ECONOMYNEXT – South Korea donated real-time PCR test kits worth USD 300,000 to Sri Lanka yesterday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said.
The kits were donated at the ministry premises yesterday marking the 43rd anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries, an MFA statement said. Ambassador Woonjin Jeong ceremoniously handed the kits to Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at the event.
According to the MFA statement, Gunawardena thanked the Republic of Korea for her generous contribution towards Sri Lanka’s efforts to contai COVID-19. He spoke of the traditional friendship between the two countries which he said has flourished over time into a multifaceted partnership with economic cooperation as a key pillar.
The two countries established diplomatic relations on 14 November 1977.
“The Republic of Korea is one of our leading development partners. The Official Development Assistance provided through the Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has immensely contributed towards the socio-economic development of Sri Lanka particularly in the areas which include infrastructure, transport, employment, vocational training, irrigation, and waste disposal,” Gunawardene was quoted as saying.
Acknowledging the exponential growth achieved by South Korea in the past decades, Gunawardena sought the country’s expertise and support towards the development of rural economies and livelihoods in Sri Lanka with a special focus on the areas of aviation, shipping, health, agriculture, and science & technology.
“Also, we believe enhancing parliamentary and provincial level cooperation will further promote people to people exchange between the two countries,” he said.
Jeong, speaking at the event, said that under the “Stay Strong” campaign, South Korea and Sri Lanka have strengthened anti-COVID collaboration with each other.
While expressing satisfaction at the ongoing development partnership between Sri Lanka and South Korea, the MFA statement further said, the ambassador invited Korean investors to explore more opportunities in Sri Lanka in key sectors including LNG, renewable energy, infrastructure and digital economy and more Korean tourists to come to Sri Lanka once the COVID-19 related travel restrictions are lifted. (Colombo/Dec09/2020)