Tuesday, November 10, 2015

KOICA exhibition to recount Korea’s overseas aid history

By Shin Hyon-hee, koreaherald.com

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The Korea International Cooperation Agency plans to chronicle the country’s rapid ascent from an aid recipient to an emerging donor at an exhibition in central Seoul later this month, the state aid institution said Tuesday.

The event will take place from Nov. 24 for six days at the War Memorial in Yongsan, marking the 2015 Development Cooperation Week starting Nov. 23. KOICA president Kim Young-mok, Park Gi-tae ― founder of the Voluntary Agency Network of Korea focusing on cyber public diplomacy ― and some 50 officials from the foreign and defense ministries and other organizations will attend the opening ceremony.

On display will be a multitude of records of the 1950-53 Korean War and the countries that fought alongside South Korean and U.S. forces, the postwar reconstruction drive facilitated by international assistance and Seoul’s transformation into a donor and continuing efforts to help combat global poverty.

“The fair will shed new light on Korea’s history of rising from the ruins with the support of Korean War allies and the international community, while providing a chance to show the country’s aid policy and ongoing contributions,” a KOICA official said.

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