To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the dialogue partnership between Korea and ASEAN, the 2019 ASEAN-Republic of KOREA Commemorative Summit will take place in Busan on 25-26 November and be followed by the 1st Mekong-Republic of KOREA Summit on 27 November.
Korea has hosted two Commemorative Summits with ASEAN in Jeju in 2009, and in Busan in 2014. This year’s event is the first international summit gathering that Korea is hosting under the Moon Jae-in administration.
ASEAN is the most visited overseas destination for Koreans and Korea’s second largest trading partner, as well as its second largest investment destination. With a population of 650 million, ASEAN is expected to grow at an annual rate of 5% going forward. Its significance as a key partner for Korea in all spheres is already firmly established and it will continue to grow.
Under the shared vision of creating a people-centered community, Korea and ASEAN will strive to form a mutually flourishing partnership built on the 3Ps set out in Korea’s New Southern Policy - people, peace and prosperity.
We will do our utmost to turn this Summit into an opportunity to elevate the level of Korea-ASEAN cooperation to new heights and accelerate the implementation of Korea’s New Southern Policy.
On the occasion of the 2019 Commemorative Summit, about 30 special events will be held across Korea. We hope many of you will join us, and hope these events will bring the people of ASEAN and Korea together in a meaningful way.
Our preparations are in full swing to ensure that the Summit and its attendant events can become a foundation for friendship and sustainable cooperation for years to come.
We look forward to welcoming you to Busan!
Kang, Kyung-whaMinister of Foreign Affairs