KOICA Vice-President for Planning and Strategy Affairs Kim In, Minister of Labor and Social Protection of population of the Republic of Uzbekistan Aziz Abdukhakimov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Korea in Uzbekistan Lee Wook-heon and Director of KOICA Office in Uzbekistan Im Jeong Hee attended this event.
The implementation of the project for capacity building of vocational training in Samarkand region commenced in 2013 (US$6.4 million), and it is the second similar project in Uzbekistan, as the first vocational training center was established in Tashkent city in July 2012.
The ceremony started with greeting speeches from KOICA Vice President Kim In, Minister of Labor and Social Protection of population of the Republic of Uzbekistan Aziz Abdukhakimov, as well as from Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Korea in Uzbekistan Lee Wook-heon and governor of Samarkand region.
The project for establishment of vocational training center includes the construction of the main and practical training buildings, a dormitory, provision and installation of equipment and tools, as well as dispatch of experts and technicians for efficient and quality education.
The completion of construction and opening of the center is planned for next year and in compliance with Uzbekistan Government’s request the goal of the project is to evenly provide the professionally trained technical personnel both to the capital and to other regions. Through long-term and short-term courses the Center in Samarkand plans to train annually 240 specialists in the fields of machinery engineering, electrical engineering and ICT.
On 10 March, after visiting vocational training Centre in Tashkent city KOICA Vice President Kim In met with First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan Rustam Azimov and the Minister of Labor and Social Protection of population of the Republic of Uzbekistan Aziz Abdukhakimov.
During the meeting Kim In promised that KOICA will continue its assistance in the field of vocational training, and will make every effort for decreasing unemployment and preparation of highly qualified technical specialists through implementation of three projects on establishment of vocational training centers in Tashkent, Samarkand and Shahrisabz (US$8.5 million).