ECC of the Cabinet approves int’l tender for import of 500,000 metric tonnes of wheat
Also approves supplementary grant in favor of Economic Affairs Division amounting to Rs. 193.006 billion for foreign loan repayments
ISLAMABAD ( Web News )
Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue Dr. Miftah Ismail Ahmed presided over the meeting of the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet at Finance Division on Tuesday.
Ministry of National Food Security & Research presented another summary on the declaration of “National Disease Emergency” on account of Emergence of Lumpy Skin disease in Pakistan. The ECC after detailed discussion directed Ministry of National Food Security & Research to prepare a cost sharing plan after convening a meeting with concerned provincial secretaries and NDMA.
Ministry of Commerce submitted a summary to seek permission for one time release of those consignments of items banned on 19th May, 2022 which have reached Pakistan or would reach or their payments.
In order to resolve the hardship cases, the ECC granted one-time special permission for release of consignments stuck at the ports due to contravention framed under SRO 598(I)/2022 dated 19th May,2022, only for those consignments which have landed at ports or airports in Pakistan on or before 30th June, 2022.
Ministry of Commerce presented a summary on suspension of import conditions contained in import policy order 2022 with regard to import of Timber/Wood. In view of hardship case of timber importers as the consignments were supplied against contracts months ago and the shipments have already arrived, the ECC decided that date of implementation of IPO 2022 regarding import of timber and wood falling under HS Codes 4401 to 4409 may be suspended till 31st August, 2022 i-e for the bills of Lading issued till 31st August, 2022.
The ECC also approved another summary of Ministry of Commerce to amend paragraph 3(1) of the Import policy Order 2022 to allow import of goods of Afghan origin against Pak Rupee and without the requirement of EIF forms for a period of one year, subject to the condition that Afghan exporters will provide a Certificate of Origin issued by Afghan Customs proving that the goods have originated from Afghanistan.
Ministry of Industries and Production submitted a summary on continuation of PM’s relief package, 2020, Sasta Atta initiative for KPK & expansion of Utility Stores network across Pakistan. The ECC decided to continue subsidy on five essential commodities with direction to M/o I & P to work out feasible proposal on subsidy programme keeping in mind the financial implications.
The ECC also approved a summary submitted by Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication on constitution of Auction Advisory Committee to oversee spectrum auction(s) for next generation mobile services (NGMS) in Pakistan. The Committee will be headed by Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue. The ECC also approved supplementary grant in favor of Economic Affairs Division amounting to Rs. 193.006 Billion for foreign loan repayments.