Abuja, 29 January 2024 (TDI): The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) stands to ensure it considers global development issues by utilizing the tool of global harmony along with encouraging sustainable socio-economic development of their partner countries.
Speaking at a conference at the KOICA office in Nigeria, Abuja, the Director General of the National Identity Management Commission, Abisoye Coker – Odusote, announced that the commission is actively implementing measures to equip its field offices with technologically enhanced devices to revamp its centers.
Coker–Odusote revealed that NIMC has identified numerous instances of infringements and unethical practices in the process of National Identity Number enrollment and alteration. He further explained that KOICA is providing significant assistance to the country by supplying 222 devices to be distributed to NIMC enrollment offices nationwide, accompanied by support services for these devices throughout 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 in (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.
Moreover, 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.
Moreover, the Agency has been able to spur development in rural areas to diminish poverty and to expand the income of rural communities through modeling 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 eradicate 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 for the Kyrgyz people.
The World Friends Korea Volunteer Program exemplifies this commitment. This program dispatches 20 Korean volunteers and advisors annually to Kyrgyzstan. Moreover, the program aims to make advancements in key sectors such as education, public administration, agriculture, engineering, economy, and media.