Remarks by H.E. Kiejoo Kim, Ambassador of the
Republic of Korea to the Democratic Republic of Congo at the General Conference
November 27, 2019
Mr. President of AMIKO,
Mr. Country Director of KOICA,
Dear Colleagues, friends and,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
am always happy to see a lot of good friends of KOICA and Korea.
year 2019 is a very special year for the DR Congo and the bilateral relations
between our two countries including the work of KOICA in this country.
first significance of this year is that the Congolese people achieved the
first-ever democratic transfer of power by ballot. President Felix Antoine
TSHISEKDI TSHILOMBO is leading remarkable changes:
one, we, Koreans and the members of the international community are encouraged
that the new leadership is committed to democratic values, human rights and
transparency. Legal arrangements are updated and upgraded so that greater
foreign investment can come to this country.
two, the new leadership’s commitment to the uplifting of the well-being of the
people is making difference. The first implementation of free primary education
is a welcome development. Infrastructure building is also undertaken to the
benefit of the people. Policies aimed at agricultural development and food
production is gaining prominence.
three, overall security and stability improved in Kinshasa and in the other
but not least, relations with neighboring countries progress to increase
coordination and cooperation in the sub-region. Engagement and cooperation with
the international partners including the U.N. and the I.M.F. is gaining
importance of this year is that we achieved many good progresses in the bilateral
relations between our two countries:
one, exchanges between our two countries are on the increase. More than 730
Congolese civil servants have visited Korea on a number of exchange programmes.
Trade is also growing to such an extent that Korea is now the fourth-largest
destination of the Congolese exports.
two, a landmark project of the establishment of the Congolese National Museum
is now completed. President TSHISEKEDI personally graced the inauguration of
the Museum last Saturday. The Museum will be a hallmark of the partnership
between the DR Congo and Korea. Other development cooperation projects of agricultural
capacity building and strengthening laboratory capacity for infectious diseases
in Lubumbashi are under way, too.
but not least, a well-renowned Korean firm, Hyundai Engineering started its
project of building a water treatment facility in Lemba Imbu supported by Korea’s
Economic Development Cooperation Fund.
am very proud that the people of our two countries are witnessing these
impressive changes and achievements. AMIKO is a bridge between our two
countries and peoples. As such, I am sure AMIKO will do its part in making the
relations between our two countries even closer.
conclude, building on the progresses that we have jointly made this year, we
will continue to advance our mutual goals of developing the bilateral
partnership in the next year and beyond. In so doing, we will rely on you,
friends of AMIKO, and you can rely on us.
you very much.