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Nawaraj Shivakoti of Biratnagar receives honorary SKorean citizenship


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2021 Dec 06, 13:58, Seoul
South Korea has conferred honorary citizenship on Nawaraj Shivakot of Biratnagar. Shivakoti was honored as an honorary citizen of South Korea during a ceremony hosted by Seoul Metropolitan government on December 1. Photo: RSS

South Korea has honoured a Nepali citizen with honorary citizenship.

Nawaraj Shivakoti of Biratnagar, Morang, received honorary citizenship of South Korea on December 1 in a programme organized by Seoul Metropolis. The Metropolis honours foreign nationals with this award every year.

South Korea honoured Shivakoti with this award for his role in building cultural and economic relationships between Nepal and South Korea.

Mayor of the Metropolis, Oh Se-hoon, presented a letter of felicitation, certificate of honorary citizenship and a silver medal to Shivakoti.

The Korean government honours foreigners who contribute to the development of South Korea with honorary citizenship. International Relations Division under the Ministry of Planning and Administration of Seoul Metropolitan government calls proposal for honorary citizenship targeting the foreign nationals.

Anyone who thinks him/herself capable of getting this honour can file an application, wherein thirty people residing in South Korea, especially in the Seoul Metropolis, should recommend it.

The Metropolis honours one or two people with honorary citizenship in a year.

Shivakoti is among the 10 Nepalis honoured with Honorary Korean Citizenship so far. Nearly 900 citizens of more than 100 countries around the world have received honorary citizenship since 1958.

Before him, Nepali citizens KP Sitaula, Tenzi Sherpa, Raju Chhetri, Harka Bahadur Gurung, Junu Gurung, Gambhir Man Shrestha, Bipin Gurung, Sujan Shakya, Bhajindra Chhetri and Bhanu Shrestha had been awarded this honour.

A permanent resident of the Morang district in Nepal, Shivakoti is a businessman, cultural artist and volunteer. He had entered South Korea as a worker in 2006. Pursuing Bachelor's level studies in Economics and Political Science, Shivakoti said he left his studies and chose to come to Korea thinking that there is a future for him in the country.

The Employment Permit System had not been introduced then, and he arrived in South Korea through a placement agency called Moondrops Manpower. Nepal and the South Korean governments had signed an agreement regarding EPS in 2008.

"I thought of starting a business here in Korea itself with the money that I had earned working at the same company for 11 years. There was a lot of business prospect as well," he said. He started running the Nirosha Restaurant in the capital, Seoul, with an investment of about Rs. 130 million.

His fame gradually started spreading throughout South Korea as the manager of the restaurant serving Nepali and Indian dishes.

Shivakoti served as the advisor of various organisations such as NRNA, NCC South Korea chapters, and the Purbanchal Sarokar Samaj South Korea from the beginning. He is still associated with different organizations.

Shivakoti also started establishing contact with local police and volunteering through various organisations in Korea during his free time. With this, he also got an opportunity to participate in the Asian Culture and incorporate the Nepali culture as well since 2017. From 2019 to 2021, he also worked as a volunteer in the campaign to prevent drug abuse among children below 18.

Shivakoti shared that his continued assistance in spreading awareness against COVID-19 and its vaccination has won him this honour. "This title of Honorary Citizenship is an honour and a matter of happiness for entire Nepal," Shivakoti commented after receiving the honour.

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