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The ASEAN-Korea partnership has reached remarkable milestones in various areas of cooperation since the establishment of sectoral dialogue relations in 1989. With the recently unveiled “New Southern Policy” of the Korean government, ASEAN and Korea are expected to forge a stronger and deeper collaborative relationship in the years to come.

As the only intergovernmental organization mandated to promote economic and socio-cultural cooperation between ASEAN and Korea, the ASEAN-Korea Centre (AKC) will strive to continue playing a pivotal role in building a lasting and genuine partnership between the two sides. In conjunction with its 9th anniversary in 2018, the AKC will carry out a series of programs under the collective theme of “Connecting People, Sharing Prosperity.” These programs will focus on the four key elements of “People-centered Community-building,” “People-to-People Exchange,” “Sustainable Development,” and “Prosperity and Industry 4.0.”

First, the AKC will aspire to build a “People-centered Community” and a more vibrant “People-to-People Exchange.” In accordance with ASEAN’s hope to create a welcoming and inclusive community, the AKC will put utmost efforts to deepen the relationship between ASEAN and Korea with “people” as the center. To this end, the AKC will provide platforms for people from across all sectors to communicate and interact with one another. Networking programs among youth will also be strengthened, while mutual understanding among people of ASEAN and Korea will be enhanced through public lectures, publications, as well as digital communications.

Second, the AKC will promote “Sustainable Development” in ASEAN, which is a core value of regional peace, stability, and prosperity. It will continue to support ASEAN Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) through capacity building, investment, and technological exchange to boost economic exchange between ASEAN and Korea. Since ASEAN is the most popular travel destination for Koreans, the AKC will actively conduct programs related to cultural heritage, ecotourism, and community-based tourism to foster sustainable tourism exchange.

Third, the AKC will aim to drive “Prosperity and Industry 4.0,” thereby helping ASEAN to become a digital economic bloc. Digital collaboration between ASEAN and Korea will not only generate mutual benefits, but also expand the collaboration into areas such as technological cooperation, job creation, and human resource development. The AKC will, therefore, carry out numerous programs to achieve shared prosperity between ASEAN and Korea in the era of the “Fourth Industrial Revolution.”

Furthermore, the AKC will continue to support comprehensive efforts by governments, civil society, and citizens which are necessary to establish a genuine, sustainable, and people-centered relationship between the two sides.

We sincerely look forward to your continued cooperation and active participation in the activities of the ASEAN-Korea Centre in 2018.


Lee Hyuk, Secretary General of the ASEAN-Korea Centre

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