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Meghalaya eyes Korean tech for waste management
STAFF Correspondent
 SHILLONG, Nov 17 - The Meghalaya government would be seeking the expertise of a South Korean company for solid waste management and an agreement is likely to be inked during Chief Minister Conrad Sangma’s visit to Seoul later this month.

Ambassador of South Korea to India Shin Bong-Kil said on Saturday that the Meghalaya government has expressed interest in a Korean company’s expertise in solid waste management.

Bong-Kil was here to take part in the Cherry Blossom festival.

The envoy said he had a meeting with the Chief Minister and other Cabinet Ministers to discuss investments and cultural ties between the two sides.

The Korean Ambassador said that the Meghalaya government informed him about environmental pollution caused by mining in the State and sought Korea’s assistance to find a solution.

The Meghalaya government gave a presentation on mining highlighting the pollution caused by it over the years. The State government sought access to Korean technology to find ways to purify the rivers and streams.

“One Korean company, which has expertise in solid waste management, held a presentation of its technology,” Bong-Kil said.

According to the Korean Ambassador, Sangma was highly impressed and would pay a five-day visit to South Korea from November 23 and try to sign an agreement with the company.

A decade ago South Korea used to recycle just two per cent of its food waste but now the country recycles almost 95 per cent of its food waste through use of advanced technologies.

Bong-Kil further said that South Korea is yet to learn about the potential of the State so that South Korean companies can decide on making meaningful investments here.

He said owing to the remoteness from the national capital not much is known about the State but in the days ahead efforts would be made to explore areas where investments could be made.

Lauding the natural beauty of the State capital, Bong-Kil said that the State seems to have immense potential in the tourism sector. “It’s so beautiful here and a relaxed atmosphere. Anyone can come here don’t do anything and relax,” the Ambassador said.

He pointed out that there are reports about K-pop or Korean pop being immensely popular in the region, especially in Manipur, Nagaland and Mizoram. He said efforts would be made to improve the cultural ties between South Korea and the region.

Bong-Kil was the chief guest at the closing ceremony of Cherry Blossom Festival, which was held at the Polo Grounds yesterday. South Korea was the partner country of the festival this year.

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