Prime Minister Presides Over Federal Cabinet Meeting

Islamabad: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani presided over the meeting of the Federal Cabinet at the Prime Minister’s Secretariat today.

The Cabinet considered and gave its approval to the National Climate Change Policy. Climate Change is one of the major challenges being faced by human society. It creates both risks and opportunities worldwide. Pakistan is among the countries that are worst affected by the climate change and the recent climate related disasters are some of its un-palatable consequences.

Under the UN framework convention on climate change, which Pakistan signed in 1994, is required to enact policies and strategies for climate change considering the adverse effects of the climate change extremes such as recurring floods, droughts, severe cyclonic storms etc impacting the socio economic development of the country.

A task force on climate change was set up in 2008. This National Climate Change Policy is based on the report of task Force on climate change. The Prime Minister directed CDA to make Islamabad an environment friendly city within a period of 3 months. The Prime Minister said that although environment is a provincial subject but we will provide capital as a role model for provinces to replicate.

The Cabinet considered and gave its approval for the establishment of a Regional Flood Information System in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan Region (HKH-HYCOS). International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) was established by the eight Hindu Kush-Himalayan (HKH) countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan) and is incorporated in Nepal under an Act of Parliament (1983) as a regional research and development agency.

It has been working towards sustainable mountain development in the HKH region and its mission is to develop an environmentally and economically sound mountain ecosystem. It also contributes towards sustainable management of water resources and flood risk reduction including improvement in quality of life of population living in the HKH region.

The Cabinet reviewed the implementation status of Cabinet decisions pertaining to National Disaster Management, Overseas Pakistanis and Planning and Development Divisions. The Cabinet was informed that 75 % , 50%, 88 % decisions pertaining to NDMA, Overseas Pakistanis and Planning Divisions respectively have been implemented and the remaining are in the process of implementation. The Prime Minister directed NDMA to devise a holistic approach in dealing with disaster management and a meeting in this regard be convened for taking all stake holders on board.

Finance Secretary made a presentation on the latest trends of prices of essential commodities in the country. He informed the Cabinet that prices of 31 items have decreased while there is slight increase in prices of 7 non food items and no change in prices of 15 items has been observed in the country.

The Cabinet considered and referred the matter to ECC for resolution of capacity payments to IPPs during Feb-May 2011 owing to gas supply Curtailment by SNGPL.

The Cabinet considered and accorded its approval, in principle, to start negotiations and signing of Protocol of Cooperation in the field of Archives between the Governments of the Republic of Turkey and Pakistan.

The Cabinet considered and accorded its approval for recognizing Vietnam as a full market. Vietnam is one of the important members of the ASEAN and an emerging economy in the Asia and Pacific region after China. The Ministry of Commerce is interacting with Vietnam through the forum of Joint Commission on Trade (JTC), to explore avenues of economic and trade cooperation.

The Cabinet considered and accorded its approval for renaming of Maritime Security Agency (MSA) as Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA). Maritime Security Agency was established in 1987 vide Gazette Notification which was followed by an Act of Parliament in 1994, MSA is a Government organization which is performing policing role in Exclusive Economic Zone of Pakistan.

In this context, it is pertinent to highlight that the designation MSA does not readily convey/facilitate recognition as a Law Enforcement Agency. As such, it is felt appropriate that the organization be renamed as “Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PSMA)”. The name PSMA would establish identity of the Agency as a national government organization, both at national and international level.
The Cabinet considered and gave its approval, in principle, to enter into negotiations over an agreement on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters between Pakistan and Poland. Ministry of Foreign Affairs has intimated that the Polish Government is interested in early finalization of the agreement on Mutual Legal Assistance in criminal matters, which will help to carry forward investigation into the murder of the Polish Geologist Mr. Piotr Stanezak.

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