A new ambassador of the Republic of Korea has been accredited to Dominica.
Ambassador plenipotentiary of the Republic of Korea, Kim Byung-Yun presented his letter of credence to President Charles Savarin at the State House on Victoria Street in Roseau on Wednesday 16 May 2018.
He replaces Ambassador OH Hangu who was accredited to Dominica in October 2014.
“Excellency, I am very proud of being Ambassador to this beautiful nature island,” he told President Savarin.
“It is my great honor to present my credentials to you, Excellency today, and as Ambassador to your country I will try my best to strengthen bilateral relations,” Ambassador Byung-Yun said.
The Commonwealth of Dominica and the Republic of Korea formalized bilateral relations in 1978, one year after Dominica’s independence and according to President Savarin it has been cordial and fruitful.
President Savarin also highlighted how the Dominica Government has benefited from the government of Korea’s annual economic assistance program.
Over the years, the Republic of Korea has made presentations of ambulances; a fire truck; vehicles for the Dominica Police Force, the State Prison Services, Government Information Service, and Foreign Affairs; computer equipment and other office supplies to the government departments; as well as training opportunities and short courses designed to enhance the bilateral relations between the government of Korea and Caribbean countries.
In March and April of 2014 respectively, the Republic of Korea informed of the decision to provide grant aid to the government of Dominica in the form of equipment and training courses and also housing assistance to citizens of the Carib Territory.
In 2018, the government of Korea provided one hundred thousand US dollars grant aid to Dominica. Government has decided to allocate that funding towards acquisition of a garbage disposal vehicle for the Solid Waste Management Corporation.
President Savarin said these kind gestures from the Republic of Korea represent the commitment, mutual understanding and trust which have developed during the years of diplomatic relations.
Further, the President noted that over the thirty-nine year period following the establishment of diplomatic relations, the country has been able to count on the Dominica Government and CARICOM for support in major international fora and in elections to various national bodies.
“This is evidenced by Dominica’s support for South Korea in its successful bid to host the 2023 World Scout Jamboree,” he said.
“We hope to be able to lend that support in future instances whenever circumstances permit,” the President added.
President Savarin presented the Korean Ambassador with a book on Dominica’s history written by Dr. Lennox Honychurch and a coffee table book of photographs of various scenes of Dominica before Hurricane Maria struck.
He also invited Ambassador Byung-Yun, who will be non-resident here, will visit frequently to enjoy the beauty of the Nature Island and that his assignment will be fruitful and rewarding.