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Message from KOICA Pakistan

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the official website of the KOICA Pakistan Office and the KOICA Alumni Association of Pakistan (KAAP). I invite you to explore our website to learn about KOICA’s development cooperation program in the Pakistan as well as our alumni association’s events and activities. Korea ex...


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Annual Reception Pictures of Alumni

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 KOICA Alumni Association Pakistan Annual Reception 2014 Pictures.  

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KOICA Pakistan office request to all KOICA Alumni to please download all the pictures from the below mentioned link, just click on the link or login to you dropbox account to download. you can also share pictures with others.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/06r7kd2kcnu3q4h/AACX1fkFm8f7PC4xmJ_fxcSXa?dl=0

KOICA Annual reception 2014

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KOICA Alumni Association of Pakistan (KAAP) organizes an Annual Alumni Reception 2014.  

[On Dec. 12th, KOICA Alumni Association of Pakistan (KAAP) & Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), official donor agency of the Republic of Korea held an Annual Alumni reception 2014. More than 120 higher government official from different Government Ministries attended the program.

Mr. Sung Choon-ki, the Director General of KOICA Pakistan said that I am very pleased to share with you that number of our alumni is over 1000 this year. We have established a KOICA-KAAP Education Support Fund to help deprived student in Pakistan. We have donated some amount and hopeful that with the support of our alumni we will be able to sustain this program for a better future of those children. Further, the regional association will also start same program in their respective provinces.

We are smoothly running our ongoing five projects in water, Education, Agriculture, Rural Development, ICT and Textile with our alumni support and guidance. This year, we have successfully organized and established two regional alumni associations in Karachi (Sindh) and Lahore (Punjab) and next year we are planning to arrange Baluchistan and KP alumni associations for enhancing bilateral relations between the two nations.

IMG_6348H.E the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea Prof. Dr. Song Jong-hwan while addressing to the alumni said Republic of Korea and Pakistan celebrated 30 years of friendly diplomatic ties and this year the Korean Prime Minister and Speaker of parliament visited Pakistan for the first time in history. This is indeed a milestone in our historic relations remarkable achievement for both of our nations. I want these friendly relation to be closer and deeper for the better, safe and prosperous Pakistan.

Certainly, strong and visionary leadership, contribution by foreign labors, Saemaul Undong (participatory rural development plan) and cohesion among its people, were most of the memorable moments in Korea's path to prosperity and development. Likewise early Korea, thousands of Pakistanis today are working around the world and even South Korea has more than ten thousands of Pakistanis which grow yearly. You are a great source of Korea and Pakistan and you can play a significant role to apply those learning and lesson learnt in developing your nation and country.  You are friend of Korea and can work prominently in linking our nations and developing an everlasting relationship in the future. He encouraged greater interaction between the alumni members and their activities in Pakistan.

Dr. Muhammad Akram Shaikh, President KOICA Alumni Association of Pakistan said that This year is the first time regional alumni associations are formed & activated to impart their important role in enhancing bilateral relation between Korea & Pakistan. With collaboration of KOICA & KAAP and executive members this year we have also formed five advisory groups in the area of water & sanitation, Education, Health, Agriculture & Rural Development, ICT and Textile. The groups are committed to support and guide for the timely completion and sustainability of the completed & ongoing KOICA projects. This year we also organized a workshop on Saemaul Undong; Implication for Socio-economic Development of Pakistan with the help of KOICA office.

Most Active Alumni winner award 2014

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On 16th Dec, 2014 Director General KOICA hosted lunch meeting with Most Active Alumni Website Award Winer 2014, Mr.Naveed Ahmed Deputy Collector, Federal Board of Revenue lahore. KOICA will send Mr.Naveed Ahmed to Korea on fully funded trip in the year 2015. Mr.Naveed Ahmed apriciated KOICA for the award and praised KOICA for launching a website and giving all Alumni oppurtiunity to participate in KOICA Activities. Most Active Alumni Website Award Winner 2014 Mr.Naveed Ahmed encouraged all Alumni members to take active part in KOICA activities to avail oppurtiunities like this. He thanks to all KOICA staff and assured that he will contribute more in KOICA Activities.

Conference on Learning from Korea karachi

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CONFERENCE ON LEARNING FROM KOREAN EXPERIENCE”

On 6th Dec, 2014 At PC Hotel in Karachi the outset, President welcomed the Alumni members and briefed them about the objective of conference. He elaborated role of KOICA in socio-economic development of Pakistan through various development projects. The Government of Korea, through its aid agency KOICA has endeavored to support and assist developing countries around the world, including Pakistan. In Pakistan, KOICA activities have focused on the vocational skills development, education, health, water and sanitation related sectors. For instance, Pak-Korea Capacity Building Institute for Water Quality Management at PCRWR, Islamabad, Provision of Water Supply Schemes in Mandi Bahauddin, Punjab & Waste Water Treatment facility in Patoki, District Kasur Punjab. It is expected that these projects will contribute in the socio-economic development of Pakistan and will perform an important role in exchange of technology and cultural relations between the two friendly countries. He said that Korea would continue its efforts in pursuit of social uplift projects in Pakistan.

2.         He also acknowledged the role of KOICA Pakistan Office in providing an effective forum for future collaboration between two brother counties in every walk of life and extend full technical and financial cooperation for improving standard of living of people of Pakistan.

 

Mr. Gzhanfar Ali, Secretary Transport, Govt. of Sindh delivered a detailed presentation on Transport Situation in Sindh province in general and Karachi in Particular. He briefed they participants on the current situation and problem of transport management in different cities of Pakistan and compared with Transport Infrastructure of South Korea. He also explained the future Plan/Projects for improvement of transport network and elaborated the future Mass Transit program comprising seven (07) transit lines of different BRT, LRT and KCR in Karachi. He indicated that Korean Investment for development of these transit lines will be welcome.

Mr. Zubair, Vice President, made concluding speech. He expressed his gratitude to Mr.  Gzhanfar Ali and Mr. Muhammad Adnan Nazir for their impressive presentation & all participants for their thought-provoking discussion and resolves to play their role at forum of KOICA KAAP Sindh. He also thanked KOICA Office Islamabad for extending their every effort for regional association to play its role towards upliftment of people of Sindh Province.

In the end, Vice President concluded conference and invited participants for dinner.


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KAAP Regional President Sindh gave message for KOICA Alumni and KOICA Office:

 

 "The endeavour of the Republic of South Korea and its aid Agency KOICA in helping developing countries in their socio-economic development through country focused training programs and development projects is commendable. Organization and activation of Koica Alumni Association of Pakistan and its regional bodies is again a positive step towards development of close relationship with South Korea through KOICA, Korean Consulate and Korean Investment and Trading Agency. Involvement of KOICA Alumni Association in identification of pressing issues of the country and their solution and also in development of projects for financial and technical assistance of South Korea and assessments of training and capacity building requirements of public functionaries, is a productive exercise requiring reinforcement."





KOICA Worksshop for Samoul Undong

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KOICA Pakistan held a one day Workshop on Saemaul Undong; Implications for Socio-economic Development of Pakistan

[On Dec. 6th, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), official donor agency of the Republic of Korea has held a workshop ‘Saemaul Undong (SMU); Implication for Socio-Economic Development of Pakistan’ at KOICA Office. The workshop them was how to ensure KOICA’s grant aid program sustainability via SMU and presented the success story of initiating SMU in Punjab province, where Saemaul Undong methodology was adopted to revitalize 2,000 rural communities and shares development experiences of Korea for poverty alleviation and income generation.

Mr. Sung Choon-ki, the Director General of KOICA Pakistan began the workshop with his opening remark, and said that “Saemaul Undong has high potential to be adopted in Pakistan and it will contribute greatly on social and economic development of Pakistan. Since, Pakistan particularly Punjab has vast human and natural resources that can be used to create income and eradicate poverty. Pakistan has similar industrial structure to Korea in 1970s”. He also added “I hope the workshop would be a chance for Pakistan to apply SMU to rural community actively”.

Mr. Mohsin Khan Workshop Coordinator said that “Improving and empowerment of minds is essential to sustainability of the projects. Most of the developmental theories and model in development are compose of either social or physical improvement or empowerment of people. But the Korean participatory development model “New Village Movement” is one of the unique and comprehensive model that encompasses physical, social and cognitive development of the communities to not only change their living standards but to create resilience via mental reforms/changes pertinent to sustainability.”

The speaker at the first session Prof. Rai Niaz Ahmed Vice Chancellor PMAS-Arid Agriculture University of Rawalpindi emphasized importance of capacity building and role of universities and institution, ‘Implication of Saemaul Undong for Development Aid Projects in Pakistan’. He said “We can continue sustainability of aid projects by adapting core elements of SMU such as Ownership, Participation of local residents, Leadership to Pakistan” and “AAUR has plan to support rural development projects, like training village leaders, dissemination of SMU, development of rural self-governing capacity, connected them with Pak-Korea Capacity Building Center for AAUR’ an ongoing project by KOICA”.

Mr. Dawood Muhammad Bareach Secretary Local Government and Rural Development of Punjab introduced model villages and rural development programs in Punjab in session 2, ‘Implication of Saemaul Undong for Rural Development in Pakistan’. In this session, they also discussed how to adopt SMU to rural areas effectively. 2,000 Model Villages are being managed and they are trying to develop rural community actively for poverty alleviation and socio-economic development of Pakistan and particularly Punjab. SMU in Punjab is one of typical exemplary cases as it is based on needs of local residents and voluntary participation and also proceeded systemically by government.

“We have even prepared a SMU song in local language with same theme to change the mind set of these targeted communities and to make them working for their community effectively.” He added further. He said that under the leadership of Mian Shahbaz Sharif the Chief Minister Punjab, their department is striving to eradicate poverty and improve the condition of the villages.

On the occasion, Prof. Dr. Iqrar Ahmed Khan Vice Chancellor University of Agriculture Faisalabad who attended global Saemaul Undong Conference in October, 2014 in Korea express his deepest gratitude toward Korean government and KOICA for arranging workshop on SMU in Pakistan. He said that “huge resources have been utilized in Pakistan for rural economic reforms and poverty reduction yet there is a need in this perspective Saemaul Undong (New Village Movement) which could be a role model for Pakistan’s rural development paradigm. Some of the recommendation are suggested based on Korean experience and from the case studies of other developing countries such as Laos, Myanmar and Philippine;

The Universities and institution via its students, academia brought by rigorous training and passion of Saemaul volunteers and leaders can disseminate the spirit of collaboration and self-help that change mindset of our people. If other developing countries, within the limits of socio-economic differences, can learn many lessons from Korea’s rural and agricultural development experiences why not Pakistan having huge natural and human resources can lead a successful story.” He added further.

In concluding remarks, speakers  and panel members including Dr. Akram Shaikh President KAAP expressed strong commitment towards introducing SMU in Pakistan as Punjab already started working on it and academia can lead by playing its role as mind changing agents and improving the capacities of rural people for a better, prosperous and peaceful country. Shields were presented to the speakers and certificates were distributed among participants.

A large number of KOICA Pakistan Alumni members, project partner organization and department such as Pakistan Council on Research in Water Resources (PCRWR), Construction Technology Training Institute, along with JICA, UNDP and TIKA representative and government departments participated in the workshop. KOICA alumni and partner organization assure their full support and commitment to work for strengthen the bilateral cooperation and friendship between Republic of Korea and Pakistan.

Currently, approximately 80 trainees participate in KOICA’s training program each year that now its alumni members reached over 1,000. Upon the workshop as opportunity, KOICA Pakistan is planning to cooperate in harness with both of Pakistan government, and the party concerned for the successful application of Saemaul Undong to Pakistan in a sustainable way.

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