ECC approves import duty exemption on material for NHA project under CPEC

ISLAMABAD: The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) on Friday, under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, approved a proposal on the exemption of tax duties for import of construction material for infrastructure projects of National Highway Authority under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

This exemption would be applicable only to the construction of Sukkur-Multan section of Peshawar to Karachi motorway project, a PM’s Office statement said.

The ECC approved an exemption from the re-lending policy of the government for funds release to State Bank of Pakistan for implementation of Financial Inclusion and Infrastructure Project.

The ECC also approved a proposal of Ministry of National Food Security and Research to allow the Governments of Punjab and Sindh to export 1.5 and 0.5 million tonnes of wheat including wheat products.

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The export of wheat and wheat products would be completed before June 30, 2018.

Proposal for exemption from the provision of Section 113 of the Income Tax Ordinance 2001 for Public Sector Universities was also approved by the ECC.

The ECC also approved a proposal for reduction of certain regulatory duties on certain items as proposed by the Federal Board of Revenue.

The proposal of exemption from applicability of Section 5A of the Income Tax Ordinance 2001 to companies with special agreement with the Government of Pakistan, was approved by ECC.

The ECC also approved a proposal for the procurement of 0.3 MMT of sugar from the surplus stock of the sugar mills, through tendering process and to export the same through the international tendering process. This step would enable the mills to procure sugarcane from the growers at the prescribed rate and to ensure timely payments to the farmers.

The ECC also permitted WAPDA to raise financing from banks against the sovereign guarantee of the Government of Pakistan for the purpose of clearance of arrears of Net Hydel Profits of the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Government of Punjab.

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