1.Power Division told to swiftly approve G-B energy policy


1.Power Division told to swiftly approve G-B energy policy

ISLAMABAD: On Tuesday, Ahsan Iqbal, the federal minister for planning, development, and special initiatives, presided over a meeting to discuss the preparations for the next 11th Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) meeting, which will take place at the end of the current month.

Attending the pre-CPEC JCC meeting were the secretary of the Planning Commission, the secretary of communication, the executive director of the CPEC Centre of Excellence, and representatives from several ministries. Major initiatives that would be discussed at the meeting were discussed.

It was stated that the 11th JCC was of significant importance because the government has already resurrected the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects and that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif would travel to China later this week.

Power Projects related to energy, transportation, information technology, socioeconomic development, industrial collaboration, science and technology, transportation, infrastructure, and international cooperation were considered at the summit.

The planning minister gave the Power Division instructions to hasten the approval of Gilgit-(G-B) Baltistan’s energy strategy so that projects that had previously been agreed upon may move forward.

He instructed the relevant ministry to create a concrete proposal, citing the Chinese authorities’ keen interest in the mining industry.

The minister stated that since the Chinese are prepared to organise a working group on the mining industry, “we must come up with some specific recommendations.” He also emphasised that the ministries should develop a concrete strategy rather than adopting a “business as usual” attitude.

He also demanded that the JCC include a centre for the development and production of solar panels for both domestic and international use.