PR Islamabad - KOICA Alumni Association of Pakistan (KAAP) and Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) held an annual alumni reception which was attended by more than 120 government officers from different ministries.

KOICA Resident Representative Sung Choon-Ki said in the technical cooperation programme, more than 80 government officials have participated in 20 different training programmes in Korea. “We had successfully established regional alumni associations in Peshawar and organised four workshops in Lahore, Peshawar, Karachi and Islamabad. Now we have more than one thousand alumni and the number is increasing every year. I appreciate their participation in KOICA activities in Pakistan. We will soon complete the waste water treatment plant at Kasur, which will improve health and sanitation indicators in Punjab.”

He said Pak-Korea ICT Centre will also be functional in Islamabad this year. This project aims to provide Advanced ICT training programmes to Pakistanis. Moreover, Centre for Agriculture and Livestock Technology in Rawalpindi will improve living condition of the farmers in Pakistan. Apart from these projects, KOICA has initiated the project of technical textile research centre in Faisalabad and project for capacity building of small medium enterprise, which will play significant role in sustainable development of Pakistan.

Korean Ambassador Prof Dr Song Jong-hwan while addressing to the alumni said, “During my tenure as ambassador, the Korean prime minister and speaker of parliament visited Pakistan for the first time in history. And, on 27th September, the Korean President and your President had a summit meeting on the 70th UN General Assembly Session in New York. The two leaders discussed avenues of enhancing bilateral and multilateral ties.”

Korean dramatic socio-economic development is often described as “Miracle on Han River” but this transformation never came overnight. Thanks to the strong and visionary leadership and cohesion among peoples, today Korea has transformed into World 13th economy and from an aid recipient to donor country, he said. “It is my wish to see a similar ‘Miracle of the Indus River’ in Pakistan. God has given Pakistan the second highest mountain in the world as well as a deep sea like the Indian Ocean,” he added.

“Pakistan has a strategic location, abundant natural resources, population and land. Pakistan also has talented and skilled labour. All these reasons convince me Pakistan can achieve its own Miracle of the Indus River,” he further said. Korea is fully prepared to assist Pakistan in achieving this miracle by sharing its experience and resources through KOICA and EDCF, he said.