New Delhi, June 28.
“There is an emotional connection between Indo-Korea will lead to peace and prosperity.” Deputy Minister and Ambassador of Public Diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea Enna Park said here in a conference. The Embassy of Republic of Korea with Yonsei University, Korea and Observer Research Foundation (ORF) co-organized ‘Public Diplomacy dialogue between Korea and India’ at the ORF Conference Hall last week.
Enna Park emphasized the necessity of strong collaboration between India and Korea. Both the nations share a strong historical relationship. The economic relation is also growing day by day. She believes that there is need of emotional connect between the two countries and also cooperation in terms of security, peace, and prosperity. “Under the Make In India initiatives by Narendra Modi make in India ease of doing business, foreign companies have fair access to the market and we want to see less regulation and we wish to have the favorable environment. We have 700 Korean Companies in India. We have many opportunities as Indian market is the second largest economy and even in terms of population, Indians are very much advanced in basic science.” She said.
“ The country is quite appealing. We are working on the policies, we are slow but on right track” Enna stated. She further talked about growing relationship of North Korea and South Korea, how the recent talks have given room for peace at the Korean Peninsula.
The theme was “Development of peace and Prosperity for Korea-India Strategic Partnership.” Dignitaries present at the conference were the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to India Shin Bongkil, Deputy Minister and Ambassador of Public Diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea Enna Park, Chairman of ORF Dr. Sunjoy Joshi and Director of Institute of East and West Studies Yonsei University (IEWS), Dr. Young Sukh Pak.
Shin Bongkil, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to India said “Public diplomacy is about connecting and engaging the minds to the people of Korea and India. Owing to the age-old relationship between Korea and India.” He quoted Prime Minister Modi saying “10% of Koreans are relatives of India.”
Dr. Sunjoy Joshi mentioned the need to expand in terms of infrastructure and strengthen maritime security. He also pointed out the growing prominence of South Korean brands in India whether in automobile sector or technology.
The first session was on the role and contribution of the two countries for regional order.
ORF member Dr. K.V. Kesavan talked about building and maintaining the strategic partnership of India and South Korea. There was extensive discussion on the recent summit between Kim Jong-Un and Donald Trump. Focusing on the Indo-Korea relations he emphasized the need to contribute to each other’s countries.
The other two sessions discussed on bilateral Economic Cooperation for win-win Prosperity (Economic and Industry) and Promoting People-to-People Exchange (Public Diplomacy).
Other dignitaries present were Samir Saran VC –ORF, Prof. Jihwan Hwang (University Of Seoul) Prof. Byungwon Woo (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies), Jagannath Panda (IDSA), Skand Tayal – Former Ambassador and diplomats of both countries of Korea and India.