Adviser to the Prime Minister on Commerce, Textile and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood has said that the Economic Coordination Committee’s (ECC) decision to reduce power tariff for the export industry would be implemented.
In a meeting with All Pakistan Textiles Mills Association (APTMA) and other textile industry representatives, the Adviser said that the decision would be implemented in letter and spirit.
Dawood said that it was agreed in the ECC meeting that Captive Power would be included at a $6.5/MMBTU pricing for gas supply to the zero-rated industry.
The ECC has decided that Secretary Textile Muhammad Younus Dhaga would approach the Ministry of Petroleum and the Ministry of Finance to devise a new mechanism for implementing the ECC’s decision.
He added that the main purpose of the decision is to cut the input cost of the export industry to be competitive in the international market so the trade deficit can be reduced.
He assured that the gas supply to the export industry would continue in the winter season without any interruption.
The adviser said that the Cabinet and ECC had also taken into consideration the reservations of the export industry.
As agreed in the meeting, Ministry of Petroleum would be advised to instruct Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) to receive payment of the Re-Gasified Liquefied Natural Gas (RLNG) bills for the October at $ 6.5/MMBTU and the balance would be deferred and obtained directly from the Ministry of Finance.
He said that tje due bills would be paid as soon as the industry did not have the liquidity to pay the full amount.