Sung Moon-up, ambassador of the Republic of Korea, presented his letters of credence to the Governor General Sir Frederick Ballantyne at Government House on Tuesday.
The ambassador, who is resident in Trinidad and Tobago, is now accredited to SVG.
Moon-up met with Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce, Sir Louis Straker and the Leader of the Opposition, Godwin Friday.
During his meeting with Straker, both sides reaffirmed their countries’ commitment to providing mutual support in enhancing the relationship on various bilateral and multilateral issues.
These issues included health care, education, infrastructural development, people-to-people exchanges, peace and security, sustainable development and climate change.
On Tuesday afternoon, a ceremony was held at Star Garage at Murray’s Road for the handover of a 30-seater bus from Korea to SVG.
The 2019 Toyota Coaster is valued at US$88,000 (EC$240,000) and will be used to as a school bus.
It is the latest generation of its kind to land in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and has diverse capabilities including anti-lock braking system (ABS) and vehicle stability control (VSC). The bus is diesel efficient and its design is especially suited to the terrain of SVG.
At the ceremony, Moon-up handed over the keys to Sir Louis, who entrusted them to the Ministry of Transport and Works, represented by Permanent Secretary Hudson Nedd.
Straker charged Nedd to ensure that the bus is beneficial to Vincentian students and to do all that is possible to ensure its care, optimal use, and longevity.
Moon-up spoke of the importance of the bilateral relationship between South Korea and SVG and emphasized his country’s willingness to facilitate the education of the youth of SVG.
Straker, in his response, highlighted the cordial relationship that has developed between both countries since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1979.
Since then, South Korea has been a great benefactor to SVG in various sectors, including education and health as well as the offering of technical assistance.
The handing over ceremony was witnessed by South Korean delegation, staff of Star Garage and various officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce and the Ministry of Transport, Works, Urban Development and Local Government.
One of the best examples in the world of the failure of a socialist ideology and agenda is the huge disparity in freedom, living standards, upward mobility, and wealth creation between the hyper-socialist north and ultra-capitalist south.
What once poor South Korea can help us with most is by encouraging us to gain the knowledge, determination, ambition, work ethic, and entrepreneur skills necessary to transform our country into a regional powerhouse.
All the handouts in the world would never amount to a hill of beans unless we pull up our socks and learn what it takes to develop our country.
A school bus to where?
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