Smart city together with asean (1)

President Moon Jae-in on Nov. 24 delivers a congratulatory speech at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Busan Eco Delta Smart City.

By Jung Joo-ri and Yoon Sojung

Photos = Cheong Wa Dae

President Moon Jae-in on Nov. 24 emphasized the significance of smart city cooperation between Korea and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

At the groundbreaking ceremony of the Busan Eco Delta Smart City in Busan the day before the start of the 2019 ASEAN-ROK (Republic of Korea) Commemorative Summit, he said, "Korea has experienced traffic congestion, environmental pollution, catastrophes and disasters that have accompanied urban sprawl. The smart city is infused with all the methods we’ve applied to address these problems," adding, "I believe the Korean-style 'smart city' can offer them one model in this regard."

President Moon further acknowledged ASEAN's potential in the smart city sector.

The president said, "If a common smart city platform is developed within the infrastructure that ASEAN member states are putting in place, intraregional connectivity will be enhanced and 'mutual advancement' can be expedited."

Smart city together with asean (2)

President Moon Jae-in and leaders of ASEAN member countries on Nov. 24 attend the groundbreaking ceremony of the Busan Eco Delta Smart City. From right are ASEAN Secretary General Lim Jock Hoi, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, President Moon, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Laotian Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith.

President Moon also vowed to share Korea's knowledge and experience in the construction of Busan Eco Delta Smart City with cities in the ASEAN region and develop a structure for collaboration between ASEAN members.

"In this regard, the smart city is a place imbued with the inclusive 'Asian spirit,' where neither nature nor any person is excluded," he said, adding, "If ASEAN and Korea capture the 'Asian spirit' here, we can lead the world in the smart city sector."

The ceremony was attended by ASEAN heads of state such as Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Laotian Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and ASEAN Secretary General Lim Jock Hoi.


With the ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit underway, the Smart City Fair took place on Nov. 25 in Busan.

The fair was held under the slogan “Smart Cities, Connecting Korea-ASEAN.” Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Kim Hyun-mee as well as ministers and vice-ministers from 10 ASEAN member states held a ministerial meeting and toured the smart city exhibition.

During the tour, they stopped by booths of 10 ASEAN smart cities and learned about the present and future of these new living environments.

Reporter : Kim Minji
Editor : Choi Taesoon

역내포괄적경제동반자협정(RCEP) 정상회의가 4일 태국 방콕에서 열린 가운데 문재인 대통령(오른쪽 5번째)과 각국 정상들이 기념촬영을 하고 있다. 청와대

President Moon Jae-in (fifth from the right) on Nov. 4 holds hands with leaders of countries participating at the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Summit in Bangkok, Thailand. (Cheong Wa Dae) 

By Lee Kyoung Mi and Lee Jihae 

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the world's largest free trade agreement, was ratified on Nov. 4 in Bangkok, Thailand, during the RCEP's third summit. 

An agreement among Korea, China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, India and the ten member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the RCEP was ratified by all of the aforementioned nations except India. 

President Moon Jae-in said, "The ratification of this agreement has led to the beginning of the world's largest free trade agreement. I hope that we build one economic cooperation zone where we respect each other's varying levels of economic development, culture and diverse systems." 

"Trade barriers will be lowered and the depth of exchanges and cooperation deepened." 

The president added, "I hope we jointly overcome the global economic downturn and the value of free trade spreads further." 

Leaders of the nations taking part in the summit emphasized the importance of the RCEP in the face of threats to the global economy such as protectionism, as the accord is based on free and liberal standards. They agreed to quickly settle negotiations on matters such as market opening and finalize the relevant accords by next year. 

The heads of state also expressed intent to cooperate with India on relevant issues. New Delhi opted not to ratify the agreement citing its chronic trade deficit.


By Hyunjin Choi

The joint declaration was made at the Telecommunication and Information Technology Ministers Meeting (TELMIN) outlining a mutual commitment to facilitate digital ecosystem especially in 5G and AI area between the 10-member ASEAN and South Korea.


Under the theme of “Smart Connectivity for ASEAN Digital Transformation,” ICT ministers convened in the Laotian capital of Vientiane last week to promote digital innovation throughout the ASEAN regions including Brunei, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam as well as South Korea.


Korea and ASEAN agreed to conduct diverse consulting projects and cooperate in 5G communication networks and AI fields to maximize the benefits and development of the new technology. They reached an agreement to form a united community pledging to implement Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC) and Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs).


Newly inaugurated Science and ICT Minister in South Korea, Choi Ki-young attended and stated that Korea will share its know-how in 5G, AI, and ICT fields with ASEAN partners as a global leader in the 5G sector.

“Though this opportunity, continued cooperation will help to build advanced digital ecosystem,” said Korean science minister, Choi Ki-Young. The ministers from Malaysia, Thailand, and Brunei expressed gratitude for support from the Korean government as to major ICT policies on 5G and AI.


Ahead of the joint declaration in TELMIN in Vientiane, Born2Global Centre(Chief Executive Director Jongkap Kim) under the Ministry of Science and ICT already set foot in the cooperative move for ICT field between Korea and ASEAN nations. It held “ASEAN-Korea ICT Partnership Platform 2019” on August 18th and 19th in Pangyo Startup Campus co-hosting with Seongnam industry promotion agency. The platform was prepared for both ASEAN major telecoms and Korean tech startups to develop the new business model cooperatively by expanding global networks. Over 50 leading Korean tech startups and 9 ASEAN telecommunication participated in the partnership platform and conducted over 120 business meetings, producing tangible business results.


Joo Hyung-chul, economic adviser to President Moon Jae-in, on Aug. 18 announces in a news conference at Cheong Wa Dae preparation and plans for the Korea-ASEAN special summit slated for Busan on Nov. 25. (Yonhap News)

Joo Hyung-chul, economic adviser to President Moon Jae-in, on Aug. 18 announces in a news conference at Cheong Wa Dae preparation and plans for the Korea-ASEAN special summit slated for Busan on Nov. 25. (Yonhap News)

By Kim Hwaya

The special summit between Korea and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) slated for Nov. 25-26 in Busan will feature talks on strengthening the free trade order and deepening bilateral cooperation.

Joo Hyung-chul, economic adviser to President Moon Jae-in, on Aug. 18 told a news conference at Cheong Wa Dae, "Given heightened trade tensions between major economies, Korea and ASEAN member nations will discuss ways to enhance the free trade order and expand commerce and open markets."

On if the summit will deal with Japan's export restrictions on Korea, he said, "Korea and ASEAN stress the importance of an open and free trade system," adding, "But with 100 days left until the summit, the government's position is that Japan should come to the dialogue table for an amicable resolution."

In addition, more than 20 side events will be held across the country. Before the summit starts, chartered trains taking Korean and ASEAN youths will run from Seoul to the Demilitarized Zone via Busan and Gwangju. During the summit period, the Business and Startup EXPO, the Exhibition on Smart City and an international forum on Hallyu innovation are scheduled.

Busan on Nov. 27 will also host the first Korea-Mekong summit. 

Korea is hosting the ASEAN summit for the third time, following the first in 2009 and second in 2014. As the biggest international conference hosted by the country under the Moon administration, the event is expected to draw an attendance of about 10,000 including ASEAN heads of state and business delegations.


캄보디아를 국빈 방문 중인 문재인 대통령이 15일 오전(현지시간) 총리 집무실이 있는 프놈펜 평화궁에서 열린 한-캄보디아 정상회담에서 인사말을 하고 있다. 연합뉴스

President Moon Jae-in on March 15 gives the opening speech before a bilateral summit with Cambodia held at the Cambodian prime minister's office in Phnom Penh. (Yonhap News)

By Park Gil-ja and Lee Hana

President Moon Jae-in and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on March 15 agreed to expand bilateral economic cooperation in areas such as finance, infrastructure and agriculture.

In their summit held at the prime minister's office in Phnom Penh, the president said, "As one of our major partners in development cooperation, Cambodia is also an important ally in implementing Korea's New Southern Policy. I hope that our countries will continue working together to bring a prosperous future to both of our nations."

Hun Sen added, "Thanks to your visit, our relations have already been strengthened, and I look forward to elevating our relations to the level of a strategic partnership." 

The two leaders also said the 200 Korean companies operating in Cambodia are playing an instrumental role in stimulating the growth of both economies, and pledged to sign an agreement banning double taxation so that corporations from both sides can conduct business more freely. 

Also discussing an agricultural distribution center opened in February this year with funding from both countries, both sides looked to continue expanding agricultural cooperation.

문재인 대통령과 김정숙 여사가 14일 저녁(현지시간) 숙소에서 훈센 총리 내외와 친교만찬 전 환담하고 있다. 청와대

President Moon Jae-in and first lady Kim Jung-sook on March 14 hold a meeting with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and his wife Bun Rany before a banquet in Phnom Penh. (Cheong Wa Dae)

캄보디아를 국빈 방문 중인 문재인 대통령이 15일(현지시간) 프놈펜 왕궁에서 열린 공식환영식에서 노로돔 시하모니 국왕과 의장대를 사열하고 있다. 청와대

President Moon Jae-in and Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni on March 15 inspect an honor guard during a welcoming ceremony at the Phnom Penh royal palace. (Cheong Wa Dae)

In the financial sector, Korea agreed to set up a national payment system with official development assistance (ODA) funding. The two countries will also expand financial cooperation in the private sector. 

In addition to discussing the upcoming Korea-ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) special conference to mark 30 years of diplomatic relations between Korea and ASEAN member nations, both leaders agreed to work closely for the success of the inaugural Korea-Mekong summit to be held on the sidelines of the conference. 

Finally, President Moon hailed the signing of a bilateral treaty on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, saying he hopes this results in more visitor traffic between Korea and Cambodia through safer travel.

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