CDWP Has Approved Six Development Projects
The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) has approved six development projects worth Rs348.5 billion. The CDWP approved three uplift projects worth Rs. 6.5 billion and proposed three schemes worth Rs. 342 billion for review by the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC).
Mohammad Jehanzeb Khan, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission, presided over the meeting at P-Block Secretariat. Senior government officials were present, as were members of the provisional government through video conferencing. Development projects related to higher education, energy, and nutrition were discussed in the meeting.
The CDWP suggested the ECNEC consider the “Tackling Malnutrition Induced Stunting in Pakistan – July 2021-June 2026” project, which costs Rs312.40 billion. The project related to nutrition proposed at the meeting, titled “Tackling Malnutrition-Induced Stunting in Pakistan – July 2021-June 2026,” estimated at Rs312.41 billion, was referred to the ECNEC for further approval.
The project will span 67 districts throughout the country. The initiative focuses on interventions for children under the age of two and maternal malnutrition. Promoting healthy eating habits by solely breastfeeding for the first six months and continuing breastfeeding until the child is two years old.
The meeting referred a project in the energy sector, namely the “20 MW Hydropower Project Hanzel, Gilgit,” worth Rs12.922 billion, to the ECNEC for further approval.
Four projects of the Higher Education Commission presented in the meeting namely “Academic and Research Linkages with different countries/agencies under bilateral agreement” worth Rs405.720 million, the second project titled, “Infrastructure Development of COMSATS University Islamabad Permanent Campus, Abbottabad” at cost of Rs3.486 billion, third project titled, “Strengthening of Women University Swabi” worth Rs2.6 billion was approved by the CDWP.
Another project of health was presented in the meeting namely, “Establishment of University of Applied Engineering and Emerging Technologies (UAEET) Sambrial Sialkot” worth Rs16.65 billion was referred to the ECNEC for further approval.
The objective of the project is to establish a technology-based institute in partnership with Austrian Fachhoeschulen/Universities in six years from 2021 to 2027. The campus would be fully residential for faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students.