Cabinet committee on CPEC prioritises development of Gwadar, SEZs

ISLAMABAD: The inaugural meeting of the Cabinet Committee on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was held under the chairmanship of the Planning, Development and Reforms minister, Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar here on Friday.

The meeting was attended by the members of the Cabinet Committee and secretaries of the line ministries.

Minister PD&R apprised the house about his recent interaction with his counterpart, the National Development Reform Commission of China’s Vice Chairman.

On the occasion, Secretary Planning Zafar Hasan gave an overview of the ongoing projects and run down of the schedule of upcoming events, leading to the 8th Joint Cooperation Committee.

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The Committee decided to prioritise the development of Gwadar, special economic zones, Pakistan’s Railways’ Main Line-1, the inclusion of social sector development and 3rd country participation in CPEC.

The Committee instructed the conveners of all the Joint Working Groups to submit a detailed agenda till the end of September for approval.

Joint working groups meetings are planned to be convened in the month of October. CPEC’s Joint Cooperation Committee meeting is tentatively planned in the first week of December in China.

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