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Morocco Embassy Marks Throne Day in Seoul
Amb. Bourzaim Invites Some 400 Guests at Reception
By Ted Gim
Staff Reporter
Moroccan Ambassador to Seoul Ahmed Bourzaim (5th from left) celebrates its national day "Throne Day" at reception held at Shilla Hotel in Seoul on July 30, 2008. The others are top foreign envoys operating in Seoul.

Moroccan Ambassador to Seoul Ahmed Bourzaim hosted a reception in a Seoul hotel on July 30, 2008 on the occasion of its national day "Throne Day," which marks the 9th anniversary of the enthronement of His Majesty King Mohammed VI.

The reception was held at 6:30 p.m. on the day at Shilla Hotel's Emerald Room. The dinner party drew some 400 guests both international and local people literally from all walks of life.

Score of top foreign envoys and their wife, business representatives, and media people were among the guests.

Uzbekistan Amb. Vitali V. Fen and his wife Mrs. Lyudmila Fen were also invited. Amb. Fen serves as dean of diplomatic corps in Seoul. Among the foreign businessmen were Mr. Lawrence Liew Kok Cheon, Korea area manager of Qatar Airways and Mr. Bernhard Brender, general manager of Grand Hilton Seoul.

Moroccan Ambassador to Seoul Ahmed Bourzaim (3rd from right) poses with other VIP guests at reception held at Shilla Hotel in Seoul on July 30, 2008. To his left is Uzbekistan Amb. Vitali V. Fen and to his right is Mrs. Lyudmila Fen. At far right is Chairman Yun Ik-Han of The Seoul Times.

In a speech during the reception ceremony, the Moroccan envoy emphasized the meaning the Throne Day. He said that Throne Day in the most important national event in his country.

He also stressed the need for further promoting bilateral exchanges including trade and investment between Morocco and South Korea.

Bilateral exchanges have been on the steady increase since Morocco and South Korea established diplomatic relations on July 6, 1962.

Nearly 1,000 South Korean visits Morocco per year. And more than 400 South Korean residents are in Morroco presently.

Bilateral trade volume reaches some 3 billion US dollars. Such large South Korean corporations as Daewoo, Hyundai, LG, Samsung, Kumho have advanced to the Kingdom of Morocco.

Amb. Bourzaim (2nd from left) is seen with other foreign ambassadors during Morocco's Throne Day celebration in Seoul.

Morocco's major export items to South Korea are such raw materials as steel, copper, and alloy. South Korea exports to Morocco electronic goods, electricity, machinery, and automobiles.

The Korean Embassy was opened in Morocco on Sept. 6, 1962 but Morocco opened its embassy in Seoul only in December of 1988.

Morocco's diplomatic ties with North Korea were opened in February of 1989.

The following is the full text of the Throne Day address by the Moroccan envoy.

Excellencies, Dear Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Mr. Lawrence Liew Kok Cheon (left), Korea area manager of Qatar Airways, poses with his wife (to his right) and his daughter. At center is Honduras Amb. Rene Francisco Umana.

First of all, I would like to thank you all for attending this event to celebrate Morocco's National Day which coincides with the 9th Anniversary of the Enthronement of His Majesty King Mohammed VI.

Alongside with Religious Festivals, the Throne Day is the most important national event in Morocco.

It is back in 1934, that the leaders of the national movement under the direct supervision of the King founded the Throne Day, as the supreme mark of Morocco's sovereignty against the protecting power.

Nowadays, this Day represents each year an opportunity to reflect on the major achievements accomplished and on the way forward for the nation.

Minister Ihab Tahoon (2nd from left) of the Egyptian Embassy in Seoul poses for camera with his wife (far left) and President Henry Kihwan Kim (2nd from right) of National Grid. At far right is President Kim's wife during Morocco's Throne Day reception in Seoul on July 30, 2008.

A Nation at peace, where security and political stability are prevalent everywhere and where economic and social development is progressing at a smooth and speedy rate, achieving an annual growth of more than 6,5% over the last few years.

Parallel to these economic and social accomplishments, His Majesty King Mohammed VI has undertaken to bring about more democratization and modernization to the country.

Political freedom, respect of Human Rights, reforms of the statute of women and protection of children's rights, health benefits for all, job for everyone, social housing, education, measures to eradicate poverty, water management and environmental protection, all of these and other sectors have witnessed a tremendous progress in the last few years.

Mr. Bernhard Brender (right), general manager of Grand Hilton Seoul, poses with Ms. Je Nari, staff reporter of The Seoul Times.

Furthermore, and as testified by international media, Morocco is credited with total rejection of violence under all its forms including terrorism.

It also contributes in a notable way to the promotion of dialogue and harmony among civilizations.

This particular dimension illustrates the nature of the Moroccan culture which celebrates diversity and outreach as an important tool of interaction between nations irrespective of their location, race or faith.

In this regard, we consider ourselves to be privileged to have a longstanding friendly relation with the Republic of Korea. A relationship that dates back to July 1962, and the establishment of Diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Since then, our two countries have built up on their friendship and have conducted important exchanges, in economy and trade, investment as well as in culture. The two sides can tap the various new opportunities that call for an increased partnership for the benefit of both peoples especially in view of the close links binding Morocco to the European Union and, Morocco's strategic location at a stone throw away from the European continent.

Long live Korea/Morocco friendship.
Thank you very much.

For details or inquiries contact the Morocco Embassy in Seoul at 793-6249.

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Ted Gim serves as staff reporter of The Seoul Times. He studied tourism management at a S. Korean university. He spent three years in England and Ireland, studying and living there. He studied tourism at an English college for two years. He covers tourism industry as well as diplomatic community in Seoul.






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