The government of Korea, through its aid agency KOICA (Korea International Cooperation Agency), has endeavored to support and assist developing countries around the world, including Pakistan. Over $31 million have been used by KOICA in Pakistan to fund and support various humanitarian and development projects. In Pakistan, KOICA activities have focused on the education and health related sectors.
In 2011 the Government of the Republic of Korea approved new grant aid projects to be implemented by KOICA, including:
- “Provision of water supply & sewerage drainage schemes” in tehsil Phalia, district Mandi Bahauddin, Punjab for villages adversely impacted by the Sugar Colony Mill.
- Construction of “National Capacity Building Institute for Water Quality Management” in Islamabad in coordination with Pakistan Council for Research in Water Resources
Feasibility surveys for these projects were conducted by an official Korean delegation of experts in November 2010. The Korean delegates visited the project sites, federal and provincial government offices to collect technical information and share views.
These grant aid projects are in addition to the KOICA’s ongoing training programs for Pakistani officials and ODA projects in the fields of textile industry, vocational training etc.
It is expected that these projects will contribute in the socio-economic development of Pakistan and will perform an important role in exchange of technology and cultural relations between the two friendly countries. Korea will continue its efforts to pursue social uplift projects in Pakistan.
|KOICA Funded or Supported Projects|
|Pak Korea Garment Technology Training Centre – Karachi||KOICA has established an institute for the transfer of technology and for human resource development of workers in the textile sector. 1 and3 year training courses and diplomas are offered.|
|Information Communication Technology Centre of Excellence – Islamabad||A centre for the provision of international standard training in the information communication sector. Short and Long duration courses will be offered for optimal skill enhancement|
|Capacity Building Institute for Water Resources – Islamabad||In collaboration with Pakistan Council for Research and Water Resources, under Ministry of Science and Technology, to provide trainings to Government officials to improve water resource management|
|Water Supply Scheme in 25 Villages for Punjab||25 Villages affected by effluence of sugar mills will be provided clean and safe drinking water|
|Korea-Japan Joint Cooperation Project – Malakand||Vocational Training Program for the crisis affected people of Malakand Division. KOICA programs helps in capacity development and skill enhancement by providing training program for plumbing steel fixing, heavy machinery operators|
|UNHABITAT project for IDPs||Reconstruction and Rehabilitation of community infrastructure in crisis affected area of Malakand, Fata. The project is working to restore community services and infrastructure such as roads, water supply systems, schools and community centers|