p.m.
Pakistani maritime sector is the foundation of the national economy: the head of the navy
ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Navy Chief of Staff Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi on Wednesday said the maritime sector is the backbone of Pakistan’s economy, as 95% of its trade is carried out by Sea route.
The Chief of the Navy in his message on the occasion of World Maritime Day (WMD) highlighted the importance of the sector and said it was celebrated annually to highlight the contributions of the international maritime industry in the global economy and to draw attention to the importance of maritime safety, maritime safety and the marine environment, a press release from the Pakistani Navy said.
This year’s theme “Sailors at the Heart of the Future of Shipping” aims to pay tribute to the professionalism and resilience of seafarers and to recognize their indispensable role in securing vital global supply chains in extremely difficult times. difficult.
Admiral Niazi said: “However, this awareness has yet to permeate our national calculation and our intellectual discourse. The Pakistani Navy, as a stakeholder in shaping maritime thinking in the country, is playing its role in creating the desired maritime awareness and stimulating the exploitations of our huge, albeit untapped, blue economy.
He added that Pakistan was blessed with over 1,000 kilometers (km) of coastline and an exclusive economic zone (EEZ) / continental shelf of 290,000 square kilometers with abundant resources.
With the CPEC already on the move, he said maritime activities in Pakistan have increased.
“Therefore, the potential for sustainable development in Pakistan’s maritime sector must be optimally exploited to contribute to the national economy,” he said.
The navy chief said the global economy faces a major challenge from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that has affected all walks of life.
In particular, he said he placed an extraordinary demand on sailors. With thousands of people stranded on ships for months beyond their original contracts, unable to be repatriated due to domestic travel restrictions.
“Likewise, many are unable to join the ships and earn a living. This crew change crisis is a form of humanitarian emergency that threatens the safety of maritime transport. Travel restrictions and the lack of shore leave add to the difficulties faced by sailors in the ongoing pandemic, ”Admiral Niazi added.
In order to alleviate their suffering, he said it was necessary to reflect on the importance of seafarers as a vital human workforce. “As the government’s chief technical adviser on all matters related to maritime affairs, I suggest that seafarers can be designated as ‘key workers’ in order to ensure their journey to and from ships without delay. They can also benefit from priority vaccination for this purpose, ”he said.
In addition, World Seafarers’ Day (June 25) can also be celebrated in collaboration with all relevant stakeholders, including the Pakistan Seafarers Union, for their contribution to the national economy, he said. he recommends.
He noted that the Pakistani Navy, apart from its main tasks, was fully aware of the importance of national human resources driving the merchant fleet around global maritime highways. “In this regard, the well-being of future seafarers, their proper training and qualification is ensured at the Pakistan Marine Academy,” he informed.
“On this important day, we pledge to make concerted efforts for the sustainable development of the maritime sector in Pakistan while addressing the associated challenges. In this regard, I look forward to a deep and cumulative response from all stakeholders, ”he concluded.