KATHMANDU: Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) conducted a workshop on the KOICA Volunteers Programme (KOV) with its partner organisations on Thursday in Kathmandu.

The workshop was organised to improve the volunteer programme, among volunteer-related organisations in Nepal, by sharing and exchanging the best practices and creative ideas of KOICA’s volunteer programmes, the Agency said in a press statement today.

Narayan Dhakal, Under Secretary of Ministry of Finance, while speaking in the programme informed that the KOVs is slowly growing in the country and Korea is one of the important partner countries in dispatching volunteers in the field of education, health, agriculture and information and communication technology.

Dhakal added that Nepal can learn a lot about the "Korean ways"of hard work, time keeping and hospitality.

Meanwhile, KOICA Country Director for Nepal, Hyungkyoo Kim, emphasised on the importance of cooperation from recipient organisations in order to strengthen the KOICA Volunteer Programme in Nepal.

Altogether 50 participants from different parts of the country were present at the function.

The KOICA Volunteer Programme aims to contribute to poverty reduction and sustainable development, to promote friendly relations between Korea and host countries, the statement added.

The Programme had begun in Nepal in 1990.