The Rotary Club of Manama (RCM) was honoured to host HE Koo Hyunmo, the South Korean Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain as the chief guest at its weekly meeting, which was held at the Gulf Hotel Bahrain on November 24, 2019.
Mr. Hyunmo gave a significant speech addressing the bilateral relations in the past, present and future. HE the Ambassador shared thought-provoking stories about the long historical relationships between South Korea and the Kingdom of Bahrain, highlighting the diplomatic ties which commenced between both nations since 1976.
Mr. Hyunmo cited the official visits between the two countries including the visit of the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa to South Korea in 2012, the visit of the South Korean Prime Minister and the Korean Health Minister to Bahrain in 2013 and 2018 respectively, the visit of Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities President Shaikha May bint Mohammed Al Khalifa to Korea, and the visit of the Korean Parliamentarian delegation to Bahrain this year.
HE the Ambassador commented: “Bahrain was renowned for its culture of openness and tolerance as well as its economic prosperity, as it is widely known by its nickname the ‘Pearl of the Gulf’ by Koreans.”
During his keynote speech at the weekly activity, Mr. Hyunmo also spoke to the attendees about the strong economic relations between both countries in several fields, such as construction, energy, oil, chemical products, automobiles and heavy equipment. He also underlined the latest fields of cooperation such as health, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), and the environment.
“All these bilateral economic agreements will serve as a form of ‘highway’ on which people of the two countries cooperate and facilitate their business,” Mr. Hyunmo stated, while he noted to the the trade volume between the two countries, estimated to be around USD755 million.
HE the Ambassador also encouraged the new Korean generations to consider Bahrain as an ideal destination and a perfect starting point to the Middle East, quoting that Bahrain has been ranked as one of the best places for expatriates and foreign entrepreneurs to live and do business.
By the end of his word, Mr. Hyunmo added: “The walls of Arad Fort, the wind turbines of the World Trade Center, the turquoise blue waters of the Durrat Al Bahrain, and the flames from oil rigs far offshore of the tranquil desert, all these images come alive in the heart of Bahrain’s open-hearted and generous people. Come visit a new world in Bahrain.”
On their side, RCM members, represented the President of the Club Khalid Mukhtar, have expressed thanks and appreciation to HE the Ambassador for the interesting information he shared, at the same time, they expressed their honour to have him as the first Korean Ambassador to visit RCM. As a token of appreciation, HE the Ambassador was handed the 50th Anniversary of Rotary in Bahrain Book by the end of the activity.