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The three-day International Maritime Conference (IMC-21) organized on the theme of ‘Development of Blue Economy under a Secure and Sustainable Environment: A Shared Future for Western Indian Ocean Region’ by the National Institute of Maritime Affairs (NIMA) under the auspices of the Pakistan Navy has culminated at Karachi.

The Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi graced the Closing Ceremony as Chief Guest. The conference included an array of prominent speakers who delivered keynote addresses during the conference presenting their dynamic thoughts over the theme of the conference.

Addressing the audience, the Chief Guest highlighted that Government is cognizant of the importance of Blue Economy and taking all possible measures for its development. He underscored the huge potential of the maritime domain, where all other sectors of economy crisscross and also underlined that unveiling of new Shipping Policy offers tangible benefits for investment in maritime sector.

While addressing, the Chief Guest added that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was rightfully considered a game-changer not only for Pakistan but for the economic development and prosperity of the entire region.

The Foreign Minister praised Pakistan Navy for promoting maritime awareness in the country, spearheading efforts for the development of the Blue Economy, and taking various initiatives to ensure peace & order at sea individually and in collaboration with regional and extra-regional navies. He also commended NIMA for attracting a large number of intellectuals around the globe and making the Conference a success.

Earlier, Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi in his closing remarks thanked all the speakers, panelists, and participants who traveled from far and wide or participated virtually to add great value to the Conference. The Naval Chief emphasized the great potential and prospects of the Western Indian Ocean Region for regional integration, inclusive development, and international cooperation. The Admiral also praised the efforts of NIMA for the successful conduct of the event.

In the third and last session, CEO ZERI, Mr. Gunter Puli presented his views online on Blue Growth Strategy for the Future World. Later, another important keynote address was delivered by Vice Admiral (Retd) Iftikhar Ahmed Rao emphasizing the Blue economy.

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