The role of the marble mining industry in promoting peace and sustainable development in Lasbela

This paper calls for a new generation of initiatives, approaching the marble industry as a platform to manage competing interests peacefully and to create the conditions necessary for sustainable economic growth and peace. Lasbela is the most southeasterly coastal district of Balochistan province, situated between the country’s economic powerhouse of Karachi and an area affected by high levels of poverty and poor infrastructure. Lasbela’s marble industry offers a high-quality product, yet attracting investment into an area poses significant challenges. Creating an environment attractive to investment necessitates a transformation of the economic system, security, governance, reconciliation and social services, and more effective management of competing political and socio-economic interests.