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High-level public officials of the Central African Republic, Saemaul Undong training in YU for two weeks

Special lectures & field training on Saemaul Undong seeking for application and localization measures for Saemaul Undong

[October 25, 2022]

https://pr.yu.ac.kr/_attach/yu/editor-image/2022/10/gTiERpKVenUhyciMnnvVkIndBL.jpg <President CHOI Oe-chool gives a welcome speech in opening ceremony of special Saemaul training program with invitation of Central African Republic officials hosted by KOICA>

High-level public officials of the Central African Republic appointed by the president visited YU President CHOI Oe-chool. Their purpose is to seek for localization measures for Saemaul Undong with participation in Saemaul Undong training program.

Saemaul Undong training program of YU is already internationally acclaimed.Institute for International Development Cooperation of YU was dispatched to SNNPR (Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region) with support by KOICA and conducted a Saemaul Undong policy training program for 700 provincial public officials.This program was selected as the most excellent global training program of KOICA with acceptance of excellent performance of the program.The training was provided on the aggressive request by SNNPR governor of Ethiopia.


Trainee team of Central African Republic started the special training two weeks after the training opening ceremony hosted by KOICA in LEE Si-won Global Convention Hall on the 18th. The trainee team included 21 high-level and practical-level public officials in core departments/offices of central government of Central African Republic such as the Ministry of Urban and Housing, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Land Balance and Development, Ministry of Natural Resources, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ministry of Economic Planning and International Cooperation, Administration, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, etc. including minister-level president's office advisors.


The trainee team had the opportunity to look at Korea’s development and to learn about the principles and performances of Saemaul Undong through field training in Cheongdo Saemaul Undong Origin, Busan, Ulsan, Pohang, Gumi, and Seoul including special lectures on the principles and strategies of Saemaul Undong, economic development of Korea, and local development and governance of Korea, etc. During the training period, they establish detailed action plans for application and localization measures of Saemaul Undong based on understanding of theories and field learning.


Prior to the training, Honore Feizoure, president’s office advisor, met President CHOI Oe-chool of YU and showed his intention to open Department of Saemaul Economic Development in Central African Republic and YU and Central African Republic decided to have detailed discussions in future.


President CHOI Oe-chool said, “Korea is the only country in the past 70 years which jumped up to an advanced country from the poorest country through a developing country. It is the recognition of international society that Saemaul Undong is at the foundation of such bright development. I think that it is the liability of Korea, which jumped up to an advanced country, shares the experiences in Saemaul Undong and national development with developing countries.  I will provide active support for sharing academic knowledge and education/research know-how of Saemaul Undong accumulated in YU as well as the opening of Department of Saemaul at the university of Central African Republic.

Meanwhile, YU has been operating Saemaul training program for public officials of developing countries with establishment of  International Development & Cooperation Center in 2013 to support establishment of development strategies and local development policies in developing countries. Until now, more than 3,200 persons from 86 countries received the training and have been acting in local development areas in their countries. The training was provided for public officials of Ethiopia, Malawi, Zambia, and Azerbaijan this year and will be provided for public officials of Cambodia next to Central African Republic.