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KOICA positions its stance on development in Nigeria and Kyrgyzstan

Seoul, 29 January, 2024 (GNP): The Korea International Cooperation Agency stands to ensure it considers global development issues through utilizing the tool of global harmony along with encouraging sustainable socio-economic development of their partner countries.

Speaking at a conference along with KOICA officials at their office in Nigeria, Abuja, the Director General of the National Identity Management Commission, Abisoye Coker – Odusote stated that the commission is uncovering measures to enable its field offices with devices that are technologically enhanced to reform its centers.

It has been stated that NIMC has been engaged in numerous infringes and unethical practices in the exercise of National Identity Number enrollment and alteration. According to Coker – Odusote, KOICA is helping the country with 222 devices to be sent to NIMC enrollment offices throughout the country along with support services for the devices over a period of one year.

The Director General has also iterated that, “The devices are very modern and have the best specifications available now. This will help our offices as some of the devices are older and slower as technology moves quickly.”

The Country Director at KOICA, Son Sungil, contributed saying that the services of the device were to develop a strengthened partnership with NIMC and to ensure that the e-government project would expedite and would be a renowned example of other projects globally.

KOICA has also been making its mark in another part of the world, aiding people to live a better life in the Central Asian region of Kyrgyzstan. According to the UNDP in the Kyrgyz republic, KOICA Country Director Jongsu Yi highlighted that “As a reliable partner of the Kyrgyz, KOICA plans to continue to actively pursue development cooperation for the socio-economic development of Kyrgyzstan.”

This statement comes after KOICA established its ground in the Kyrgyz republic in 2015 and has not looked back since. It has accelerated growth and enhanced the standard of living of the Kyrgyz people.

In this light, the Agency’s grants to the Kyrgyz Republic reached 15.53 million dollars by 2015. Additionally, the total amount of aid reimbursements has also grown since 2015.

KOICA has been orchestrating various bilateral projects in the Kyrgyzstan region. Amongst them is the Election Management Capacity Building of the Kyrgyz people, which has operated from 2014 through 2016. This strategy ensures a fair and democratic electoral process in the country.

The Land Information System which began operations from (2015 – 2017) provides sustainable management of state land and economic development. Mirroring in similarity with this project, is KOICA’s establishment of an e-NID system in Kyrgyzstan.

The project has been to enable 3 million voters with electronic ID cards by the 2017 election. In doing so, transparency and an enhanced quality of e-government administration have been promoted after the launch of this project.

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Moreover, the Agency has been able to spur development in rural areas to diminish poverty and expand the income of rural communities through modelling infrastructure, holding up agriculture skills and establishing human resources.

KOICA has also been able to do this through Saemaul Undong projects to improve people’s living conditions and eradicating indigence in rural communities.

It is pertinent to note that KOICA works with various International Organizations such as, UNDP, OECD, WB AND WFP.

It has set up various multilateral projects that strive for a brighter future of the Kyrgyz people. An example would be the World Friends Korea Volunteer Program, that includes 20 Korean volunteers and advisors that are sent to Kyrgyzstan on a yearly basis to advance in the sectors of education, public administration, agriculture, engineering, economy and media.