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South Korea has come a long way from being an aid recipient to donor nation. It is now running different programs to help developing countries like the way it once was helped by other advanced nations.
SEOUL: After the Korean War in 1953, South Korea was in ashes and was one of the poorest countries in the world with only $64 per capital income.
Since then, it has rapidly advanced to become Asia's fourth largest economy.
As a major recipient of foreign aid, South Korea is now trying to help developing countries.
South Korea recently played host to representatives from 18 developing countries. All of them are from the broadcasting industry.
They were in Seoul to find out how South Korea's television networks have advanced in recent years, having moved away from analogue to digital TV.
Tae Yang Sik, chief director of News Photography Divison at Seoul Broadcasting System, said: "South Korea, which used to be one of the countries receiving aid from the international community after the end of the Korean War, has now become a donor country. And so this is one of the programs that we are offering to people in the broadcasting industry in developing countries to help them learn about our advanced technology."
Participants described the trip as an eye-opening experience as many are involved in preparing their television networks back home to make the transition to digital broadcasting.
Dominicus Mayo, executive producer at Trans TV in Indonesia, said: "I think Korea is more advanced, approximately about five years more advanced than us. We are into digital broadcasting in 2018, and South Korea has already done it in the last two to three years."
At the start of the year, South Korea completed its move to full digital broadcasting and stopped transmission of analogue television signals.
Zhussupova Lyalia, editor at Kazakhstan Republican TV and Radio, said: "I think I am very lucky to see the history, to see the way of development of Korean digitalization."
There are many other programs run by the government to help developing countries such as a jointly-run training program between South Korea and the International Civil Aviation Organization.There are also agricultural development programs to help developing countries escape prolonged hunger and poverty.
South Korea gave US$1.2 billion in aid in 2010, according to Global Humanitarian Assistance.
From the ashes of the Korean War in 1953, South Korea transformed itself into Asia's fourth largest economy. It ceased to be part of the developing world in late 1997. Since then, it has run different programs to help developing countries like the way it once was helped by other advanced nations.