PM Abbasi chairs 35th meeting of CCI, directs Provinces for establishment of Priority SEZs under CPEC

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday chaired 35th meeting of the Council of Common Interests (CCI), and directed provinces to propose documents for establishment of priority Special Economic Zones (SEZs) under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

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Minister for Federal Education & Professional Training briefed the CCI on matters pertaining to Higher Education and other similar bodies in Post-Eighteenth Amendment Scenario.

CCI also directed the Federal Ministry of Education to work on a proposal in consultation with all stakeholders for establishment of a national level testing body for unified assessment standards across the country.

“Constitution, formulation of standards in institutions for higher education and research, scientific and technical institution is the responsibility of the federal government,” the CCI noted.

The CCI deliberated upon the issue of problems being faced by the Sugarcane growers. The CCI agreed to do more consultation on power projects in Balochistan.

While discussing the Karachi City (K4 Project), the meeting decided that the issue would be taken up after a detailed presentation by the Ministry of Water Resources on the availability and distribution of water under IRSA Accord.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak,  Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Quddus Bizenjo and Punjab Finance Minister Dr. Ayesha Ghaus Pasha attended the meeting.

Senior officials from federal and provincial governments were also present.

It should be noted that CCI reviewed the implementation status of decisions taken during its meeting held on November, 24, 2017.

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