The KOICA-AKOFE Friendship Night 2019 reception was held by KOICA and the ‘Association of KOICA Fellows in Sri Lanka’ (AKOFE) at Taj Samudra Hotel in Colombo on December 12, 2019.
South Korean Ambassador, Lee Heon, Country Director of KOICA, Kang Youn Hwa, President of AKOFE, Senaka Kumarasighe and more distinguished guests had participated for this night.
The AKOFE was formed on July 21, 1999 by ex-participants who had been to South Korea for participation in KOICA’s fellowship and scholarship programs. Since then the AKOFE has played leading roles in not only enhancing friendly relationship between the two countries but also the development of local communities in Sri Lanka through the donation of medical equipment’s, water filters and provision of teaching materials including Smart equipment’s and musical instruments to schools through the support of KOICA by practically fulfilling the KOICA’s vision ‘Leave no one behind’.
This AKOFE year-end gathering comprised commemorative speeches by the Guest of Honor the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, Heon Lee and Senaka Kumarasighe, the president AKOFE delivered the welcoming speech. The event was entertained by Korean and Sri Lankan cultural performances.
By addressing the event Ambassador of Republic of Korea said, “KOICA’s fellowship program is regarded as a pivotal part of Korean government’s development partnership. We hope to open opportunities to enhance our partner countries’ technical and administrative skills, enabling to apply them to their development. I believe that our AKOFE fellows, with your valuable experience and training gained in Korea, can apply the knowledge to contribute to the economic and social development of Sri Lanka”.
The event was held as a part of AKOFE’s activities under KOICA’s sponsorship with an aim to promote friendship among AKOFE members and partnership between Sri Lanka and Korea towards socio economic development in Sri Lanka.
As part of its technical cooperation programs, KOICA is offering fellowship programs to government officials and personnel to support Human Resources Development (HRD) in Sri Lanka by sharing Korea’s accumulated experiences in HRD and economic development.
Since KOICA’s foundation in 1991, more than 2,000 Sri Lankan government officials and personnel have been invited to the country.
KOICA (Korea International Cooperation Agency) was established in 1991 to deliver the task of implementing Korea’s grant aid programs and promoting international cooperation. Its mission is to ‘Leave no one behind with People Centered Peace and Prosperity’ as Korea’s leading development cooperation agency pursuing global social values.