KOICA has trained 400-plus Fijian officials since inception

KOICA Country Director JiHi Kim, Ministry of Civil Service PS Bernadette Welch, acting KOICA Club President Catherine Guivalu with KOICA Alumni members and Government representatives. Picture: SUPPLIED

A TOTAL of 415 Fijian officials have participated in training programs in Korea since 1991 when the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) was established.

KOICA Country Director of Fiji JiHi Kim noted this during the Knowledge Sharing Workshop at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva today saying this was the third time they were having this workshop since the KOICA office reopened in Fiji in 2016.

She said they planned to have it again next year.

Ms Kim said the purpose of the workshop was for the alumni to disseminate the knowledge they had acquired while under a scholarship program in Korea.

The country director said this year, 20 Fijians would be given the opportunity to apply for the scholarships, which only employees in the various ministries and public organisations were eligible for.

Permanent secretary for Fiji’s Ministry of Civil Service Bernadette Welch acknowledged the opportunities offered to Fijians to develop their technical skills and knowledge and build capacity for socio-economic development.

Ms Welch said since 2009, 54 Fijians had been awarded the Masters Degree Scholarship.

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