KOICA launches train­ing course to en­hance Kur­dis­tan em­ployee skills

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

KOICA’s Er­bil Of­fice (KEO) and the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­met Min­istry of Plan­ning held a pre-de­par­ture co-ori­en­ta­tion train­ing course aimed at elec­tric­ity sup­ply man­age­ment pro­fes­sion­als. The course was en­ti­tled “Ca­pac­ity-Build­ing on Power Dis­tri­bu­tion Sta­tion Man­age­ments”.

The train­ing course was held in the pres­ence of rep­re­sen­ta­tives of KOICA’s Er­bil Of­fice, Mr. CHO Hy­oung Ho, and the KRG Min­istry of Plan­ning, and was at­tended by staff from the Depart­ment of Gen­eral Li­aisons and In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tion­ships on Novem­ber 11, 2013.

Both Par­ties (the Repub­lic of Korea and the KRG) put all their ef­forts into pro­vid­ing KRG nom­i­nees with de­tails re­gard­ing their visit to Korea, the meth­ods of train­ing, and other rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion.

The train­ing course was de­signed around sev­eral sig­nif­i­cant ob­jec­tives in­clud­ing pro­vid­ing par­tic­i­pants with up-to-date tech­no­log­i­cal in­for­ma­tion about the power sec­tor which are es­sen­tial for op­er­at­ing and man­ag­ing power gen­er­a­tion, trans­mis­sion, dis­tri­bu­tion and sales, and for in­creas­ing the ef­fi­ciency of the power sys­tem.

Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion ob­tained by the Globe, another course ob­jec­tive was dis­cussing cur­rent is­sues fac­ing the power in­dus­try, in­clud­ing smart grid, loss re­duc­tion, high volt­age trans­mis­sion and dis­tri­bu­tion au­to­ma­tion sys­tem, au­to­matic me­ter read­ing to share knowl­edge and de­vel­op­ing the idea of mu­tual co­op­er­a­tion.

Another of the course’s ob­jec­tives was de­signed to strengthen in­ter­na­tional friend­ship be­tween peo­ple from the par­tic­i­pat­ing coun­tries.

The pri­mary ob­jec­tive of KOICA’s Fel­low­ship Pro­gram is to help de­vel­op­ing coun­tries se­cure hu­man re­sources for their so­cioe­co­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

It is worth men­tion­ing that KOICA’s Er­bil of­fice has in­vited more than 1,400 KRG of­fi­cials to par­tic­i­pate in KOICA fel­low­ship pro­grams since its inau­gu­ra­tion in 2004.

The first KOICA Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion was suc­cess­fully es­tab­lished in Kur­dis­tan in De­cem­ber 2011. The alumni con­sisted of KRG of­fi­cials who have par­tic­i­pated on KOICA fel­low­ship pro­grams.

In ad­di­tion, KEO plans to in­crease the pro­por­tion of coun­try-fo­cused Fel­low­ship Pro­grams, tai­lored cour­ses that take into con­sid­er­a­tion the de­vel­op­ment con­texts and needs of the KRG in or­der to en­hance the close co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Korea and the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment and—most im­por­tantly--to pro­mote the friendly and co­op­er­a­tive ties be­tween the two par­ties.

Re­gard­ing the train­ing plan for 2013, KOICA’s Er­bil Of­fice also in­vited 50 KRG of­fi­cials to Ko- rea for 6 train­ing cour­ses: “In­vi­ta­tional Train­ing Pro­gram for KRG High­Level Ad­min­is­tra­tion”, “Pub­lic Sec­tor Train­ing De­vel­op­ment”, “Eco­nomic Em­pow­er­ment of Ru­ral Women for KRG”, ”Korea-Sin­ga­pore, Joint Train­ing on Ur­ban and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Pol­icy”, and “Ca­pac­i­ty­Build­ing on Power Plant and Power Dis­tri­bu­tion Sta­tion Man­age­ments”. All six course were indepth, coun­try-fo­cused cour­ses and pro­grams specif­i­cally de­signed to ful­fill the needs of the KRG.

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