In accordance to a memorandum of understanding signed with the Republic of Korea in 2013, through Korea’s International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), the project of renovating KIPA’s building started at the cost of 13 million US Dollars. The agreement also included drafting the KIPA law and training strategy and preparing qualified staff to run KIPA. The trainers and staff attended thorough training courses in the Republic of Korea. The Center, thus, is being inaugurated today to become the new building of Kurdistan Institute of Public Administration (KIPA) to work in accordance to international standards of training.
I would like to thank our friends in the Republic of Korea, especially KOICA and their staff in Baghdad and the Kurdistan Region who played a major role in making this project succeed. The Republic of Korea has always proved that it is a friend of the people of Kurdistan Region. We respect and appreciate your friendship and support for the Kurdistan Region.
On this occasion, while this project has been implemented by the Koreans in the Kurdistan Region, I would like to remind ourselves of the role of the Republic of Korea army contingent, the Zaytun Division, for the invaluable work and support they provided for Kurdistan in general and for Erbil in particular. After many years, on behalf of the people and the government of Kurdistan, I salute every one of soldiers who came to the Kurdistan Region. They were about 4000 soldiers and during their stay in the Kurdistan Region, they implemented many projects, many of which were in Erbil.
Again, on behalf of the people and the government of Kurdistan, I send my regards to each one of them; we commend and thank them for all the contribution they made. We assure them that the people of Kurdistan will always remember their support and will never forget it.
I would also like to thank KRG’s Minister of Planning Dr. Ali Sindi and his Ministry’s staff who have worked tirelessly for the past four years to make this project possible. I hope that KIPA will continue to work diligently to provide the much needed services of building the capacities of KRG civil servants.
I congratulate KIPA for this new building and wish success for its staff. We expect them to work vigorously to prepare more skilled employees for the Kurdistan Region. I would like to ask you to maintain your relations with sister institutions around the world and become another bridge with the outside world.
Thanks again for attending this event and have a nice day.