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Belarus “Independence Day” Marked in Seoul
Envoy Natallia Zhylevich Hugely Successful in Her Role

The outlook for Belarus’ bilateral relations with South Korea seems quite rosy as cooperation and exchanges has been very active in recent years.

As recently as June 18-21, 2014 four South Korean textile companies including Kyungnam Textile visited Belarus for expanding business cooperation between the two nations in this sector.

On June 2-3, 2014 Belarus teamed up with South Korea held a joint IT seminar “Together to the Info-Society” in Belarus under the banner of the World Bank to seek the common cooperation with the world body.

For the seminar 12 South Korean experts on the information technology visited the European nation, boosting a prospect for Belarus to develop IT business with the help of South Korea.

Belarusian Ambassador to S. Korea Natallia Zhylevich
Behind all these brisk cooperative activities are the efforts of a top Belarusian envoy dispatched to Seoul as its ambassador.

Belarusian Ambassador to South Korea Natallia Zhylevich expects already fast growing bilateral trade volume to increase even further.

In 2012 the bilateral annual trade volume between Belarus and South Korea reached 8.2 billion US dollars, a 17 percent increase from the previous year.

In that year Belarus’ export to South Korea increased over three folds compared to the previous year.

She has recently observed her national day in Seoul in a way to further promote bilateral ties between her nation and South Korea.

Held at Lotte Hotel in Seoul on June 27, 2014 the reception she threw for its “Independence Day” attracted a number of businesspeople, politicians, and other social and cultural personalities in Seoul.
Scores of top foreign envoys and their spouses serving in Seoul were also invited to the dinner reception.

The Belarusian Independence Day celebrates the day of July 3, 1944 when Belarus was liberated by Red Army after years of German occupation during the World War II.

The Independence Day of Belarus was officially adopted in 1996.

Belarus established diplomatic ties with South Korea on Oct. 2, 1992. South Korea opened its embassy in Belarus in December of 2007.

Since the diplomatic establishment the bilateral relations have been developed with the sharp increase of bilateral trade.

In April of 1997 Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko visited South Korea for talks with then-President Kim Young-Sam.

In 2012 the bilateral annual trade volume between Belarus and South Korea reached 8.2 billion US dollars, a 17 percent increase from the previous year.

In that year Belarus’ export to South Korea increased over three folds compared to the previous year.

Belarus’ main export item is potassium fertilizer and South Korea’s main export items are car and petrochemical products.

Currently such South Korean companies as Samsung and LG are operating in Belarus.

Between 2,000 and 3,000 ethnic Koreans are living in Belarus with some 300 of them living in its capital Minsk.

They are descendants of the ethnic Koreans immigrated mostly from Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.

Among about 100 South Koreans residing in Belarus are Korean students studying in Belarusian universities.

Belarusian Ambassador to South Korea Natallia Zhylevich has been active in promoting her country amongst South Koreans since she came to Seoul in September of 2011.

She started her diplomatic career by entering the Foreign Ministry of Belarus in 1992.

She served in such areas as Paris and Istanbul as the top diplomat. She was the Belarusian ambassador to Turkey.

She majored in English and French at Minsk State Linguistic University. Ambassador Zhylevich is the fluent speaker of English, French, and Turkish.

For details or inquiries call its embassy in Seoul at 2237-8173.
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