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Event Title: Senate Standing Committee on Maritime Affairs

Event Date: 2019-08-21

Senate Standing Committee on Maritime Affairs in its meeting on Wednesday regarding failure of PTCL to provide un-interrupted fibre internet connectivity to establish the connectivity for EDI messaging was told that WeBOC requires static bandwidth of 20 Mbps while PTCL is providing bandwidth of 30 Mbps but due to interrupted connectivity WeBOC fails to establish the connectivity. The ministry has in this regard taken up the matter with ministry of IT&T and directions have been issued to PTCL to urgently resolve the internet bandwidth and optic fibre connectivity issues.

The meeting was held under the Chairmanship of Senator Nuzhat Sadiq and was attended among others by Senators Kauda Babar, Maula Bakhsh Chandio, Shamim Afridi, Samina Saeed, Naseebullah Bazai,Sitara Ayaz, Muhammad Akram, Secretary maritime affairs Rizwan Ahmed, Chairman Gwadar Port Authority Naseer Khan Kashani and officials from the ministry.

While discussing the establishment of transit trade directorate at Gwadar the committee was told that the port has great potential to handle transit cargo but the directorate is yet to be established by the federal government to make Gwadar Port fully functional at the earliest. The Committee was also told about framing of transhipment rules for foreign destinations and custom rules for coastal trade.

The Committee constituted a sub-committee under Senator Kauda Babar to look into the matters of rules and fibre internet connectivity issues with Senators Maula Baksh Chandio and Sassui Palijo as members.

During a briefing on the shipping sector the Committee was told that Pakistan had only 3 ships in the private sector at the time of independence and slowly developed the shipping sector while also expanding it to the public sector over the passage of time. The Committee appreciated the steps being taken for bringing foreign investors into the shipping industry and reforming the public sector shipping industry with new initiatives.