Afghanistan

KOICA opens a public officials training institute in Afghanistan

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The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) established a Public Officials Training Institute in Kabul as a part of Korea's efforts to reconstruct Afghanistan.

The opening ceremony, held on January 30, 2007, was attended by the Vice President of Afghanistan, Mr. Karim Khalili; Chairperson of Afghanistan's Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission, Dr. Ahmad Mushahid; Korean Ambassador to Afghanistan, Mr. Sung-Ju KangExecutive Director of KOICA, Mr. Tae-Yoon Ha; as well as other locals involved with the project.

At the Tokyo International Conference on Reconstruction Assistance to Afghanistan held in January 2002, the Korean government promised to assist the reconstruction of Afghanistan. In response, KOICA pledged $6 million to establish the Officials Training Institute. Construction began in 2004 and was completed in December 2006. The Institute, which covers an area of 118,046 m2, can train up to 3,000 people a year. In addition to the construction work, KOICA provided the Institute with modern equipment and facilities, and will continue to assist its administration and curriculum development.

The objective of this project is to improve the planning and administrative capacities of Afghan government officials, which will become the foundation for the sustainable development of the country. It also aims to improve the image of Korea in Afghanistan as wells as the relations between both countries.