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South Korea offers specialised training for Lapsset staff

By Mark Kapchanga | September 21st 2014

Nairobi; Kenya: South Korea has offered scholarships to staff working on Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopia Transport (Lapsset) corridor projects. The two-month specialised training will be run in Seoul beginning this month, with courses that include field assignments in different parts of Korea.

They include design, construction and management of high-value infrastructure projects and master planning of new cities. The offer was made to the Lapsset Corridor Development Authority Chief Executive, Mr Silvester Kasuku, in a meeting with South Korea’s Minister for Infrastructure, Land and Transport Suh Seoung-Hwan, Vice Minister Kyung-Sik Kim and Director General of International Cooperation, Wan-Jung Kim. This was on the sidelines of the ongoing Global Infrastructure Cooperation Conference in Seoul.

Besides training costs, the Government of South Korea offered to cover travel and accommodation costs for selected State officers. “This gesture by the Government of South Korea will strengthen the capacity of State officers to understand the urgency, dedication and precision in delivery of high value priority national infrastructure,” said Kasuku.

During the conference,

Kasuku presented a paper titled,’’Investment Opportunities in the Lapsset Corridor Programme’ to over 600 investors — focusing on promoting Kenya as a prime tourist destination with special focus on the upcoming resort cities under Lapsset.

The Lapsset corridor programme is in major take-off with the commencement of the construction of the first three berths of Lamu Port, as well as studies on the crude oil pipeline this year.

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