Saturday, June 22

Central Development Working Party (CDWP) meeting, chaired by Deputy Chairman Planning Commission

Central Development Working Party (CDWP) meeting, chaired by Deputy Chairman Planning Commission

Central Development Working Party (CDWP) meeting, chaired by Deputy Chairman Planning Commission

On Friday, the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, Muhammad Jehanzeb Khan, presided over a meeting of the Central Development Working Party (CDWP), which accepted a concept clearance proposal and one development project. Attendees included officials of the federal ministries and provincial governments, as well as Secretary Planning Awais Manzur Sumra, Members of the Planning Commission, and Additional Secretary Planning Kamran Rehman.

The Physical Planning & Housing project “Establishment of National Forensic Science Agency at Islamabad (5th revised PC-1)” received approval from the CDWP. With a budget of Rs. 1,831.114 million, the goal of this project is to create a National Forensic Science Agency in Islamabad. The initial proposal, authorised in 2002, intended to build forensic science laboratories across provincial headquarters, with a major laboratory and training facilities in Islamabad. This amended version, however, only concentrates on the Islamabad agency.
A $500 million concept clearance proposal for the “Promoting Sustainable Public Private Partnership Programme” was also made available by the Ministry of Finance.

The program’s $250 million initial phase was authorised by the CDWP. The objective of this programme is to enhance the federal environment for funding infrastructure through the promotion of public-private partnerships, or PPPs. In areas as important as housing, healthcare, education, roads, water and sanitation, and technology, it aims to draw in private investment. In order to provide long-term sustainability, the programme will employ a programmatic approach to achieve fundamental institutional, legal, and policy changes as well as to increase capacity within pertinent institutions. It is in line with Pakistan’s Vision 2025 pillars, which state that by 2047, the country wants to be among the top 10 in the world economically.

A working paper from the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training for the opening of a Danish school on Kuri Road in Islamabad was also taken on by the CDWP and debated. The proposal was approved, and the sponsors were urged to strengthen the governance model, rationalise costs, and carry out a feasibility assessment.

Editor: Raja Kamran