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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

KOICA, CDC Organize First Request Survey Workshop on Korea’s Development Assistance for 2017

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AKP Phnom Penh, May 22, 2015 –
The First ever Korea’s Request Survey Workshop for the preparation of Project Concept Papers (PCPs) under the Korea’s development assistance framework for 2017 was held here yesterday at the Council for the Development of Cambodia.
The workshop was organized by the Cambodian Rehabilitation and Development Board of the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CRDB/CDC), in close collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to the Kingdom of Cambodia and Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).
This workshop was presided over by H.E. Chhieng Yanara, Minister Attached to the Prime Minister and Secretary General of CRDB/CDC, and Ms. Baek Sook-hee, Country Director of KOICA Cambodia Office.
This workshop was conducted after the successful visit of H.E. Chung Ui-Hwa, Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Korea and the recent inauguration of the Cambodia–Korea Friendship Eye Center located in Preah Ang Duong Hospital, under the presidency of Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, said H.E. Chhieng Yanara in his opening remarks.
The main objectives of this workshop are to promote better understanding of the Republic of Korea’s development assistance policy, priorities, schemes and administrative procedures for KOICA grant aid projects; and to ensure awareness and readiness of the government ministries and agencies to develop their respective PCPs, based o Process and Procedure of the Request Survey, he added.
For her part, Ms. Baek Sook-hee laid stress on the concept of “sustainability” when drafting the PCPs, saying that it is very essential not only for KOICA projects, but also for every development woks.
According to a press release of KOICA, this workshop has come to an end with fruitful results aiming to continue strengthening development cooperation partnership between the two countries. There were consultations, exchange of ideas and clarifications from stakeholders for the preparation of the PCPs under the Korea’s development assistance framework.
The Republic of Korea is an important development partner of Cambodia. Currently, Korea provided grant aid on four areas such as Infrastructure, Agriculture and Rural Development, Health, and Human Resource Development. In 2014, the ODA disbursement reached US$82 million which is significant increase if comparing to US$16 million disbursed in 2009. This indicates the commitment of the Republic of Korea in development cooperation even though Cambodia is now moving from low-income to achieving a lower-middle income status. The Royal Government highly appreciates the good partnership and cooperation between the two countries and the Royal Government is also grateful to the Government of the Republic of Korea and the Korean people for providing the invaluable assistance to support the Royal Government’s efforts towards achieving its socio-economic development goals and poverty reduction.

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