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‘The 8th ASEAN Connectivity Forum’ to highlight ASEAN-Korea Partnership in the Post COVID-19 era

No.PR/21-01Date14 January 2021
ContactProgram Inquiries: Kim Su-jung, Senior Officer, TIU (+82-2-2287-1192 sjkim@aseankorea.org)
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‘The 8th ASEAN Connectivity Forum’ to highlight ASEAN-Korea Partnership in the Post COVID-19 era

- The ASEAN-Korea Centre to organize the 8th ASEAN Connectivity Forum online -

- YouTube livestreaming on Jan. 19 (Tue) at 13:30 (KST) -

Seoul, Korea - The ASEAN-Korea Centre (Secretary General Lee Hyuk) will hold the 8th ASEAN Connectivity Forum in a webinar format, under the theme of “ASEAN-Korea Partnership for enhancing ASEAN connectivity in the post COVID-19 era” on 19 January 2021 at 13:30 (KST) through livestreaming on Youtube. With the growing importance of connectivity among ASEAN Member States for post-pandemic recovery, this year’s forum will focus on two areas, ‘sustainable infrastructure’ and ‘digital innovation’ in which ASEAN and Korea can create synergy and elevate mutually beneficial partnerships in the post-COVID-19 era. The two focus areas are drawn from the five strategic areas lined in the ASEAN’s ‘Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC) 2025’*, a regional blueprint aimed at achieving a more connected and integrated ASEAN.

* MPAC 2025 was adopted on the occasion of the 28th ASEAN Summit in 2016, a year after the establishment of the ASEAN Community, in a bid to support regional integration centering on five strategic areas: sustainable infrastructure, digital innovation, seamless logistics, regulatory excellence, and people mobility.

The Forum will consist of opening ceremony, panel discussion (session 1), and ASEAN connectivity-related project presentations (session 2). At the Opening Ceremony, Lee Hyuk, Secretary General of the ASEAN-Korea Centre, Choi Jong-moon, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Rommanee Kananurak, Ambassador of the Royal Kingdom of Thailand to Korea and Chair of ASEAN Committee in Seoul (ACS) will deliver remarks.

The first session will feature a panel discussion on the challenges and the direction of future development of ASEAN connectivity in the post-COVID-19 era. Invited panels are experts and practitioners from the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Embassy of Japan in Korea, and the Korea Overseas Infrastructure & Urban Development Corporation (KIND). Head of Information and Data Unit Kim Hejin of the ASEAN-Korea Centre will facilitate both the discussion and Q&A session with online participants.

The second session will present the latest updates on projects in the transport, energy, and smart cities sectors. Officials from the Department of Public Works and Highways of the Philippines, the Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board, the Ministry of Energy and Mines of Lao PDR, the Tenaga National Berhad of Malaysia, the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications of Brunei, the Nay Pyi Taw Development Committee of Myanmar, the Digital Economy Promotion Agency of Thailand, and the Quang Ninh Province of Vietnam will offer detailed briefings on the projects and recommended potential areas for cooperation with the Korean business community in the post-pandemic era.

Lee Hyuk, Secretary General of the ASEAN-Korea Centre noted that, “Connectivity is one of the key contributors to ASEAN region’s rebuilding and recovering efforts after the pandemic. In this connection, the Leaders of ASEAN and Korea committed to greater cooperation in connectivity and smart cities during the 21st ASEAN-Korea Summit.” He stressed that, “For the past seven years, the annual ASEAN Connectivity has become one of the flagship events for supporting Korean business community to take part in the ASEAN region’s connectivity-related projects, while contributing to building a more connected and integrated ASEAN and a mutually beneficial partnership between ASEAN and Korea. As COVID-19 has disrupted many face-to-face interactions among business communities in the two regions, I hope this Forum will serve as a valuable platform for them to gain the latest information and explore opportunities for collaboration.”

The 8th ASEAN Connectivity Forum is organized by the ASEAN-Korea Centre and supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Korea, the Construction Association of Korea, and the ASEAN Secretariat. Pre-registration is available through the link below:

*Click for pre-registration

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