4 Honorable Ambs. receive coveted 2019 Intl Friendship Amb. Awards
4 Honorable Ambs. receive coveted 2019 Intl Friendship Amb. Awards
  • Staff reporter Jung Jin-kyu
  • 승인 2019.08.07 19:49
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In recognition of their excellent diplomatic activities in terms of intl perspective.

4 honorable Ambs. from the Seoul Diplomatic Corps. received the coveted 2019 Intl Friendship Amb. Awards established for the first time as part of the 2019 Korea Consumer Awards.

Through a ceremony held at the 20th floor Intl Conference Hall, Korea Press Center, on Aug. 7th Wendesday 2 p.m, El Salvador Amb. Milton Alcides Magana Herrera, Afghanistan Amb. Abdul Hakim Atarud, Brazil Amb. Luis Henrique Sobreira Lopes and last but not least Sierra Leone Amb. Kathos Jibao Mattai had their honor & privilege which received the 2019 Intl Friendship Amb. Award respectively from Korea Consumer Association, an affiliated organization from the NDNnews & Seoulcity magazine in partnership with Korea Culture Ambassador Friendship Association.

Entire group photo with Ambs. corporate CEOs and local government mayors.
Entire group photo with Ambs. corporate CEOs and local government mayors.

The following are plague contents for each honorable Ambs. -Ed.

2019 Intl Friendship Amb. Award

H.E. Milton Alcides MAGAŇA HERRERA

Ambassador of El Salvador to the Republic of Korea

El Salvador has been one of countries which announced their congratulatory messages foremost on the occasion of the South-North Korea 3rd Summit on April last year. In that regard, Your Excellency has been strongly supporting the denuclearization policy of the Korean Government on the peninsular, for example through 5 Central American countries' Independence Day anniversary

including Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicargua & last but not least Honduras in addition to contributing valuable English articles about US-South Korea-North Korea 3 Summits' encounter in Panmunjeom recently.

El Salvador Amb. Herrera
El Salvador Amb. Herrera (third from left) poses with Sierra Leone Amb. Mattai(third from right) on the podium after the ceremony.

As part of SICA(Central American Integration System) & Korea coordinating issues, Your Excellency has been also attaching special importance in terms of educational exchange context as well on the fact that all 5 Central American Countries intend to strengthen dynamic human exchanges in the fields of academic & education fields between the two counterparts, seeking to implant e-learning technology from Seoul Cyber University for the sake of educational cooperations between Korean & El Salvador universities, to name just a few.
In recognition of Your Excellency's such excellent diplomatic activities & dedication as El Salvador top envoy in terms of promoting cooperations and relationships between Korea & El Salvaldor including all 5 Central American Countries, The NDNnews & SeoulCity magazine bestow 2019 Intl Friendship Amb. Award upon Your Excellency.

2019. 8. 7

President Shin Hyun-doo

NDNnews & SeoulCity magazine

Korea Culture Ambassador Friendship Association

 

2019 Intl Friendship Amb. Award

H.E Abdul Hakim ATARUD

Ambassador of Afghanistan to the Republic of Korea

As an exemplary case for a new-accredited envoy in Seoul, Your Excellency has been sharing experiences, forging cooperations & friendships conspicuously among Diplomatic Corps. by paying a courtesy call to many Embassies in Seoul since presenting credentials on Oct. last year in addition to many courtesy visits to local organizations such as Korean Red Cross, ASAN INSTITUTE, Korean Cultural Heritage Foundation etc. to name just a few, in order to promote bilateral relationships of Afghanistan and Korea.

Afghanistan
Afghanistan Amb. Atarud (second from left) & Embassy diplomats joining for their group photo after the ceremony with president Mr. Shin Hyun-doo from the NDNnews & Korea Consumer Association.

Having served recently as Foreign Policy Coordinator of DFM Office~ MOFA, Advisor to DFM, MOFA, Kabul, Afghanistan, Consul, Afghan Embassy- Washington DC, & Political Counselor/ Congressional Issues- Afghan Embassy- Washington, DC, Political Counselor/ Congressional Issues- Afghan Embassy- Washington, DC etc. before being appointed as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the Republic of Korea, Korean public expects that Your Excellency’s such previous diplomats experiences & expertises would be able to contribute greatly to elevating and boosting bilateral relations between Korea & Afghanistan to one notch higher level.
In recognition of Your Excellency's such excellent diplomatic activities & dedication as Afghanistan top envoy in terms of promoting harmony & friendships, cooperations and relationships between Diplomatic Corps. including with Korea, The NDNnews & SeoulCity magazine bestow 2019 Intl Friendship Amb. Award upon Your Excellency.

2019. 8. 7

President Shin Hyun-doo

NDNnews & SeoulCity magazine

Korea Culture Ambassador Friendship Association

 

2019 Intl Friendship Amb. Award

H.E. Luis Henrique SOBREIRA LOPES

Ambassador of Brazil to the Republic of Korea

Since presenting credentials on Dec., last year, Your Excellency has been enthusiastic and has not been sparing any efforts to promote 60 years Korea-Brazil diplomatic relations including the 8th Korea-Brazil Business Forum, the 3rd Seoul Sky Global Culture Festival, The Greatest Party on earth-Rio’s Carnival photo exhibition, to name just a few.

Korea & Brazil have been developing close cooperative relations continuously in various areas such as politics, economy, society and culture since establishing diplomatic ties in 1959 and are expected to develop rapidly as a comprehensive strategic partnership relation for the common prosperity of the 21st century through exchange visit of Summits, among others. Moreover, Brazil Embassy’s mission to promote a better knowledge of Brazil in Korea pays off thanks to aggressive Your Excellency’s efforts after the arrival last year, a nation which is the 5th largest and the 5th most populous country in the world, endowed with vast natural resources and that pursues economic development associated with social justice and environmental preservation.

In recognition of Your Excellency's such excellent diplomatic activities & dedication as Brazil top envoy in terms of promoting cooperations and relationships between Korea & Brazil including Diplomatic Corps., The NDNnews & SeoulCity magazine bestow 2019 Intl Friendship Amb. Award upon Your Excellency.

2019. 8. 7

President Shin Hyun-doo

NDNnews & SeoulCity magazine

Korea Culture Ambassador Friendship Association

 

2019 Intl Friendship Amb. Award

H.E. Mr. Kathos Jibao Mattai

Ambassador of Sierra Leone to the Republic of Korea

Since presenting credentials on March, this year, Your Excellency has been most conspicuous envoy among the Seoul Diplomatic Corps. who attends regional trip programs, many conferences & forums to understand Korea even more and last but not least promotes partnerships with Africa including Sierra Leone through Africa Development Bank special lecture seminar and African Week promotional activities etc., to name just a few. Many Korean public is sympathetic with Your Excellency’s opinion: “I believe through mutual respect and common understanding of the Sierra Leone motto: ” Unity, Freedom and Justice” and that of the Republic of Korea: ”Benefit broadly in the human world”; ”Devotion to the welfare of humanity”; a relatively better way forward could be established in terms of making life better for humanity.“ Moreover, a culturally diverse society that is democratically free and fair to its people’ is likely bound to benefit broadly from diplomatic inter-dependency, according to Your Excellency’s statement.

Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone envoy Mattai (third from right) poses with Embassy diplomats after the ceremony.

In recognition of Your Excellency's such excellent diplomatic activities & dedication as Sierra Leone top envoy in terms of promoting cooperations and relationships between Korea & Sierra Leone including Diplomatic Corps., The NDNnews & SeoulCity magazine bestow 2019 Intl Friendship Amb. Award upon Your Excellency.

2019. 8. 7

President Shin Hyun-doo

NDNnews & SeoulCity magazine

Korea Culture Ambassador Friendship Association

 

2019 International Firendship Ambassador Award – NDN News

Ambassador Milton Alcides Magaña Herrera

 

Your Excellency Mr. Shin Hyun-doo President of NDNnews

 

Your Excellences, National Assembly Congressmen

Mr. Kim Sun-dong

Mr. Kim Sung-tae

Mr. Seo Hyung-soo

 

Your Excellency, Chariman Lee Jong-hoon, Hansung University

 

Your Excellency, Mr. Na kyung-soo, Korea Culture Ambassador Friendship Association advisor

 

Your Excellency, Mr. Ko Sung-sam and Mr. Lee Seung-nam, Screening Committee Chairman.

 

Your Excellency, Ambassadors and members from the diplomatic missions to Korea.

 

Dear Members of the NDNnews and Korea media.

 

Friends and esteemed participants,

 

It is a pleasure for me as Ambassador to the Republic of El Salvador, to address you all today at the “2019 Korea Consumer Awards and International Friendship Ambassador Awards” organized by NDNnews and Seoulcity magazine.

 

 

Let me first congratulate President Shin Hyun-doo from NDNnews for all the efforts and the compromise shown to deliver prompt and relevant news and messages of support to the Korean people, especially those related to the efforts that the government officials, NGO´s and in general citizens of this beautiful country are making in order to bring peace and stability to the Korean peninsula.

 

With the new challenges that we are facing as a global community, news media plays a very important role to get the right message out to society; so that it can engage with different efforts at different levels and can contribute to be part of the solution of the challenges we are facing.

 

Our governments represented through my colleague Ambassadors here today, have been making efforts to enhance our economic, cultural and academic relations with the Republic of Korea, among others. When it comes to the dialogues between North and South Korea we have been expressing in many occasions our political support to peace initiatives through different declarations and joint communiques at bilateral and multilateral level. At the same time it is important to do so through different outlets and magazines, like NDNnews and Seoul Magazine, to communicate the message of support for a long lasting stability in the whole peninsula.

 

In that sense on behalf of my country and my fellow colleague Ambassadors that are receiving the “International Friendship Ambassador Award 2019”, I want to express my sincere gratitude for the honor that the authorities of NDNnews, Seoul Magazine and the Korea Cultural Ambassador Friendship Association through their Screening Committee are giving us today.

 

El Salvador as you may know suffered from more than 10 years of social instability that against all odds was resolved through intense dialogue and negotiations that resulted on a Peace Accord that allowed us to shape a new future based on a reconciliation process and mutual understanding.

 

Regarding the dialogs between North and South Korea, I hope that our positions and political support, as well as the international community as a whole, can continue to help and strengthen the important steps that have been accomplished these last two years through significant summits. At the same time, we are sure that the government united with the people of Korea and the important role of the national media, among other actors, will trigger a synergy of cooperation to shape a new future for the welfare of the citizens of the whole peninsula.

 

As a country and as part of a regional system in Central America, we have supported all the efforts made by the Republic of Korea aiming to improve the Inter-Korean relations and the establishment of a more permanent peace, including resolutions handling humanitarian affairs, among others.

 

Finally I take this opportunity to congratulate you all for supporting this event, whether from the private sector, government or media.

 

The freedom of speech and press represents a principle that all democracies should embrace and all our people should value and practice. Until this day the Republic of Korea has shown us a democracy with political pluralism where respect for human right and civil liberties take center stage on the development of public policies.

 

Thank you again for this honor and the privilege to be a part of the selected group of International Friendship Ambassador Award recipients; we will do our best to further enhance our partnership and friendship between Korea and our countries.

 

Thank You all

Staff reporter Jung Jin-kyu  bodo@ndnnews.co.kr

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