The Korean National foundation day was celebrated on 3rd October, 2018, at the Ambassador’s residence in Nairobi.
It is an occasion for Koreans to celebrate their culture and successes in political, social and economic spheres, which dates back to 2333BC. The achievements are numerous, and they have contributed to the rapid economic development over the years. In attendance was the Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Amb. Kamau Macharia, among other invited dignitaries.
In his address during the ceremony, Amb. Kamau said Kenya and the Republic of Korea have interacted since 1964 when Kenya attained her Independence and the relations have continued to grow ever since. This, the PS said is evidenced by the high-level exchange visits by the top leadership of the two countries, with the most recent visit by the Prime Minister of Korea, H.E Lee Nak–Yeon, in July, 2018.
The PS noted that Korea’s development over the years had made it a global leader in Hi-tech industry, as well as excelled in popular culture and sports. Korea has also produced reputable global state men and women such as the former Secretary General of the United Nations, H.E Ban Ki-Moon, whose achievements have been felt over the period.
“The Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Amb. Monica Juma is scheduled to make an official visit to Seoul next week and her interactions with the Korean leadership will accentuate the importance of our growing relations, and a demonstration of our vibrant relations with Korea, said Amb. Kamau.
Kenya has also partnered with Korea in various sectors in the areas of energy, housing, manufacturing, ICT and agriculture which are in line with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four Agenda, said the PS.