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KOICA Pacific Office Moving To Fiji

The Pacific regional office of the Korea International Co-operation Agency (KOICA) will be relocated to Fiji from the Solomon Islands as early as next year. The vice-president of KOICA, Sung-Ho
28 Jul 2015 10:29
KOICA Pacific Office Moving To Fiji
Minister for Foreign Affairs Ratu Inoke Kubuabola (left), with vice-president of KOICA Sung-Ho Choi.

The Pacific regional office of the Korea International Co-operation Agency (KOICA) will be relocated to Fiji from the Solomon Islands as early as next year.

The vice-president of KOICA, Sung-Ho Choi, at a meeting with the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, at the KOICA head office in Seoul, South Korea, confirmed this.

Mr Choi said the move would bring about more co-operation and development assistance including the revival of the KOICA experts and volunteers schemes.

“There will be increased cooperation between KOICA and Fiji in terms of technical assistance and human resources development particularly in climate change, health, education, food security and disaster management,” he said.

He also encouraged open and frank dialogue between the two countries to ensure co-operation and ODA support is targeted and effective based on national needs and priorities.

Ratu Inoke expressed his appreciation on KOICA’s contribution to the Government and the people of Fiji and would facilitate all necessary processes required for smooth and efficient transfer.

“We indeed are honoured to welcome KOICA in Fiji and we will do our best to ensure constructive and meaningful cooperation that are mutually beneficial to both countries,” he said.

He thanked KOICA for the implementation of the key outcomes of the ROK-Pacific Island Countries co-operation framework.

Ratu Inoke extended an invitation to vice-president Choi to participate in the Pacific Island Development Forum (PIDF) as well as the reopening ceremony of KOICA overseas office in Fiji.

Projects currently undertaken by KOICA in Fiji include scholarships for graduate studies, public health, immigration and boarder control, disaster management and climate change.

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