FAISALABAD-Former South Korean ambassador in Pakistan Dr Jong Hwan Song said his country and Pakistan are enjoying good relations in the various fields including agriculture, education and rural development.

The good relations will help make prosperity in the two countries, he said while talking to University of Agriculture Faisalabad Vice Chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan at the VC chamber.

He said that collaboration in the small water reservoirs could be initiated with Pakistani institutions that will help address the issue of water scarcity. He said there are many similarities between the countries. He added that languages of both the countries have some common words. He said that the enhanced collaboration would help fight the challenges especially in agriculture sector. He also discussed Special Economic Zone for greater cooperation. He lauded the steps being taken on the part of UAF for the uplift of agriculture and education sector.

He also called for further cementing ties in order to create new business and investment environment and to get benefit from each other experiences. He said food security and rural development were more important, helping the nations alleviate hunger. He said that Korean rural development model Saemaul Undong, launched in 1970 can be replicated in Pakistan. He added that the Saemaul Undong spirit was based on diligence, self-help and cooperation amongst farmers.

The Vice Chancellor stressed a need to learn from the Korea experiences. He said that UAF had the vast range of work on the water management and collaboration with Korean institutions will further enhance the works.

He stressed promoting education and rural development. He said that we have the large population of youth. If we train them and provide quality education and skill them the country can overcome the challenges of the poverty, unemployment and low per capita income.