The Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning has signed a framework agreement on grants and assistance with the Republic of Korea. The Undersecretary of Planning at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning Makki Mirghani signed on behalf of the Government of Sudan, while the Korean Ambassador in Khartoum Mr. Lee Kee-seog signed on behalf of his country. Following the signing ceremony, Merghani pointed out that the agreement was the starting point for opening up the relations with the Republic of Korea, pointing to the development of cooperation to accommodate the priorities of the new government in development and trade. The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Finance praised the projects implemented by the Republic of Korea, stressing that the Sudanese government will allow the Korean Organization for International Cooperation (KOIC) to open an office in Khartoum. For his part, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea described the relations between Korea and Sudan as continuously developed since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1977, revealing that the Republic of Korea started providing assistance to Sudan in 1999 and has continued to provide various types of aid grants over the past thirty years. The ambassador said that Korea and Sudan have completed several cooperative projects, including but not limited to, the provision of cooperation projects between the public and private sectors, the construction of the South Tower at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the establishment of the Korean-Sudanese Vocational Training Center, the development of silk production industry in Sudan and the fight against schistosomiasis and tropical diseases in Sudan. The Korean ambassador revealed that the agreement aimed at the improvement of the effectiveness of granting aid and strengthening of the legal basis.