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Conference Tackles Development Challenges in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Bangladesh

November 18, 2009

President Obama will wrap up his Asia trip with a visit to South Korea today, where negotiations over North Korea’s nuclear ambitions will undoubtedly be high on the list of talking points. Perhaps not on the agenda, but on the minds of both leaders are the mounting development challenges around the globe.

To address such challenges, The Asia Foundation, in cooperation with KDI School of Public Policy and Management and the Korean Association of International Development and Cooperation, will hold a conference November 24-25 in Seoul to focus on development issues and strategies in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. The gathering will provide the opportunity for information sharing and dialogue between Korea and the three participating countries regarding effective international cooperation for addressing development needs. H.E. Kul Chandra Gautam, former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations and former Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF, will deliver the keynote address and H.E. Shin Kak-soo, Vice Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea will deliver opening remarks. Delegations from the three countries will include ministers of state, as well as government and non-government development program managers. Representatives of the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Korean development NGOs, and other Korean experts on the region will also participate.

On Tuesday evening, November 24, Asia Foundation trustee and former Prime Minister Lee Hong-koo, on behalf of the Friends of The Asia Foundation in Korea, will host a reception at the Lotte Hotel in honor of the visiting delegations. The conference is open to the public. For more information, contact Ms. Lee Soomee at


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