Farirai Machivenyika Senior Reporter
Speaker of the National Assembly Advocate Jacob Mudenda yesterday met South Korean Ambassador to Zimbabwe Cho Jaichel and discussed possibilities of establishing a joint association between parliaments of the two countries. The establishment of the association, among several areas of cooperation, was discussed when the two met at Parliament.
“The ambassador briefed me about his assignment here and he was encouraged that our Parliaments should form an association dubbed Zimbabwe/Korea Parliamentary Association and he would ensure that his parliament in South Korea forms a similar association and through these two organs, the parliaments can exchange some visits and share best practices,” Advocate Mudenda said.
The relationship, he added, would also offer exchange opportunities between parliamentary staff from the two countries.
Adv Mudenda said he had also commended South Korea’s parliament for effectively holding its executive to account.
“What I have commended the ambassador about their parliament is that they have demonstrated that they have one of the strongest parliaments in the world insofar as holding the executive to account.
“We would want to take a cue from the parliament of South Korea that we can exercise our oversight duty as Parliament without fear or favour; that requires courage and fortitude as MPs,” he said.
Last year, former South Korean president Park Geun-hye was impeached over a corruption scandal.
According to Adv Mudenda, the South Korean Ambassador has also pledged to market Zimbabwe as a safe tourist destination.
So far, 30 000 tourists from the Asian nation have visited Zimbabwe this year.
Ambassador Cho also said they had fruitful discussions with Adv Mudenda focusing on improving relations in various spheres.
“We had very good discussions here and my government is trying to share our experiences, economically, politically and culturally,” he said.
“During my stay here, I will try to enhance the level of cooperation and my government is trying to be helpful in the development of Zimbabwe especially in the area of ICTs.”
The ambassador also briefed Adv Mudenda on efforts for lasting peace on the Korean peninsula.