By Ronald Joe Morovia
The Korean Republic has for the first time open an honorary consulate in Sierra Leone indicating its physical presence in the West African State. This is coming as part of the celebration of sixty years of strong bilateral and diplomatic relations between the two countries.
While presenting the new Honorary consul of the Korea Republic in Sierra Leone Maheseh Nandwani Ambassador who was designated to Sierra Leone Kim Young Chae noted the move to open a honorary consul in Sierra Leone is part of plans further strengthen the diplomatic relations between the two countries while increasing their trade, investment and more opportunities for both countries to benefit from. While presenting the Honorary Consul Maheseh Nandwani, Ambassador Chae described him as one of the outstanding candidates with track record to serve in the capacity. He expresses confidence in him to upholding the good relationship between Sierra Leone and Korea Republic. The establishment of the honorary consul in Sierra Leone will help addressing the challenges faced by Sierra Leoneans in access visa to Korea in country. Commending the support and corporation received from Sierra Leone Government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to facilitate the process.
Accepting the role to serve as Honorary Consul of Korea Republic in Sierra Leone with humility of the confidence repose in him from the government and people of Korea, Maheseh Nandwani promised to uphold and maintain the good relationship between the two nations while building on the achievements from the relationship while expanding it. The establishment of a Consul he says is a demonstration of the continued relations between the two nations. He furthered promise to build on the value, culture and vision of the Korea public to promoting strong ties and Socio-economic cooperation between Sierra Leone and Korea Republic. “The universal principles of fairness, honesty and equality will be at the center of my deliberation throughout my tenure of service” Nandwani stressed.
Opening the Korea Honorary Consul in Sierra Leone Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Prof. David Francis says it a significant millstone in the sixty years relationship between the two countries. The sixty years celebration he noted is a beginning of another sixty year of strong ties. The establishment of the Consul is demonstration of credible representation of the Korea Republic it businesses that will promote more stronger relations between the two countries.
As part of the expectation of the establishment of the Honorary Consul Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation express expectation of trade and investment and learning opportunities for Sierra Leone as a developing country. He registered president Bio commitment to upholding values between the two countries.