On September 28, a round table was held on the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between the Kyrgyz Republic and the Republic of Korea. The organizers of the event were NISI KR and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Kyrgyz Republic.
The expert and scientific community of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Republic of Korea, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Kyrgyz Republic, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Ministry of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic and representatives of relevant state bodies took part in the round table.
The round table touched upon a wide range of issues of economic, political, cultural and humanitarian relations. The parties noted that during the years of cooperation, our countries have developed strong ties and today there is a great potential for deepening and developing them for the long-term perspective.
Mr. Kulubaev Head of the Department of Asia and Africa, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic noted that “trade and economic and investment cooperation should be a priority in Kyrgyz-Korean relations. During the first half of this year, the trade turnover between the countries already amounted to $ 57 million. There emerges some outlines for the cooperation in the field of energy and active work has begun with Korean companies to modernize small and medium-sized hydroelectric power stations in the Kyrgyz Republic. At this stage, it shows the willingness of Korean companies to invest into this industry.”
In his speech, Mr. Jong Boung-Hu the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in the Kyrgyz Republic gave a positive assessment of the development of relations between Korea and Kyrgyzstan, and noted that over 25 years of diplomatic relations, countries could achieve greater results. He said that there were no official high-level visits from Korea. "The Republic of Korea has gone through a similar development, like Kyrgyzstan, and we understand the way of Kyrgyzstan, it is not that simple either. People of Kyrgyzstan and Korea have common roots, it is not difficult for us to get closer, this is preceded by the external similarity and similarity of structures of the language, etc.”
Mr. Dikambaev Director of the NISI KR emphasized that 25 years of cooperation is not a short time, during this time the parties managed to achieve strong diplomatic, cultural and humanitarian relations but there is a room for expansion, including the development of economic relations. "The mutual openness from Korean and Kyrgyz sides, the common historical roots, the presence of the strong Korean diaspora can be central for the development of relations. An additional factor for strengthening relations is the membership of the KR in the Euro Asian Economic Union, the European initiative of the VSP + and, of course the location of the KR on one of the main sites of the Great Silk Road. "
Round tables provide additional support for deepening the relations between countries by discussing topical issues and ways to solve them. So, Ms. Ismailova the Deputy of the Jogorku Kenesh touched upon the issues of the visa regime for the citizens of the KR: "Citizens of Russia and Kazakhstan have a visa-free regime with Korea, and I wonder why our citizens do not." The Ambassador of Korea replied that negotiations are under way on this issue, there is a category of issues that cannot be solved in one day, and some more time is needed.
The idea of cooperation was voiced by Mr. Jon-Hong Sung the professor of the University of Foreign Languages Hanguk. He underlined that the strengthening of our cultural and humanitarian cooperation is possible through joint research in the field of history, archeology and languages of our peoples.
Summing up the results of the round table, the parties came to a common opinion that today there are all grounds to deepen and expand cooperation between the Republic of Korea and the Kyrgyz Republic both in the economic direction, cultural and humanitarian spheres.