On Thursday, 10th October 2019, the Embassy of the Republic of Fiji in the Republic of Korea celebrated the 49th anniversary of Fiji’s independence at the Koreana Hotel in Seoul, Korea. The event was graced by Mr. Kim Jung-han, Director General of the Asian and Pacific Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, who also delivered the congratulatory remarks.
His remarks were followed by remarks of other notable dignitaries’ including Pastor Ock Soo Park, (Founder of the Good News Mission and the International Youth Fellowship) and Retired General – Myoung Ku Lee – President of the Korea-Fiji Friendship Association.
“From a small humble beginning in the last 49 years, Fiji has developed greatly in its economic and social capacity providing for its people, and has become the hub and center of the South Pacific, a melting pot for the interaction of various cultures and people and connecting the vast Pacific Ocean and its neighbours with the rest of the world,” H.E. Peniana Lalabalavu, Ambassador of Fiji highlighted in her opening address to the guests.
In her address, Ambassador Lalabalavu also acknowledged the various Korean Government Ministries, public and private institutions, and business and civil society groups, which have contributed extensively to Fiji’s growth and development in the years, namely, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Korea, KOICA, the Ministry of Interior and Safety, Saemaul Undong (SMU) Center, the International Youth Fellowship (IYF), Korean Airlines, Korea-Fiji Friendship Association, the Woojung Foundation, the Korea Foundation, the International We Love’ U Foundation, Dong – A Holdings Fiji Limited, and so forth. She also acknowledged all those other stakeholders and Companies and private Investors who had been visiting the Fiji Embassy in Seoul and extending business proposals and projects and assured them of the Embassy’s continued support and assistance.
Other notable dignitaries who attended the event included His Excellency Andrew Yamanea, Ambassador of Papua New Guinea, members of the business community and the Fiji diaspora community in Korea. During the event, Honorary Consul of Fiji in Busan region made a toast in honour of the event, wishing the Republic of Fiji more success and prosperity and the citizen’s happiness and good health.
The event also saw musical performances by youths of the International Youth Fellowship (IYF) who performed on a Pacific song, and performances by the Fijian diaspora community in Korea through song and dance as well as musical performance by a Korean artist who played the traditional Korea instrument called “gayageum”. The event was attended by close to a 150 people.