Advisor to the Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh chairs a meeting of Economic Coordination Committee
Islamabad, November 16, 2020 (PPI-OT): Advisor to the Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue, Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh chaired the meeting of the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet at Cabinet Division today. Minister for Industries and Production Hammad Azhar, SAPM on Revenue Dr. Waqar Masood, SAPM on Petroleum Nadeem Baber and Advisor to the PM for Institutional Reforms and Austerity Dr. Ishrat Hussain attended the meeting.
Governor State Bank of Pakistan Dr. Reza Baqir also participated through video link. ECC approved budgetary allocation in favour of NITB for provision of ICT services at the Prime Minister’s Office for Prime Minister’s Kamyab Jawan Programme for FY/2020-21 to the tune of Rs.53 million as requested by the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication. In light of a summary presented by the Ministry of IT and Telecommunication regarding manufacturing of SIMs/Smart-cards in Pakistan, after due deliberation, the Chair directed to constitute a Committee to examine the proposal and present a report for a way forward within two weeks.
The Committee would be chaired by the Minister of Industries and Production Hammad Azhar and would include representatives from the Ministry of IT Telecom, FBR and Board of Investment (BOI). Likewise, ECC recommended to form a Committee consisting of representatives from the Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of National Food Security and Research (MNFS R) to decide a timeline for export of Mango and Kinnow as deemed suitable by the aforesaid committee after due consultation with the stakeholders. ECC gave concurrence to the proposal by the Petroleum Division, in principal, regarding allocation of gas from Bashar X-IST to third party up to 1.0 MMCFD.
Lastly, a summary was presented by the PIACL, Aviation Division before ECC regarding GOP cash support for the Voluntary Separation Scheme (VSS). After through discussion, it was decided to approve, in principal, the voluntary separation from service scheme for PIA. ECC also approved four separate Technical Supplementary Grants for the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Interior for various projects during current FY 2020-21.
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