Pakistan lifts duty on Afghan fruits, dry-fruits and vegetables

By Staff Reporter
Saturday – May 12, 2018
ISLAMABAD: Prime minister (PM) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi chaired a meeting of economic coordination committee (ECC) on Friday, whereat the ECC approved, in principle, exemption of regulatory duties on import of fresh fruits, vegetables and dry-fruits from Afghanistan as announced by Abbasi during his visit to Afghanistan.

According to an official statement, the meeting approved the supply of 35,000 metric tons of wheat from Pakistan agricultural storage and services corporation (PASSCO) to the world food programme (WFP) for distribution amongst the temporary displaced persons (TDPs) of federally administered tribal areas (FATA).

The ECC approved provision of an additional guarantee of Rs 20 billion for Pakistan international airlines corporation limited (PIACL) to meet the expenditure for the overhauling of aircraft engines.

The meeting directed aviation division and the finance ministry to ensure that the financing support approved by the ECC is strictly utilised only for the defined purpose. PIACL chief executive officer (CEO) also briefed the meeting about the progress made so far in the efforts to turn around the national flag carrier and to reduce its losses.

The ECC approved a proposal for introducing necessary amendments in the oil and gas regulatory authority (OGRA) ordinance 2002 to cover the entire liquefied natural gas (LNG)/re-gasified liquefied natural gas (RLNG) supply chain in the OGRA regulatory framework and to remove anomalies in the dispatch, receipt and billing of RLNG volumes.