The year 2019 marks the 30th Anniversary of ASEAN-ROK Dialogue Relations.
The relationship between ASEAN and Korea, which developed over the last 30 years, has been reflected on the lives of the peoples of ASEAN and Korea. The people-to-people exchanges between ASEAN and Korea records 10 million annually. As Korea’s second largest trading partner (150 billion USD annually) and third largest investment partner (4.9 billion USD annually), ASEAN and Korea have become key partners of economic cooperation. With its endless charms, ASEAN is the most popular travel destination for Koreans (7.6 million visitors annually).
The year 2019, during which ASEAN and Korea celebrate the 30th Anniversary of ASEAN-ROK Dialogue Relations, also marks the 10th Anniversary of the ASEAN-Korea Centre (AKC). As the only intergovernmental organization mandated to promote economic and socio-cultural cooperation between ASEAN and Korea, the AKC will strive to continue playing a pivotal role in building a lasting and genuine partnership between the two sides. In line with this, AKC will carry out a series of programs under the collective theme of “Connecting People, Sharing Prosperity,” particularly focusing on the three key deliverables.
First, the AKC will make efforts towards building a closer community between ASEAN and Korea
. Through the commemorative programs for the 10th Anniversary of the AKC and the 30th Anniversary of ASEAN-ROK Dialogue Relations, the AKC will lay the groundwork for the next 30 years of a more prosperous ASEAN-Korea partnership.
Second, the AKC will strengthen the cooperation between ASEAN and Korea for innovation-and creativity-driven growth
. ASEAN and Korea are key partners for mutually beneficial economic growth. AKC will seek for innovative and creative ways to invigorate economic cooperation and exchanges between ASEAN and Korea through result-oriented programs in the area of trade and investment. In addition, the AKC will support the empowerment of Micro-Small-and-Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) of ASEAN and Korea by helping them embrace digital technologies as a new growth engine in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Third, the AKC will promote the activities that connect hearts and minds of peoples
of ASEAN and Korea. ASEAN is blessed with a wealth of unique and diverse cultural assets. The AKC will design culture and tourism programs to foster greater cultural exchanges and strategic tourism development of ASEAN and Korea. Also, the AKC will serve as a networking hub where the youth, scholars, media and general public of ASEAN and Korea can interact with one another through diverse communication mediums. These efforts will foster friendship and raise mutual understanding between ASEAN and Korea.
The AKC will exert the utmost efforts to fulfill its mandates, which are to increase trade volume, accelerate investment flows, invigorate tourism, and enrich cultural and people-to-people exchanges. We sincerely look forward to your continued cooperation and active participation in activities of the ASEAN-Korea Centre in 2019.
Lee Hyuk, Secretary General of the ASEAN-Korea Centre