UNOPS Executive Director Visits KOICA
UNOPS’ Executive Director Grete Faremo and Director of Partnerships Nikolaj
Gilbert visited KOICA headquarters on October 5th. Ms. Faremo and KOICA Vice
President Wooyoung Chung positively evaluated the two organizations’ past and
on-going cooperation in the areas of procurement, training, and infrastructure.
They also discussed each organization’s strengths in supporting the achievement
of the SDGs and the possibility of expanding their collaboration to increase
the involvement of the private sector in financing for development.
“Korea is playing an increasingly important role in the humanitarian and
development world, in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. UNOPS
is uniquely placed to assist KOICA to achieve its goals in fragile states, through
our long-standing experience in implementing high-quality, resilient projects
in the world’s most challenging environments,” said Faremo on future prospects
for UNOPS’ partnership with KOICA.
Meanwhile, Mr. Chung commented, “KOICA hopes to expand its partnership with
UNOPS in fragile states and in countries where KOICA has limited presence, while
also exploring possible collaboration in finding innovative solutions for financing
Parallel to the high level meeting, Mr. Gilbert and KOICA held an operational
level meeting with relevant KOICA country coordinators and specialists to discuss
project specific issues and ways to systematically improve collaboration between
the two organizations.
UNOPS and KOICA have worked together for over ten years, mainly within procurement
support, infrastructure, and procurement training. UNOPS has proven a particularly
useful partner with its mandate and experience in the sector, especially in
fragile and conflict-afflicted states.
UNOPS mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the
United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure
and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner. Through over 1,200 projects
in around 80 countries each year, UNOPS supports the successful implementation
of partners' peace building, humanitarian and development projects, often in
some of the world's most challenging environments.
Press release of UNOPS
The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) was established as a governmental
agency of the Republic of Korea under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1991.
It implements Korea’s grant aid and technical cooperation programs for inclusive
and sustainable development of partner countries. Main areas of operations include
education, health, rural development, public administration, and technology
environment and energy. KOICA manages its ODA programs through its country offices
in 44 partner countries.