Korea Corner extends MoU with Colombo Public Library

40th anniversary of diplomatic relations to be celebrated this year


Korean Ambassador Chang Won-sam, Korean Embassy and KOICA staff members, Colombo Public Library representatives and Korean language students, celebrating the third anniversary of Korea Corner at the Colombo Public Library last week.

by Zacki Jabbar

Korean Ambassador Chang Won-sam says that Korea Corner in Colombo would undergo further development.

Addressing a ceremony to mark the third anniversary of Korea Corner, which is situated on the second floor of the Colombo Public Library last week, the Ambassador revealed that plans were underway to expand the scope of work by the Centre, so that Sri Lankans could understand Korea better and also enjoy its culture.

A Memorandum of Understanding between the Embassy of the Republic of Korea and Colombo Public Library, which was first signed in January 2014, was extended for a further five year period.

The Embassy also donated a total of 205 newly published books and DVDs in Korean to Korea Corner.

Colombo Municipal Council Commissioner V.K.A. Anura, Chief Librarian of the Colombo Public Library Varuni Gangabadaarachchi, Deputy Country Director of KOICA, Kyoung-sik Chon, library representatives and Korean language class students were among those who participated in the celebration.

Chang Won-sam said that Korea Corner had developed into a popular space which provided Korean dramas, K-Pop videos, books containing information about his country and also Korean language classes.

To facilitate the growing interest in learning the Korean language, new classrooms were added at the Korea Corner recently, he noted.

Diplomatic sources said Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and his Korean counterpart Yun Byung-se had during talks held last year, agreed to work closely to make a success of various cultural events planned to commemorate the 40th anniversary of official ties, which dated back to November 14,1977 with the opening up of the Sri Lankan economy. In this regard they have also decided to seek a revision to the Bilateral Cultural Cooperation Agreement.

Among other areas decided on, were substantive cooperation encompassing education, culture, healthcare, development cooperation, economy, trade, employment and political affairs.

Both sides had sought an early completion of the procedure for the conclusion of a bilateral framework agreement pertaining to loans from the Economic Development Cooperation Fund.

Foreign Minister Yun had requested the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government to support bids of Korean companies with outstanding information technology in the ongoing megapolis development project.

Minister Samaraweera while commending the global competitiveness of Korean companies in the construction of smart cities had asked Korea to share its experiences in economic growth, including through the Saemaul Undong (new community movement) and also to increase assistance for sustainable development.

The two countries have also agreed on working more closely on the international stage, with Yun welcoming the condemnation of North Korea’s excessive military expansion and provocative acts by more than 100 countries.

Samaraweera had pointed out that Sri Lanka had urged North Korea to fulfill its obligations in contributing to a global environment devoid of tension and unnecessary conflicts.


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