By Kim Ji-soo
The ASEAN-Korea Center will host a two-day forum on connectivity at the Seoul Plaza Hotel in downtown Seoul, starting Monday.
The forum, organized in cooperation with the International Contractors Association of Korea, will focus on physical connectivity which is related mainly to infrastructure and construction in ASEAN member countries.
"In ASEAN, four Cs are important. Charter, community, connectivity and centrality," said Chung Hae-moon, secretary-general of the center. Connectivity, a concept adopted at the 17th ASEAN Summit in 2010, envisions a well-connected ASEAN, mainly through an ASEAN Highway Network, to bring the peoples, goods, services and capital closer together.
The concept is vital for Korean companies as well for the upcoming ASEAN community ahead of the envisaged launch of the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015.
Attendants in the forum include 25 delegates from ASEAN in charge of connectivity projects, officials from ASEAN Secretariat and Asia Development Bank and some 100 Korean business people.
On the first day of the forum, the participants will discuss such topics as the status and the challenges toward carrying out the ASEAN Master Plan Connectivity and utilizing the Public Private Partnership (PPP).
The second day will be followed up with seminars and Q&A sessions on ways of promoting the infrastructure and construction plans and major projects of the 10 ASEAN member states. In addition, a one-on-one business meeting session with the ASEAN delegates will be arranged for the Korean participants.