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Angola Marks 39th Independence Day in Seoul
Amb. Albino Malungo Hosts Reception at JW Marriott
Angolan Ambassador to South Korea Albino Malungo

The Angolan Embassy in Seoul hosted a reception at a Seoul hotel on Nov. 11 (Monday) 2014 on the occasion of Angola's 39th Independence Day.

A number of guests from South Korea's all walks of life including top foreign envoys were invited to the dinner reception held at JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul at 6:30 p.m. on the day.

People from Seoul's Angolan community were also invited to the event. In particular, numerous top African envoys serving in Seoul participated in the Angolan event.

On Nov. 11, 1975 Angola gained its independence from Portugal. Portugal, then colonial power, ruled the southern African state of Angola from the 16th century to 1975.

In a welcoming speech Angolan Ambassador to South Korea Albino Malungo emphasized importance of the growing bilateral ties between Angola and South Korea.

A traditional music and dance of Angola were performed during the reception.

The national day of Angola was celebrated in many other parts of the world including the United States and Japan.

Bilateral Ties between Angola and S. Korea

Angola established the official diplomatic ties with South Korea on Jan. 6, 1992.

The mutual cooperation particularly in business areas has been on steady increase since then.

The bilateral trade volume reached 443,000,000 US dollars in 2009.

Angola exported to South Korea 118,000,000 US dollars worth of goods including iron and copper products, crude oil, and fishery products.

Angola imported from South Korea 325,000,000 US dollars worth of goods automobiles, oil products, industrial machinery as well as offshore platforms and structures.

A growing number of South Korean businesses are in operation in Angola to getting ready to advance into the African country. More than 60 corporations from South Korea advanced into the African country now.

They include Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. (DSME), Inter-Burgo (Fisheries), Hyundai Heavy Industries, Samsung C&T Corporation, and NamKwang Engineering & Construction.

Currently some 500 South Koreans are living or working in Angola. The figure includes over 400 employees of NamKwang Engineering & Construction.

NamKwang is constructing LNG (liquified natural gas) tanks, hotels, and other buildings in Angola.

Recently South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. (DSME) secured an order from Chevron to construct an offshore platform for oil and natural gas production, valued at around 510 million US dollars.

The 18, 758-ton offshore platform to be built at DSME shipyard in Okpo on South Korea's Geoju Island was delivered to Angola in 2013.

For details or inquiries contact the Angolan Embassy in Seoul at 792-8463.






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