SKorea Hikes Afghan Aid, Pledges Humanitarian Funding for Ivory Coast

Hee-seog Kwon, South Korean provincial reconstruction team leader in Afghanistan, unfolds the PRT flag during a transfer of authority ceremony from the Parwan PRT to South Korean PRT on June 3, 2010. South Korea looks to boost its aid for reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan. Photo by: U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jim Araos / Parwan Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs

South Korea is increasing funding for reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan and has promised support to humanitarian efforts in Ivory Coast.

In Afghanistan, South Korea intends to spend some $500 million over the next five years to help rebuild the Islamic nation, Deputy Foreign Minister Kim Jae-shin said Friday (April 15) on the margins of a foreign ministers’ meeting in Berlin, Germany.

The assistance comes on top of the $180 million earlier provided through the Korea International Cooperation Agency, Korea Joongang Daily reports.

“With the additional assistance, we expect to contribute to the peace and reconstruction of Afghanistan and further enhance our international status, which has increased through events such as the G-20 Summit,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.  

Meantime, South Korea announced on Thursday (April 14) that it will provide an additional $500,000 in humanitarian aid for Ivorians reeling from post-election violence in their homeland. The World Food Program will manage the contribution, Yonhap says.

South Korea has already channeled $300,000 in aid for Ivory Coast through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, according to the foreign ministry.

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