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Mr.Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui , Secretary Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform ( Head of Delegation of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan being the current COM Chairman) was selected as chairman of the senior official segment of the 28th RPC meeting

Dated : 14 December 2017

3rd day OF The Regional Planning Council continues in Islamabad. More than 120 delegates from Member of the Economic Cooperation Organization are brain storming to finalize road map for execution of the ECO Vision 2025. Delegates from the member countries are set to deliberate to finalize the work plan for the year 2018 with the special focus on Trade and Investment, Transport and Communication, Energy Minerals and Environment, Agriculture Industry and Tourism, Project Economic Research and Statistics, Human Resources and sustainable development, drugs and organized crime coordination and ECO specialized agencies/ Regional Institutions/ Affiliated bodies and external relations. Eight working groups were formed on the above specialized areas. Each of these working group comprised of ministers, senior officials and experts from the member states.

On 3rd day all the working groups finalized their recommendations for onward presentment to the ministerial meeting to be held on the final day i.e. 14 December 2017. In this regard, a meeting of the senior officials was held under the joint chairmanship of the secretary ECO Mr. Hilal Ibrahim and Secretary Planning Division Pakistan Mr. Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui. The senior officials meeting undertook recommendations propounded by each of the working groups and reviewed those in detail. The finalized recommendations would be tabled in the ministerial meeting on Thursday 14 December. Talking to the senior official meeting secretary general expressed his immense satisfaction over the outcomes of the 28th Regional Planning Council meeting. He maintained that the meeting was highly successful and productive not only because of its significant agenda points but it would serve as a milestone because of the personal interest of each of the member states and hard work of their representatives. He stated that with the passage of time ECO was turning into one of the most important global forums since there was a consensus to put into efforts and join hands for the well being of a common man and uplift living standard. Meanwhile the representatives of the member states appreciated the hospitality of Pakistan.

Mr.Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui , Secretary Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform ( Head of Delegation of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan being the current COM Chairman) was selected as chairman of the senior official segment of the 28th RPC meeting. The secretary while thanking the participants upon his election as Chairman of the meeting underlined the importance of the Regional Planning Council (RPC) Meeting and called for adopting appropriate decisions during the meeting to help Member States in strengthening regional economic cooperation in a synergic and coherent manner.