“The Republic of Korea’s contribution to development cooperation is by example giving hope to other countries, that they can replicate the miracle of evolving from one of the world’s poorest countries to an OECD-DAC member,” said Jorge Chediek, Director of UNOSSC and Envoy of the Secretary-General on South-South Cooperation, at the opening of the Third Steering Committee Meeting of the Facility/Programme for Capacity Development for Poverty Reduction through South-South and Triangular Cooperation in Science and Technology.
Mr. Chediek lauded the collaboration between UNOSSC and the Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) of the Republic of Korea, which is currently in its eighth year. He also emphasized that UNOSSC intends to work with Republic of Korea institutions to deliver a demand-driven capacity building initiative. He took note of the support given to Indonesia’s Village innovation Programme (VIP) and the Technology-Based Incubation (TBI) in Cambodia, both under the Facility. Referring to the former, Mr. Chediek underlined the importance of the VIP programme in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and that in future it may become a popular reference to other countries in a similar way that the Semaeul Undong (New village movement) has become for RoK.
Representatives from Cambodia and Indonesia joined Mr. Chung Won Lee, Director, Multilateral Cooperation Division in the Ministry of Science and ICT, in underlining the Republic of Korea’s experience that is coveted by other countries trying to follow a similar development pathway.
Responding to the requests by participating Member States for the extension of the cooperation, Mr. Lee outlined time frames for preparing a project for submission for funding to the Ministry of Finance. He expressed hope that his Ministry would be successful in getting resources for a new Phase of the project. Mr. Chediek emphasized that UNOSSC stands ready to continue the cooperation with the Government of the Republic of Korea and partner countries. Mr. Priyanto Rohmatullah indicated that the Government of Indonesia would be willing to contribute resources to the third phase of the Facility.
The third Steering Committee meeting made important decisions including formally adding representatives of Cambodia and Indonesia into the Steering Committee membership until the end of the Facility in December 2019. The Committee called for an end of project evaluation in the second half of 2020 to inform the design and formulation of the third Phase.