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Regional rural development experiences discussed in capital

Rural development leaders from Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines and Cambodia gathered in Vientiane yesterday to share their experiences and grow their understanding of the sector.

“Strategies and Measures for Capacity Building in Rural Development” is a fellowship programme that runs from August 21-25.

The programme is seen by the organisers as an excellent opportunity for practitioners in the countries concerned to interact and discuss their experiences.

They receive lectures from experts including from the Republic of Korea in the form of the Lao-Korea Technical Agriculture and Rural Development Centre (Saemaul Undong Centre).

The purpose of the programme is to research the o ptimal methodology for rural development in the participating nations through technical discussions, sharing experiences of successful rural development, and reviewing Korea's own experiences of capacity building in t he area of rural development cooperation.

The meeting was attended by the Vice-Chairman of the National Committee for Rural Development and Poverty Eradication, Mr Thongvanh Vilayheuang, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Laos, Mr Yun Kang-hyeon, Representative of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) office in Laos, Mr Oh Sungsoo, Chairman of Korea Rural Community Cooperation Dr Yo Woonshik, and others working in the rural development sector.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Mr Thongvanh highlighted the need for provincial progress to achieve Laos' development goals.

“This programme is crucial for all personnel involved in agriculture, forestry and rural development in Laos by helping them to link with regional and international platforms.” “This programme has been conducted twice in the Republic of Korea and Cambodia with field visits to absorb the lessons learned and actual experiences concerning innovative rural development and poverty eradication including methods, strategies and structures of implementation,” he said.

Together KOICA and Korea Rural Community Cooperation (KRC) have been supporting the National Committee for Rural Development and Poverty Eradication.

It is a co-host of the current fellowship programme and supports the Saemaul Undong Centre in Vientiane including 30 demonstration villages of rural development in six districts of Vientiane and Savannakhet provinces.

They also support human resource development in agriculture, forestry and rural development, by providing officers on a short- and long-term basis with training in the form of lessons learned and factual experience s gained from prior work in relevant countries.

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update August 22, 2017)


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