Islamabad July 28 2021: The Finance Division tabled a summary to carry forward for FY 2021-22, the un-utilized cash component equal to PKR 352 billion out of the Economic Stimulus Package amounting to PKR 1240 billion (given in March 2020) to mitigate the adverse socio-economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic and to support the marginalized sections of the society.
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Federal Minister for National Food Security & Research Syed Fakhar Imam, Federal Minister for Privatization Muhammad Mian Soomro, Advisor to the PM on Institutional Reforms & Austerity Dr. Ishrat Hussain, Advisor to the PM on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood, SAPM on Finance and Revenue Dr. Waqar Masood, Federal Secretaries, Chairman FBR and other senior officers participated in the meeting. Governor State Bank of Pakistan Dr. Reza Baqir joined the meeting through a video link.
The ECC considered a summary presented by the Ministry of Commerce regarding Strategic Trade Policy Framework (STPF) for 2020-25 to enhance export competitiveness of Pakistan through a framework of policy interventions. The proposed STPF 2020-25 also includes a monitoring and implementation mechanism. The underlying rationale is to enhance exports as a national priority through collaborative and cohesive efforts.
The Finance Minister further stressed to include specific measures for encouraging Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and consolidation of fragmented export industry in Pakistan. After due deliberations, the Committee decided to review the draft STPF 2020-25 after having another consultative meeting with all relevant stakeholders and present an updated policy framework before the next ECC for approval.
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The Ministry of National Food Security and Research (NFS&R) presented a summary regarding intervention price for the cotton crop for FY 2021-22. The ECC had earlier constituted a Committee, under the chairmanship of the Minister for NFS&R, for presenting recommendations to promote cotton production and bring price stability in the domestic market by monitoring local market prices. The ECC deliberated over the recommendations by the Cotton Price Review Committee (CPRC) and it was decided that another consultative session would be held with all key stakeholders on board including M/O NFS&R, Finance Division and Commerce to finalize the recommendations and present the revised summary before Cabinet.