ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday reconstituted the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the cabinet after the recent appointment of Shaukat Tarin as Finance Minister.

Mr Tarin had on Dec 27 taken the oath as federal minister after being elected as Senator last week in a by-election for a general seat of the upper house of parliament from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He attended the ECC meetings on special invitation until he was elected senator.

The number of ECC members has now declined from 14 to 12. There is no commerce minister as the position is held by the prime minister himself, while the portfolios of ministers for power and petroleum have already stood merged into minister for energy.

Other members of the ECC include the ministers for communications, economic affairs, energy, industries and production, interior, law and justice, maritime affairs, national food security & research, planning & development, privatisation, railways, and water resources.

According to a notification, 21 officers, including the minister of state for information, special assistant on social protection and poverty alleviation, adviser on commerce, deputy chairman of the planning commission, the chairman of the securities and exchange commission of Pakistan and federal secretaries of the relevant ministries, can attend the ECC meeting on special invitation.

Published in Dawn, December 30th, 2021

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