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ECC approves export of 1.5 million metric tons of sugar

November 29, 2017

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Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi chairing a meeting of the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) at Prime Minister’s Office. —APP
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi chairing a meeting of the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) at Prime Minister’s Office. —APP

The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) on Tuesday allowed the export of 1.5 million metric tons (MMT) sugar in view of the availability of surplus sugar.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi chaired the ECC meeting in which the decision was made. It was held at the Prime Minister's Office on Tuesday.

According to a press release issued after the meeting, the decision was made in line with the recommendations of the Council of Common Interests (CCI).

The ECC meeting also permitted the procurement of goods and services as per the provisions of the framework arrangement and Import and Export-Import Bank of Korea guidelines.

In order to discourage fuel adulteration and tax evasion, the ECC allowed the addition of fuel marker in Superior Kerosene Oil (KSO). The ECC also approved determination and notification of UCH-II gas price, as agreed under Gas Pricing Agreement (GPA) by the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) under the Ogra Ordinance.

The ECC further accorded its approval for necessary amendments in the ECC approved Supplemental Agreement to Implementation Agreement (SAIA) for China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects. The ECC also acceded to a proposal for the levy of regulatory duty on import of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).

The step will help to maintain parity with locally produced LPG, the release said.

The ECC also allowed disposal of 500,000 tons of surplus wheat held by PASSCO through local sale, the notification said.