The National Foundation Day of Korea celebrates the
legendary birth of ancient Korea. This commemorative day provides the
opportunity to reflect on Korea’s beginnings and to appreciate the country’s
progress. On this occasion, it is indeed my pleasure on behalf of Prime
Minister Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley and the Government and People of
Trinidad and Tobago to extend best wishes for the continued advancement and
continued well-being of the Republic of Korea.
It will be remiss of me not to acknowledge the challenges
that Korea currently faces in its proverbial backyard. Your Excellency, let me
assure you that Trinidad and Tobago stands in solidarity with Korea and will
continue to play its part, even if small, in the peaceful resolution of the
on-going situation on the Korean peninsula.
Despite domestic concerns, Korea has not neglected its
friendship with Trinidad and Tobago, which had its formal beginning over thirty
years ago. Instead, both countries have sought to build a stronger relationship
primarily through people-to-people, technical, educational and cultural
This year featured significant official
interactions between Trinidad and Tobago and Korea. One of my colleagues recently
participated in the Korea-Latin America and the Caribbean Future Cooperation Forum held in Korea. A few
months earlier, in February 2017, a delegation led by the Deputy Speaker of the
National Assembly of Korea visited our country to engage in dialogue with its
counterparts from the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago.
In February of this year as well, we saw the hosting of the
Inaugural Korea-CARICOM High-Level Meeting in Montego Bay, Jamaica. This event
facilitated dialogue on future cooperation between Korea and members of the
Caribbean Community on regional and global affairs and saw the participation of fourteen (14)
Member States, including Trinidad and Tobago. This country was also represented
at a workshop on the development of small and medium enterprises held in
December 2016 under the nascent CELAC-Korea Forum.
Your Excellency, Trinidad and Tobago remains committed to
supporting existing initiatives between our two countries. Korea continues to
offer technical expertise and education opportunities to Trinidad and Tobago.
This year, yet another national of Trinidad and Tobago joined others pursuing
tertiary studies in Korea, most of whom would have been awarded scholarships
from the Korean Government.
Recently, Trinidad and Tobago has been involved in
negotiations with Korea on a Double Taxation Agreement.
Further, the Korean Embassy has maintained its cultural
diplomacy activities, such as the ongoing Korea Week that will highlight
different aspects of the Korean experience. The Trinidad and Tobago public also
enjoyed the musical performance by Korean pop group Queen in May of this year and I am certain we will
appreciate tonight’s showcase by the Seoul Flute Choir.
As I conclude, I wish to share a Korean proverb that
states, “Starting is half the task.” Your Excellency, Trinidad and Tobago and
Korea can boast that we not only began new initiatives but also advanced
existing ones, all redounding to the benefit of our countries.
Your Excellency, Ladies and
thank you and do enjoy the rest of the proceedings
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