S. Korea planning 23 bln-won aid project for war-torn Afghanistan

SEOUL-- South Korea is planning to spend about 23.2 billion won (US$19.5 million) in next year's official development assistance (ODA) projects for war-torn Afghanistan, a document showed Wednesday.

The Office for Government Policy Coordination under the Prime Minister's Office said in the document submitted to Rep. Tae Young-ho of the main opposition People Power Party that its committee handling the development aid has reached the decision on the 2022 ODA budget for Kabul, according to Tae's office.

Of the amount, the foreign ministry plans to provide Afghanistan with 18.4 billion won through international organizations.

The Korean International Cooperation Agency, the country's overseas aid agency, will spend 4.72 billion won for six projects designed to support Afghanistan, such as fresh water development, vocational training and other capacity-building projects.

"The Afghanistan ODA budget has yet to be finalized in detail. We will review the size and the areas of support as we watch the situation in Afghanistan and the discussions that will take place on the humanitarian assistance at the U.N. General Assembly," a foreign ministry official said.

Source: Yonhap News Agency