Posted by: africanpressorganization | 29 June 2011

Korea / The President to Visit South Africa, DR Congo and Ethiopia, July 2-11



Korea / The President to Visit South Africa, DR Congo and Ethiopia, July 2-11


SEOUL, Korea, June 29, 2011/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Overview


President Lee Myung-bak and First Lady Kim Yoon-ok will visit the Republic of South Africa July 2-7, followed by state visits to the Democratic Republic of the Congo July 7-8 and the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia July 8-11.


Schedule and Summit Agenda


President Lee will arrive in Durban, South Africa on July 2 and work to support PyeongChang’s bid for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games through July 6, when the final decision on the host city will be made. He is also scheduled to speak at PyeongChang’s final presentation session on July 6 and make an appeal to IOC members to provide support for PyeongChang’s bid to host the Winter Olympics.


While the Korean President is in South Africa, he will meet President Jacob Zuma in Durban. At the summit, the two leaders are expected to discuss ways to enhance substantive bilateral cooperation in promoting trade and investment and expanding collaboration in nuclear energy, minerals and other sectors related to energy and resources. They are also expected to exchange views on regional developments around the Korean Peninsula and in Africa and other key international issues, including the G20, climate change and development cooperation.


During his state visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, President Lee will hold a summit with President Joseph Kabila to discuss how to promote practical cooperation in energy, resources development, infrastructure construction projects, and agriculture. They are also expected to exchange views on ways to work together on the international stage.


While in DR Congo, President Lee will attend a business forum to be held by Korean and Congolese business leaders to encourage the reinforcement of bilateral economic cooperation. He also plans to have an informal meeting with Korean residents there.


In Ethiopia, the President is scheduled to attend a summit with Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and discuss bilateral, substantive collaboration in projects where Korea can share its development experience, as well as in green growth, agriculture, the economy, trade, and resources. On top of this, the two leaders will exchange ideas on how to work together more closely in the international arena, including the situations on the Korean Peninsula and in Africa and collaboration on the G20 development agenda.


The President is also scheduled to lay a wreath at the Korean War Memorial, meet with Korean War veterans, talk with representatives of Korean residents, host a dinner to encourage dispatched volunteers, hold a luncheon for economic leaders of both nations, give an address at Addis Ababa University and do some volunteer work.


Significance of the Visit and Expected Outcome


By attending the 123rd IOC Session in Durban, the President will demonstrate the Korean people’s strong desire for and the Korean Government’s unwavering commitment to providing assistance for PyeongChang’s third bid to host the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.


The President’s visit to South Africa will provide momentum for economic collaboration on trade, investment, energy and resources with the only G20 member in Africa, the continent’s largest economy, and a nation blessed with abundant natural resources. Stronger bilateral ties will in turn help Korea establish a platform for advancing further into the continent.


President Lee’s state visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the first for a Korean head of state since the two countries established official relations in 1963. Through the visit, Seoul hopes to bolster friendly and cooperative bilateral ties while substantially contributing to the development efforts of this African country.


The Korean Government’s efforts are significant considering Congo’s all-out drive for nation building launched after the end of the civil war in the early 2000s. Through bilateral consultations, Korea is confident of helping the African nation effectively formulate plans for economic development and other pertinent matters. At the same time, the two governments are expected to come up with some concrete measures concerning the development of the Congo’s rich mineral resources and related projects.


President Lee’s visit to Ethiopia is particularly meaningful in that this is the first time for a Korean head of state, and this year marks the 60th anniversary of Ethiopia’s participation in the Korean War in support of the Republic of Korea in the south. The Korean Government intends to take advantage of the Presidential tour to widen diplomatic boundaries by deepening friendship with all the countries that took part in the Korean War alongside South Korea. The Government plans to help Ethiopia develop its economy effectively and thereby provide a model for economic collaboration between Korea and the rest of Africa.


With the upcoming African tour, President Lee Myung-bak will complete his Administration’s goal of engaging all the major actors through Presidential summit diplomacy. So far, the President has established a solid international cooperative network through summit meetings with leaders of major countries in Latin America, Oceania, Asia, Europe and the Middle East in addition to the heads of such major powers as the United States, China, Japan and Russia.


During the African tour, the Korean Government aims to promote understanding of the situation on the Korean Peninsula as well as the official position of the Republic of Korea. This will be conducive to maintaining a solid basis for obtaining international support in matters affecting the Korean Peninsula while enjoying close coordination with other countries at the UN and other international arenas. The Korean Government hopes to further solidify its global leadership as demonstrated in its strong advocacy for adopting development agendas for developing countries at recent G20 summits. Korea intends to serve as an effective bridge linking the developing and developed countries in the international community.



Korea – Office of the President


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