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Seoul’s High-tech Transport Propels Expansion Talks at ASEAN-ROK Forum

August 11, 2014 MICE No Comments Email Email

Seoul recently had the opportunity to promote its advanced transportation infrastructure and services to Southeast Asian leaders as part of efforts to export its technology and systems to ASEAN nations during the 5th ASEAN-ROK Transport Cooperation Forum, held from June 18-19.

Organized by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT), the annual forum gives Korean enterprises an inroad into ASEAN member-country transport markets while also helping to strengthen Korea-ASEAN ties.

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Taking place at the Shilla Hotel Seoul, 31 prominent government officials from Southeast Asia met with their Korean counterparts, who together discussed rail policy, reviewed rail technology trends, and looked at the future of ASEAN-Korea relations.

seoul-asian-rok-4Forum presentations, along with an official dinner on June 18th, were held at Yeong Bin Gwan, a popular two-story banquet hall facility at the Shilla bearing the design of a traditional Korean house. Participating Korean executives also engaged in separate business meetings with ASEAN officials to advocate their companies’ potential in ASEAN nations.

For overseas attendees, the visit also included the opportunity to discover Korea’s modern and multifaceted transport system through a site inspection of several KTX train maintenance and control centers at the high-speed rail service’s Haengsin Metropolitan Rolling Stock Depot north of the capital. There then followed a Seoul City Tour beginning with a full Korean course meal at Saekdong Jeogori, a restaurant near Seoul’s World Cup Stadium.

Afterwards, delegates were given an expert-guided tour in English of the Korean Furniture Museum and took in a performance of Miso: Baebijang-jeon, a nonverbal show produced by Chongdong Theater. Support for the city tour was provided by the Seoul Metropolitan Government.

Participant feedback was enthusiastic for both the forum and the city tour. Cambodian delegate Thun Yuthea Leng, Under Secretary of State for the Ministry of Public Works & Transport, expressed her “deepest gratitude to Korean organizer” MOLIT, adding “I truly hope there will be more cooperation among ASEAN countries through this meeting.”

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