Briefs on Korea-Kenya Relations

Korean Embassy in Nairobi

The 2018 Korea Cultural Festival took place on the 15th of December at the Westgate Shopping mall. For only a hundred shillings, Kenyans got the chance to try out Korean food. There was a variety of Korean dishes to check out.

On the 3rd of October, we celebrated Korean Foundation day at the residence of Korea’s Ambassador to Kenya in Lavington, Nairobi. The celebration commemorated the foundation of Korean nation dating back to 2333BC. The Guest of Honor was the Principal Secretary of Foreign Affairs Mr. Macharia Kamau. His address highlighted the Kenya and Korea bilateral relations from 1964 to present day. The attendants were later treated to great Korean classical music and Taekwondo, and then lunch that featured rich  Korean cuisine.

The Embassy gets a new Ambassador.

H.E Amb. Choi Yong Han

On the 31st of October 2018, the term of Amb. Kwon Young-Dae came to an end. This came after three years of service. He is now Korea’s ambassador to Lebanon.

The current Korea’s ambassador to Kenya, H.E Choi Yong Han, arrived in the country on the 21st of November 2018 and presented  credentials to President Kenyatta in December. Amb. Choi has a BA in International Relations from Seoul National University and an MBA from the State University of New York, Buffalo USA. He previously worked as the head of International Cooperation at the ‘Korea Institute for National Unification’  and was the Director General of ‘International Corporation Bureau.’

By Anne Achieng

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