a Better World Together”
Korea International Cooperation Agency(KOICA) in Tunisia opened its office in
Tunisia 2 years ago, but cooperation programs between Tunisia and KOICA has
been existing since 1991.
this context, KOICA organized a ceremony last Friday to honor its new Korean
volunteers who had arrived in Tunisia on June 1st,2009. They are specialized
in different areas such as computer science, agriculture, Korean cuisine, Korean
language, electronics and Taekwondo. These volunteers are to be assigned to
several Tunisian institutions for a 2-year activities.
Korea International Cooperation Agency is committed to build a better world,
by helping to achieve the Millennium Development goals(MDGs) and by promoting
equitable and sustainable development in partner countries. KOICA also strives
to participate in global efforts to strengthen the capacity of both government
and individual to fight poverty and improve the quality of life in partner countries.
the light of Korea's experience of economic development, KOICA believes that
a successful development policy of a country depends, in a large part, on its
motivation, self-confidence and on a realistic assessment of needs to be met.
However, to carry out such a policy, a developing country may be inspired by
other’s successful experiences and benefit from their assistance. That’s why
KOICA fully supports MDGs which are importantly considered to found bases for
sustainable socio-economic development in partner countries. In this regard,
the KOICA allocates more financial resources to the MDGs and actively participates
in various international initiatives to find new sources of financing for development
and to increase assistance to least developed countries. As for the Korea's
official development assistance(ODA), it is composed of three types of aid:
bilateral grants and technical cooperation, bilateral loans and multilateral
assistance. Multilateral aid programs are carried out through international
financial institutions or contribution to international organizations. KOICA's
priority areas comprise human resources, governance, education, health, rural
development, humanitarian aid, aid for the reconstruction of post-war Iraq,
aid for reconstruction after the Afghanistan war
Korean volunteers in Tunisia
activities include sending Korean volunteers in Tunisia. Eleven volunteers arrived
in Tunisia on June 1st and participated in a training program to learn Arabic
and French languages. They have also been given the opportunity to get familiar
with the Tunisian population, lifestyle and culture. These volunteers will be
staying in Tunisia for 2 years starting from 27 July 2009 to 27 July 2011. They
are assigned in several institutions of the Republic of Tunisia, namely the
Institute of Agriculture of Kef, the Higher Institute of Languages in Gabes,
the Higher Institute of Computer Science and Multimedia in Gabes, the Vocational
Institute of Tourism in Sousse, Youth House Dar Chaâbane El Fehri, new
Medina, etc. They find Tunisia a beautiful, peaceful and multi-cultural country.
to Mrs. OH Jin-hee, adviser to the Korean embassy in Tunis, these volunteers
will contribute to the development of Tunisia and promote mutual understanding
between the two countries. Furthermore, ”Living in Tunisia will have a positive
impact on volunteers' lives".
Mr. Mokhtar Mahouchi, Director of the Institute of Agriculture of Kef underlined
the added value of such cooperation and the benefit that sharing experience
can produce. He also added that such cooperation is a valuable opportunity to
promote open-mindedness, tolerance and dialogue between civilizations.
supports to the Tunisian government policy and is committed to carry on its
activities as a part of the Korean contribution to enhance the friendship and
partnership that ties both countries.