Meeting briefed on Continental Shelf Programme

STAFF REPORT IBD: UN Subcommission of the United Nations Commission on the Limits of Contenental Shelf (UNCLCS), established to review Pakistans case on the limit of the continental shelf as a result territory behind 200 nautical miles, of more than 50000 square kilometers is expected to be secured for exclusive resource exploitation purposes.

This was revealed at a recently held meeting of the Inter-Ministerial Technical Evaluation Committee (TEC) on the Continental Shelf Programme of Pakistan. The meeting was chaired by Federal Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid.

During the meeting, Dr. Asif Inam, Project Director, gave a detailed presentation on the Pakistan Continental Shelf Programme.

He apprised that the foreign consultants have advised that the technical team should be made available in New York for meeting with the Sub commission to address any queries related to Pakistans case.

The minister sought the opinion of TEC members regarding the composition and size of the delegation. After detailed discussion the minister agreed with the suggestion that a four-member technical delegation.

The minister appreciated the Technical Evaluation Committee and the technical team for their efforts in this project of national significance. He further added that the honourable Prime Minister of Pakistan is fully aware of the project and assured on behalf of PM his complete support.

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