Islamabad, March 11, 2015 (PPI-OT): Ambassador of the Republic South Korea to Pakistan, Dr. Song Jong-hwan called on Federal Minister for Climate Change, Mushahid Ullah Khan here on Wednesday. Both sides agreed to boost cooperation in hydropower, water, agriculture, livestock, industry and science and technology.
During the meeting held in the Committee Room of the ministry, the minister Mushahid Ullah Khan said Korea has advanced in these socio-economic sectors and has matchless ability to deal with climate change-induced disasters. This is the first such meeting of the minister since his re-election as senator.
The minister told the ambassador that Prime Minister Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif is deeply concerned over unchecked deforestation in the country, which has exacerbated country’s vulnerability to the natural disasters, particularly flood, land erosion and landslides.
“However, the prime minister is keen for development of the forest sector of the country and tackling environmental degradation, which costs over Rs. 400 billion to the national kitty. I will leave no stone unturned to achieve these challenging tasks as desired by the prime minister, come what may,” the minister stressed.
“Given its advancement in economic sectors particularly in agriculture, water, hydropower, disaster risk management, the position of Korea is unique in Asian region and other countries of the region like Pakistan can benefit from the Korea’s experience in advancement in the field of science and technological research to achieve sustainable socio-economic development goals,” the minister said.
Mushahid Ullah and South Korean ambassador said they both see promising future of bilateral collaboration in socio-economic sectors and reiterated that they will make all-out efforts to achieve these very targets within limited timeframe.
The minister said that the next century belongs to Asia, in which Pakistan and South Korea has unprecedented strategic value and the both countries can play an imperative role for the ultimate development of the region and to tackle climate change-induced disasters, particularly floods, in an effective manner.
The both sides were of the agreed view that Pakistan and South Korea are already enjoying fraternal and friendly ties. However, they pledge to take this relationship to new height for the people of both countries.
“This is the prime objective of my meeting with you (the minister Mushahid Ullah Khan) to discuss the areas of mutual interest and how better cooperation could be enhanced for socio-economic uplift for the both countries,” Dr. Song Jong-hwan highlighted.
The ambassador told the minister South Korean experts are already serving Pakistan in the field of water, hydropower, livestock and agriculture. He further apprised the minister that his country has been giving 350 million dollars annually on low interest credit loan for development of different sectors including hydropower, livestock and water.
“Another loan of 10 million dollars will be also given for boosting Pakistan’s livestock and e-governance sectors, science and technology and construction sectors, the South Korean ambassador Dr. Song Jong-hwan.
He elaborated that the Korean International Cooperation Agency is establishing a Pak -Korea Capacity Building Center For Arid Agriculture and Live Stock Technology Rawalpindi to contribute to the empowerment of the Agriculture University through the improvement of educational infrastructure, improve human and institutional capacities of Pakistan in the effective construction of infrastructure and agriculture technology by transferring Korea’s experience and know-how to the Pakistani counterpart, increase farm income through quality improvement and enrichment of products.
The ambassador also added that his country has already completed 100 megawatt hydropower in 2013 and work on another hydropower of the same capacity is in progress and will be completed by end of 2016.
The minister Mushahid Ullah told the ambassador that he wants to work with Korea hand-in-hand to make the Asia climate-resilient, for the natural disasters have become a major roadblock to region’s progress and efforts meant for achieving sustainable development goals.
Earlier, the ambassador Dr. Song Jong-hwan extended invitation to the minister Mushahid Ullah Khan for visit to South Korea, which the latter accepted. The ambassador also greeted the minister Mushahid Ullah at his re-election as senator.
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