KOREA International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has donated a total of 1,037 items to the Ministry of Forest and Research, Thursday.
The items were handed in a short ceremony held at the ministry’s headquarters at Lengakiki.
The donation comes after the signing of the Record of Discussions on 10 October 2013, between KOICA and the ministry.
The items will help implement the project for “Establishment of Action Plan for Forest Resources Management in Solomon Islands.”
This project is one of the grant aid projects provided by KOICA, which aims to transfer Korea’s experience, knowledge and know-how on forest resources management through the deployment of Korean experts to Solomon Islands, training of MFR officials in Korea, and provision of necessary equipment.
Among the items donated were fibreglass boats, desktops, GIS software, portable GPS and distance measurer just to name a few.
For the betterment in forest resources survey in the country, training on how to use and maintain the equipment is very important.
KOICA expects that this project would contribute to enhance the capacity of forestry officials in Solomon Islands.
KOICA was established in 1991 as a government agency to maximize the effectiveness of Korea’s grant aid programs for 46 developing countries by implementing the government’s grant aid and technical cooperation programs where Solomon Islands also part of it.
By BIRIAU W. SAENI