7th Pak-China Joint Cooperation Committee meeting kicked off in Islamabad

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Islamabad, Nov. 21 (TNS): The seventh ministerial-level meeting of Joint Cooperation Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) began in Islamabad on Tuesday.

The JCC is the apex decision-making forum on the CPEC and is jointly chaired by Pakistan’s Planning and Development Minister Ahsan Iqbal and the vice-chairman of National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China Wang Xiatao.

At least 150 high-level officials from both the countries are attending the key meeting.

Pakistan delegation is comprised of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, Balochistan Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri, Gilgit Baltistan Chief Minister Hafeez-ur-Rehman, Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider and Punjab Minister for Planning and Development Malik Nadeem Kamran, and others.

Moreover, it is for the first time that officials from the private sector and representatives of commerce and industries of Pakistan are attending the meeting.

The JCC is the top decision-making body for projects to be carried out under the $55 billion CPEC umbrella.

The committee has the mandate to review progress on the schemes and take a decision to include new projects in the future. The meeting will review the long-term plan of CPEC.

On Monday, a Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) was held in which officials of various joint working groups of Pakistan and China discussed the long-term plan of CPEC, among other projects.

The SOM also prepared the draft discussion for today’s JCC meeting.