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Lessons for Gwadar

The development of the port city has been the subject of debate in economic geographers’ and urban planners’ circles. Whether it is London, New York, or Karachi, major cities all over the world originated and flourished initially as a result of port-related operations. Many, however, have expanded through time to include services other than port-related operations due to the increasing role of agglomeration and concentration of advanced producer services such as finance, insurance, accountancy, and advertising in the new urban economy. On the other hand, the maritime sector is losing blue-collar jobs as a result of port automation and containerization.