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 Bayelsa has potential for greatness like South Korea, envoy declares

Bayelsa has potential for greatness like South Korea, envoy declares


South Korean Ambassador to Nigeria, Kim Young-Chae, yesterday, said Bayelsa State has potential to be as developed as his country.
Speaking when he visited Governor Douye Diri at the Government House, Yenagoa, Young-Chae, said his visit was a follow-up to his recent meeting with the governor in Abuja to further explore areas of partnership between the state and the Republic of Korea.

He noted that Bayelsa and South Korea shared a lot of similarities, which he said, would make economic co-operation between both parties beneficial.

The envoy, who is on a two-day visit to the state, identified agriculture, construction and manufacturing as some of the areas of co-operation, expressing the readiness of his country to make the partnership a reality.

He commended the progress being made by the Diri administration, saying with his enthusiasm, Bayelsa could develop like South Korea, which, according to him, was a poor country until it explored and exploited its potential.

Responding, Diri expressed the state government’s willingness to forge economic tis with South Korea, as a way of harnessing its potential.

He stressed that Bayelsa was peaceful and open for business even as he expressed the optimism that by partnering with one of Asia’s economic giants, Bayelsa can move from poverty to riches.

Describing Bayelsa as an agrarian state, he said the state was interested in partnering with South Korea in agriculture and other areas of economic interests and development.

“Bayelsa is peaceful, safe and open for business. Having listened to you, we are sure that we are on the right track. By partnering with you, Bayelsa can go far.

“We can move away from poverty to riches like South Korea with this partnership. You have mentioned areas of partnership, especially in agriculture and we are ready.

“We also have the Agge Deep Seaport project. That is one area we like to partner with you. We believe that working with South Korea, we will make progress and deepen our relationship,” Diri stated.

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