Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) celebrated its Silver Jubilee Night marking the celebration of 25th Years of KOICA in Bangladesh on Tuesday evening.
As Bangladesh celebrating the Golden Jubilee of Independence this year, KOICA also celebrated its 25 years of establishment in Bangladesh and its contribution in the socio-economic growth of the country.
VIPs of the event take the stage for a group photo
Held at the Hotel Intercontinental, the occasion showcased KOICA’s successful projects and milestones in its 25 years of journey in priority sectors of ICT governance, health and education aligned with KOICA’s three programmes -- Enhance Efficiency of Public Service by establishing Digital Public System, Enhance Public health by providing Quality of Health and Medical Service and Develop Skillful Human Resource for Sustainable Development.
Zunaid Ahmed Palak, MP, Hon’ble State Minister, ICTD delivers his address
Presentations on Bilateral and NGO Project Best Cases were presented on- National Institute of Advanced Nursing Education and Research- Bangladesh’s first-ever postgraduate nursing education institution and KOICA supported NGO project- Sustainable Recovery Support for Independence of Bangladesh Disaster Victims- aimed to improve quality of Rana Plaza victims' lives.
Lee Jang-keun, Hon’ble Ambassador, the Republic of Korea to Bangladesh delivers his congratulatory address
Among other dignitaries, the grand event was attended, among others, by State Minister for Information and Communication Technology Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Bangladesh Lee Jang-keun, Country Director, KOICA Bangladesh Office Ms. Young-Ah Doh, Additional Secretary, Economic Relations Division Md. Shahriar Kader Siddiky and Representative of World Food Programme Richard Ragan
Speaking on the occasion, Zunaid Ahmed Palak recalled KOICA's projects in the ICT sector since its operation, which helped Bangladesh to establish the pillars of Digital Bangladesh.
Korean Ambassador Lee Jang-keun emphasized on how Korean government recognises Bangladesh as an important partner and endeavors to increase exchanges between the two countries.
Shahriar Kader Siddiky congratulated KOICA for its achievements over the 25 years and hoped that it will exceed previous history of mutual development assistance.
Ms. Young-Ah Doh, Country Director, KOICA Bangladesh Office delivers her welcome address
Richard Ragan of World Food Program thanked KOICA for contributing to build resilience and achieve zero hunger in Bangladesh since 2013.
KOICA’s Country Director stated as Bangladesh’s development has entered a new era and opening up new measures, it means even deeper bilateral collaborations between Korea and Bangladesh.
She emphasized the organisation’s achievements have been possible because of Korea and Bangladesh’s joint endeavors adding how KOICA completed 44 development bilateral and multilateral projects, 566 World Friends Korea (WFK) volunteers dispatched and about 3,000 government officials sent to Korea.
The reception programme was concluded with a colourful musical soiree by Sharkari Shishu Paribar Tejgaon (Girls) and Institute of Paediatric Neurodisorder, BSMMU- KOICA’s long-standing partners focusing on girl students to be better positioned in the society and enhancement of NDDs for Children in Bangladesh.
KOICA commits to contribute towards SDGs achievement aligned with the national development plan of the Government of Bangladesh.