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Gwadar Port Authority (GPA) was established as an organization, after promulgation of the GPA Ordinance No. LXXVII of 2002 dated 17 October 2002, for construction, operations, management and maintenance of Gwadar Deep Water Port. Gwadar Port is the second great monument of Pak-China friendship after Karakoram Highway linking Pakistan and China.


The Government of Pakistan has adopted the landlord concept for new port development. In practice, this means that GPA will drive the overall development of the port and will raise the funds for development of general port infrastructure (primarily dredging of access channels and construction of breakwaters), while private sector investors will be the primary source for the development of terminals and cargo handling capacity.

Reputable private investor-operators will be sought on a BOT (Build-Own-Transfer) basis for the design, construction and operations of the various terminals that are foreseen. BOT-agreements will be strictly on a concession-basis only, with no allowance for cross-share-holdings between the landlord-regulator and the terminal operators. In the longer term, as much as possible, different cargo types will be handled by dedicated terminals. This will allow for terminals to be developed and operated by dedicated operators who are specialized in these particular operations.