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189th Anniversary of Bolivia's Independence Day Celebrated in Seoul
Amb. G. Palomeque De Taboada Hosts Reception
By Catherine Chinchiroca
Staff Reporter
Bolivian Ambassador to S. Korea Guadalupe Palomeque De Taboada (left) and her husband, Mr. Antonio Taboada Bilba La Viejao, poses for camera at the reception held in Seoul on the occasion of Bolivia's 189th Anniversary of Independence Day.

Bolivian Ambassador to South Korea Guadalupe Palomeque De Taboada and her husband, Mr. Antonio Taboada Bilbao La Vieja, held a dinner luncheon reception at the Lotte Hotel in downtown Seoul on August 6, 2014 on the occasion of its 189th Independence Day of Bolivia.

The landlocked country in South America celebrates its Independence Day on August 6. The day commemorates the anniversary of the establishment of the Bolivian Republic in 1825, after 16 years of bitter struggle with its former colonial ruler – Spain.

The celebration of Bolivia’s Independence Day attracted around 150 guests including scores of top foreign envoys serving in Seoul. The ceremony included cultural performance.

Bolivian Ambassador to S. Korea Guadalupe Palomeque De Taboada (center) poses with 1st Vice Minister Cho Tae-Yong (right) of S. Korea’s Foreign Ministry and S. Korean lawmaker Sim Sang-Jung at Bolivia's Independence Day celebration held in Seoul.

Among the high-profile guests were 1st Vice Minister Cho Tae-Yong of South Korea’s Foreign Ministry and South Korean lawmaker Sim Sang-Jung, president of the “League of Friendship Bolivia-Korea.”

In her welcoming speech the Bolivian envoy emphasized the rapid economic growth of Bolivia and stressed the need for more cooperation between her country and South Korea.

South Korea-Bolivia Partnership Rebuilding

Bolivia established the formal diplomatic ties with South Korea in 1965. However in 1998 the two nations withdrew their embassy from each other’s capital due to the worsening financial situation in Korea and Bolivia.

But in 2008 the two countries reopened embassy in each other’s capital after 14 years of diplomatic estrangement.

Since then a number of exchanges including high-profile government officials have been made between the two countries. The economic cooperation has been on the steady increase as well.

In 2012 both nations signed a joint venture to develop the production of the Bolivian’s lithium.

Many South Korean companies are presently operating in Bolivia. They include a Korean steelmaker POSCO and KORES, a Korean consortium with LG International Corp.

The following is the full text of Ambassador Guadalupe Palomeque de Taboada.

Good afternoon,
H.E. Mr. CHO Tae-Yong, 1st Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs
Mrs. President of the Korea-Bolivia
Parliamentary Friendship Group,
Honorable Dip .SIM Sang Jung
Ambassadress and Ambassadors Colleagues
Board members of the Consular Corps,
Guests of the companies that already work with Bolivia,
Managers of cultural organizations and tourism
Friends of the academic field
Bolivia fellow citizens
Ladies and Gentlemen:

It is a great pleasure to share this celebration with such distinguished attendance, senior representatives of the Government of the Republic of Korea, the private sector, academic field, civil society, the press and the residents of the Bolivian community in Korea. The first call for freedom in Bolivia was in 1809, but it took another 16 years for the emancipation process of the Spanish crown.

It is on August 6th, 1825, when the General Assembly of Deputies of Upper Peru — which was then administered by the Royal Audience of Charcas — decided its independence, giving birth to what was once the Republic of Bolivia.

Since then, and for 184 years, the Bolivian state possessing natural resources in each of its regions; with a wide cultural diversity, which is reflected in its 36 indigenous people with their own languages, customs, folklore and with different economy systems within their own population. In 2009, the Constituent Assembly faced the challenge of reflecting the identity and diversity of our people and the Political Constitution drew up the current Plurinational State of Bolivia.

This new Bolivian state is based on political pluralism (to respect the different views and thoughts of the citizens). In economic pluralism (guaranteeing the various forms of ownership and economic organization of the State). In legal pluralism (recognizes ordinary justice and indigenous justice), and in the cultural and linguistic pluralism recognizes the 36 indigenous nationalities that exist in our country.

Currently, distinguished audience, the effort and commitment of each of the Bolivian citizen inside and outside of our borders has achieved to register a rate of growth of 6.8 percent. We hope to keep this historical GDP Bolivian expansion.

For details or inquiries call the Embassy of Bolivia in Seoul at 02-318-1767 or 2767.

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Ms. Catherine Chinchiroca serves as staff reporter for The Seoul Times. She grew up in France and studying journalism at the European Institute of Journalism in Paris. She has travelled around the globe including Hong Kong and Tokyo. The multi-lingual journalist wants to specialize in East Asia. Her hobbies include drawing, listening to hip hop, and watching movies.






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