Ambassador of Republic of Korea to Egypt, Hong Jinwook, paid a visit to Upper Egypt -Minya, Assiut and Sohag- from 25 to 28 September to explore possible cooperation with the regions and expand mutual understanding.
During his visit, Ambassador Hong met with M.G. Osama El-Qadi, Governor of Minya, M.G. Essam Saad, Governor of Assiut and M.G. Tarek Mohamed Alfeky, Governor of Sohag respectively to discuss ways of cooperation with these regions.
Ambassador Hong shared with the regional leaders the developments in bilateral relation between Korea and Egypt in the framework of “Comprehensive Cooperative Partnership” which the two countries agreed during H.E. President El-Sisi’s visit to Korea in 2016. He added that it is right time to expand the cooperation to the regional level amid the excellent relations we witness from the H.E. President Moon’s visit to Egypt in January this year and several following projects such co-manufactures of K9 self-propelled howitzer and Cairo Metro rolling stocks in Egypt, Korea’s participation in El-Dabaa Nuclear Power plant project and the joint airshow of Korean and Egyptian air forces over the Giza Pyramids.
Ambassador Hong suggested expanding the scope of cooperation between Korea and Minya, Assiut and Sohag to the field of cultural heritage. He pointed out that a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the field of cultural heritage between the two countries was signed early this year between the Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea and the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Egypt, which includes cooperation in the restoration and development of antiquities as well as Public and Academic Exchange.
He expected that cooperative projects in the field of cultural heritage will allow the governorates to take advantage of Korea’s advanced technology in the restoration and preservation of the diverse cultural heritage in the Upper Egypt.
He noted that the Korean government’s choosing Egypt as a priority partner for official development assistance for 2021-2025 gives an opportunity to increase cooperation in Upper Egypt. He emphasized his country’s willingness to support the ‘Vision 2030’ and ‘Decent Life initiative’, which aims at developing rural areas nationwide.
On the occasion of the Upper Egypt tour, South Korean Ambassador visited some project sites where the Korea government has been cooperated with governorates for education and gender equality.
In the Assiut University where the Korean government has implemented the ‘Project of Strengthening of the research and educational capacity on advanced technology of Assiut University,’ he expected the project to contribute in the capacity building of the youth and enhance the youth employment in the region.
He watched a edutainment performance of the youth at a newly opened Population Awareness Clubs in Sohag, which is a part of the UNFPA Project for Preventing and Combating Gender-Based Violence funded by KOICA and stressed Korean government is keen to cooperate with many stakeholders in achieving gender equality.
He also held press salons in three cities, which served as an opportunity for the Korean diplomats and regional journalist to enhance mutual understanding./end/