Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has highlighted film, the arts, information and communication technology and green growth policies as some of the areas in which Barbados would be keen to receive assistance from the Republic of Korea.
Mr. Stuart identified those areas recently during a courtesy call with the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, Lee Doo-Young, at Ilaro Court. Also present was First Secretary and Consul, Sanghoon Lee.
The Prime Minister said South Korea has a good reputation in the area of film and the arts, and Barbados was seeking to develop its film industry. He also added that considerable interest was being expressed here in the sport of taekwondo, and suggested that with assistance from the Koreans, it could become more popular.
He continued: ???You have made significant advances in green growth policies, and Barbados is committed to a green economy, so we would benefit from your advancement in that area. In addition, South Korea is doing some great work in information and communication technology. You have been a virtual leader, and we want to develop our capacity in that field.???
Mr. Stuart stated that there were other issues both countries needed to discuss, such as tax agreements.??He noted that Barbados had benefited greatly from training opportunities in that country and expressed appreciation for the assistance.
Ambassador Doo-Young said South Korea enjoyed wonderful relations with the Caribbean. He added that his country had awarded several scholarships to Barbadians, and agreed that there were a number of areas in which they could cooperate, including cultural exchanges.??Diplomatic relations between Barbados and South Korea started in 1977.