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First Ever Visit of IFS Probationary Officers to South Korea
IFS probationary officers in Seoul

For the first time 10 Indian Foreign Service (IFS) probationary officers of the 2011 batch are currently on a week-long familiarization visit to South Korea. The visit is reflective of the growing momentum and contents in the bilateral relationship. India and Korea are not only strategic partners, but are also beneficiaries of the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) since Jan. 1, 2010.

During their stay in Seoul, the young officers called on Korea’s Trade Minister Bark Tae-Ho, who shared his perspective on the factors responsible for the country’s extraordinary economic development and its transformation from a dirt-poor to OECD nation, in a mere 40 years.

The IFS officers also met with chancellor of Korea National Diplomatic Academy Mr. Byung-Kook Kim; Director General of South Asia and Pacific Bureau Park Hae-Yun; Managing Editor of JoongAng Ilbo Kim Chong-Hyuk; senior research fellow of Korea Institute for Defence Analysis (KIDA) Dr. Kim Chang-Su; Ambassador of India Vishnu Prakash; and other members of the mission.

They studied the functioning of various wings of the Mission, as well as, visited the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between South and North Koreas, the Indian Visa Outsourcing Centre and important cultural & political landmarks in the capital city, in addition to, participating in the inaugural session of the two-week long Mid Career Training Programme for the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) Officers, who are also in Seoul.

Besides Seoul, the diplomats will be visiting Hyundai Heavy Industries, Shipping Department in Ulsan, world’s third largest steel producer POSCO in Pohang, memorial of Indian Princess Suriratna from Ayodhya, who came to Korea in 48 AD to become Queen Huh Hwang-ok in Gimhae and other places of interest.

In parallel, a group of 90 IAS and Sri Lankan Administrative Service Officers are in Seoul for the training programme, taking place with the assistance of Korea Development Institute (KDI) and support of the Embassy of India.

This is the 6th such programme over the years that Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration has undertaken in Seoul. Ambassador of India addressed the officers at the inaugural session and would also be hosting a dinner on 30 July 2012.

For details or inquiries contact:
Embassy of India, Seoul
Kim, Bo Ram
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