KOICA chief agrees with Cambodian leader to widen development assistance

The chief of South Korea’s official development assistance (ODA) body agreed with the Cambodian prime minister on Tuesday to further widen grant aid programs to the Southeast Asian country. The grant aid programs were discussed in a meeting between Prime Minister Hun Sen and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) President Kim Young-mok in Phnom Penh’s Peace Palace, or presidential house. … Cambodia receives the largest amount in grant aid from South Korea after Afghanistan, where the KOICA operates rehabilitation projects in the aftermath of the country’s war with the United States and its western allies. Since first launching grant programs in Cambodia in 1999, the KOICA has increased its assistance to the country every year to reach a total of $17.8 million in grants as of 2012. …

Park Bo-ram