South Korea starts program to hire seasonal agriculture workers from Kyrgyzstan

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BISHKEK (TCA) — The Republic of Korea has launched a program of hiring citizens of Kyrgyzstan for seasonal agricultural work in South Korea, the Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry said on July 5.

According to the program, 116 citizens of Kyrgyzstan arrived in the province of Gangwon-do (South Korea) for temporary employment on local farms.

The Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic to the Republic of Korea Dinara Kemelova took part in a welcoming ceremony for a group of Kyrgyz people who arrived in the Inje county of the Gangwon Province. In her speech, the Ambassador noted the importance of Kyrgyzstan’s participation in this program and appealed to citizens of the Kyrgyz Republic to comply with the laws of the host country, to work hard for further increase in such labor quotas in the future.

Ambassador Kemelova also had a meeting with the head of the Inje county Choi Sang Gi, at which the Ambassador thanked the Korean side for the opportunity of temporary employment of Kyrgyz citizens, who also have a unique chance to learn Korean experience in agricultural development. The parties discussed measures to create good living and working conditions for Kyrgyz citizens who will work in the fields of Korean farmers until October 2019, as well as respect for their labor rights.

At the meeting between the Ambassador and the Vice-Governor of Gangwon Province, Chon Man Ho, Dinara Kemelova presented to the Korean side a draft Memorandum of Cooperation between Kyrgyzstan’s Naryn Province and Korea’s Gangwon Province.

The parties discussed prospects for increasing commodity turnover, the development of transport communications and the exchange of experience in various economy sectors. The Ambassador proposed the Korean side to participate more actively in investment projects of Kyrgyzstan.

Sergey Kwan

TCA