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ROK Diplomat Elected Vice-Chair of OECD Development Assistance Committee for 1st Time

  • Date : 2019-06-21 13:48:52
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1. Mr. Koh Jae-myong, Councilor at the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Korea to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), was elected Vice-Chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), on June 18, 2019.

° The two-year-term Vice-Chairs of the DAC, as part of the DAC leadership, set the DAC’s overall work plan and assist the Chair in leading the DAC’s activities.

2. The OECD, an international organization headquartered in Paris, the French Republic, and currently composed of 36 member states, leads discussions on the global economic development, including digital economy and inclusive growth.

° The DAC, one of the OECD’s 25 committees, consists of 30 member states of the OECD (including the European Union) that meet certain criteria, and is recognized by the international community as a group of advanced donor countries.

3. The election of Councilor Koh as Vice-Chair of the DAC is seen to reflect the international community’s recognition of the development of the ROK as a recipient-turned-donor country as well as the international community’s expectations of the country’s future role in international development cooperation.

4. Councilor Koh is a development cooperation expert, who, after joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1998, served as head of the post-2015 development agenda team of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; adviser to the United Nations High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda; and Director of the Development Cooperation Division of the Ministry of Economy and Finance. He also obtained experience of working on the ground during his service at the ROK’s diplomatic missions in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Republic of the Philippines.

° Councilor Koh plans to actively carry out his duties as Vice-Chair by communicating closely with not only individual countries but also international organizations, civil societies and private sectors, given that it is essential for the successful implementation of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals that extensive exchanges and cooperation be pursued with them.

* unofficial translation