Delegation from Lao PDR Learns about UNDP-Korea Development Cooperation

Aug 2, 2017

Government policymakers from Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) visited the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre (USPC) on 2 August, 2017, as part of a two-week study mission to Korea co-hosted by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and implemented by the Korea Institute for Development Strategy (KDS).

The study tour is one component of a multi-year ‘Capacity Building Program for Human Resource Development for Official Development Assistance Management’ in Lao PDR. Now in its second year, this invitational training program aims to help establish a sustainable economic development strategy and to build an effective aid management system aligned with Lao’s national economic and social development plan, notably by examining and evaluating Korea’s economic development experience.

The delegation, headed by Deputy Director Saymonekham Mangnomek of the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI), and consisting of some 20 mid- to high-level managerial officials from MPI, had a chance to learn about the planning and management of UNDP and Korea’s projects for developing countries.

The delegation met with the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre’s staff members, including Director Balazs Horvath. USPC presented on the history and examples of successful development cooperation between UNDP and Korea as a national government that has cooperated with UNDP for effective development project management.

The lecture spotlighted the progress and prospect of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC), particularly as an enabler for attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the Agenda 2030. Mr. Artemy Izmestiev, Policy Specialist at USPC, emphasized in his lecture that the promotion of effective development cooperation can strengthen the global South-South partnership to successfully achieve the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. Mr Izmestiev and the delegates further discussed cooperation between UNDP and the Laotian government for the localization of SDGs in Lao PDR.

In the Q&A session, the delegation sought ways for future cooperation between UNDP and Lao PDR for progress on harmonizing international and national development goals. Furthermore, USPC and KDS recognized that further cooperation and collaboration between the two organizations can contribute to enhancing partnerships among various development partners.

The Director of USPC, Mr. Balazs Horvath, explained that facilitating knowledge exchange and applying Korea’s development experience and policy approaches to partner countries is one of the key mandates of USPC.

For more than 40 years (1963-2009), UNDP has supported the people and Government of Korea, delivering 270 projects in 20 areas mirroring Korea’s development path. UNDP closed its Country Office in 2009, as Korea joined the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), affirming its status as a significant contributor of development aid. In this context, the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre (USPC) was established in 2011, with the objective of brokering new partnerships between Korea and the developing world through UNDP networks. USPC is co-funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea and UNDP.