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Customs Union to foster Korea-Belarus relations

MINSK, 4 October (BelTA) – The Customs Union will give an additional impetus to the Belarusian-Korean cooperation, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Korea to Belarus Kang Weon Sik stated at the event dedicated to Korea’s national holiday, National Foundation Day, on 3 October.

According to the ancient calendar, the state was founded 4,344 years ago.

The diplomat has stressed that the bilateral relations between the Republic of Korea and Belarus have been steadily developing in all areas. The two countries established diplomatic relations in 1992. Since then the two states have made great progress in political, trade and economic cooperation, which has been further strengthened after the Korean embassy was opened in Minsk in 2007.

The Ambassador believes that the geographic distance between the countries does not hamper mutually beneficial cooperation. In his words, in the age of globalization the countries should support each other and strengthen ties. He also emphasized that the present-day world experiences drastic changes and only together the states are able to deal with any emerging crisis.

The Republic of Korea has been gaining bigger foothold in the international arena. This is can be proved by the latest G8 summit held in the country. The diplomat noted that the Republic of Korea has been making great effort to contribute to the global economic growth. He expressed confidence that cooperation with Belarus as well as an exchange of experience would also promote economic development in the world.

Igor Voitov, the Chairman of the State Science and Technology Committee, has noted that Belarus views cooperation with the Republic of Korea as one of its priorities in the region. In his words, the two countries have recently boosted their political dialogue, trade, economic and scientific cooperation.

According to Igor Voitov, the two states should expand cooperation by developing innovation business.

In 2010 the trade between the two countries increased by 30%. This year the bilateral trade continues growing. The most successful cooperation between the two countries is in science and technologies. This summer Belarus hosted the Days of Korean Science. A Belarusian-Korean center for cooperation in education and science opened in Minsk in June. The center will serve as a platform for implementation of joint projects and establishment of new contacts between scientific establishments of the two countries, advancement of Belarusian technologies to the Korean market. Next year Belarus and Korea will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their diplomatic relations.