(left) KOICA Vice President Hong Sungmog delivering an opening speech
(right) The 1st KOICA-JICA Workshop

The 1st KOICA-JICA Workshop held in Seoul, Korea
On February 16, 2012, KOICA held the first workshop with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) under the theme of ¡®Mutual Learning for Effective Development Cooperation after Busan¡¯ in Seoul. Participants at the workshop discussed what future measures to take in order to enhance development effectiveness after Busan HLF-4. The Busan Forum, held in November 2011, raised urgent issues that the international community is now facing, such as the global financial crisis, climate change, frequent natural disasters, and international conflicts, and suggested Public-Private Partnership as one of the solutions to take. The KOICA-JICA workshop provided a chance for discussions about cooperation methods among Government-CSOs-Private sectors in development assistance.

KOICA appoints experts for Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries sector
On February 14, 2012, KOICA appointed 16 experts from government and private sectors as ¡®Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries Experts¡¯ in order to increase efficiency and expertise in this sector of development cooperation.
The government of Korea is planning to increase its ODA:GNI ratio from 0.13% in 2011 to 0.15% in 2012, and 0.25% in 2015. Accordingly, KOICA is carrying out advancement plans to enhance its ODA quality and, in line with this target, it is appointing experts for each assistance sector. KOICA has appointed 10 experts in the education sector in 2011, and is planning to appoint 16 experts in the industry & energy sector.

KOICA President Park Dae-won and experts in Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries sector

KOICA-KEITI signs MOU for Cooperation
On February 2, 2012, KOICA signed an MOU with Korea Environmental Industry & Technology Institute (KEITI) for cooperation between two organizations in the areas of environment and climate change. The organizations will cooperate in invitation training, expert dispatch, and development research in the field.

(left) Hebron Youth Center & Basic School
(right) KOICA Vice President Han Choong-sik (right) and the Prime Minister of Palestine Mr. Salam Fayyad (left) at the opening ceremony

KOICA opens Hebron Youth Center & Basic School in Palestine
On January 14, 2012, KOICA opened a Youth Center & Basic School in Hebron, Palestine, to increase the accessibility of young children to education in the region. At the opening ceremony, KOICA Vice President Han Choong-sik, Head of KOICA Palestine Office Mr. Lee Sang-baek, Korean representative to Palestine Mr. Yeo Sungjun, Prime Minister of Palestine Mr. Salam Fayyad, and the Mayor of Hebron Mr. Khaled Osaily were present, along with 400 other distinguished guests.
The government of Palestine has set human resource development and the security of the youth as priority, but the chronic budget shortage has limited its financial support for the policy. In particular, since the population of children and young people consists of 60% of the total population of Hebron, the lack of education facilities in the region has been a serious problem.
The Hebron Youth Center & Basic School is the biggest in terms of single ODA project carried out by the government of Korea for Palestine. KOICA invested US$ 6 million from 2009 to 2011 for the construction of the school (5,790§³), supply of education facilities, invitation of managers at the school to Korea for training, and dispatch of Korean experts to Palestine.
¡°Like Korea, Palestine lacks in natural resources; therefore, it has to develop human resources to achieve national development.¡± KOICA Vice President Han Choong-sik said, ¡°I believe the Hebron Youth Center & Basic School will work as the cornerstone for community development in the Hebron region.¡±

Korean Ambassador to Uzbekistan and winners from the 1st KOICA Writing Contest
KOICA-KU hold an International Conference for Korean Language in Uzbekistan
From February 8 to 10, 2012, KOICA and Korea University held an international conference for Korean language in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. For the last 20 years, the government of Korea has invited 40,000 trainees from partner countries to Korea. Among them, about 900 trainees from 50 countries participated in Korean language courses, while 1,400 overseas volunteers were dispatched to 36 developing countries for Korean language education. Korea University, as a partner organization of KOICA, has enthusiastically participated in the training program, by organizing Korean language courses for 100 trainees.
The conference was held in order to enhance the sustainability of the training programs, with alumni from Korean language trainees, Korean overseas volunteers and more than 200 representatives presented. KOICA President Park Dae-won said, ¡°I hope the conference will be an opportunity to spread the Korean Wave (hallyu) to partner countries, including Uzbekistan, and thus strengthen the cooperative relationship between Korea and the partner countries.¡±