CAREC in Pakistan
Since joining the CAREC Program in 2010, Pakistan has been actively looking for new ways to overcome barriers to growth and to place Central Asia at the heart of trade and commerce in increasingly integrated global markets.
Pakistan is also improving its national road corridors, which serve as routes to the Middle East and South Asia for the country’s northern neighbors. These corridors will eventually be part of a streamlined land transport network stretching from Azerbaijan, in the west, to the People’s Republic of China in the east, and north to Kazakhstan and beyond.
Pakistan’s road network is connected to CAREC Corridor 5, which opens a vital trading link between landlocked Central Asian nations and the country’s warm water ports of Gwadar and Karachi, on the Arabian Sea.
As of December 2018, more than $1.47 billion has been invested in seven projects in Pakistan through CAREC, whose goal is to establish a modern transport and energy infrastructure that will allow the region to fully benefit from its vast physical and human resources.
Stronger ties with neighbors to the north through CAREC have enabled Pakistan to import enough energy to make up for its shortages in electricity supplies. In return, Pakistan will offer its mostly landlocked CAREC partners access to its warm water ports on the Arabian Sea, giving them the prospect of greater trade with the Middle East.
Pakistan’s location at the crossroads of Central, South, and Southwest Asia makes it ideally suited to become a hub of economic activity. Better connections between the Middle East and the interior transport corridors that Pakistan can provide through its sea ports, could drive trade, commerce, and renewed prosperity.