By Jeon Han and Yoon Sojung
Photos = Kim Sunjoo
Seoul | Sept. 24, 2019
Ambassadors from member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to Korea on Sept. 24 gathered in Seoul for a briefing on the ASEAN-Korea Ministerial Roundtable and Exhibition on Public Service Innovation scheduled for November in Busan.
“Korea is seeking win-win cooperation and development with ASEAN,” Minister of the Interior and Safety Chin Young told the gathering.
The ministry-hosted briefing was intended to boost understanding of the Busan event, which is part of the ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit slated for the same month in Korea’s largest port city.
“The Moon administration has been pushing forward the New Southern Policy as a core diplomatic policy and pursuing win-win cooperation and development with ASEAN under the ‘3P’ vision, which stands for people, peace and prosperity,” Chin said.
“President Moon Jae-in is the first Korean head of state to always emphasize the significance of cooperation with all ten ASEAN member countries.”
The minister added, “The ASEAN-Korea Commemorative Summit will soon be held in Seoul as the third event of its kind, following the two previous ones in 2009 and 2014.”
“In line with the summit, I hope the ministerial roundtable will serve as an opportunity for us to upgrade cooperation in administration to a higher level between the ASEAN region and Korea and to seek mutual development.”
Scheduled from Nov. 25-27, the roundtable will have public administration ministers from Korea and ASEAN member countries share cases of administrative innovation in their home countries and discuss policy directions to boost civic participation, government digitization and local innovation within the region.