Posted : 2014-07-15 16:37
Updated : 2014-07-15 21:22

Korea-ASEAN summit to take place in Busan

By Kang Seung-woo

A summit between Korea and the Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) will take place on December 11-12 in Busan, Cheong Wa Dae announced Tuesday.

"In celebration of the 25th anniversary of relations between Korea and ASEAN, Korea will invite leaders of the 10-nation bloc and its secretary general," presidential spokesman Min Kyung-wook said in a briefing.

The two sides initiated relations in November 1989 and the partnership was elevated to the summit level in 1997.

"The summit is the first multilateral summit to take place here since the inauguration of the Park Geun-hye administration," Min said.

He added that it would be the most important diplomatic event to be held in Korea this year.

The summit ― the second of its kind ― is expected to offer an opportunity for the both sides to further boost strategic relations. The maiden summit between the two sides was held in Jeju 2009.

Since they established dialogue, the bilateral ties have dramatically improved on the back of the Korea-ASEAN free trade agreement (FTA), signed in 2009, covering the trade of goods, services and investment.

ASEAN is Korea's No. 2 investment destination and second-largest trade partner, with two-way trade amounting to $135 billion last year. The bloc is also the second-largest market for the country's construction industry.

Korea is ASEAN's fifth-largest trade partner.

The two sides have set sights on reaching $150 billion in bilateral trade by 2015.

The summit comes as President Park is making efforts to build stronger relations with ASEAN, particularly Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines, dubbed "VIP," given that she has stressed the significance of the three countries as Korea's strategic partners in achieving her "sales diplomacy," aimed at finding new growth engines for the country. Some economists say VIP could be the "post-BRICS" nations, referring to Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. ASEAN is also a major market for hallyu (Korean wave).

Given Korea's relationship with ASEAN members has been mostly about economic ties, Korea and ASEAN agreed last year to strengthen their political alliance this time around.

"The two sides decided to have a separate session to handle political issues with ASEAN during the scheduled special summit," a government official said.

Park attended the Korea-ASEAN summit, held in Brunei in October.

ASEAN comprises Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam.

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'한-아세안 특별정상회의' 이틀간 개최 효과 655억원

오는 12월 11∼12일 한국-아세안 특별정상회의의 부산 개최가 확정된 가운데 이틀간의 회의 개최에 따른 경제적 파급 효과가 655억원에 달할 것으로 전망된다.

부산시는 부산발전연구원 분석 결과 정상회의 개최에 따른 생산 465억원, 부가가치 190억원 등 모두 655억원의 경제적 파급 효과가 있을 것으로 추정된다고 15일 밝혔다.

도시 브랜드 제고와 함께 앞으로 부산과 동남아지역 간 인적, 물적 교류 확대에 이바지할 것으로 기대된다.

부산시는 현재 인도네시아 수라바야, 베트남 호찌민, 캄보디아 프놈펜, 필리핀 세부주, 미얀마 양곤, 태국 방콕 등 국내 지자체 중 가장 많은 아세안 6개국 6개 도시와 자매 또는 우호협력도시를 체결하고 있다.

그리고 공적개발원조(ODA) 사업의 하나로 한-아세안 영화 인재 육성사업 등을 추진하는 등 동남아지역 국가와의 활발한 교류를 이어오고 있다.

박준우 부산시 한-아세안 특별정상회의 지원단 담당관은 '2005년 아시아·태평양경제협력체(APEC) 개최 이후 거의 10년 만에 정상회의를 유치하는 쾌거를 이뤘다'고 밝혔다.

박 담당관은 '정상회의 개최 역량, 세계적 수준의 회의시설, 동남아지역 자매·우호도시와의 지속적인 교류 등이 이번 한-아세안 특별정상회의 유치에 주요 요인으로 작용했다'며 '만반의 준비로 특별정상회의를 성공적으로 치러내겠다'고 말했다.

한편, 아세안에 진출한 부산기업은 8개국에 322개사에 이르며, 아세안과 부산의 교역 규모는 수출 20억3천200만 달러, 수입 12억2천600만 달러에 달한다. (연합뉴스)

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