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Mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sequestration in agriculture, natural resources, soil and water conservation and human resource development were the major topics at a panel discussion about learning from Korea as Ethiopia strives to implement its Growth and Transformation plan. 

The Ethiopian Office of the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) held a half day panel discussion on “Lessons to be learned from the Korean experience for the growth and transformation plan of Ethiopia,” on Saturday July 28 2012 at Radisson Blu hotel.

“KOICA Ethiopia office was established in 1995, since then the relationship between Ethiopia and Korea has further strengthened. Among the various cooperation programs KOICA has in Ethiopia is the Human Resource Development and Capacity Building through sharing knowledge and technology based on Korea’s successful experience in poverty reduction and economic growth in a single generation,” stated Jun Young Suk, Representative of KOICA Ethiopian office.

Tesfaye Teshome, Director of Higher Education Relevance and Quality Agency, said the capability of adding value through knowledge development, improvement and innovation are more important in comparison to traditional economic factors such as monetary capital, physical labor and raw material.

“Human Resource Development is concerned with the provision of learning, development and training opportunities in order to improve individual, team and organizational performance. It is essentially a business led approach to developing people with in a strategic framework,” stated TesfayeTeshome.

The study also noted that for an organization to satisfy its clients a strategic plan including integration of its human resource to meet the needs of its customers and organizational strategic goals are required.

KOICA, since its establishment, has trained 748 Ethiopian officials. Currently, KOICA is creating an action plan to implement Ethiopia’s Growth and Transformation Plan in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development.

“It is vital to have the participation and input of alumni members of the Korea Ethiopia Alumni Association (KEAA) of the experience and knowledge they got during their stay in Korea for the realization of the Growth and Transformation Plan,” said Jun Young Suk.

The panel discussion that was organized by Korea Ethiopia Alumni Association (KEAA) was attended by Ethiopian Government officials, Korean diplomats as well as Ethiopian and Korean scholars.