For Senegal, Korea is a lucky place in terms of the several
facts that Senegal participated in the Summer Olympics in
1988 for the first time as well as Senegal gained its first
victory in the 2002 World Cup Soccer in a match against
France. Moreover, past Senegal Presidents visited Korea
without exceptions, showing close partnerships between the two nations.
Reflecting such amicable relations between the two countries
during last several decades, Senegal reception to mark its
58th Independence Day held in a downtown hotel Seoul on
April 6th evening was proceeded in a very friendly atmosphere
while the number of participants were modest.
Embassy of Senegal introduced first of all the Emerging Senegal Plan[PSE] through the screen.
Launched in Feb. 2014, by H.E. President Macky SALL,
this ambitious economic plan was successfully presented
before Senegal‘s foreign partners including major multilateral
and the international private sector. It intends to engage
the country in a sustainable dynamic momentum, led by
strong and inclusive growth, job creation and the preservation
of the country‘s environment and natural resources.
The PSE aims to position the country by 2023, as a regional
economic and infrastructure hub for agro-industry, energy, construction, logistics, mining, road and rail-road transportation, tourism and services, with the private
sector as a key partner to realizing that vision.
Through his welcome remarks as well, Senegal Amb. Mamadou
Gueye Faye showed his keep interest in the 3rd South-North Korea Summit, slated to be held at the end of April this
year between President Moon Jae-in, Republic of Korea and
North Korea leader Kim Jung-eun. For reference, his contribution
article to the NDNnews
(www.ndnnews.co.kr) & Seoulcity magazine regarding the
3rd South-North Korea Summit is as follows: „Faithful to its commitment
to international peace and security, and the peaceful coexistence
between peoples, Senegal welcomes the holding, in April 2018
of the 3rd Summit between the 2 Koreas. My country hopes
that this opportunity will be used by the leaders of the two
countries, to adopt a constructive approach, create a confidence
feeling and successful dialogue, likely to bring in, definitely,
the Korean peninsula in an era of peace and prosperity
shard by all. Senegal encourages in the same way the meeting
between North Korea and the United States of America
for a nuclear-free world.”
MOFAT spokesman No Kyu-duck also stressed the close
partnerships between the two
leaders forged in New York last year and Korea-Senegal Parliamentary Group chairman Lee Wan-young also noted the Saemaeul Movement projects in
Senegal which are being successfully implemented as an
example case for another African countries.