The Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia Maja Gojkovic met today with the Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea Moon Hee-sang, at whose invitation she is currently in official visit to the Republic of Korea, to discuss strengthening parliamentary cooperation and overall relations between the two countries, especially in terms of economy and investment.
After the meeting, Gojkovic and Moon Hee-sang signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia and the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea, giving the parliamentary cooperation a new, institutionalized form and promoting its overall development at the level of working bodies and the existing continuous cooperation between the parliamentary friendship groups.
Gojkovic said that the visit of the Serbian Assembly delegation is historic as it is the first parliamentary visit at this level to the Republic of Korea and comes in the year marking the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Moon opined that the relations between the two countries and mutual understanding are improving, stressing that Serbia is an important country with plenty of developmental potential. The Korean Parliament Speaker praised the cooperation concerning eGovernment and eClassrooms and emphasized the importance of exchanging experiences and knowledge.
Gojkovic said that in the past 30 years the two countries have developed the existing friendship, successfully cooperating in a variety of areas, and are ready to continue to advance relations in terms of economy, eGovernment, digitalization, healthcare, education and culture.
Gojkovic briefed the Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea on the current situation in Kosovo-Metohija, emphasizing Serbia’s appreciation of Korea’s support of the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, adding that it is only way to come to a sustainable compromise solution.
Moon was grateful for the support for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, stating that dialogue is the only way to achieve denuclearization.
Gojkovic and Moon Hee-sang also spoke about advancing economic cooperation with Moon noting the ever growing trade between the two countries and rising numbers of Korean companies operating in Serbia.
Gojkovic said that it is a good thing that Korean companies are interested in expanding their operations in Serbia which proves that they are satisfied with the business environment and Serbia’s economic policy which attracts foreign investments. Gojkovic said that Serbia ranks as number one by the number of foreign investments in the region, hoping that more Korean companies would find interest in investing into Serbia and reminding the host that South Korean factories are currently employing over 6,500 workers, underlining the importance of the realized investments into Serbia like in the case of Yura and LS Group.
Gojkovic and Moon Hee-sang praised the cooperation in the domain of education and culture, stressing the importance of university cooperation viz. teaching Serbian in the Republic of Korea and Korean in Serbia, and the cooperation between the two countries’ museums.
The two parliament speakers agreed that there is ample room to expand cooperation in the sphere of tourism, especially in view of the Korean people’s rising interest in travelling to our region.
Gojkovic thanked the Korean delegation, headed by Moon Hee-sang, for taking part in the 141st IPU Assembly in Belgrade.
Previously, Gojkovic already met with Yura Corporation CEO Ohm Dae Yeol with whom she spoke about economic cooperation and investment into Serbia, and visited the Hyundai company studio.