Nigeria and South Korea have signed an MoU to partner in the public health sector, and in particular facilitate training of Nigerians in vaccine production.
Korea signed an MoU with the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) Nigeria, to cooperate with the agency to facilitate training of Nigerian officials.
The partnership comes following the World Health Organization’s designation of Nigeria as a regional hub for vaccine production, and South Korea as WHO global training hub.
Speaking at a press briefing in Abuja, the Korean Ambassador to Nigeria, Kim Young-chae, described President Muhammadu Buhari’s official visit to Korea in October and attendance at the maiden World Bio Summit in Korea as timely for both countries cooperation in vaccine and bio industry.
Young-chae said that South Korea has begun training of Nigerian public health officials in vaccine production since July 2022, and will continue successively for some years.
According to the Ambassador, “It is going to be a continuous process. It will continue this year, next year and the following years.
“We have an already established and concrete plans to facilitate a training programme.
“As a follow up measure, we will consult with the Nigerian health authorities on how to expand our cooperation on public health”, he said.
Meantime, the ambassador said the year 2022 has seen a 20% increase in the volume of trade between South Korea and Nigeria.
A welcome development compared to last year’s which saw a dip in trade volume owing to impact and continued effects of the COVID 19 pandemic.