I believe that we may be able to see some positive happenings in 2023. Human beings learn lessons from their past mistakes and try to resolve problems through coordinated efforts ~ Lee Jaewoong
History books will most likely record 2022 as the year of war in Ukraine, economic turmoil and the final phase of efforts to end the pandemic. People may think that the next year will also be difficult for more or less the same reasons. However, it is always darkest before the dawn, and I believe that we may be able to see some positive happenings in 2023. Human beings learn lessons from their past mistakes and try to resolve problems through coordinated efforts. Personally, as ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Serbia, I have every reason to be optimistic about the bilateral relationship between Korea and Serbia. In the field of the economy, we may see more concrete projects moving ahead, as more Korean companies are interested in coming to Serbia for future new business and investment opportunities. The trade volume between our two countries will further increase, following the trends of the past several years. We can see more Korean products, such as cars and cosmetics, gaining popularity in Serbia. As for Serbia, the Korean market will be more open to import agricultural products and natural resources.
Culturally, there are more chances that events related to Korea will take place in Serbia, as the pandemic restrictions disappear. The Korean embassy is planning to organise some events, such as concerts and exhibitions of traditional Korean printing in 2023. Many new Korean dramas, films and K-pop songs will also be produced to entertain global audiences. The travel industry will also return to the level of the pre-pandemic era, and more tourists from both countries will visit the other country respectively, promoting mutual interests and understanding between Koreans and Serbs. I believe that diplomats should be optimistic as they exert themselves to make the world a better place for human beings to live in. As a diplomat of Korea in Serbia, I will spare no effort in realising my optimism for our two countries in reality, together with my colleagues at the embassy.