Korean Ambassador, Santhush Woonjin JEONG met with Abdur Rahim Siddiqui, the newly-appointed United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Sri Lanka Country Director and Representative at the Korean Embassy. They had a productive discussion about the progress of the ongoing projects on the resilience building and strengthening sustainable livelihoods of communities in Sri Lanka.
The Ambassador stated that he is very pleased about the recent project initiated in March 2021, by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to support the Government of Sri Lanka with funding worth USD 600,000 (LKR 117 million) to procure maize for the production of Thriposha amid COVID-19.
The Ambassador extended his warm congratulations to Mr. Abdur Rahim Siddiqui for his latest appointment and took this opportunity to renew the partnership between the Republic of Korea and the World Food Programme (WFP) in Sri Lanka.
Santush Woonjin JEONG also expressed his confidence that Mr. Abdur Rahim Siddiqui will lead the World Food Programme in Sri Lanka to greater heights with his previous experience of over thirty years in the field of nutrition and food security.
The government of the Republic of Korea would like to restate its commitment to the global efforts to achieve WFP priorities at all levels. The Republic of Korea and WFP will work together to promote better outcomes in Sri Lanka and globally in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Mr. Abdur Rahim Siddiqui commended the staunch efforts by the government of Korea for the agricultural and economic development in Sri Lanka especially with reference to the continued investment of Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in building resilience and ensuring food security in Sri Lanka under the ongoing projects.
The Country Director extended his appreciation to the Korean government for its projects in Sri Lanka, funding worth $ 600,000 (Rs. 117 million) to procure maize for the production of ‘Thriposha’ and for continuing the existing partnership to build resilience against recurrent natural shocks by rehabilitation of irrigation schemes in Moneragala, Matale, Mullaitivu, Mannar and Batticaloa districts.
Ambassador Santhush stated that the Republic of Korea is committed to jointly work with international organisations to achieve the sustainable development goals. The Korean government is working closely with the government of Sri Lanka to achieve our common goals in line with the national objectives through Korean government institutes such as Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Korea Programme on International Agriculture (KOPIA), Export-Import Bank of Korea (Eximbank) and Saemaul Globalization Foundation in Sri Lanka.
Mr. Abdur Rahim Siddiqui further assured that the World Food Programme (WFP) is geared to achieve the targets set for 2021 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Furthermore the country director appreciated the concessional loan of USD 500 million provided by the Korean government under the Framework Arrangement of Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) which is timely as the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all countries including Sri Lanka profoundly.
The World Food Programme will stand in solidarity with the “Stay Strong Campaign”, the anti-COVID19 initiative launched by the Korean Embassy in Sri Lanka.
The Ambassador further expressed his admiration towards the invaluable role The United Nations World Food Programme plays in providing global food security and building resilience among vulnerable communities which contributed to the great achievement of becoming the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.
The Ambassador also invited the Country Director, Abdur Rahim Siddiqui to join the ‘#Live Together Campaign’, which was launched by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea with UNESCO, to raise awareness and to end discrimination experienced globally during the pandemic.