On November 16, the U.S. Embassy in Yaounde welcomed Deputy Representative of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Cameroon Office Mr. Dae-Young Noh, Ms. Yewon Sung, and Raoul Bersha. They were met by Public Affairs Officer Roberto Quiroz II and Medical Attaché James C. Fulton.
Mr. Dae-Young Noh noted that “KOICA contributes to addressing global development issues by realizing sustainable socio-economic development of partner countries and pursuing harmonization with global partners to reduce poverty and improve the quality of life in other nations,” adding that KOICA has a health sector focus in Cameroon. “We promote results-based, participatory, innovative, and smart management development cooperation. Here in Cameroon we are proud to partner with Cameroon’s Ministry of Health in supporting the Yaounde Emergency Medical Center, which the United States has also sponsored with medical equipment and training for its medical staff. One of our goals is also to encourage Cameroonian private sector entities and individuals to contribute to these institutions of health. We also look forward to strengthening our partnership with the U.S. and Cameroon to enhance health services for all citizens,” said Mr. Noh.
Mr. Quiroz and Mr. Fulton thanked the guests for their visit and noted the shared values and history between the United States of America and the Republic of Korea as allied nations. Mr. Fulton said: “The United States invests over $55 million in annual assistance for Cameroon’s health sector, including for maternal care, child delivery services, and prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) administered through USAID and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We commend KOICA’s commitment and leading efforts to expanding its partnerships with Cameroon and the U.S. to serve the Cameroonian people. My visit to the Yaounde Emergency Medical Center on May 12 this year underscored the benefits and impacts of our work, which we seek to strengthen further.”
Mr. Quiroz observed that the close bonds and alliance between the Republic of Korea and the United States of America are exemplified through its partnerships around the world. “As President Obama has said, the Republic of Korea shines as an example of a nation which transitioned itself through the hard work, education, and dedication of its people from being a recipient of foreign aid into becoming one of the largest donor nations and strongest economies in the world today. We are delighted to partner with Cameroon, Korea, and other nations to promote health in this nation. On est ensemble!”
See album of USA-Korea cooperation at the Yaounde Emergency Medical Center: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10155539220920716.1073742011.312546460715&type=3. See KOICA’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/koicacameroon/?fref=ts.
Full Caption: Public Affairs Officer Roberto Quiroz II, Ms. Yewon Sung, Deputy Representative of KOICA’s Cameroon Office Mr. Dae-Young Noh, Medical Attaché James C. Fulton, and Raoul Bersha at the U.S. Embassy in Yaounde on November 16, 2015.