In a formal ceremony at the Head of State’s residence in Vailele, Samoa, on Tuesday, September 12, 2023, His Excellency Mr. Kim Chang-sik, the recently appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Samoa, presented his Letter of Credence to Afioga Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II.
During this significant event, both the Head of State and Ambassador Kim delivered remarks, highlighting the friendly and cordial relations that have existed between Samoa and Korea since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1972.
Ambassador Kim expressed his dedication to collaborating with Samoa to bolster their partnership. He extended his gratitude to Samoa for supporting Korea’s successful election to the non-permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council for the 2024-2026 term and for endorsing Korea’s bid to host the 2030 World Expo in Busan.
The Head of State acknowledged Korea’s contributions to Samoa, including various projects and short-term training opportunities facilitated through the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). He also recognized the financial support from the Korean government and other development partners, which aids Samoa’s preparations for hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in October 2024.
Confident in Ambassador Kim’s appointment, the Head of State expressed his belief that it will further enhance bilateral ties and create numerous opportunities for both countries.
His Excellency, Mr. Kim Chang-sik, is a career diplomat who has served in various roles within the Government of Korea. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1991 and has held positions in the Human Resources Policy Division, the Security Policy Division, and the Security and Counter-Terrorism Cooperation Division. He has also served as Counsellor at the Korean Embassies in Russia and the United Kingdom, as well as Minister-Counsellor at the Korean Embassy in Portugal. In 2019, he assumed the role of Ambassador of Korea to Angola, and in October 2022, he was appointed Ambassador of Korea to New Zealand, with concurrent accreditation to Pacific Island countries, including Samoa.