Inside South Korea President’s Visit to Uganda

South Korean President Park Geun-hye is paying official state visits to Ethiopia, visit this Uganda, patient Kenya and France from May 25 to June 4, case the country’s state media revealed Saturday morning.

During his visit, President Park will hold summit meetings with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to discuss measures to enhance each nation’s relationship with Korea.

Museveni was the first foreign political leader to visit Korea after Park’s inauguration in 2013.

“I think that the economic growth engine of the 21st century is Africa. Uganda is a representative example as amply demonstrated by its recent development,” Park said then.

The two discussed issues including commerce, investment, cooperation in development and programs for modernizing rural areas. Included as top issues were how to collaborate in energy and raw material segments.

It will be recalled that after taking power in 1986, Museveni, initially set up strong ties with North Korea as he visited Pyongyang three times in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

He would later show more interest in working together with South Korea, a fast-developing country.

Just recently, President Museveni held a meeting with a South Korean delegation from Zion Korea Limited Company that is interested in investing in the Ugandan energy sector.

The meeting took place at the President’s Parliamentary Office in Kampala.

Mr. Museveni told his guests who were led by the Chief Executive of the South Korean company, Mr. Jeon Koang Woo, that in line with the NRM Manifesto of wealth and job creation, the Government has been fighting unemployment on several fronts especially through encouraging more investments into the country.

Mr. Museveni, therefore, observed that the power plant investment venture that the South Korean entrepreneurs are going to establish in Uganda is welcome.

The President emphasized that Uganda needs more power production ventures in order to ensure that industrial establishments and wananchi access electricity at favourable cost per unit.

According to Mr. Jeon Koang Woo, their company aims at building a power plant in Uganda with an output capacity of 40 Megawatts annually offering direct employment opportunities to 2,000 employees and indirect working opportunities to 3,000 workers. He also added that the company, in addition to direct power production, will manufacture solar panels and batteries.

It is anticipated that on her arrival in Uganda, Park’s delegation will sign key business agreements with the Ugandan government.


In Addis Ababa, according to South Korea state media, President Park will deliver a special address as the first Korean head of state to visit the headquarters of the African Union, a regional body made up of 54 African nations.

In her speech, she will propose her “diplomatic policy vision” for the African continent. She will hold meetings with AU Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and exchange opinions on measures to bolster partnerships between Korea and the AU.

During her time in Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya, President Park will attend launch ceremonies for Korea Aid, a new official development assistance program that will operate in each African nation.

Korea Aid is a combined assistance program that includes both development cooperation and cross-cultural promotional programs.

As part of Korea Aid, delegations from the Korean government will travel to specifically targeted regions and countries across the continent to provide food aid, medical services and cultural experiences.

The teams will not only host cultural events, but will also include mobile medical check-up clinics, ambulances and trucks to deliver food aid.

Cheong Wa Dae said, “President Park’s visit to the three African countries will advance Korea’s will to bolster mutually beneficial cooperative relationships with these countries, and support their economic and social development in this regard. It will also contribute to laying the foundation for Korean firms to penetrate the region.”


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