Webinar by Bahria University NIMA on China-Iran emerging Maritime Cooperation 

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Islamabad : (Parliament Times)   Bahria University’s National Institute of Maritime Affairs – NIMA organized an interactive webinar on an important current topic “China-Iran
Emerging Maritime Cooperation and Opportunities for Pakistan”. National
Institute of Maritime Affairs is constituent unit of Bahria University working to
broaden the scope of Maritime Research as National Think Tank.
Admiral Asif Sandila NI(M), Former Chief of the Naval Staff graced the occasion
as chief guest whereas, eminent speakers such as Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad
Chaudhry Director General ISSI, Vice Admiral (Retd) Asaf Humayun Former Vice
Chief of Naval Staff, and Capt (Retd) Hassan Daud Butt CEO Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Board of Investment & Trade, shared their intellectual insights with the audience.
Vice Admiral (Retd) Abdul Aleem HI(M), Director General NIMA welcomed all the
worthy speakers and participants in the webinar and highlighted the trilateral
maritime cooperation of Pakistan, China and Iran.
Commodore (Retd) Baber Bilal SI(M) set the stage about the China and Iran
emerging maritime partnerships and its prospects for Pakistan. While speaking
with the audience, Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry shared his intellectual
insights about genesis of China & Iran strategic partnerships and its
opportunities for Pakistan. Vice Admiral (Retd) Asaf Humayun highlighted the
linkage of Gawadar and Chabahar as sister ports, their challenges and
opportunities and its impacts on Pakistan economy. Capt Butt shed light on the
prospects of China, Iran and Pakistan partnerships in the Belt and Road Initiative
(BRI).
At the end of the webinar, the Chief Guest Admiral Asif Sandila NI(M) applauded
the efforts put in by NIMA for bringing together policy makers and academician
to highlight this strategic issue, its impact on regional and global environment
and its prospects for Pakistan. He also hoped that NIMA will keep on playing its
significant role in advocating local and regional issues to raise awareness and
provide policy recommendations to the policy makers in the country.
Large number of attendees from academia, foreign policy experts, university
students, government departments, and think tanks actively participated in the
webinar.

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