Ambassador Kymgu highlighted both countries’ friendship in the past 40 years.
“Notably Solomon Islands has been a dependable companion of the Republic of Korea (ROK) especially to improve inter-Korean relations towards permanent peace in the Korean peninsula.
“When Solomon Islands was suffering from natural disasters in 2007 and 2014, the ROK lent helping hands,” he remarked.
He said being the host country of Climate Change head offices; Green Climate Fund and Global Green Growth Institute, they will work with Solomon Islands to tackle the phenomenon issues.
The Korean Ambassador said they have helped a number of government officials to undertake further studies under the KOICA World Friends office in Honiara.
He also acknowledges and note the potential that tourism can generate for prosperity of our island nation.
“I believe that there would be no better time than now to enhance our relationship from close friendship to comprehensive partnership as we celebrate 40 years of relationship on this occasion.” Ambassador Kymgu remarked.
In response Governor-General Sir Frank Ofagioro Kabui accepted the Letter of Credence by the President of the Republic of South Korea Moon Jae-in and cherish the 40 years of diplomatic mutual relationships.
He recalled on goodwill visits by past Prime Ministers like the late Solomon Mamaloni in the 1980’s and Danny Philip in Korea which are fine examples of existing friendship both countries enjoy and nurture since 1978.
“During the last 40 years, much have been going on between our two countries in terms of assistance in training of personal and other areas such as disaster assistance.
“The specific assistance offered in the building of our National University School of Fisheries in Honiara by the Government of the Republic of Korea is appreciated very much,” Sir Kabui remarked.
Governor General also recognizes a Korean investor’s interest in establishing onshore fisheries investment at Bina Harbour on Malaita yet efforts on settling land disputes slowing down the whole process.
Sir Kabui also noted with appreciation areas of assistance such as volunteer service by Korean Volunteers in the country.
“The Korean-Small Islands States Development Meetings do constitute a forum for developing possible areas for future development strategies within the ranks of the Pacific Islands Forum countries.
“This is a Korean initiative in consultation with Pacific Islands Forum countries,” he remarked.
Sir Kabui said Tina Hydro Project on Guadalcanal is a direct beneficiary of the Green Climate Fund.
“For us, this is a major project that will supply power to Honiara for the next 30 years on completion.
“The power supplier is a Korean Company, K-Water. The Power Purchase Agreement has been signed.”
Governor General acknowledges Korea’s championing of peace in the Asia-Pacific Region.
He said relationships between North Korea and South Korea has improved after President Moon Jae-in took office which contributed to world peace and regional pride.
“There is still a long way to go in developing mutual dialogue between us to enable us to turn policies into tangible benefits for our peoples.
“Our future in such dialogue is bright with hope,” he said.
Sir Kabui then pledges his support during the Korean Ambassadors’ term in office.