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.

etoilejr@korea.kr




 

President Moon Jae-in and first lady Kim Jung-sook on Sept. 6 say goodbye to well wishers at Wattay International Airport in Laos. President Moon will return to Korea after visiting Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. (Yonhap News)

President Moon Jae-in and first lady Kim Jung-sook on Sept. 6 say goodbye to well wishers at Wattay International Airport in Laos. President Moon will return to Korea after visiting Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. (Yonhap News)



By Kang Gahui and Kim Hwaya

President Moon Jae-in on Sept. 6 wrapped up his three-nation tour of Southeast Asia and headed home for Korea.

Through his visits to Thailand, Myanmar and Laos over six days, he drew support for his New Southern Policy and reaffirmed the active cooperation of the three countries.

The president focused on boosting Korea's cooperative relations with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) amid the realignment of the global value chain due to Japan's export restrictions on Korea.

In Thailand, the first leg of his three-nation tour of Southeast Asia, he decided to expand cooperative projects to prepare for the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

In Myanmar, Seoul and Naypyitaw agreed to launch the so-called Korea Desk, a one-stop service center for Korean businesses within the Myanmar government, as an institutional base to efficiently expand economic cooperation, as well as set up a minister-level joint committee on trade.

In Laos, the last leg of his tour, President Moon announced his "Korea-Mekong Vision" for elevating bilateral relations to the level of a "Korea-Mekong partnership for human-centered peace and prosperity."

President Moon in 2017 had pledged to visit all ten ASEAN member countries within his term, and fulfilled his promise through this three-nation tour.

Presidential economic adviser Joo Hyung-chul said, "(Through this tour), we established the foundation to upgrade the New Southern Policy and further strengthened consensus on building a peace regime on the Korean Peninsula," adding, "We've also completed preparations to successfully host the Korea-ASEAN special summit and the Korea-Mekong summit in November."

kgh89@korea.kr



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