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Korea to help improve Pakistan’s water quality by boosting monitoring system

KOICA is a Korea-based grant agency and has implemented numerous projects relating to departments like water, energy and rural development in Pakistan.

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On Wednesday, KOICA (Korea International Cooperation Agency) and the Ministry of Climate Change signed a memorandum of understanding, that will help in improving Pakistan’s water quality monitoring system. Through this, Pakistan will be able to accomplish the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal-6.

Malik Amin Aslam, Prime Minister’s Adviser on Climate Change, led the delegation from Pakistan, on the other hand, Kwak Sung-Kyu, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Pakistan, represented Korean delegation at MoU signing ceremony.

“Managing quality and quantity of water is a big challenge. This project is timely and will contribute to improving water management in Pakistan,” – said Adviser Malik Amin Aslam.

At the ceremony, Ambassador Kwak Sung-Kyu said that he hoped this initiative would help in improving the quality of life, by bettering the water quality parameters and achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

‘Enhancing Water Quality Monitoring System’

Mohammad Saleem, Deputy Director of Ministry of Climate Change Media, stated that under the MoU between the two countries (Pakistan and Republic of Korea), a project called ‘Enhancing Water Quality Monitoring System’ will be initiated, at the cost of $7.42 million from 2019 to 2024.

“The first such project will aim to improve the capacity of the government of Pakistan to achieve UN’s SDG-6 that relates to boosting water quality monitoring system for public and environmental safety and conservation purposes,” – said Mohammad Saleem while talking to the media.

As per him, KOICA will improve water quality, extend the equipment used for testing the quality and give training to 36 PHED (Public Health Engineering Department) laboratories in Punjab, and another eight in KP (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa).

Furthermore, through this project, suggestion and consultation relating to water policy and legislative reforms in the two provinces will also be provided.

KOICA is a Korea-based grant agency and has implemented numerous projects relating to departments like water, energy and rural development in Pakistan.


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