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President to attend APEC, ASEAN+3, followed by state visit to Indonesia

President Park Geun-hye will visit Bali, Indonesia, from October 6 to 8 for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting, and then travel onward to Brunei from October 8 to 10 for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) +3 Summit, the 16th Korea-ASEAN Summit and the 8th East Asia Summit.

President Park will also make a state visit to Indonesia from October 10 to 12 at the invitation of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

President Park Geun-hye (right) shakes hands with Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Economics Hatta Rajasa at Cheong Wa Dae on September 25 (photo: Cheong Wa Dae).

President Park Geun-hye (right) shakes hands with Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Economics Hatta Rajasa at Cheong Wa Dae on September 25 (photo: Cheong Wa Dae).


President Park Geun-hye (third from left) discusses economic cooperation between Korea and Indonesia during a meeting with a high-ranking Indonesian economic delegation on September 25 (photo: Cheong Wa Dae).

President Park Geun-hye (third from left) discusses economic cooperation between Korea and Indonesia during a meeting with a high-ranking Indonesian economic delegation on September 25 (photo: Cheong Wa Dae).


o Agendas and expected agenda items

APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting

President Park will attend the upcoming APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting, themed "Resilient Asia-Pacific, Engine of Global Growth." She will share opinions with 21 other APEC leaders and put forward Korea’s stance on such topics as APEC’s role in strengthening the multilateral trading system, APEC’s vision for the region’s connectivity and how to achieve both sustainable and equitable growth.

President Park will deliver a keynote speech on the prospects and future direction of the world economy at the CEO Summit on October 6, where leaders, scholars and businessmen from across the region will gather.

The president will attend the APEC Business Advisory Council on October 7 to discuss equitable and sustainable growth with business people and leaders from across the region. She will be the first presenter and her speech will be followed by a discussion about APEC’s role in strengthening the multilateral trading system. She will also hold talks with the other participating leaders.

President Park will meet with leaders from Pacific island countries on October 8, on the invitation of Indonesia, the chair country. They will discuss sustainable growth and enhanced connectivity. She will attend the second session of the Leaders' Meeting later that day to discuss the vision of APEC connectivity with other leaders and to adopt the 2013 Leaders' Declaration. She will also hold a series of summit meetings with participating leaders on the sidelines of the gathering.

Korea-ASEAN Summit

President Park will visit Brunei on October 9 to attend the 16th Korea-ASEAN Summit. She will discuss ways in which Korea’s cooperation with the ten ASEAN member countries can be extended and how to upgrade their strategic partnerships. Marking the rapid progress made in Korea-ASEAN relations, the president will emphasize all the concerted efforts made in such regard: the establishment of the ASEAN-Korea Centre, the Korea-ASEAN FTA, the strategic partnership between Korea and ASEAN and, finally, the Korean mission to ASEAN. The president will also discuss ways to further develop Korea-ASEAN relations in a future-looking manner.

ASEAN+3 Summit, East Asia Summit

President Park will attend the 16th ASEAN+3 Summit on October 10 to review progress made on ASEAN+3 collaboration efforts. She will also attend the East Asia Summit (EAS) whereat she will exchange opinions with other leaders concerning ways in which regional cooperation in East Asia can be enhanced, as well as other regional and international issues.

In this year’s EAS, participating leaders will actively engage in discussions on global issues such as food and energy security, climate change, disaster control and contagious diseases.

President Park will review the role of the EAS as a strategic forum and emphasize the need to make a united effort to tackle global challenges like climate- and disaster-related issues, especially since the Asia Pacific region has seen first-hand the disastrous effects of climate change and natural disasters.

State visit to Indonesia

President Park will make a state visit to Indonesia from October 11 to 12. The president will attend the Korea-Indonesia business forum as well as some cultural exchange events on October 11. After a summit meeting in the afternoon, she will attend the state dinner to have face-to-face talks with the Indonesian president. They will discuss Korea-Indonesia relations, measures to enhance economic cooperation in a mutually beneficial manner, and ways to extend bilateral cooperation across a wide variety of areas, including culture and society. The two leaders will discuss ways to work together in both the regional community and the international community, including the trust-building process on the Korean Peninsula.

The leaders’ joint statement will call for further progress on the Korea-Indonesia strategic partnership, and the two countries will draw up a shared future-oriented vision statement, aimed at further increasing bilateral relations.

By Wi Tack-whan, Yoon Sojung
Korea.net Staff Writers
whan23@korea.kr

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