I had the honour to assume the post of Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United Republic of Tanzania on December 19, 2018. And it is my great pleasure to extend to you the warmest of welcomes to the website of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Dar es Salaam.
It was on April 30, 1992 that the Republic of Korea and the United Republic of Tanzania established diplomatic relations. Since then the two countries have indeed continued to develop their friendship and cooperation. And we are now preparing to celebrate next year the 27th anniversary of the diplomatic ties.
One might say that the bilateral relationship is now thriving more than ever before. One might say that our ties are in their prime - that they have come of age.
And reflecting on the year 2018, it is clear that year 2018 was truly a memorable one, a landmark year, for the goodwill between our two countries. To give one notable example, the Embassy of the United Republic of Tanzania in Seoul was opened in January 2018 – indeed, Tanzanian Foreign Minister H.E. Augustine Philip Mahiga visited Korea for the Opening Ceremony. In July 2018, H.E. LEE Nak-yon, Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea paid an official visit to Dar es Salaam. This marked the first ever such visit by a Korean Prime Minister – and it truly served to generate fresh impetus for our relations.
In the field of official development assistance (ODA), the Republic of Korea selected the United Republic of Tanzania as one of its 2nd-term priority partnership countries for the years 2016 to 2020. Since the establishment of the diplomatic relations, Korea has therefore been a major partner for Tanzania’s development cooperation in various areas, spanning agriculture, fisheries, education, vocational training, healthcare, ICT, water management, infrastructure development, through a variety of Korean organizations including the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF). As the private sector’s development partners for Tanzania, a number of Korean NGOs, representatives of religious communities and volunteers, in a spirit of humanitarianism, have been working devotedly, together with Tanzanians in various places around the country.
I would like to share with you some reflections on what we in Korea have learnt from our own experiences in our modern history. The Korean War of 1950-1953, which erupted just a few years after the gaining of independence in 1945, left the Republic of Korea in ruins. However, Korea pursued a series of measures to emerge from this devastation - an effective export-oriented economic development policy, great investment in education, innovation in technology, and a successful process of democratization. And by travelling such a path it succeeded in reshaping itself to emerge as the 11th largest economy in the world.
This remarkable transformation has come to be known as the “Miracle on the Han River.” In this regard, the Knowledge Sharing Program (KSP) aims to fully share the wisdom Korea has gained from the lessons learned in its process of rapid economic development, with its friends - including Tanzania. In ways such as this the Korean government has exerted active efforts to play its own part in contributing to the realization of the “Tanzania Development Vision 2025” of becoming a middle income country by 2025 through industrialization.
Tremendous strides forward have been taken in 2018 in terms of our interaction, our collaboration, our sense of partnership and affinity. I and the members of the Korean Embassy are committed to exerting every possible effort to protect and ensure the safety of the over 700 Koreans living in Tanzania and promote their rights as we seek to further deepen and expand this true friendship between our two countries.
I and all in the Korean Embassy look to Koreans living in Tanzania, as you pursue the fields of interest to you, to seek also to serve as kinds of civilian diplomats. You too have a valuable role to play in the nurturing of understanding, the fostering of mutually beneficial cooperation, between the peoples of Korea and Tanzania.
It is my heartfelt hope that throughout the new year of 2019 the bonds of true friendship between our peoples will continue to flourish, and that all the Korean nationals in Tanzania will lead enjoyable and safe lives. And I wish you all the blessings of health and happiness in the year ahead.
Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United Republic of Tanzania