KUWAIT CITY, September 27: South Korean Ambassador Chung Byung-ha said Kuwait and South Korea are currently working to elevate their relations between the two countries to a new level, especially in the post era -corona virus pandemic, and seek to expand the scope of cooperation between them in traditional fields, such as energy and construction and other new fields, such as medicine, health care, education, information technology and the development of smart cities. He told the Al-Rai daily in an exclusive interview that the two countries are also cooperating closely, to ensure that the workflow of major projects currently underway in Kuwait is not affected by the Corona virus pandemic, and has revealed that the Kuwaiti government had allowed engineers to enter the country to participate in the implementation of projects undertaken by South Korean companies, in conjunction with continued cooperation in the field of health care, which indicates the depth of relations between the two states.
He said Korean companies have contributed and implemented many vital projects in Kuwait, using their distinguished skills and modern technological methods, including the construction of the Jaber Bridge, the new Al-Zour refinery project, the environmental fuel project in Mina Al-Ahmadi. Refinery, and the construction and operation of the Doha desalination plant in addition to using the latest Korean technologies to build the new city of Al-Mutla’a. He revealed that the volume of Kuwait’s imports from South Korea in 2020 was around $ 660.3 million, a decrease of 30.9% from last year, indicating that the volume of Kuwait’s exports to South Korea was about $ 5.8 billion, a decline of 45.9%. , due to the repercussions of the pandemic. He made special mention of the Incheon International Airport Company which operates Terminal T4 at Kuwait International Airport and provides excellent passenger and cargo services.
The Korean government and Korean businesses, he said, stand ready to help achieve Kuwait’s Vision 2035 as a staunch partner of Kuwait. Ambassador Byung-ha said: âThis year we celebrate the 42nd anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Korea and the State of Kuwait, during which we have been able to consolidate cooperation in various fields, such as energy, construction and health, and build a comprehensive and mutually beneficial partnership that looks resolutely to the future. . The Korean Ambassador explained that on the occasion of the National Day of the Republic of South Korea, which falls on October 3, the Embassy intends to organize a number of limited cultural events related Korean cuisine, Korean language and others in full compliance with health guidelines.
The ambassador said the embassy will hold a short video contest for the hanbok costume this month, to introduce the Kuwaiti community to the beauty of the hanbok, where participants will have the opportunity to rent it without having to go. ‘buy, so they can wear it and make their own video. The embassy will also organize taekwondo lessons, in addition to organizing classes to learn the art of writing Korean calligraphy on the anniversary of the invention of Hangeul, the official alphabet of the language. Korean, which falls on October 9, to introduce attendees to the beauty of the Korean language (Hangul), and attendees will also have the opportunity to experience the interaction between Arabic calligraphy and Hangul script. .