H.E. Hyunmo Koo, Ambassador(Korea) speaks to Gulf Insider

H.E. Hyunmo Koo, Ambassador of Korea
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On the special occasion of Bahrain’s National Day, Gulf Insider takes a closer look at relationships between Bahrain and some of its major trading partners.

The Kingdom of Bahrain and Korea enjoy long and strong friendly relations since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1976. According to the Korean statistics, the two-way trade volume between the two countries in 2018 reached 755 million US dollars. The Embassy in close cooperation with the BACA and related Authorities hosted many cultural activities in Bahrain in 2019. Beginning with the ‘QUEEN’, the Korean fusion traditional music group performance in April, ‘Beauty of Korea’ photo exhibition in September, 2nd Ambassador’s Taekwondo Championship in November which will be followed by Korean Movie Weeks in December. One particular cultural exchange worth mentioning is the first Korean drama’ Love in the Moonlight’ was aired by the Bahrain TV in June and will be re-run in November.

The Korean GS construction company has been building the LNG Import Terminal at sea adjacent to the Khalifa bin Salman port, which recently started its commercial operation. Samsung Engineering & Construction Company, one of the main contractors for the BAPCO Modernization Project, has just begun its work at the site which will be completed by the year 2022.

The third Bahrain-Korea Business Forum was successfully held here in the Kingdom on 6 October this year. 23 Korean companies led by the Vice Chairman of the Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry have participated at the Forum. I hope this new tradition of alternately hosting business forum in Seoul and Manama will continue in the years to come.

The number of students learning the Korean language is growing fast. We now have about 250 students attending the Korean language courses at the University of Bahrain, the Ahlia University and the Bahrain Polytechnic. 

Taking this opportunity, I wish all the Bahraini people a Happy National Day. Under the wise leadership of HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, HRH Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and HRH Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Bahrain has become an exemplary country where people live together in peaceful harmony regardless of their race, religion and origin. 

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