HUFS Center for International Cooperation Strategies (“CICS”) held a conference jointly with Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry (“KCCI”). The conference was held under the title "The Korea and Pacific Alliance" at KCCI on March 8, 2018. As the government has been seeking to join the Pacific Alliance, the key objective of the conference was to help the nation's academic and business circles understand the Pacific Alliance and explore its implications for the nation's economic relations with Central and South America.
CICS Director and Professor Kim Won-Ho opened the conference with his opening remarks. Manager Kim Chan-Woo of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Colombian Ambassador to Korea Juan Pablo Rodríguez Barragán delivered congratulatory remarks. In the first session of the conference, Dr. Kim Young-Gui of Korea Institute for International Economic Policy made a presentation on the economic benefits of joining the Pacific Alliance as an associate member. In the second session, Professor Eduardo Pastrana of Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Professor Fabian Novak of IDEI at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, and Professor Raúl Bernal Meza of Universidad Arturo Prat made a joint presentation on the economic status of the Pacific Alliance and the prospects for Korea's entry into the region. In the third session, Professor Eduardo Tzili Apango of Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana - Xochimilco, Raúl Urteaga-Trani of Mexico's Agriculture Ministry SAGARPA, and Professor Juan Felipe Lopez Aymes of Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México made a joint presentation on the implications of the Pacific Alliance for Korea-Mexico economic relations.
The conference was concluded successfully in the presence of about 100 participants, including diplomats, government officials, and business and academic leaders from the region.