ISLAMABAD - Pakistan and Korea has reviewed implementation of projects being executed through Korean assistance worth around $300 million in Pakistan.

Dr Waqar Masood Khan, Secretary, EAD has chaired the meeting, which was attended by Choong joo Choi, Ambassador of Republic of Korea and his team. Secretary EAD appreciated Korean assistance and noted with satisfaction that not only the quantum of bilateral cooperation has increased over a short period of time but its scope has also enhanced.

Progress of all development projects being implemented in Pakistan through Korean Assistance were reviewed in the meeting. Similarly the projects, for which Korean Assistance is expected shortly, were also reviewed minutely. Both side expressed satisfaction with regard to Korean Development Assistance for the following projects: Gepco Sub Station for Rural Distribution construction project which is being implemented with Korean assistance to the tune of $45million, along with construction of Malakand Tunnel Project for which a Korean assistance of $78 million is being negotiated. Establishment of Centre of Excellence in Information Technology at Islamabad which is being implemented under KOICA’s grant assistance of $5 million, National Capacity Building institute for Water Quality Management (PCRWR) for which Korea has committed a grant of $3 million.

Apart from development projects, Korean assistance for Capacity Building of Pakistani Civil Servants was also reviewed. The Korean Ambassador offered that if Government of Pakistan desired tailor made Capacity Building Courses for its officers, the Republic of Korea will come forward with a helping hand. Similarly, the Korean Ambassador also offered that Korean Development Model can be introduced at university level for the purpose of benefiting the Pakistani development researchers to find good lessons.

The meeting was informed that Korean government attaches a great importance to Pakistan and is desirous to develop strategic, economic development relations and in order to formulate country specific development strategy which currently Republic of Korea has with 24 countries of the world, soon a high-level technical team will visit Pakistan to negotiate specific possibilities.

Secretary, EAD appreciated the sincerity of the Government of the Republic of Korea and assured the visiting dignitaries that Pakistan will reciprocate the initiative with matching sincerity and warmth.