Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has convened a meeting of Economic Co-ordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet on Wednesday (today) to consider a proposal of Petroleum Ministry on sale of gas to Engro Fertilizer Limited (EFL). However, the issue of Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) whose employees are not being paid their salaries, is not part of the agenda to be considered by the ECC.
The sources said ECC will approve inclusion of PET-COKE (non-calcined) HS-2713.1100 in the list of items importable from India through Wagah/ Attari land route. Commerce Ministry has submitted a summary to the ECC on this issue. According to sources, the construction of NHA roads providing connectivity to Afghanistan is through a USAID grant funding of $90 million; the award of works to Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) on a single source basis for balance works of Kalat-Quetta-Chaman Highway will come under consideration.
ECC will also accord approval to equity investment in Congo-Incorporation of joint venture company-establishment of cement manufacturing plant. M/s Lucky Cement Limited has submitted the proposal. The sale of wheat to a World Food Programme (WFP) to support humanitarian food and operation in Balochistan is also on the agenda. OGRA’s report to ECC on petroleum product prices will also be considered. Deferment of land lord port strategy, corporatisation of dredging and outsourcing of “Pilotage/haulage, mooring/ unmooring operations” at Karachi Port is also on the agenda. ECC will consider TNB Liberty Power Limited (235 MW) gas pricing issues and approve standardised security packages agreement for wind power projects based on an upfront tariff regime.