Islamabad, Thursday, the July 11, (APP):  The Parliamentary Committee on CPEC, met here today (in-camera), at the Parliament House under the Chairmanship of Sher Ali Arbab, MNA. The Committee was briefed by the Secretary M/o Planning Development and Reforms regarding the overall progress and recommendations made by the Committee in its last meeting. Moreover, the respective Secretaries of the Provinces also briefed the Committee about the SEZs included in the early harvest programme of the CPEC. The Members and the Chairman pointed out different ambiguities and short comings particularly highlighting a detailed business plan as well as its impact in providing job opportunities to the local peoples of the project area.


The Committee also appreciated the progress and work done so far by the Allama Iqbal Industrial City, Faisalabad with the remarks that they will complete the project within time line shown by them in presentations and it would be a model project up to expectations of all stake holders and play a role of driver to promote export and economy of the country.

The Chairman also welcomed the Senator Mir Kabir Ahmed Muhammad Shahi, Senator Dr. Shehzad Waseem who were recently nominated by the Chairman Senate in the Committee and further said that the Committee will be benefited by the experience and contribution of these Senior Parliamentarians.


The meeting was attended by Noor Alam Khan, Umar Aslam Khan, Zille Huma, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Mehnaz Akber Aziz, Zahid Akram Durrani, MNAs, Senator Mir Kabir Ahmed Muhammad Shahi, Senator Dr. Shehzad Waseem and the Secretaries, Ministry of Planning, Development & Reforms, Board of Investment and senior officers of Provincial Governments.


Source:  VNS/Islamabad