S. Korea pushes to double development aid for Laos 0

South Korea's ODA to Laos had been on the rise from 5.8 billion won in 2009 to 6.8 billion won in 2011.

South Korea’s ODA to Laos had been on the rise from 5.8 billion won in 2009 to 6.8 billion won in 2011.

Reposted from Yonhap News

South Korea is pushing to more than double next year’s budget for aid projects in Laos as part of efforts to boost bilateral cooperation in dealing with North Korean defectors, government sources here said Monday. Seoul’s foreign ministry has asked the finance ministry to earmark 4.84 billion won (US$4.3 million) in official development assistance (ODA) to the Southeast Asian country, more than twice the 2.04 billion won set aside for this year. More…