DILI, 16 march 2023 (TATOLI) – The Special Envoy of the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kim Chan-Beom, met with the President of the Republic, José Ramos Horta, to discuss plans to broaden the bilateral relations of the two countries in many areas.
Timor-Leste’s progressing relationship with South Korea, one of the world’s largest growing economies, is vital.
The relationship between Korea and Timor-Leste dates back to 1999. Korea is pleased to play a full role in the development of Timor-Leste. Korea is involved in various aid activities in a range of fields, such as education, health, gender equality, and capacity building through KOICA.
“I am here with the representative of Seoul National University, and the Director General of the ASEAN and Southeast Asian Affairs Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Korea to discuss with the Head of State, various fields that we want to cooperate in the future,” the Special Envoy of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of South Korea, Kim Chan-Beom, commented after meeting with the President of the Republic, José Ramos Horta, in Dili on wednesday.
It shows that the bilateral relationship between the two countries is going from strength to strength.
The delegation would also discuss these areas with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Cooperation (MoFAC), including the Employment Permits System (EPS).
Hundreds of young Timorese go to Korea every year to work and learn professional skills and gain valuable experience in the country.
This year, the South Korean government has committed to increasing the number of Timorese workers going to South Korea from 500 to 1000.
Korea also plays a valuable role in the field of sports. The Korean Embassy is working hard to generate interest in Taekwondo in Timor-Leste. And, in fact, the Timorese national youth soccer team won the world championship under the guidance of Korean coach Kim Shin-hwan.
Journalist: Filomeno Martins
Editor: Nelia Borges