Nomination of Partner Countries and Feasibility Study
In the KAPEX program, the selection of partner nations is based on their demand research reports of the year before project implementation (N-1) with possible topics of development cooperation fields urgently needed for their rural and agricultural advancement. Feasibility study on the selected partners comprehensively examines their current state of agricultural policies, local counterparts’ will to implement the program, and project feasibility. After that, final topics are chosen through discussion based on Korea’s comparative advantage and agricultural policy performance.
Two policy meetings are held with KAPEX partner countries of the year. The first policy meeting aims to explain overall program contents at the beginning of the program and to request the submission of project proposals. The second policy meeting is for discussion on detailed implementation plans including joint surveys, training, and workshops and on preparation for establishing a project implementation unit and the two countries’ role division. Also, through the policy meeting process, a Record of Discussion (ROD) is signed between the two nations, and the groundwork is laid for smooth program implementation.
Research Team Organization
The KAPEX team including Korea’s and its partner country’s people in charge acts as a major decision-making unit for smooth program implementation.
Joint Research Group
Specialists of Korea and its partner country continuously conduct joint research on the agreed topic. Korean experts present Korea’s agricultural policy cases, suggest the partner nation’s policy implementation plans, and draw up reviews of the partner’s inception, interim, outcome reports and Korean Expert’s Outcome Reports. The partner country’s specialists perform the topic-related study and analysis and a survey on international cooperation project cases and write inception, interim, and outcome reports.
Final Report Submission
The joint research group prepares final reports in English and Korean on its study outcomes. Local experts’ final reports include project suggestions based on analysis of their national issues and research results, and Korean specialists’ final reports present Korean agricultural policy experiences related to the partner country’s situation and propose proper plans. The submitted reports are used as major evidentiary materials in drawing up ODA project proposals in the future.
ODA Proposal Submission
Based on the joint survey outcome report submitted, an ODA proposal is turned in to the Korean government. The proposal presents continual efforts to realize it even after the project year and support plans to reflect the KAPEX program’s policy suggestions in the establishment and implementation of the partner country’s agricultural and forestry policies.