Nepalese Ambassador to Seoul Kaman Singh Lama hosted a reception at its embassy in Seoul’s Seongbuk-dong area on May 29, 2013 on the occasion of the sixth anniversary of its national day “the Republic Day of Nepal.”
The Nepalese National Day, “Republic Day of Nepal,” falls on May 29, the day Nepal became “Democratic Republic of Nepal” in 2008, ending 240 years of royal rule.
A number of both international and local Korean guests braced rainy day to attend the Nepalese national day reception, which started at 6:30 p.m. on the day and lasted into the evening.
Among the guests were scores of top diplomatic envoys and their spouses, local businesspeople and media representatives, and local Nepalese.
Amongst many other ambassadors present to congratulate the Nepalese envoy on its most important public holiday at the dinner reception was Pakistani Ambassador to Seoul Shaukat Ali Mukadam.
Ambassador Mukadam delivered a congratulatory speech following the welcoming address by the Nepalese envoy.
In his welcoming speech the Nepalese envoy emphasized the longstanding friendship and mutual cooperation the Himalayan country has been enjoying with South Korea since the established of the diplomatic ties in 1969.
“South Korea has continued to remain a reliable development partner of Nepal and has been contributing to the socio-economic development of Nepal through various programs,” he said.
He also stressed that South Korean investment in hydro power sectors in Nepal and tourists from South Korea and other parts of the world are playing pivotal roles in supporting Nepalese economy.
The Nepalese envoy also mentioned “Nepalese Diaspora,” in South Korea.
“Our Nepalese Diasporas including Nepalese students, Nepalese entrepreneurs and Nepalese workers under EPS System in Korea would be crucial for nurturing and furthering the longstanding ties between the both countries.”
Currently, some 6,000 Nepalese are working in South Korea under the special employment agreement signed between South Korea and Nepal in 2007.
Nearly 600 South Koreans are living in Nepal where Nepalese show a strong zeal for learning Korean language.
Some 15,000 Koreans, mostly tourists, visit the Himalayan country yearly on the strengths of the direct weekly flight route between Kathmandu and Incheon opened by Korean Air 2006.
KOICA (Korea International Cooperation Agency) and other NGO (non-governmental organization) groups are sent from South Korean to Nepal for a variety of assistance and cooperation in such fields as medical care, education, agriculture, and technology in Nepal.
The following the full text of Nepalese Ambassador Kaman Singh Lama.
Message by H.E. Kamansingh Lama, Ambassador of Nepal to the Republic of Korea, on the occasion of 6th Anniversary of the Republic Day of Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal on May 29, 2013.
Excellencies Ambassadors and Representatives of the Diplomatic corps,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Let me express my sincere appreciation and thanks for your valuable presence on this auspicious occasion. At the same time, I would like to congratulate our Nepalese Diaspora on this Republic day, which marks the end of 10 years of insurgency and the triumph of Peoples’ Movement 2006.
Nepal was declared Republic officially in 2008 with the end of 240-year-long monarchy following the end of 10 years of insurgency in 2006. Being one of the youngest Republics, Nepal is continuously engaging in fulfilling the aspirations of the Nepalese people of all sphere of societies and expectations of the international community by bringing the peace process to its logical conclusion.
At the moment, Nepal is passing through the transitional phase of drafting constitution. To overcome from this transition, all the relevant government institutions, political parties and the people from different spheres of Nepalese societies are robustly engaging in this process. We are getting continuous support from international communities as well.
As we know, Nepal and South Korea have been enjoying longstanding friendship, goodwill and mutual cooperation since history and the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries in 1969. The bilateral relations are getting stronger and becoming mature every passing day.
Our culture based on the Buddhism has been the major cornerstone for building affinity between our people since eons of history. Serene bilateral relation, socio-cultural affinities, people to people contacts and the contributions of our Nepalese Diasporas including Nepalese students, Nepalese entrepreneurs and Nepalese worker under EPS System in Korea from their respective fields would be crucial for nurturing and furthering the longstanding ties between the both countries.
Since the inception of bilateral relation between the countries, South Korea has continued to remain a reliable development partner of Nepal and has been contributing to the socio-economic development of Nepal through various programs.
For this, I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Korean government for their continuous support in our development endeavors.
We always acknowledge the fact that South Korea has secured its current position on the world stage only because of its people’s struggle and hardship and the dedicated leadership.
Rapid industrialization and export-oriented development strategy has made this country as one the global player in international front and this unprecedented economic development within the short span of time is exemplary for the country like Nepal which is steeping forward with its nascent market oriented development approach towards achieving its economic goal.
In this regard, Nepal’s investment friendly policy as well as the enacted laws and bylaws have given wider space and opportunities for foreign direct investment and technology transfer as well. Nepal’s immense capacity of hydro power generation is one of the lucrative sectors for Foreign Direct Investment.
Many Korean investors are investing in hydro power sectors in Nepal recently and also showing their keen interest towards potential investment in railroads and other sectors as well. We are always thankful for the Korean Entrepreneurs for believing us and choosing Nepal as their investment destination.
Tourism is also one of the major sectors of earning foreign currency which plays crucial role in supporting Nepalese economy. Because of Nepal’s highly diverse geography, culture and religions, many tourists from different parts of the world including South Korea, have chosen Nepal as the prime touristic destination.
In addition, I take this opportunity to also thank most sincerely the other embassies and missions in Seoul for the most helpful personal and professional co-operation, which you have extended to me and my colleagues at Nepalese Embassy.
Through this event, I would like to convey my sincere thanks to reception co-sponsor Mr. Choi, Yeun-Soo.
In this cordial ambience today, may I invite all of you to join me in a toast:
- For the friendship and cooperation between Nepal and South Korea
- For the peace, prosperity, and good health of all the dignitaries and the Nepalese and Korean guests who present here.
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