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Mr. Ahsan Iqbal inaugurated SDG Support Unit at P-Block

10 February 2017

Federal Minister Mr. Ahsan Iqbal urged all development partners to use SDGs agencies to synergize and coordinate their efforts to support Pakistan in achieving SDGs. Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Mr. Ahsan Iqbal inaugurated SDG Support Unit at P-Block, Pakistan Secret...


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Inauguration Ceremony of “Executive Management Leadership Course for 1000 Civil Servants

9 February 2017

Islamabad, February 09, 2017: Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Mr. Ahsan Iqbal addressed the Inauguration Ceremony of “Executive Management Leadership Course for 1000 Civil Servants” held at P-block Auditorium. The purpose of this course is to share modern principle...


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CDWP approves 15 projects of worth Rs 172.1 billion

7 February 2017

Islamabad, February 07, 2017: The Central Development Working Party ( CDWP) approved four significant projects of worth Rs 142 billion which includes Kachi canal project, dualization & improvement of old Bannu road, dualization & improvement of Indus Highway (N-55), and integration of health se...


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National Transport Policy and Master Plan

7 February 2017

ISLAMABAD, February 07, 2017 – Today the Government of Pakistan kicked-off a 2 year project to formulate the National Transport Policy which will cover railways, roads, ports and shipping, aviation, and logistics services. The project seeks to create a safe, efficient and sustainable transpo...


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National Business Education Conference

7 February 2017

Islamabad, February 07, 2017: Federal Minister for Planning , Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal urged Deans of Business Schools to help Higher Education in devising higher education Vision 2025 to cater socio-economic needs of the country. Minister expressed these views while addressing to...


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Establishment of CPEC Consortium on Education Sector

6 February 2017

A consortium of top Pakistani business schools was formed to engage academic sector for applied research on various industrial and business opportunities related to CPEC and make this project, a real game changer. The decision was taken in a meeting at Planning Commission Islamabad, under the ...


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Ahsan Iqbal chairs 60th National Logistics Board (NLB) Meeting

6 February 2017

Islamabad, February 6, 2017: The 60th meeting of the National Logistic Board (NLB) was held here on Monday. Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Reform and Chairman NLB Prof. Ahsan Iqbal presided over the meeting which was attended by other members of the apex logistics body. Quarter Ma...


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Ahsan meets senior officials of state department, USAID

3 February 2017

(Washington, D.C) Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform, Professor Dr. Ahsan Iqbal today held a joint meeting with senior officials of the State Department and the USAID at the Embassy of Pakistan, Washington DC. Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani also joined the meeting. The mee...


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Business plan needed for the revival of the Pakistan International Airline (PIA).

27 January 2017

Islamabad : Federal Minister for Planning , Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal said that revenue maximisation, cost rationalisation and growth driven based on improved services and end to end envisioned business plan needed for the revival of the Pakistan International Airline (PIA). He exp...


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Ahsan Iqbal chaired a meeting on special committee formed by ECC to supervise reforms of PIA.

23 January 2017

Federal Minister for Planning and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal has said that 2017 will be the year of the restoration of the PIA. He dircted PIA's senior management to develop a comprehensive two-year plan for its restoration by 26 January. Ahsan Iqbal chaired a meeting on special committee formed by ...


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CPEC website Launching : Federal Minister

19 January 2017

To provide access to accurate information, Ministry of Planning Development and Reform (PD&R) had lunched official website of China Pakistan Economic Corridor. Minister PD&R Ahsan Iqbal has launched the website in a post 6th Joint Cooperation follow up meeting on Thursday which was attended by ...


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6th Post JCC Meeting under the chairmanship of Federal Minister

19 January 2017

Islamabad--Jan 19, 2017: Expressing their full support to China Pakistan Economic Corridor, federal and provincial governments have agreed to complete homework on new projects approved by 6th Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) to ensure its speedy and timely implementation. The decision was tak...


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Solve the crises of potable water shortage in Gwadar.

18 January 2017

Islamabad, Jan 18, 2017: Minister for Planning, Development and Reform (PD&R) Professor Ahsan Iqbal has instructed concerned authorities to immediately solve the crises of potable water shortage in Gwadar. “Keeping in view the future expansion of Gwadar City, Port and planned industrializa...


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CDWP approves 18 projects of worth Rs 154 billion

17 January 2017

Islamabad : The Central Development Working Party( CDWP) approved various significant projects to transmit electricity from the power plants to the national grid for transfer to upcountry load centres. Overall, the CDWP approved 18 projects of worth Rs154 billion, including seven project c...


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Ahsan Iqbal urged local governments to come forward and take up SDGs as their development agenda.

11 January 2017

Islamabad, January 11, 2017: Federal Minister for Planning , Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal urged local governments to come forward and take up SDGs as their development agenda. Ahsan Iqbal expressed these views while addressing to the inaugural session of Pakistan Poverty Alleviation F...


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Productivity , Quality & Innovation are driver of sustainable economic growth

10 January 2017

Islamabad, January 10, 2017: Federal Minister for Planning , Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal said that productivity, quality and innovation are the core conditions of competitiveness of an economy and drivers of economic growth and development . Ahsan Iqbal expressed these views while addre...


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Vice Chancellor’s Committee Meeting

5 January 2017

Islamabad, January 05, 2017: Federal Minister for Planning , Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal urged vice chancellors of public universities to help Higher Education in devising higher education Vision 2025 to cater socio-economic needs of the country. Minister expressed these views while add...


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Planning Commission Holds RTC for Promoting S&T

3 January 2017

Islamabad, January 3, 2017: Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform emphasized upon forming of a working group consisting of top scientists to advise government to foster development of science and technology in Pakistan The Minister expressed these views while addressing Round T...


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Officials from all provinces at JCC, a symbol of national unity: Ahsan Iqbal

2 January 2017

Officials from all provinces at JCC, a symbol of national unity: Ahsan Iqbal Beijing : Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal addressed academics from Peking University in China prior to JCC to be held on 29th December , 2016 While making his address the Minister said...


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CDWP approves 14 projects of worth Rs 139.5 billion

2 January 2017

Islamabad : The Central Development Working Party( CDWP) approved three significant projects of worth Rs 108 billion related to the areas situated around CPEC alignment to enhance mobility and to ensure socio - economic development. Overall, the CDWP approved 14 projects of worth Rs 139.5 billi...


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Planning Commission holds RTC on health issues

2 January 2017

Islamabad, January 2, 2017: Federal Minister for Planning , Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal highlighted the significance of health issues such as non communicable diseases and how they can be prevented by promoting healthy lifestyle. Minister expressed his views while addressing round table...


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CPEC offers opportunities for SMEs

27 October 2016

Islamabad: Federal Minister for Planning Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal said that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) can provide great opportunity for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to develop and grow as the role of SMEs is critical in the processes of inclusive growth. H...


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Ahsan Iqbal Addressing the national conference ykjty

27 October 2016

Ahsan Iqbal Addressing the national conference ykjty Our system problem And lack of continuity of policies The We annually 20 million Jobs for youth Creating Call to eliminate all corrupt dictator And they brought corruption Stack left Parliamentary system solutions In fast Parliame...


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Federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal chairs Senate PIDE meeting

27 October 2016

Federal Minister for Planning , Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal said that our goal is to transform Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) into a leading think tank in the fields of development and economics . He expressed these views while chairing 10th meeting of Senate P...


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CPEC projects on completion will silence critics: Ahsan Iqbal

27 October 2016

ISLAMABAD : Federal Minister Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal chaired a high level meeting to review the progress on various projects of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Officials of various ministries briefed the meeting about status of work on various projects under ...


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Ahsan Iqbal calls for political stability for growth and development

18 May 2016

Federal Minister Planning, Development & Reform Ahsan Iqbal today said that political instability and inconsistency in policies, poor investment in infrastructure, wrong economic policies and disjointed governance cost dearly in the past. We will not let mistakes of the past to be repeated. Pak...


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Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal Thursday rejected the Terms of Reference (ToR)s of Opposition parties about Panama Leaks issue and said that the ToRs was not against the corruption.

9 May 2016

Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal Thursday rejected the Terms of Reference (ToR)s of Opposition parties about Panama Leaks issue and said that the ToRs was not against the corruption. Talking to media at Islamia College University in Peshawar, he said it has become cr...


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Health services: National dashboard launched

23 April 2016

ISLAMABAD: The Health Planning, Systems Strengthening and Information Analysis Unit (HPSIU), a national dashboard which will compile online interactive health information from provincial health departments, was launched on Wednesday by the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and...


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Microsoft Launches Pakistan’s first of its Kind Entrepreneurship Platform– Rozgar.Work

23 April 2016

The Rozgar.work platform provides job-seekers with end-to-end career guidance, up skilling, job-matching and mentorship – all centred on a free online hub that brings the best resources together in a bold attempt to address unemployment and underemployment. The platform is powered by Microsof...


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Ahsan for adopting modern techniques in research

23 April 2016

islamabad - Convocation 2016 was held at Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS), the leading engineering institution of the country, with Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal as chief guest.The minister conferred degrees on the successful ca...


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Ahsan Iqbal directs to formulate integrated plan for fast track basis on hydro power projects

21 April 2016

Federal Minister Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal today directed to formulate an integrated plan on hydro power projects to take up their construction work on fast track basis. This integrated plan should consider financial implications as well as demand and supply of power to be pr...


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Pakistan and China sign historic PRSS-1 agreement, takes Sino-Pak friendship higher than stars, says Ahsan Iqbal

21 April 2016

Pakistan Space & Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) and China Great Wall Industry Cooperation (CGWIC) signed a contract for the development and launch of Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite (PRSS-1) System. Federal Minister Planning, Development & Reform Ahsan Iqbal and Mr. Yin Limpi...


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First phase of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will be completed by 2018: Ahsan Iqbal

18 April 2016

Federal Minister Planning, Development & Reform Ahsan Iqbal today stated, “First phase of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will be completed by 2018 The production of 10,000 MGW of energy under CPEC would help to overcome the energy crisis by 2018 as well as upgrade the existing road ...


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Ahsan Iqbal proposes China-Pakistan business platform for joint production in economic zones

18 April 2016

ISLAMABAD: Planning, Development and Reform Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Friday proposed China-Pakistan business platform for joint production in economic zones under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). He also proposed for working out a mechanism for training of Pakistani human resource in ...


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Deputy Chairman Planning Commission, Ahsan Iqbal Announced the Poverty Line

18 April 2016

On April 7, 2016 Government of Pakistan announced resetting of poverty line thus settling the debate which was going on since 2008. Deputy Chairman Planning Commission, Professor Ahsan Iqbal and Minister for Finance, Mr. Mohammad Ishaq Dar made the announcement. While explaining the need for...


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Pakistan and China reaffirms their commitment to CPEC in a meeting between Minister Planning & Development and Mr. Zhang Chuxian, member of CPEC

8 April 2016

Pakistan and China today reaffirmed their commitment speedily implementing China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, which will realize the visions of leadership of both China and Pakistan to take the decades-old geo political relations to geo economic orbit. Federal Minister Planning, D...


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CAREC University will be “university of future”: Ahsan Iqbal

8 April 2016

Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Reform Ahsan Iqbal today state, “Central Asian Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) University will be “university of the future” by incorporating world’s best academic models with top faculty recruited through international selection. Work ...


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Pakistan proposes deal with Xinjiang to extend scope of CPEC

8 April 2016

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has proposed to sign a five-year cooperation agreement with China’s western Xinjiang province to extend the scope of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) beyond infrastructure and energy projects to commerce and trade. The CPEC, announced in April last year, is a mo...


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Planning Ministry to be made ideal work-place for women: Ahsan Iqbal

9 March 2016

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal Tuesday said that the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform would be made an ideal work-place for women so that they could contribute effectively in national development. The minister was speaking at a cak...


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Second Governance Forum on Thursday December, 31, 2015

30 November -0001

The Second Governance Forum 2015 will be held on Thursday December 31, 2015, which is being considered as a step forward to create high performance and citizen focused governance, since the forum will review state of reforms, develop innovative solutions and recommend plans for accelerated impl...


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CDWP has approved 17 projects costing Rs20.32 billion, referred six projects worth Rs71.35billion and two position papers valuing at Rs178 billion to the ECNEC

30 November -0001

The Central Development Working Party has approved 17 projects costing Rs20.32 billion, referred six projects worth Rs71.35billion and two position papers valuing at Rs178 billion to the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council and gave concept clearance of three projects worth Rs60...


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Pakistan can move to top twenty five econnomies of the world by 2025

30 November -0001

Federal Minister Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal today said that Pakistan can move to top twenty five econnomies of the world by 2025 with the passion of people of Pakistan and the talent of our youth, which can even take the country in top ten econnomies of the world by 2047. Pak...


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Ahsan Iqbal declares 2016 year of productivity, quality and innovation

30 November -0001

Federal Minister Planning, Development & Reform Ahsan Iqbal declared 2016 as the year of Productivity, Quality and Innovation. He said that Pakistan needs average 7-8 percent growth rate in next ten years for sustained economic growth to create job opportunities for the growing youth population...


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31st Annual General Meeting and Conference of PIDE

30 November -0001

The 31st Annual General Meeting and Conference of the Pakistan Society of Development Economists (THE PSDE) will begintoday, December 17, 2015, at the Marriott, Islamabad. The theme of the PSDE’s 31st AGM & Conference is “Vision 2025: Effective Strategies for Transformational Growth”. The...


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Curriculum reforms most important initiative for the future of country: Ahsan Iqbal

30 November -0001

Federal Minister Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal said today that curriculum reforms is the most important initiative for the future of our country and is a collective enterprise of all the provinces and federal government along with stakeholders for completion of this task in next ...


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Pakistan would welcome Italian cooperation in social, economic, education and technological areas: Ahsan Iqbal

30 November -0001

Ambassador of Italy in Pakistan Stefano Pontecorvo called on Federal Minister Planning, Development & Reform Ahsan Iqbal today. The meeting was held in warm and cordial environment. Various issues pertaining to mutual interests, cooperation and bilateral relations were discussed. They exchan...


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Pakistan values its ties with Tajikistan : Ahsan Iqbal

30 November -0001

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Tajikitan Aslo Sirojidin Muhridinovich called on Federal Minister Planning, Development & Reform Ahsan Iqbal. Both sides discussed the matters of mutual interest and agreed to broaden the cooperation in economic, cultural and education sectors. They sa...


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Federal Govt is committed to prioritizing SDGs: Ahsan Iqbal

30 November -0001

Federal Minister Planning, Development & Reform Ahsan Iqbal said federal government is committed prioritizing to SDGs. We have to work closely with the provinces for achieving the targets in the social sector. Federal government envisages human development its first pillar in its development ag...


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CDWP on Wednesday approved 13 projects costingRs13.87 billion

30 November -0001

The Central Development Working Party on Wednesday approved 13 projects costingRs13.87 billion, and referred seven projects worth Rs1414.68billion to the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council. The meeting, chaired by Minister Planning, Development and Reform Prof Ahsan Iqbal, ...


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CPEC is a national project: Ahsan Iqbal

30 November -0001

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister Planning, Development & Reform Ashan Iqbal today said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a national project and it would benefit all the provinces as well as three billion people of region. No province or region of the country would be discriminated in ...


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