Vice Chairman of the Quang Nam’s People’s Committee Le Tri Thanh said that over the past 25 years, relations between Vietnam and the RoK have witnessed fruitful results and prospects. Quang Nam is the province receiving the most non-refundable ODA from the RoK Government with over US$41 million.
The country is one of the biggest investors in Quang Nam province; about 31 Korean firms are operating in the locality with a total capital of nearly US$250 million, generating jobs for nearly 10,000 workers.
Non-governmental organisations from the RoK provide humanitarian and community development aid packages worth hundreds of millions of US dollars for Quang Nam annually, he noted.
In recent years, the RoK has been among countries having the biggest number of tourists to Vietnam’s central coastal province. In 2017, Quang Nam is expected to welcome more than 300,000 Korean tourists. The province has officially signed friendly cooperative relations with three Korean localities - Osan, Yongin and Gwangyang cities, he said.
This is the first time that a provincial level locality has coordinated with the Korean Embassy in Vietnam to co-chair an important international exchange event in various fields such as culture, arts, education, and environment, Thanh said, adding that the province always maintains good relations between Vietnam’s localities and Korean diplomatic agencies and organisations operating in Vietnam.
The Korean Day in Quang Nam starts with the Korean Film Week with the best award-winning films in the RoK showing in Quang Nam for the first time from December 11-17.
The highlight of the event is art exchange activities on December 15-16 between artists from Gwangyang city with local artists, performing traditional music of the two countries. Kpop singers from Dongdeok University also cheered up audiences.
Under the framework of the event, there will also be a meeting with Korean partners to acknowledge the positive contributions of Korean individuals, groups and localities to the socio-economic development of Quang Nam over the past 20 years, exchanging and promoting investment cooperation between Korean and Quang Nam enterprises, and sharing experiences in building new rural areas.
Other noteworthy activities include a photo exhibition on the land, culture and people of the RoK and Quang Nam, a workshop sharing experience in the building of new areas in Quang Nam and new village movement in the RoK, and an exchange meeting among students.
December 15 will also see a series of events, including a student cultural exchange and community event at the murals village of Tam Thanh, 7km from Tam Ky city. Korean businesses that have made big contributions to the province over the past 20 years will be honoured and a joint cultural performance will feature Korean arts troupes and Vietnamese artists.
A business meeting and field trip for Korean investors will be held at the Chu Lai-Truong Hai Industrial Complex in Nui Thanh district and industrial zones the next day.
On this occasion, Nguyen Binh Khiem High School and Dongduk Women’s University will sign a Memorandum of Understanding on education co-operation.
Many cultural activities have been held between cities from the RoK and Quang Nam province in recent years.
In June, the art troupe of Hahoe Folk village – a UNESCO-recognised world heritage site in the RoK — and the Nan-Gye troupe performed mask dances in Hội An during the sixth Quang Nam Heritage Festival.
Last month, the International Mask Arts & Culture Organisation (IMACO) and Andong City signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Hoi An in promoting cultural exchange in the coming years.
In 2015, the province’s Nam Tra My district and Hamyang County of the RoK also affirmed efforts to work together on tourism, agriculture, conservation and the development of Ngoc Linh ginseng (Panax vietnamensis or Vietnamese ginseng).