CDWP approves 7 projects worth Rs41bn

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ISLAMABAD: A total of seven development projects worth Rs41.34 billion were approved in a meeting of the Central Development Working Party (CDWP), chaired by Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Mohammad Jehanzeb Khan.

Various officials of the federal ministries and Planning Commission attended the meeting, whereas, members of the provincial governments participated via video link.

The projects submitted to the committee for approval belonged to the industries and production, information technology, higher education and health sectors.

The project under the Industries and Commerce sector, titled ‘Establishment of Hub Special Economic Zone’ worth Rs2.3bn was approved by the CDWP.

Two projects were submitted under the Information Technology sector, which cost around Rs1.470bn.

The approved projects include an ‘E-Office Replication at Divisions of the Federal Government’ project worth Rs689.65 million. Under this initiative, the authorities will increase efficiency in all ministries and divisions by replacing e-office and e-filling system for effective outcomes.

The ‘Feasibility and System Definition Study (FSDS) of Pakistan Satellite Navigation Programme (PSNP)’ project, worth Rs780m was also approved under the InfoTech sector.

A project titled ‘Strengthening Civil Registration & Vital Statistics System’ worth Rs201.92m and the ‘Balochistan Human Capital Investment Project’ worth Rs5.62bn under the health sector were given approval.

Out of the two projects presented under the higher education sector, the ‘Jalozai Campus of UET Peshawar’ worth Rs6.535bn was approved, whereas, the ‘PhD Scholarship under US- Pakistan Knowledge Corridor’ worth Rs25.226bn was approved on technical grounds and forwarded to ECNEC for further approval.

This project will be a joint venture between the distinguished US and Pakistani institutions, which will transfer new research techniques as per Pakistan’s needs.

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