ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Economy Watch (PEW) today called for increased focus on developing ports to ensure smooth flow of merchandise. Emphasizing on stimulation of economic activities, PEW said Pakistan is passing through challenges while the economy is under pressure due to various reasons.

PEW head Murtaza Mughal said, “Pakistan should allocate extra resources for the development of ports handling external trade.”

 He said ports need a major policy transformation as they are vital for sectors like manufacturing and agriculture.

It should be noted that Pakistani ports are at the bottom in the SAARC region with Dhaka leading the region. Also, Shanghai is on the top of 50 best container ports. Gwadar Port also needs urgent attention as all Pakistani ports hardly handle 1.1 million containers annually.