President Ali-Ben Bongo Ondimba of the Gabonese Republic is scheduled to make a three-day visit to Korea from Sunday at the invitation of President Lee Myung-bak, Lee’s office said Tuesday.
President Lee and President Bongo Ondimba plan to hold a summit Monday to discuss issues of mutual interest, including cooperation in energy and resources development as well as infrastructure construction, cultural exchanges and the sharing of Korea’s economic development experience.
During his stay in Korea, the Gabonese president will also meet with Korean business leaders and visit the Songdo international free trade zone in Incheon and Samsung Electronics Co., Cheong Wa Dae said in a press release.
As one of the leading pro-Korean nations in Africa, Gabon established diplomatic relations with Korea in 1962. The nation boasts the third largest oil reserves among sub-Saharan countries. Backed by its political stability, Gabon has recently shown rapid economic growth.
The Gabonese president’s visit next week is expected to further strengthen friendship between the two nations and contribute to expanding substantive collaboration in all related areas, Cheong Wa Dae said.