Presidential envoy visits YU and requests personnel and fostering and council
“The Saemaul Undong and Korea's development experience will be a great help in the development of our country"
Cooperate in various ways such as policy advice and fostering personnel related to Saemaul
[October 14, 2016]
<The presidential envoy of the Central African Republic visited YU to request to learn Korea's Saeumaul Undong>
The presidential envoy of the Central African Republic, which is located in the center of Africa, visited YU to learn about YU's Saemaul Undong.
On the 13th, Mr. Aristide Briand Reboas (second from left on photo), who is the director of the Central Intelligence Agency of the Central African Republic and the legal advisor to President Faustin-Archange Touadera, visited YU as a presidential envoy and met with Park Chung Hee Saemaul Research Center Director Choi Wae-chul (former Vice President of YU, Director of the Global Global Saemaul Development Network) and conveyed President Touadera's strong will to learn about the Saemaul Undong.
Mr. Reboas said, "For the economic development of the Central African Republic that is struggling with poverty despite its rich natural resources, Korea's experience and the experience with Saemaul Undong that achieved today's development is ever worse environments are valuable." He added, "We would like YU, which has taken the initiative to share and transmit the Saemaul Undong in the international community, to act as an advisor for fostering relevant personnel and to teach the Saemaul Undong in the Central African Republic."
Director Choi Wae-chul responded by saying that the Saemaul Undong can contribute greatly in the development of emerging countries, and stated, "We can provide cooperation in various ways related to Saemaul such as policy advice, fostering of human resources, and providing information." He added, "We will invite public officials from the Central African Republic to come study at the Park Chung Hee School of Policy and Saemaul that operates a master's degree course in Saemaul development for about 240 promising individuals from over 40 emerging countries as of now."
The two sides agreed to continuously discuss concrete cooperation plans between the Central African Republic and YU, and to sign an MOU in the near future.
Global Saemaul Development Network (GSDN) Secretary-general Kim Gi-soo and YU International Development Cooperation Center Director Han Dong-geun were also present.
The Central African Republic has a population of 5.39 million (as of 2015) and the national per capita income is 359 dollars (as of 2014), and it is located in the central continental region of Africa 1,000km away from the ocean. It gained independence from France in 1960 and began diplomatic relations with Korea in 1963.