At the UN General Assembly in New York, President Chan Santokhi met with his South Korean colleague Yoon Suk-Yeol. The president of South Korea also mentioned that his nation has proposed the ancient city of Busan for the Expo 2030. Suriname was urged to support this during the referendum at the end of this year. Expo 2030 will be addressed regionally before a decision is taken, according to President Santokhi.
The President of Suriname, Santokhi, stressed the country’s longstanding relationship with Korea. He stated that high-level meetings between the two countries and an acceleration in bilateral cooperation over the previous six months. The intention is to sign a cooperation agreement soon. Minister Albert Ramdin of Foreign Affairs, International Business and International Cooperation will travel to South Korea in the coming weeks. This further shapes the collaboration, up to the level of heads of state, reports the Suriname Communications Service.
Even before independence, Surinamese contributed during the Korean War in the 1950s. President Yoon Suk-Yeol says Suriname’s contribution will always be remembered. According to him, cooperation between the two countries has a lot of potential. He also mentioned that South Korea looks forward to further deepening cooperation.
President Santokhi emphasized that Suriname is open for business. “Suriname can learn wise lessons from the Korean model of economic growth and construction.” The head of state indicated that Surinamese resources such as bauxite, gold, oil and gas are lucrative sectors to invest in. Suriname welcomes cooperation with countries such as South Korea, which have experience and expertise in developing various sectors and sustainable development projects.