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Earth breaking ceremony of National Capacity Building Institute for Water Quality Management held

Islamabad, March 04, 2013 (PPI-OT): The earth breaking ceremony of the National Capacity Building Institute for Water Quality Management was held at PCRWR Headquarters Islamabad. The Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has initiated a grant of $3 million for the establishment of this Institute. The construction work will also be executed by the Donghbu Engineering Project Management Company of KOICA.

Speaking at the ceremony the chief guest Mir Changez Khan Jamali, Federal Minister for Science and Technology said “we are extremely thankful to the Korean Government for providing financial and technical support to Pakistan in accomplishing this important project of national importance.

I am very much confident and hopeful that the National Capacity Building Institute for Water Quality Management will act as Center of Excellence and will enable PCRWR to maintain a long term capacity building setup in the area of water quality assessment and management”.

Mr. Choonjoo Choi, the Ambassador of Republic of Korea said that today is an important day for Korea-Pakistan friendship as Pakistan and Korea are also celebrating 30th anniversary of their diplomatic relationship. “

Pakistan is facing numerous challenges in storage, supply and quality of water resources. The proposed institute will provide training in the capacity building of the water supply agencies of Pakistan in water quality assessment and management.

This project ranks high in the Pakistan-Korea collaboration” He further added. Mr. Sung Choonki, Resident Representative of KOICA in Pakistan in his remarks showed satisfaction on the excellent efforts and cooperation of PCRWR and Ministry of Science and Technology on the successful implementation of the project.

Mr. Akhlaq Ahmed Tarar, Federal Secretary for S&T in his remarks said that Government of Pakistan is executing various projects for the provision of safe drinking water and PCRWR is already imparting training to the professionals of water supply agencies. “The proposed Institute will be proved to be the bench mark in the capacity building of water supply professionals, for which the generous support of Korean Government is highly commendable and appreciable” He added.

Earlier Dr. Muhammad Aslam Tahir, Chairman PCRWR, presenting an over view of the project said that the water quality monitoring and surveillance is the need of the current time. “Recent nation-wide survey of over 10,000 water supply schemes conducted by PCRWR has identified lack of trained manpower as the main reason for poor performance of water supply schemes besides other technical, financial and social issues.

This is mainly due to absence of any specialized institute in water quality management at national level. The proposed Institute would be a permanent setup and first of its kind in the field. It would impart training courses at certificate and diploma level to the existing staff associated with water supply agencies as well as to the fresh entrants to become part of such agencies in future” He further added.

Ms. Rahila Shahadat Baloch, State Minister for Science and Technology and other officials of Ministry of Science and Technology and Korean Embassy participated in the ceremony.

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