islamabad (PR) - The inaugural ceremony of Pak-Korea National Capacity Building Institute (NCBI) was held at Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) Headquarters, Islamabad.

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The Minister of State Mir Dostain Khan Domki and the Ambassador of Republic of Korea Jin-Wook Kim jointly inaugurated the newly constructed building of NCBI. The project has been completed with Korean grant aid of USD 3million.

The institute is equipped with the latest equipment for training and research. The Korean government has also provided training to the local professionals for serving the institute. The first course has commenced in the Institute on the subject “Water Management in Barani Areas“.

On that occasion, the Minister of State Mir Dostain Khan Domki appreciated the technical and financial assistance of the Korean government for establishing the institute and appreciated the efforts of PCRWR for completing the project.

While addressing on the occasion, the Ambassador of Republic of Korea Jin-Wook Kim highlighted the role of knowledge and capacity building for socio-economic uplift and development.

He shared that Pakistan is one of the major partner countries in terms of Korea’s Development Cooperation. Korea has learned from past development experience that human resource development is a key factor in fulfilling nation’s vision for economic growth.

He, therefore, emphasized on human resource development for boosting the economic growth and assured continued assistance of Korea to Pakistan.

Before that, Secretary Ministry of Science and Technology, while addressing the session, emphasized that the importance of water is beyond doubt and debates. However, its adequate availability is under pressure due to rapid population, growth, urbanization, industrialization and climate change.

The Secretary emphasized on innovative approach and latest technologies for solving the water-related problems. She appreciated efforts of PCRWR management for completion of the project, Chairman PCRWR Dr Muhammad Ashraf, in his keynote address, highlighted the importance of institute and its future plans for building capacity for water sector professionals.

He, therefore, shared the PCRWR achievements and expertise in the water sector and assured PCRWR commitment for sharing knowledge and expertise with trainees. The participants of the ceremony also made a visit to the institute and appreciated coordination of Korea and Pakistan in this regard.