Gov’t releases Rs 363.980 bln under PSDP

ISLAMABAD, Jan 30 (APP): The federal government has released over Rs 363.980 billion for different social sector developmental projects under Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2016-17 as against the total allocations of Rs 800 billion.
The government released 13.669 billion till January 27 for Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) against its total allocations of Rs. 27.690 billion, according to latest data released by the Planning Ministry.
The government also released Rs 111.4124 billion for infrastructure and development projects under National Highway Authority (NHA) against its total allocation of Rs 188 billion for FY 2016-17.

Under PSDP Rs 60.2638 billion have been released for Water and Power Development Authority (Power Sector) and other power sector projects as against the total allocation of Rs 130 billion for current fiscal year to overcome the shortage of energy in the country.


Meanwhile, a sum of Rs 6.8905 billion has been released for Water and Power Division (Water sector) projects for building the mega water reservoirs as compared to total allocations of Rs 31.716 billion in federal PSDP 2016-17.
About Rs 8.548 billion have been released for Higher Education Commission as compared to its total allocation of Rs 21.486 billion for the year 2016-17.

Similarly an amount of Rs 2.604 billion has been provided to Housing and Works Division against the allocations of Rs 7.687 billion while an amount of Rs 2.343 billion has been released for Finance Division out of total Rs 9.4337 billion.

According to the data, the government released Rs 9.43 billion for Interior Division against its total allocations of Rs 11.568 billion while an amount of Rs 9.7596 billion has been released for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Division out of its total allocations of Rs 24.951 billion.
The government has released Rs 49.241 billion for Special Federal Development Programme for Temporary Displaced Persons (TDPs) and Security Enhancement under current year’s development programme for the rehabilitations of TDPs.
The government also released Rs 12.584 billion for Azad Jammu and Kashmir (Block and other projects), Rs 4.740 billion for Gilgit-Baltistan (Block and Other Projects) and Rs 8.9697 billion for SAFRON/FATA (Block and Other projects).
The Planning Commission of Pakistan has been following a proper mechanism to release funds.
The commission releases 20 percent funds in first quarter (July-September), 20 percent in second quarter (October-December), third quarter and 30 percent each in third quarter (January-March) and fourth quarter (April-June).

CPEC improves tourism in Pakistan, World Bank extends support to industry

ISLAMABAD: In a bid to promote Pakistan’s tourist attractions, the World Bank has pledged its support to the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC).

The bank is committed to developing tourist facilities and resorts in the country by sponsoring different projects.

These assurances came in a meeting held between PTDC officials and a World Bank delegation on Monday.

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PTDC Managing Director Abdul Ghafoor said the World Bank was also supporting the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), besides several other development projects, which would benefit over three billion people in the region.

The PTDC will develop tourist facilities and resorts along the CPEC route through joint ventures and private investments.

After restoration of peace in the country, a remarkable increase in foreign tourists has been recorded compared to previous years.

The planned projects include a bus terminal at Nankana Sahib, one motel each at Hawks Bay (Karachi), Moenjodaro and Baran Kalay as well as tourist facilitation centres in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Muzaffarabad, Gilgit, Peshawar and Quetta.

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Ghafoor told the delegation that PTDC land was open for investment specifically meant for tourism projects.

Delegation head, private-sector specialist and tourism expert Wouter Schalken said Pakistan’s tourist destinations were worth more than any other part of the world. “All we lack is appropriate publicity and promotion.”

“We recommend the PTDC to promote tourist destinations of the country over national and international media aggressively to bring more foreign tourists to Pakistan,” Schalken said. APP

Seafood of $183.451 mln, meat $105.690 mln exported in 6 months

ISLAMABAD, Jan 30 (APP): Fish and fish preparations worth of
$183.451 million exported from the country during first half of
current financial year as against the exports $166.286 million of
the corresponding period of last year.

Seafood exports from the country during the period from July-
December, 2016-17 witnessed 10.32 percent increase as compared to
same period of last year, according the latest data of Pakistan
Bureau of Statistics.

About 58,519 metric tons of fish and fish products exported in
last six months as against 63,114 metric tons exported during the
same period of last financial year (2015-16), it added.
On month on month basis, about 10,644 metric tons of fish and
fish products exported in December, 2016, which was recorded at
13,397 metric tons of same month last years, hence showing decline
of 18.11 percent.

Meanwhile, 27,805 metric tons of meat and meat preparations
exported during first half of current financial year as compared to
the exports of 38,103 metric tons of same period of last year.
The country earned $105.690 million by exporting the meat and
meat preparations during last six months of current financial year
as compared to earnings of 131.865 of same period of last year.
During the month of December, 2016 about 4,125 metric tons of
meat and meat products exported as compared to 7,212 metric tons of
meat and meat preparations exported in same month of last financial
year.

The country earned $18.124 million by exporting the meat and
its products as against the earning of $ 23.765 million of same
month of last financial year.

It may be recalled that food commodities worth $1.659 billion
exported during the first half of current financial year as compared
to the exports of $1.862 billion of same period of last year.