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Title UNOPS Executive Director Visits KOICA
Date 05/10/2016

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 for development.”


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.


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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.



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