The Gwadar East-Bay Expressway is part of a larger series of construction projects in Gwadar under the framework of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The 19km long, six lane expressway will connect the Gwadar Port with the Makran Coastal Highway and is a direct route for cargo traffic to and from the port.
Gwadar East-Bay Expressway
China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)
Approval of Executive Committee of the National Economic Council in January 2015
Start of Construction
22. November 2017
Planned Completion Date
Projected Total Project Costs
USD 168 million
In August 2015 the Chinese government announced that the concessionary loans for several projects in Gwadar totaling $757 million were to be converted into a 0% interest loans for which Pakistan will only be required to repay the principal value. The East-Bay Expressway project is also financed through one of these 0% interest loans. The source of funding is the Chinese Government.
Gwadar Port Authority
China Communications Construction Company (CCCC)
Condition of contract
The contract was awarded in government-to-government mode, since China provides an interest-free loan for projects under CPEC. Only Chinese state-owned companies were able to apply for the contracts. Three Chinese companies – China Communication Construction Company, China State Engineering Construction Company, CATIC Civil – were nominated through the Chinese Government. The China Communication Construction Company was awarded with the contract.
Additional Project Information
The projects in Gwadar are conducted under a Framework agreement with the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) People’s Republic of China and a MoU with Ministry of Commerce People’s Republic of China (MOFCOM) and the Exim Bank. Additionally a MoU for the Gwadar East-Bay Expressway was signed between the Gwadar Port Authority and the Chinese Construction Company.