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Korea upgrading IT skills at Lao Youth Union

Young people are receiving training in Apple-based iOS application development as part of IT capacity building at the Lao Youth Union (LYU) supported by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).
The iOS Application training course is part of the ‘Project for Capacity Building of the LYU IT Centre’ and is taking place in Vientiane for three weeks this month. KOICA has brought a professor from the Republic of Korea to deliver lessons to local students. 
The overall project running from 2016-2019 is being supported with US$3 million in grant aid from KOICA. Its main goal is to promote the rate of entry into higher education and employment of local youths by strengthening the educational capacity of IT trainers and supporting the establishment of the LYU IT Centre.
The project components comprise construction of the IT centre and a recording studio for multimedia content, equipment installation and vehicles, along with capacity building programmes both inside and outside the country.
Among eight training courses, the Youth Union has completed six including capacity building in IT, multimedia studio content, server equipment manuals, web design, web programming, and Android applications for smartphones.
The Youth Union has used the training to create a television programme for youth, a hotline counselling service for young people and publications to mark the 63rd anniversary of the Youth Union.
This project is assisting the Youth Union with seven programmes and 40 projects to support the five-year National Socio-economic Development Plan. 
Resident Representative of the KOICA Office in Laos, Mr Sungsoo Oh said “This project can support capacity building for the Lao Youth Union.
The IT centre will be a hub of modern technology for the production of multimedia and publications in Laos.”
Deputy Chief of Cabinet in charge of international relations and ICT of the Lao Youth Union, Mr Somkiao Kingsada, said the IT centre would have overall responsibility for implementing the national development strategy agenda by creating awareness in order to fulfil the goals of the National Socio-economic Development Plan.

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update
May 17,

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