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A session of the Central Development Working Party (CDWP), chaired by Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, Mohammad Jehanzeb Khan, convened on Monday and granted approval to one development project while considering a concept clearance proposal. The meeting was attended by Secretary Planning Awais Manzur Sumra, Members of the Planning Commission, Additional Secretary Planning Kamran Rehman, and representatives from federal ministries and provincial governments.

The CDWP endorsed a project within the physical planning and housing sector titled “Establishment of National Forensic Science Agency at Islamabad (5th revised PC-1)”. With a budget of Rs. 1,831.114 million, this project aims to establish a National Forensic Science Agency in Islamabad. The revised version of the project focuses solely on the Islamabad Agency, in contrast to the original project approved in 2002, which aimed to establish forensic science laboratories across provincial headquarters, with a main laboratory and training facilities in Islamabad.

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Additionally, the Ministry of Finance presented a concept clearance proposal for the “Promoting Sustainable Public-Private Partnership Program”, totaling $500 million. The CDWP approved the first phase of the program, valued at $250 million. This program seeks to enhance the environment for infrastructure financing by promoting public-private partnerships (PPPs) at the federal level. It aims to attract private investment in crucial sectors such as roads, housing, healthcare, education, water and sanitation, and technology. Following a programmatic approach, it will implement core policy, legal, and institutional reforms, while building capacity within relevant institutions to ensure long-term sustainability. This initiative aligns with Pakistan’s Vision 2025 pillars, which aim to elevate Pakistan’s economy to one of the top 10 globally by 2047.

Moreover, the CDWP reviewed a working paper from the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training regarding the establishment of a Danish School at Kuri Road, Islamabad. The project received approval, and sponsors were instructed to conduct a feasibility study, rationalize costs, and finalize the governance model.

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