Since the 1990’s South Korea has aimed to strengthen ties with Central Asia and has positioned itself as one of the main Asian partners of the region across emerging markets, especially focusing on Mongolia, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. While Central Asia is rich with resources that would strengthen Korea’s economy, decades of economic instability in the region have posed challenges in creating strong economic ties. Furthermore, the global economic crisis may further impact Korea’s engagement with Central Asia. What are the opportunities, challenges, and future prospects of the relationship between Korea and the Central Asia region?
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Utilizing its unique development experience, Korea has positioned itself as an active promoter of knowledge for development. After Korea joined the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) in November 2009, the country has increased efforts to enhance the effectiveness of its development cooperation practices.
November 6, 2012
Sarah Yun, Dr. MoonJoong Tcha
The Peoria Area World Affairs Council will host a KEI Future of Korea program featuring Mr. Jinwook Kim, Counselor, Embassy of the Republic of Korea; Mr. Gary Childs, Consular Officer, Office of Korean Affairs, U.S. Department of State; and Ms. Sarah K. Yun, Director of Public Affairs & Regional Issues, Korea Economic Institute.