Ivory Coast Amb. H.E Allou Wanyou Eugène BITI, fourth from left, poses with participants in an event celebrating the country’s Independence Day in Seoul. Its national day fell on Aug. 7 this year. Photo courtesy of Ivory Coast Embassy in Seoul

African country celebrates 62nd national day in Korea

Ivory Coast Amb. H.E Allou Wanyou Eugène BITI celebrates the country’s 62nd Independence Day, which fell on Aug. 7, and the 61st anniversary of diplomatic ties between it and Korea in an event in Seoul.

The African country is otherwise known as Cote d’Ivoire.

Amb. BITI threw a dinner reception for the Seoul Diplomatic Corps., Ivory Coast communities in Korea, as well as investing companies’ representatives.

Because Amb. BITI received his credentials this April, it was his first celebration of the national day here.

Of note is that Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs had a policy consultation meeting with Ivory Coast officials in Seoul early this month.

Included in the participants was Filbert Kouassi Gleglaud from the Ivory Coast Foreign Ministry, who is in charge of bilateral affairs, according to BITI.

They discussed cooperation in economy, commerce, development, public diplomacy, and international issues.

Director-general Gleglaud said that no compensation assistance agreement between Korea & Ivory Coast took effect this June.

Instead, they prepared a basis for collaboration to achieve a stable development of the two countries.

In conjunction with such Korea-Ivory Coast meeting, Amb. BITI hoped for the two countries’ cooperation projects to be continued, which correspond to Ivory Coast’s development plans like the EDCF national cancer center project.

Amb. Biti said that during the bilateral meeting, Korea requested for Ivory Coast’s support for the upcoming Pusan 2030 World Expo, demonstrating the competitive edge and experiences of the port city.

Such diplomats took part in the event as Tanzania Amb. Togolani Edriss MAVURA, Bangladesh Amb. Md. Delwar HOSSAIN, Philippines Amb. Maria Theresa DIZON-DE VEGA, Dominican Amb. Federico CUELLO CAMILO, Germany Amb. Michael REIFFENSTUEL, Angola Amb. Edgar Augusto Brandão Gaspar MARTINS, Laos Amb. Thieng BOUPHA, Gabon Amb. Carlos Victor BOUNGOU who acts as Diplomatic Corps. Dean, and Colombia Amb. Juan Carlos CAIZA ROSERO.