Remarks by H.E. Kiejoo Kim, Ambassador of the
Republic of Korea to the Democratic Republic of Congo at the Official
Inauguration of the Congolese National Museum
Kinshasa, November 23, 2019
Your Excellency Mister Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo,
President of the Republic and Head of the State,
Your Excellency Mister President of the Senate,
Your Excellency Madam Speaker of the National Assembly,
Your Excellency Mister Prime Minister,
Honorable Senators and Members of the National Assembly,
Your Excellency Ministers,
Your Excellencyies Ambassadors,
Members of the diplomatic corps and the international organizations,
Distinguished Guests, and
Ladies and Gentlemen,
is my great honor to attend the official inauguration of the Congolese National
Museum. I particularly thank the President of the Republic for
gracing this inauguration.I also thank the Congolese and Korean
partners who have worked together to build this hall of cultural heritage throughout
the last four years.
Museum is expected to contribute to showcasing rich and diverse cultural
heritage of the DR Congo. As such, the Museum will also help promote national
identities, reconciliation and integration. It is auspicious that the Museum is
inaugurated by President FELIX ANTOINE TSHISEKEDI TSHILOMBO, who has long been a champion of reconciliation and
we are impressed that President TSHISEKEDIhas been
making a lot of progress since the first-ever democratic transfer of power. First,
the President is committed to the promotion of democracy, rule of law and
transparency. Second, uplifting the well-being of the people is another
centerpiece of the President’s priorities including free primary education, agricultural
development and business-and-investment conducive environment. Third, overall security
and stabilityhave improved. Last but not least, reinforced
cooperation with the neighboring countries and the international community including
the UN and the IMF is expected to bring about mutual political and economic
the dedicated leadership of President TSHISEKEDI, on top of Congo’s huge
potentials of vast territory, large pool of talented population, and
geostrategic importance, I am sure this great country will turn challenges into
opportunities, realize its full potentials and continue to build on progresses.
this sense, I reassure you, Mr. President, the government and people of Korea
will remain committed to working shoulder to shoulder with the government and
people of DR Congo.
Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen,
two countries have enjoyed a strong and long-standing partnership. We are
closely coordinating in the international fields including the UN. Over 700 Congolese
civil servants have visited Korea on a number of exchange programmes. We are
mutually contributing to each other’s economy by growing trade exchanges. Korea
is now the 4th largest destination of the Congolese exports.
cooperation is another field of partnership between our two countries. Our two
governments have worked in various projects and programmes by KOICA (Korea
International Cooperation Agency). Agriculture, health and hygiene, governance,
peace, and culture, to name just a few, are the fields where our partnership
contributes to socio-economic development.
building is also a field of cooperation. This May Hyundai Engineering started
its project to build a water treatment facility at LembaImbu. The project is supported by Korea’s Economic Development
Cooperation Fund of 68 million US dollars. The project will provide 150,000
people in Kinshasa with clean water. It is clearly in line with President TSHISEKEDI’s priority
of infrastructure building and the uplifting of people’s well-being.
in all, I sincerely hope that the Museum will remain a landmark of Congolese
cultural pride. It will also be a hallmark of partnership and solidarity
between DR Congo and Korea as well as the international community.
you very much.