|No.||PR/21-03||Date||9 February 2021|
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|ASEAN-Korea Centre is an International Organization mandated to promote economic and socio-cultural cooperation between ASEAN Member States and Korea.|
ASEAN-Korea Centre held the 13th Council Meeting online
- Council Directors discussed work Programs for ASEAN-Korea partnership in Post-COVID-19 era -- Appointment of the 4th Secretary General Kim Hae-yong was approved -
Seoul, Korea - The ASEAN-Korea Centre (Secretary General Lee Hyuk) held the 13th Meeting of the Council online on 9 February 2021. The annual meeting held in Seoul hosted council members, including high-ranking officials and ambassadors representing the respective governments of the 10 ASEAN Member States and Korea. This year, they adopted the unprecedented virtual meeting via videoconference due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the meeting, the council reviewed and evaluated the Centre’s programs in FY2020 which contributed to the momentum of the ASEAN-Korea partnership despite the year-long COVID-19 pandemic. Also, they proposed demands from ASEAN and exchanged ideas for ASEAN-Korea cooperation in the rapidly changing environment.
Lee Hyuk, Secretary General of the ASEAN-Korea Centre noted that, “The pandemic crisis has further brought the need for ASEAN and Korea to solidify their partnership to promote regional resilience and responsiveness to the unprecedented challenges. In 2021, based on its flexible approach employed last year, the ASEAN-Korea Centre plans to expand its digital activities. At the same time, it will continue to promote a high degree of collaboration at every level within and outside the organization so that its programs can contribute to invigorating businesses, culture, tourism, and people-to-people exchanges between ASEAN and Korea. In this regard, this year’s meeting served as a venue where member states can gather valuable insights and innovative approaches geared towards future ASEAN-Korea cooperation.”
Furthermore, the appointment of the new Secretary General, Kim Hae-yong, former Korean Ambassador to Myanmar and New Zealand, was confirmed by the council directors. Also, four seconded officials from Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Viet Nam completed their terms in office, and the successors from Brunei Darussalam, Lao PDR, Malaysia, and the Philippines will begin their three-year secondment tenure in March 2021. Through the leadership of the new Secretary General and valued contributions of the incoming seconded officials, the ASEAN-Korea Centre is expected to play an integral role in furthering mutually beneficial partnership between ASEAN and Korea.