South Korea is interested to provide both financial and technical support to Bangladesh for rural development, according to a senior official of the East Asian country's government.
"Two staff of KRC has already visited the northern and southern parts of Bangladesh to select suitable areas to implement rural development projects," Chief Executive Officer of Korea Rural Community Corporation (KRC) Dr Sang Mu Lee said on the sideline of a conference organized on the outskirts of capital on Saturday.
The rural development project would not be big ones (within US$ 25 million) he said, adding that Korea will first implement the project in two Uninons of Thakurgaon and Moulivibazar districts to take experience from the ground before going scaling up to implement a bigger rural development project in a country with such a distinct culture and ecosystem like Bangladesh.
Pollibir Unnayan Sangstha, Thakurgaon, in collaboration with KRC organised the meeting on 'Comparative Analysis of South Korea and Bangladesh Rural Development Experiences' at BRAC Center for Development Management (BRAC-CDM), Savar.
Dr Lee said Saturday's meeting was organized to discuss how rural development projects will be formulated considering Bangladesh's perspectives and Korean rural development experiences.
?After the meeting, a project proposal will be submitted to the The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) soon?, Lee added.