Coordination termed must to ensure sustainable transport


KARACHI: Coordination between relevant institutions and stakeholders is crucial for the promotion of sustainable transport in Pakistan. In this regard a diverse group of relevant stakeholders physically visited and observed the operations of Karachi Port Trust and freight transport. The participants of the tour also visited selected truck manufacturing company at Karachi during the visit. The activity aimed to enhance the knowledge and understand the role of trucking freight from sea port towards international borders and give practical exposure to apprehend the linkages of public-private partnership for the development and modernization of trucking fleet system in Pakistan. This activity was beneficial in streamlining the environmental and economic aspects attached with the truck freight sector in Pakistan through identifying the gaps and future collaborative opportunities.

CIU-Trucking is one of the Component Implementing Units (CIU) of PAKSTRAN Project which is being implemented by Ministry of Communications and is working for improved fuel efficiency in truck freight transport in Pakistan

In order to establish private-public partnerships in the modernization of the trucking fleet CIU-Trucking is carrying out number of activities to achieve the objective of demonstrated international best practices for modernizing the trucking fleet through developing fleet strategies in concern with strengthening of regulatory institutions. This exposure visit is one of such initiatives.

Mr. Hameed Akhtar Chief NTRC, Ministry of Communications/Component Director CIU-Trucking while briefing the seminar highlighted the importance of Pak-China corridor for development of the country. He also mentioned that PAKSTRAN project team is committed to improve the transport sector by taking initiative of modernization of truck freight sector.

On the occasion Dr. Mohammad Saleem Janjua, a renowned environmentalist and National Project Manager of PAKSTRAN Project said that while focusing on the socio-economic dimensions we should not ignore the environmental aspects attached with the Truck freight sector in Pakistan. He further said that the initiative of exposure visit at provincial level is an important and appreciable activity of PAKSTRAN Project. In order to achieve the objectives of the Project, engaging all the relevant stakeholders is a pre-requisite. I am extremely pleased to see the representation of government officials from federal and provincial departments in this activity and it is important to streamline the role of institutions to promote sustainable development in Pakistan.

During a session at Karachi Port Trust, Rear Admiral Habib-ur-Rehman Qureshi, General Manager (Operations), Karachi Port Trust (KPT) briefly shared the facts and figures related to Karachi Port Trust. Discussion on the subject highlighted the significance of modernization of freight system to increase the economic competiveness of Pakistan at regional and global levels.