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The first training competitions and a startup ideas contest organized by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in cooperation with vocational training centers in Uzbekistan were held at the Samarkand vocational training center.

The event was attended by senior officials from the Ministry of Labor and Employment, Song Sung Ir, director of the KOICA Tbilisi office, volunteer teachers from Korea and other officials from Uzbekistan. The competition, held for the first time between vocational training centers, aroused great interest among all participants and guests.

The importance of the tournament was further strengthened by his friendship. The event was opened by the head of the Ministry of Employment and Labor Relations of the Republic of Uzbekistan F.U. Mamarasulov and director of the KOICA representative office in Tashkent, Song Sung Ir. Teachers competed in five areas. These include car repair and maintenance; electronics and instrumentation; welder; information technology and textile industry.

After the deadline and conditions of the competition, the judges determined the winners. After that, the guests were invited to the award ceremony in the conference hall of the Center. Song Sung Ir, director of the Tashkent office of KOICA, awarded teachers with the Grand Prix and 5 prizes for first place, diplomas and prizes. On behalf of the Ministry of Labor and Employment of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the winner of the Grand Prix was awarded a TV and 5 microwave ovens.

In the second part of the event, a startup ideas contest was held in the Samarkand startup incubator, a KOICA grant from the Vocational Training Center in Samarkand. Submission of 5 ideas from 14 startups submitted to the competition. Candidates were evaluated by the judges and admitted to the residence of the center. The 1st place was taken by the teacher of the “Service” department of the Samarkand Institute of Economics and Service Zafarali Bozorov. The startup author will be provided with free office space for one year. He was awarded valuable prizes and free access to startup services.