The U.S. Agency for International Development has been recognized by South Korea’s health ministry for its contributions to the Asian country’s progress from an impoverished nation to one of today’s major donors.
The collaboration between the United States and South Korea began in 1954, when USAID’s predecessor, the International Cooperation Agency, brokered a deal between the University of Minnesota and the Seoul National University, which facilitated an exchange of medical education and research, according to Nisha Desai Biswal, the USAID assistant administrator for Asia.
“In subsequent years, USAID continued to provide health assistance that promoted the ongoing development of the Korean medical system,” Biswal writes. “Today, we recognize the Republic of Korea as one of our longest-standing partners and identify them as a world leader in medical research and technology.”
The United States’ contribution to South Korea’s transformation over the past 50 years was also highlighted by USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah in his first annual letter to the U.S. public, where he attempted to drum up support for a robust U.S. foreign aid budget.
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