By Kim Ji-soo
The Korea Creative Contents Agency (KOCCA) organized a "2013 Strategic Forum for Creative Industries," Wednesday, at the COEX in southern Seoul.
Under the theme of "Creative Industries in Europe and the Task for Korea," the forum will look into England that first coined the term "creative economy" in 1997 in the Tony Blair administration.
The case of Germany, which is tapping into growth from the culture and media sectors in parallel with its strong manufacturing sector, will also be discussed.
President Park Geun-hye has touted a "creative economy" as one of the core economic paradigms for her five-year tenure.
The organizers have invited leading European scholars on the creative economy including Professor Lee Hye-kyoung of King's College London. She will speak on current European policies and development models.
Joining her will be Lynne McCadden of Business Development at Creative England and who is also CEO of Morra Ltd., who will talk about England's success in creative economic growth. Creative England is akin to KOCCA.
One example of England's successful creative economic engine cited as the "Harry Potter" series.
Speaking on German policies will be Bastian Lange, a researcher at the Institute Multiplicities and a fellow at the Georg Simmel Center at the Humboldt University in Germany.
He is expected to speak on urban planning. The speakers, Korean experts and working level officials from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism will then discuss topics and issues on Korea's creative growth strategy and the challenges it faces. The forum is hosted by the ministry.
"The European strategy of creating economic growth and jobs through culture and creative industries has implications for Korea, and we hope the seminar can contribute to development in Korea's creative sector," said Hong Sang-pyo, head of KOCCA.
Those interested in attending the seminar should pre-register at the agency's website www.kocca.kr.