On 17 May, H.E Ambassador Filimone Kau delivered congratulatory remarks at the 47th Anniversary of the Saemaul Undong, held at the Sejong Center in Seoul.
While underscoring the saemaul philosophy of “diligence, self-help and cooperation in his opening the remarks, the Ambassador also mentioned how the Saemaul-Undong movement affirmed the adage that “a good individual will make a good community and a good vibrant community, ensures a prosperous nation”.
“Community is the lynchpin that has always served as the basis of human development and progress and it is what binds us all in a rich tapestry of culture, values and principles. We must always recall the role and contribution of the people and the relationship we have with our respective communities,” he added.
In his concluding remarks, the Ambassador extended the appreciation of the Government of the Republic of Fiji to the Korean Government, in particular the Ministry of Interior, and the Saemaul-undong Training Center for the training assistance that had been provided to village leaders and government officials of Fiji.
The event was attended by Mr. Deok-Seob Shim, Assistant Minister for Government Innovation and Organizational Management from the Ministry of Government Affairs and Home Affairs, the Ministry of Interior and heads of diplomatic missions and the larger diplomatic corps in Seoul including H.E. Andrew Yamanea, Ambassador of Papua New Guinea.
Saemaul Day commemorates the anniversary of the launch of the Saemaul Undong or the New Community Movement in 1970. The Saemaul-Undong is an internationally recognized movement that is recognized by the United Nations with a following of 2.5 million Koreans and 2 billion global citizens.
The movement also has thirty seven (37) development projects underway in nine (9) countries spanning two continents – Asia and Africa. Approximately 500 people from twenty two (22) countries attended the event to mark the Anniversary.