KARACHI: President Dr. Arif Alvi has said that Pakistan will adopt a responsible Blue Economy strategy for the sustainable use of maritime resources for human welfare as well as defense of its maritime borders. He was addressing the opening session of the Ninth International Maritime Conference on Saturday. The President said that Pakistan was becoming a geo-economic hub and was taking effective steps towards Blue Economy to promote better livelihoods while ensuring protection of natural environment. The President emphasized that the human interest is in adapting to renewable energy, fisheries, food security, transport, tourism and climate change, promoting international cooperation on sustainable use of maritime resources. Need to give He said that it was gratifying that Pakistan was moving towards a sustainable blue economy by focusing on food security related to the seas. President Arif Alawi said that in order to promote the Blue Economy, it was necessary for the world to make serious efforts to curb the irresponsible use of maritime resources. As the international community, we need to be more disciplined in this regard to reduce the threats to the natural environment. He said that Pakistan would ensure its defense and would continue its efforts to promote cooperation based on human values. He said that Pakistan provides the shortest trade corridor for Central Asia and China, adding that peaceful co-operation was essential for the development of any type of economy which should be directed towards the collective prosperity of the world. The President assured full cooperation to the Pakistan Navy in achieving the objectives of regional peace and security. In his address on the occasion, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Amjad Khan Niazi said that Pakistan's coastal areas are rich in biodiversity and have great potential in terms of blue economy. He said that C-Pac is beneficial for China and Pakistan as well as the entire region. More than 35 naval delegates from around the world are attending the International Maritime Conference, which aims to explore the opportunities of the Blue Economy and come up with innovative technologies and innovative solutions.