Born2Global Centre has been hosting a series of LAC-Korea startup online meet-ups as part of the Deep Tech Exchange Program of the IDB Lab to continuously engage Latin American and Caribbean countries for potential partnership opportunities.

Through this initiative, Born2Global Centre provides the platform for respective startups from each country to meet potential partners in expansion of their businesses with the professional support and accompaniment of fundamental consultations and services.

So far, already four countries - Argentina, Colombia, Mexico and Bolivia - have partaken in this virtual series, as Born2Global Centre continues to organize these meet-ups with partner organizations to identify and match startups based on respective needs. 


In the Mexico-Korea session, there were six Mexican startups and three Korean startups from Agtech, Edtech, AI, and Big Data sectors participating in the round table discussions, jointly hosted with Centraal and Seedstars, two renowned accelerators in the region. For the Bolivia-Korea session, there were four Bolivian startups and four Korean startups from Education, AI, Construction, Mobility and Big Data sectors discussing potential innovative joint solutions, hosted alongside the Asociación de Emprendedores de Bolivia (ASEB).


Six more countries are scheduled in the lineup throughout March and April, and after the meet-ups will be the LAC-Korea Partnership Prototype Pitch Challenge, Startup Global Forum, and Partnership Prototype Symposium as a follow-up methodology by Born2Global Centre to ensure successful forging of partnerships for positive social impact to the LATAM region.



The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Election Commission on Aug. 19 held a videoconference with the Organization of American States to share with Latin America the Korean experience of holding a general election amid COVID-19. The photo above is of a voter in Korea's general elections on April 15 at a voting booth in Seoul's Jongno-gu District. (Yonhap News)

By Kim Hyelin and Lee Jihae

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Election Commission on Aug. 19 held a videoconference with the Organization of American States (OAS) to share with Latin America Korea's experience of safely holding its general elections on April 15 this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event was held in a Q&A format to detail Korea holding its 21st general elections at the OAS's request made on June 10.

The OAS was founded in 1948 to bolster solidarity and cooperation among countries in the Americas, with 35 member states including 33 in Central and South America, the U.S. and Canada. Korea has been a permanent observer of the OAS since 1981.

Through its support for the activities of the Korea-OAS Electoral Observation Mission since 2002, Seoul has helped the protection and development of democracy and human rights in OAS member nations. 

The ministry said it hopes the videoconference will augment cooperation in election preparation of Latin American countries with upcoming elections such as Bolivia, whose presidential election is in October; Chile, which has a referendum on a constitutional amendment in the same month; and Peru, which elects a new president in April next year.


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