JAMAICA, Kingston (21 September 2017) – – Mr Lee Young-gyu, chargé d’affaires ad interim of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea presented his credentials to Secretary-General, Michael Lodge, as the new Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the International Seabed Authority on Wednesday, 20 September 2017.  

Prior to his appointment, Mr Young-gyu was Counsellor and Consul General at the Korean Embassy in South Africa.

Mr Young-gyu joined the Foreign Service in 1986 and has also travelled on diplomatic postings to Vietnam and Brazil. 

In his meeting with the Secretary-General, Mr Young-gyu said the Republic of Korea looked forward to working with the Authority.

The Secretary-General noted the Republic of Korea’s long-standing contribution to the work of the Authority as a member of the Council in Group B, as well the Authority’s collaboration with KIOST, and as a contractor for exploration for polymetallic nodules and polymetallic sulphides. In this regard, the Authority was looking forward to the signature of the third exploration contract with the Republic of Korea, for exploration for cobalt-rich crusts, which had been approved by the Council in 2016.