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The 3rd meeting of the Pak-China Relations Steering Committee was held today here in Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Federal Minister for Planning Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar.
The Committee discussed various issues relating to CPEC projects in Power, Infrastructure & Industrial Cooperation Sectors. The Committee was informed that a number of issues discussed during the last meeting, had been resolved as per the directions of the Committee, while some others were under process for approval of the relevant fora.
The Power Division informed the committee that proposals for extension of CoD of six power projects were under process underway and the matter will be discussed in the upcoming meeting of the CPPA board.
The Committee was informed that the Right of Way Issue (RoA) near Karachi of 660 KV HVDC Matiari Lahore Transmission Line had been resolved and power was now being evacuated through the Transmission line.
The committee was also briefed on the 880 MW Sukki Kinari Hydropower Project. The chair directed KP Government to resolve the operational issues faced by the project on priority.
Secretary Ministry of Communications also briefed the Committee on the ongoing projects in the infrastructure under CPEC and informed the committee that the Re-alignment of Thakot-Raikkot is a critical component of the northern alignment. Secretary highlighted that the G 2 G technical committee has been formed for the project and the ToRs of the committee have also been shared with the Chinese side for views and comments. The chair also directed that meeting be convened soon under Deputy Chairman Planning Commission to discuss the financing modalities of the project.
The committee also discussed the issues faced by the investors in different Special Economic Zones. The Punjab Board of Investment & Trade & KP EPZ Authority updated the Committee on the individual issues of various investors. Sindh Investment Department informed that the developer for Dhabeji SEZ had been identified & final approval would be granted soon.
Deputy Chairman Planning Commission, SAPM on CPEC, Secretary Foreign, Secretary Interior, Secretary Railways, Secretary Power, Secretary Finance, National Security Adviser, and senior officers of the Ministries/Divisions & Provincial Departments attended the meeting.