The billionaire philanthropist and co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, gave an address to lawmakers at South Korea's National Assembly this morning.
Gates has been active for years in promoting global health.
He acknowledged the great strides South Korea has made in this regard, and called on the country to use these strengths and become a leader on health issues.
Our Kim Bo-kyoung has more.
Marking his first visit to South Korea's National Assembly in nine years, Bill Gates the co-founder of Microsoft has urged Seoul to take an active role in enhancing global health security.
Arriving in the country on Monday, Gates delivered a speech at National Assembly on Tuesday morning after holding talks with speaker Kim Jin-pyo for around 40 minutes.
He complimented South Korea's work of transforming a post-war economy into a powerhouse in a very short time, now giving aid to other countries for them to go on the same journey of progress.
"As you increase that generosity to match your economic success with tenth most largest economy, you will be able to have incredible impact continuing partnerships with our foundation and multilateral global health organizations."
While calling it "fantastic" how South Korea is taking part in implementing multilateral global health initiatives, such as its commitment in COVAX, Gates said the country is ready to be a leader in improving global health.
"Korea is poised to be a leader in this work not only it can raise generosity to match being one of the top ten in the world, you also have particular strengths, incredible vaccine manufacturing, incredible diagnostic manufacturing, R&D capabilities, diagnostic capabilities,"
Visiting the country to sign a memorandum of understanding between the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the South Korean government, Gates spoke of how he expects the partnership to radically improve global health security.
He then met with President Yoon and discussed what the president called "health justice."
"The billionaire philanthropist urged South Korea not only to play an active role in tackling COVID-19, but also to work with the foundation to eradicate other health issues faced by people around the world.
Kim Bo-kyoung, Arirang News."