Business News of Monday, 22 August 2016
Korean Ambassador to Ghana Lyeo Woon-Ki has stated that Ghana has a lot of useful things to learn from Korea to advance its development agenda.
According to him, Korea has advanced in many areas due to committed and dedicated leadership that the nation has produced over the years.
“Ghana is so blessed with a lot of natural and human resources together with great opportunities, but the leadership can learn from the experiences of Korea to enhance its development,” he said.
He noted that Ghana had the people and resources to run the affairs of the nation successfully and become one of the best across the world, but added that if its leaders were not dedicated to the course of development, that would be difficult to accomplish.
Mr Woon-Ki gave the advice when he paid a working visit to the Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL) in Accra last Wednesday.
The visit was meant to expose the ambassador to the activities and operations of the GCGL, as well as strengthen the relationship between the Group and the embassy.
He was received and conducted around the newsroom by the Editor of the Daily Graphic, Mr Ransford Tetteh.
The ambassador also called on the leadership of the various political parties in the country to be decorous in their campaign in the run-up to the 2016 general election.
He stated that there was the need for the leadership of the various political parties to speak words of encouragement, unity, and collaboration and not actions that would divide the populace.
“Ghana has been touted as one of the most peaceful countries in the world, and it is the responsibility of everyone to guard this enviable achievement,” he stressed.
Touching on the bilateral relations between the two countries, Mr Woon-Ki said Korea would continue to strengthen the relationship in terms of trade.
He described the trade relations between the two countries as lop-sided, saying it always favoured Korea.
According to him, in 2015 alone, the trade volumes between the two countries were in excess of about $400m, but a chunk of it went in favour of Korea.
That, he said, called for immediate action by the leadership of the two countries by focusing more on value-added exports rather than imports.
Mr Woon-Ki also pledged Korea’s continued support for Ghana through the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and other agencies.
He mentioned the establishment of many Community-Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compounds in many parts of the country as part of the continuous efforts to assist Ghana to improve healthcare delivery.
He further pledged the Korean government’s commitment towards offering more scholarships to Ghanaians to study in Korea.
Mr Tetteh also called for collaboration between the Korean media and that of Ghana, saying the two could share a lot of ideas to enhance the practice of journalism.
He expressed appreciation to the Korean Government for its support to journalists of the GCGL and others in the country every year.