The Ministry of Climate Change has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a South Korean company to help Pakistan enhance its water quality monitoring system.
Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) is working under the umbrella of the South Korean government. The company has previously completed various projects in the field of water, power, and rural development in the country. They want to help Pakistan achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal number 6.
Prime Minister’s Advisor on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam headed Pakistan’s delegation during the MoU signing ceremony.
For the project, the South Korean company will invest $7.42 million over the course of five years (from 2019 to 2024) on ‘Enhancement of Water Quality Monitoring System’ in the country.
“The first such project will aim to improve the capacity of the government of Pakistan to achieve UN’s SDG-6 that relates to boosting water quality monitoring system for public and environmental safety and conservation purposes,” said the Climate Ministry’s spokesperson.
Mohammad Saleem informed the media that the South Korean company provides water quality testing equipment to 36 laboratories in Punjab, and 8 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. It will also train members of the Public Health Engineering Department (PHED).
The company will also offer consultations and technical suggestions on water-related policies in these provinces