1st Seminar of CAMKAA, Speech of Mr. Kim Byung-gwan

Remark By Mr. Kim Byung-gwan
Representative, KOICA Cambodia Office
at Workshop on “Exchange Experiences of the Cambodia Korea Alumni Association”
At Imperial Hotel, Phnom Penh
On August 29, 2008

Prof. Chhour Y Meng, President of the Cambodia Korea Alumni Association (CAMKAA), and Director of National Pediatric Hospital,

H.E. Hei Bavy, Deputy General Secretary of the Cambodia Korea Friendship Association, and General Director of Phnom Penh Autonomous Port,

Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is an honor for me to be here today for this important Workshop. On this auspicious occasion, on behalf of KOICA, I would like to thank the Cambodia Korea Alumni Association (CAMKAA), especially Prof. Chhour Y Meng and CAMKAA board members for their continued efforts in managing CAMKAA and supports in organizing this Workshop.

KOICA has put special emphasis on cooperation with Cambodia.

KOICA is currently performing various kinds of cooperation program in Cambodia. KOICA is providing some big and important projects in various kinds of fields; for the training programs, KOICA is inviting more than 100 Cambodians to Korea every year, and KOICA is dispatching Korean Experts and Volunteers to Cambodia to share their knowledge, know-how, skills and experiences with Cambodian people.

Out of these different types of cooperation programs of KOICA, I can say that especially training program for Human Resources Development is very effective and useful.

I believe that the most important way for strengthening cooperative relationship between the two countries is to work together in the field of human resources development. KOICA’s Development Cooperation Programs have made a significant contribution in this regard, with a total of 1,044 Cambodian participants invited to Korea from 1994 to 2007 for various training and study courses.

All of KOICA fellows present today are witnesses to the value of these cooperation programs, having visited Korea and shared with Korea’s economic, industrial, technological and management experience and expertise, as well as having had the opportunity to glimpse the history and culture of the country and its people. You have all become dear friends of Korea by playing an invisible, but important role in linking our two countries closer together.

As you know well, CAMKAA is the alumni association of the participants to academic and training courses, workshops, seminars, and other activities sponsored by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

CAMKAA was established to further institutionalize the cooperation between our two countries. CAMKAA would further assure that the valuable lessons gained from the “KOICA training experience” could be sustained by the participants or trainees and applied to the advantage of their respective organizations.

The workshop today marks the union of “Cambodia Korea Alumni Association (CAMKAA)”. The main focus of this union is to renew our acquaintances, to share our valued experiences and knowledge in Korea among KOICA fellows and Cambodia officials and to promote mutual and friendly relationship and partnership between Korea and the Cambodia and to establish a multilateral network of specialists from many disciplines, professional fields, institutions and agencies who have been beneficiaries of KOICA-sponsored scholarship and training programs.

I believe that this is a clear indication of the warm support and interest of the members toward the Association and its activities. I hope every member of CAMKAA will continue to contribute to the development of the Cambodian economy, and also strengthen ties between our two countries. The KOICA Cambodia Office will continue its support of CAMKAA.

Lastly, it’s our sincere hope that KOICA will give an extensive opportunity and pleasant experience for all the Cambodia people, especially for the Cambodian Officials to gain more knowledge and share Korea’s perspective on the development issues and how to reduce the poverty in the country based on its own past experience. Once again, I would like to thank Prof. Chhour Y Meng and CAMKAA and I hope that this workshop is fruitful and helpful for every participant.

Thank you!!