CARICOM member countries and South Korea agreed to deepen cooperation during the 8th High Level Forum on the Caribbean-Korean Partnership held in Seoul, the South Korean capital, yesterday, Wednesday, October 31.
Speaking on behalf of Barbados, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Dr. Jerome Walcott said that Caribbean and South Korean institutions should collaborate closely with a view to creating partnerships in key areas such as disaster management, crime and security, aviation, as well as bio and cyber security.
During a meeting yesterday with South Korea’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Kang Kyung-wha, Minister Walcott underlined the importance of putting strong follow-up mechanisms in place to ensure that the decisions taken at the forum were fully implemented.
They also agreed that joint Caribbean-Korea projects should focus on making full use of Korea’s expertise, inter alia, in the area of information and communication technology.
South Korea and Barbados have long-standing and close ties. In 2017, the countries marked 40 years of diplomatic relations.