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S. Korea approves $21 mln worth of aid projects

2016/07/05 18:11

SEOUL, July 5 (Yonhap) -- South Korea on Tuesday approved US$21 million worth of projects mainly aimed at helping refugees and others in need in Africa, the foreign ministry said.

The projects include refugee support programs and health care services in Sudan and other parts of the continent the ministry said in a press release summarizing the results of a relevant committee meeting held earlier in the day.

The aid will be provided outside of South Korea's official development assistance program under the air-ticket solidarity levy system, which imposes 1,000 won ($0.87) on the airline tickets of international flights departing from South Korea.

Second Vice Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yul presided over the meeting, which was also joined by officials from the health ministry and the foreign ministry's overseas aid arm, the Korea International Cooperation Agency.

hague@yna.co.kr

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