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CCI decides to establish its permanent Secretariat

 April 08, 2021

The Council of Common Interests has decided to establish a permanent Secretariat of CCI to meet the long overdue requirement of the Constitution.

The CCI, which met in Islamabad with Prime Minister Imran Khan in the chair, took decision of establishing CCI's secretariat as required under article 154(3) of the Constitution.

The meeting approved NEPRA's Annual Report for 2019-20 and State of Industry Report 2020.

The CCI approved amendment in Petroleum (Exploration and Production) Policy 2012.

Implementation report of the previously taken decisions of CCI was also presented before the meeting.

On notifying Census-2017 results, it was decided to hold a virtual meeting on Monday to take final decision on the issue.

On the issue of import of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and implementation of Article 158 and 172(3) of the Constitution, it was decided to constitute a committee comprising Minister for Planning, Minister for Energy and SAPM for Power and Petroleum to hold consultations with the provinces to evolve a consensus on the way forward in meeting the challenge of dwindling local gas reserves and increasing domestic gas requirements.

It was decided during the meeting that Higher Education Commission will be the sole standard setting national organization with regards to higher education in the country. HEC will strengthen its regional centers for better representation and coordination with the provinces.

In order to further improve ease of doing business and harmonization of quality and standards across the country, it was decided that provinces will notify harmonized standards set by Pakistan Standard & Quality Control Authority by repealing their own standards. It was also agreed that harmonization of standards, standardized labelling and certification marks logo would remain exclusive domain of PSQCA.

On the issue of distribution of Zakat Funds to the provinces and federal areas in wake of 25th Constitutional Amendment, the CCI decided that after merger of FATA into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Zakat Funds for the area will be transferred to KP for distribution among the deserving people of the merged districts.

The Chief Ministers of all four provinces attended the meeting.