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In 2018, ASEAN and Korea are opening a new chapter in their relations. During his tour to ASEAN in November last year, Korean President Moon Jae-in officially unveiled the country’s future vision for ASEAN-Korea partnership, pledging to level up relations with ASEAN equivalent to those with the four major powers. ASEAN-Korea partnership which has prospered since the establishment of dialogue relations in 1989, is set to embark on another journey towards mutual prosperity.

At this critical juncture, the ASEAN-Korea Centre (AKC) marks its 9th Anniversary of establishment in 2018. As a one and only international organization in Korea devoted to ASEAN, the AKC will continue to serve as a key player in building a lasting and genuine partnership between ASEAN and Korea. Under the collective theme of “Connecting People, Sharing Prosperity,” the AKC will carry out programs that reinforce four specific elements: Prosperity and Industry 4.0; Sustainable Development; People-Centered Community-building; and People-to-People Exchange.

First, under Prosperity and Industry 4.0, the AKC plans to organize trade and investment programs in sectors that are relevant to Industry 4.0 such as ICT, smart city, robotics, IoT, and e-commerce. ASEAN and Korea are the best partners who can share knowledge and experience in these value-added sectors. Also, based on complimentary economies, ASEAN and Korea have resulted in win-win outcomes in a wide range of industries. The AKC will initiate and support cooperative efforts in this regard, thus contributing toward a mutually-beneficial partnership between ASEAN and Korea.

Second, Sustainable Development is a global agenda that continues to be at the center of our efforts to seek regional peace, stability, and prosperity. We will continue to focus on supporting ASEAN MSMEs through technological exchange and capacity-building for sustainable economic development, while placing importance on developing ASEAN’s tourism resources in a sustainable way, a few examples being the development of community-based tourism as well as preservation of ASEAN’s natural and cultural heritage sites.

Third and fourth elements center on “people”. During the ASEAN-ROK Summit in November 2017, the Leaders recognized that community-building between ASEAN and Korea also needs to be People-Centred. In this regard, People-to-People Exchange and the mutual understanding of the peoples of ASEAN and Korea are essential. Over the past few years, the AKC has enhanced its ASEAN awareness and people-to-people exchange programs. Through youth exchange programs, public lectures and publications, the AKC aims to bring the peoples of ASEAN and Korea together and deepen mutual understanding.

We sincerely look forward to your continued interest in and support for the activities of the ASEAN-Korea Centre.


Kim Young-sun, Secretary General of the ASEAN-Korea Centre

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