Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said South Korean assistance to Sri Lanka by imparting knowledge and providing assistance in many fields is all the more praiseworthy as it is a continuous process. He pointed out that KOICA Fellows in Sri Lanka (AKOFE) continue to undertake many welfare measures keeping up with the Korea’s magnanimous gesture of assisting Sri Lanka.
Addressing the AKOFE friendship event in Colombo on November 28, the Prime Minister said the deep friendship and bilateral relations between the Republic of Korea and Sri Lanka continue to flourish to a remarkable level at present. Collaborations between the two countries also exist at a greater level including in academia, science and technology, defence, and cultural relations, he said.
“Lankan officials are highly impressed with the Korean Development Model and Human Resources Capacity Development Activity Plans of Korea and I am happy to note that they are putting them into practice in Sri Lanka,” he said.
Premier Gunawardena thanked AKOFE Executive committee for helping many hospitals and schools in Sri Lanka by donating health sector equipment, school equipment and student requirements. “In my electorate, Pagngnagula Maha Vidyalaya Thummodara and Puwakpitiya Roman Catholic Vidyalaya are two very needy schools that received such help from AKOFE.”
Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, Korean Ambassador Santush Woonjin Jeong, KOICA Country Director Kim Myung Jin and AKOFE President Romesh Serasinghe also present on this occasion.