Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Pakistan Office of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) KPK haave signed a Record of Discussion (ROD) for a new grant aid project ‘Gravity Based Safe Drinking Water Supply System in Havelian, Abbottabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan’ on Tuesday, in Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) KPK office.
Mr. Yang Seokwoong, country director of KOICA, and Mr. Zakir Hussain Afridi, secretary of PHED at the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, signed the Record of Discussion.
Korean ambassador in Pakistan and Minister of Labour and Culture Shoukat Ali Yousoufzai attended the signing ceremony.
KOICA Provides US$12 million for the project which is expected to benefit 74,000 community people by installing a water supply system with a water treatment plant, which will allow access to safe and clean surface water.
The project will lead to the reduction of waterborne diseases and nutritional improvement and improve the capacity of the Government of Pakistan to achieve SDG 6.
To sustain the supply of safe drinking water to the Havelian people, KOICA will also support capacity building program to 15 officials of PHED K PK to ensure the operation and maintenance of the water supply system and strengthen research and policy capacity on water-related policy
Ambassador Suh Sangpyo of Korea said that Korean Government would support addressing water issues for friendship between the two countries and this project will improve people’s quality of life by improving health indicators, achieve UN SDGs, and the water supply situation.
He added that the Korean government has approved two hydropower projects of US$1.5 billion with the KP Government and Samsung electronics will set up a mobile phone assembly line by this December which will produce around 3 million Samsung mobile phones in Pakistan.
It was also said that the cooperation in agricultural technology for potato seed production and small agriculture machinery development is ongoing.
He emphasized that the Korean Embassy in Pakistan would spare no efforts to facilitate the implementation of this project for successful outcomes.
Mr. Shaukat Ali Yousufzai Minister of Labor, Culture, Human Rights & Parliamentary Affairs on behalf of the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa deeply thanked, the Korea International Cooperation Agency for their generous support and cooperation in the shape of grant in aid of 12 Million USD for the project.
Source: Pak Observer.
Editor’s note: The writer, Mr. MD Pathik Hasan, is a Dhaka-based NGO activist and a freelance writer (particularly on current international issues).