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Congratulatory Speech at the North Korea Policy Forum Hosted by the Korea Development Bank and Maekyung Media Group

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Congratulatory Speech at the North Korea Policy Forum
 
Hosted by the Korea Development Bank and Maekyung Media Group


Congratulatory Speech

By Unification Minister Kim Yeon Chul.

1.
Good morning.

It is good to see you all. I am Unification Minister Kim Yeon Chul.

I would like to congratulate you on the 27th North Korea Policy Forum.

I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Chairman Lee Dong-gull of the Korea Development Bank (KDB), CEO Son Hyun-duck of Maeil Business Newspaper, and all others involved in arranging this meaningful event.

My thanks also go to lawmakers Park Byeong-seug and Min Byung-doo for taking time out of their busy schedules to grace this event with their presence, to the experts for making presentations and engaging in discussions, and to all participants for joining us today.

2.
Distinguished guests from home and abroad,

Science and technology are key to national development.

South Korea was able to join the ranks of the world’s top ten economies in just half a century specifically by pursuing development of science and technology.

North Korea is also well aware of the importance of science and technology.

Since the North shifted its national strategy toward “focusing on socialist economic construction” last year, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has emphasized the importance of the development of world-class science and technology.
 
North Korea is considered as having had strength and potential in some fields for quite some time already.

Inter-Korean exchange and cooperation in science and technology going forward will serve as a significant driver of the establishment of a Korean Peninsula of peace and prosperity.

In particular, knowledge sharing and talent development programs can be carried out even in the current restricted environment.

If they work together, the South and the North can set a good example of exchange in science and technology for the entire world.

The North Korean officials who visited Gyeonggi Province last year took great interest in cooperation in science and technology. They visited Pangyo Techno Valley and the Gyeonggi Province Center for Agricultural Technology.

If South and North Korea combine their capabilities in infrastructure and human talents, as well as research and experience, both will be able to further increase their international competitiveness in science and technology and realize sustainable development on the Korean Peninsula. Ultimately, all the residents in both the South and the North will enjoy the benefits.

I hope that this venue indeed encourages in-depth discussion of how we can promote and develop inter-Korean cooperation in science and technology.

3.
Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,

There can be no denying that the inter-Korean relationship is difficult at the moment. However, there are still some opportunities for cooperation.

If the North responds positively, inter-Korean cooperation can be carried out even as matters presently stand, and there are many fields where cooperation can benefit both sides.

I hope that the South and the North become more flexible and bolder to the extent that they duly implement all of their joint declarations step by step and achieve sustainable development in inter-Korean relations.

I expect that all of you here will put your minds and wisdom together for the government’s efforts. I especially ask you to take continued interest in inter-Korean cooperation in science and technology.

Once again, I sincerely congratulate you on the 27th North Korea Policy Forum, and I wish every one of you the best of health and happiness.

Thank you.