KOICA’s aid in environmental and digital sectors are increasing in Nepal

The Korean Government through KOICA has allocated USD 9.8 Million for the construction of the state of art Nepal Police Cyber Bureau building.

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Kathmandu: Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in coordination with Nepal Police organized the groundbreaking ceremony of the Cyber Bureau building being supported by the Korean government on 30 August 2023. 

The Korean Ambassador to Nepal H.E Tae-Young Park and Inspector General of Police (IGP) Basanta Bahadur Kunwar jointly conducted the groundbreaking ceremony at Samakhushi.

The state of art Nepal Police Cyber Bureau building is being constructed under the project “Establishment of Cyber Bureau with Capacity Building for Nepal Police”. Along with the building KOICA shall provide equipment related to cyber-crime investigation and digital forensic lab and capacity building of relevant human resources of Nepal Police that shall strengthen the anti-cyber-crime capabilities of Nepal Police. The total project budget is USD 8 million and the project shall be completed by 2026. The Cyber Bureau building will be completed by February 2025.                           

Similarly, on the other event KOICA and the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration (MoFAGA) signed the Record of Discussion (RoD) for the project “Green Job Creation through Recycling and Upcycling Project in Pokhara Metropolitan City” on August 30 2023 at MoFAGA. The RoD was signed by Mr. Mooheon Kong, Country Director of KOICA Nepal Office and Mr. Kamal Prasad Bhattarai, Joint Secretary of the MoFAGA in the presence of Mr. Binod Prakash Singh, Secretary, MoFAGA. 

The Korean Government through KOICA has allocated USD 9.8 Million for this project. The main goal of this project is to promote sustainable recycling and upcycling enterprises contributing to the green economy. The project shall Establish Green Venture Zone (GVZ) at the heart of Pokhara and provide business incubation support (financial, technological and market linkage) to new and existing RU enterprises.

The project aims to establish more than 30 Recycle Upcycle (RU) enterprises and create thousands of green job in Pokhara. The project activities will lead to massive behavioral change at the community level, where people will adopt waste segregation at household level. 

This will reduce the burden of Pokhara’s waste dumping site.  Most importantly, KOICA shall establish GVZ, which will be one of the state of art centers for understanding recycling, upcycle, innovation and startups. The GVZ will also have outlets for final products made out of recycled and upcycled materials and exhibition halls to host national and international events related to the environmental sector.

The Korean government’s aid through KOICA has been increasing continuously in Nepal since the last many years as Nepal is one of the priority countries for KOICA. Over the years not only KOICA’s aid budget has been increasing in Nepal but also the sectors have expanded. In recent years, KOICA has focused on rural development/agriculture sector and environmental sector. KOICA has identified various projects in various parts of Nepal to support the regional development of Nepal. In the last two decades KOICA have successfully implemented various projects in health, technical education, e-governance and rural development sectors in Nepal.