Central Development Working Party (CDWP) today approved Rs 47.882 billion worth of development projects including Rs. 37 billion worth of two projects, which were referred to ECNEC. The higher number of projects was approved in higher education sector.

CDWP meeting chaired by Federal Minister Planning , Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal was attended by senior federal and provincial officials concerned .The projects approved and recommended to ECNEC related to water resource/environment, transport & communication, higher education commission, agriculture & food, governance and mass media .

In Water resource and Environment sector, CDWP approved and recommended to ECNEC Balochistan Integrated water Resources Management and Development Project (BIWRMDP) at the cost of Rs 27,113 billion and Sindh Resilience Project (Irrigation Component) for Strengthening Flood Embankments & Constructing Small Dams including System for Improving Resilience at the cost of Rs9.983 billion. It approved   Construction of Siran Right Bank Canal District Mansehra with cost of Rs 2,850.522.

CDWP  approved first phase of Channelization of Deg Nullah at Rs.1 billion and  ,Restoration of J-Head Spur RD.167+000 of Link No.1,Restoration of J-Head Spur RD.165+000 of Link No.1 with cost of 144.95 million and 247 million respectively .

In transport and Communication sector, CDWP has approved Construction of Bridge Across River Soan at Trap Linking Attock and Chakwal Distt at the cost of Rs290.68 million

In higher Education, CDWP approved capacity Building and Strengthening of the Centre of Excellence in Mineralogy, University of Balochistan, Quetta at the cost of 144 million and also approved capacity Building and strengthening of the Pakistan Study Centre, University of Balochistan, Quetta at the cost of Rs 28.881 million and Academic and Research Linkages with Different Countries / Agencies under Bilateral Agreement at the cost of Rs 448.555 million. It also approve Industrial Linkages – TechnologyPark and TechnologyIncubatorCenter at the cost of Rs.288 million and Strengthening of Dawood University of Engineering & Technology, Karachi at the cost of Rs.579 million. CDWP also approved Establishment of School of Professional Development at Sardar Bahadur Khan Women’s University, Quetta at Rs.408 million and Innovation Centre and InnovationPark at UET Lahore sub Campus at the cost of Rs.2.998 billion. CDWP also approved Strengthening of Academic and Research Programs at University of the Punjab, Lahore.

Ahsan Iqbal said that government’s full committed to promotion of higher education in the country, which is reflected from the higher number of projects approved in this sector in last three years. He particularly mentioned about Establishment of School of Professional Development at Sardar Bahadur Khan Women’s University, Quetta and said that this number of girls students increased even after the terrorist act at the university some three years back. He also paid tribute to fourteen girls, who embraced martyrdom in this tragic incident.

In Agriculture & Food sector, CDWP approved Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture Project Phase-I at the cost of Rs.582 million. In Mass Media section, CDWP approved China Pakistan Friendly Exchange Program at the cost of Rs.100 million. The forum also approved position paper of Center for Rural Economy at the cost of Rs.1.118 billion.