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 on Sept. 18 holds a telephone conversation with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. (Cheong Wa Dae)

President Moon Jae-in on Sept. 18 holds a telephone conversation with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

(Cheong Wa Dae)



By Yoon Sojung

President Moon Jae-in on Sept. 18 expressed his administration's willingness to help Saudi Arabia rebuild its oil facilities that were damaged by a drone attack.

In a telephone conversation with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman earlier that day, he said, "It is deeply regrettable that oil facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais in eastern Saudi Arabia were badly damaged by drone attacks," adding, "I would like to extend my sympathy to the Saudi Arabian crown prince and the Saudi Arabian people."

Blasting the attack as a "threat to the security of Korea as well as the whole world," President Moon said, "The international community should respond to such an attack in a determined manner."

"Korea wishes a speedy recovery of the destroyed facilities, and we are willing to work together in the recovery process."

The Saudi crown prince expressed his gratitude to President Moon for criticizing the latest attack, emphasizing the role of the international community. Bin Salman also urged his country's allies to make joint responses through cooperation and requested Seoul's help in Riyadh's plan to create an air defense system to prevent such an attack, something that President Moon agreed to work closely together on.

Both leaders also lauded the bolstering of bilateral cooperation in sectors such as construction, infrastructure, national defense and the defense industry since their summit in June this year in Seoul.

arete@korea.kr



Minister of SMEs and Startups Park Young-sun on June 7 explains at Seoul Press Center the goals of President Moon Jae-in's upcoming state visits to three Northern European countries.

Minister of SMEs and Startups Park Young-sun on June 7 explains at Seoul Press Center the goals of President Moon Jae-in's upcoming state visits to three Northern European countries.



By Min Yea-Ji and Lee Jihae 
Photos = Kim Sunjoo 
Seoul |  June 7, 2019

The Ministry of SMEs and Startups on June 7 said it will shore up its cooperation with startups to implement the initiatives reached by President Moon Jae-in during his three-nation tour of Northern Europe from June 9-16. 

In a news conference at Seoul Press Center to explain the goals of the president's upcoming trip, the ministry said the economic delegation to accompany him on his state visits will be the nation's first to mainly comprise startups. 

"The startup ecosystem is considerably developed in Northern Europe and thus demand for cooperation is high," the ministry said, adding, "The latest state visits will bolster innovation in the startup sectors of Finland and Sweden."

Comprising 53 startups and 13 medium to large companies, the delegation was selected primarily from fields considered most likely to succeed abroad, including 5G, self-driving vessels, biotechnology, artificial intelligence, eco-friendly information and communications technology, health care, and the online-to-offline sector. The companies will work with representatives from startups and the related ecosystem to seek "liberal innovative growth."

Korea startup centers (KSCs) will be launched to help Korean startups gain a foothold in the Northern European market. Slated to open next year in Helsinki and Stockholm, the KSCs will serve startups from Korea and the host country as well as provide a platform to allow innovative entities to cooperate. 

SMEs and Startups Minister Park Young-sun said, "The role of small and medium venture companies and startups is pivotal to fulfill the state visits’ goals of achieving innovative growth and becoming an inclusive country."

"We will strive to support innovation and foster new businesses." 

jesimin@korea.kr





President Moon Jae-in (left) and Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang pose for a photo at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on March 23.

President Moon Jae-in (left) and Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang pose for a photo at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on March 23.



By Yoon Sojung
Photos = Cheong Wa Dae Facebook
 

President Moon Jae-in, currently in Vietnam on a state visit, vowed to bolster bilateral ties between Seoul and Hanoi on March 23. 

President Moon proposed upgrading Seoul-Hanoi ties to a “comprehensive partnership relationship” from the existing “strategic cooperation partnership relationship.”

President Moon held a summit meeting with Vietnamese President Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi earlier that day. After the meeting, the two leaders announced a “joint declaration to usher in a new 25 years of history between Korea and Vietnam.”

In the joint declaration, the two countries agreed to host summit meetings on a regular basis and to develop bilateral business cooperation. It also contains measures to deepen the friendship between the peoples of both countries. 

President Moon said, “Korea and Vietnam have been developing an exemplary win-win cooperative relationship ever since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1992, and forging a ‘strategic cooperation partnership relationship.’”

He said that the volume of trade between the two countries last year expanded more than 40 percent to reach USD 64 billion. President Moon also said that the number of tourists going between the two countries jumped more than 50 percent to a record 2.7 million in 2017, saying that Vietnam has become the most popular tourist destination for Koreans holiday makers. 

Dubbing Vietnam as “a core partner for Seoul’s New Southern Policy,” President Moon said, “I would like to upgrade our bilateral relationship up a further notch to become a comprehensive partnership relationship, as next year our two countries will mark the 10th anniversary of forging our strategic cooperation partnership relationship.” 

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang responded by saying that, “Under the direction of Korea’s New Southern Policy, I hope the bilateral relationship can develop further.” 

President Moon Jae-in (right) and Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang hold a summit meeting at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on March 23.

President Moon Jae-in (right) and Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang hold a summit meeting at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on March 23.



In regard to cooperation between businesses, the two leaders agreed to bolster cooperation on the manufacturing industry, including parts and materials and the automobile sector, all in order to achieve the goal of reaching a trade volume of USD 100 billion by 2020.

The two countries agreed to expand Korea’s contribution to infrastructure works in Vietnam, such as road and airport construction projects, and to work together on jointly responding to the evolution of the fourth industrial revolution, and to boost development cooperation. 

To deepen the friendship between the peoples of the two countries, President Moon vowed to strengthen support for multicultural families in Korea with Vietnamese spouses. He also vowed to manage hospitals and to build more schools, especially in central Vietnam. 

After the summit, the two governments signed a total of six memorandums of understanding (MOUs) in six areas. They include an “Action Plan for the goal of achieving a bilateral trade volume of USD 100 billion by 2020,” and cooperation agreements cover the parts and materials industry, traffic and infrastructure, and cooperation on jointly responding to the fourth industrial revolution. 

arete@korea.kr





 

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