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S. Korea transforms itself from aid recipient to donor in half a century: Analysis Updated: 2021-11-29 17:18:24 KST

This month, it's been eleven years since South Korea's membership to the OECD's group of major aid donors, called the 'Development Assistance Committee.'
This is a milestone showing South Korea's significant growth within half a century.
For more, joining us live is director-general of the Development Cooperation Bureau Cho Yeongmoo from Seoul's foreign affairs ministry.
Director-general Cho, welcome to the program.

South Korea was one of the poorest countries in the world when the Korean War ended in an armistice in 1953.
Now, it has transformed itself into an aid donor country helping others.
What significance does this have for the international community in terms of "giving back"?

How much does South Korea currently contribute within the OECD Development Assistance Committee?
Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum said the country will, at the least, double its amount of official development assistance by 2030.

What's special about South Korea's official development assistance or K-ODA?

We are looking forward to another decade ahead.
What would be South Korea's plan for future international development cooperation?

The COVID-19 pandemic is still not over and the world is still suffering from the virus.
But at the same time, the world needs to get prepared for post-pandemic era.
What will South Korea's role be for that, and how does that fit in with the international community?

That was director-general Cho Yeongmoo at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Thank you for your insights.
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