|The KCA diffuses its consumer protection system to developing countries|
The KCA diffuses its consumer protection system to developing countries
- The KCA invites government officials in developing countries for a global training program in cooperation with KOICA -
The Korea Consumer Agency (President Lee Hee-sook) will offer a global consumer business advancement and specialist training program (Improving & Specializing Consumer Affairs)* in cooperation with the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) for three weeks starting on June 2 to civil servants dealing with consumer affairs in developing countries
* KOICA has been organizing and supporting training programs for civil servants working in various fields including consumer affairs in developing countries through its Official Development Assistance (ODA) projects.
A total of 21 civil servants from 12 countries (Nepal, Mongolia, Myanmar, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Uzbekistan, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Peru, Tunisia, Samoa) will participate in the program, and the KCA plans to share Korea’s consumer administration implementation system, and experiences and know-hows that it has accumulated in the field of consumer protection through the program.
In particular, the program, in its final year of the 3-year course begun in 2017, will have more workshops for program participants to establish their own consumer protection policies, and provide various ways to strengthen consumer competencies along with opportunities to experience how they are conducted in the field.
Program participants will strengthen their capacity as a consumer policy specialist by participating in lectures given by experts in consumer policies, laws and systems, and study visits and field trips related to the lecture themes. In addition, they will have an opportunity to learn more about Korean history and experience traditional Korean culture by visiting Korean royal palaces and cultural sites during their free time.
At the program opening ceremony held on June 4, President Lee Hee-sook of the KCA said, “One country is never enough to resolve global consumer issues, and I hope this program will lay the foundation for cooperation in resolving such international consumer issues.”
The KCA expects that its global training program to diffuse Korean-style consumer laws and systems to developing countries in collaboration with KOICA can contribute to raising Korea’s global profile as a leader in consumer protection efforts, and helping Korean businesses make inroads into overseas markets and improve their image.
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