Country Director and Regional Representative of Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Sook Hyun Park, has said bi-lateral relations between Nigeria and Korea can be improved upon.
Park, made this known at the 2018 annual South Korea International Cooperation Association of Nigerian (SKIKAN) gathering held in Abuja, Monday. The association aims at creating a forum for Nigerians in the public sector who have benefited from capacity building programmes sponsored by the Korean government to interact and share ideas.
Addressing gaps in the initiative, which she stressed results from limited knowledge and understanding of Nigeria by the Korean public and vice versa, Park said both countries can benefit from knowledge sharing and technology transfer to bridge existing gap.
Nigeria, she said, can benefit from Korea’s technological know-how and its understanding of accumulated development, experientially acquired in the 50 years it took the country to transition from one of the poorest in the world to a developed nation. Likewise, she noted Korea can benefit from Nigeria’s diversity, resources and business corporations in international exchanges.
In the past 10 years, KOICA has trained over 2000 Nigerian government officials in various fields, and across ministries and agencies. The beneficiaries under SKIKAN promote relations between both countries, contributing to Nigeria’s development via its annual knowledge sharing sessions.
Park expects increased and efficient relations between both nation’s agencies and ministries resulting from the association.
“SKIKAN can provide the platform for exchange of ideas on how we can improve public sector management. Any information we need that relates to public sector, we can exchange that information with institutions in Korea. We can also use our platform to request for information from Korea when we need that information, for whatever purpose, so long as it relates to public sector management,” says the association president, Ntufam Fidelis Ugbo.
At the meeting, members of the association shared knowledge and proffered solutions in the judiciary, sectorial policy development, and state property management.
The association is also poised to launch in 90 days an official website that will enable efficient and effective information sharing with KOICA. The website will further fast track its corporate social responsibility activities.