The South Korean ambassador to Romania Hyo-Sung Park said during a visit to northwestern Oradea late on Thursday he is very satisfied with the current phase in the bilateral relations and their direction of development and is convinced the cooperation will be enhanced in the future, informs Agerpres.
The bilateral relations have become deeper on many levels, political, cultural, economic, particularly after signing the strategic partnership between the two countries, in 2008. Next year, Romania and Korea will celebrate 25 years of diplomatic relations. Both the government of Romania and the one of Korea make efforts, endeavour to extend the bilateral relations, the ambassador told a news conference.
Park stressed the economic partnership between Romania and his country is very important and will become more and more important, constantly developing. Over the last ten years, he said, the commercial exchanges between Korea and Romania have grown six times and he is convinced the commercial and economic relations between the two countries will increase even more.
As regards the business relation between the Korean community and the Oradea-based firms, the ambassador said it is ‘solid and developing’, with the Republic of Korea being the biggest investor in Oradea Industrial Park, as there are 20 firms registered in Oradea, four of which being companies associated to Samsung Electronics that are very active on a local level. The ambassador added he is very glad to learn that around 1,300 Romanians working in these factories ‘are very satisfied with the companies they work for’.
Hyo-Sung Park said the ‘rather small’ Korean community based in Oradea numbers around 70 Koreans at present, but he believes it is very predictable it will grow in the future.
The South Korean diplomat took part the first Korean Night in Bihor County, a free-entrance event attended by at least 700 Oradea locals. The evening featured artistic moments specific of the traditional life of the Korean people, ranging from clothing and music up to the gourmet dishes offered to all those attending the event. The cultural-sport programme featured traditional dances, a Korean traditional costume show, taekwon-do demonstration, Korean songs and a raffle offering electronics prizes. Oradea Trade Unions Culture Club, the venue of the event, received an intelligent, 46-inch Samsung television set made in 2014 as a donation.