Korea-Colombia Summit joint statement emphasizes digital & green growth cooperation
Discussion for strengthening bilateral strategic partnership with the upcoming 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Korea and Colombia
- In celebration of the 70th anniversary of Colombia's participation in the Korean War, the two presidents agreed to strengthen cooperation in the defense industry and veterans’ affairs
- Colombia’s position as a gateway to Latin America
Mr. Moon Jae-in, the President of Korea, had a summit meeting with his Colombian counterpart, President Ivan Duque, on the 25th who is on his state visit to Korea and discussed ways for further developing bilateral relations and devising tangible measures for cooperation. The summit meeting started after the welcome ceremony for President Ivan Duque and the First Lady’s visit to Korea earlier that day at Cheong Wa Dae.
The summit with the President of Colombia is the second in-person summit held this year in Korea followed by the summit with President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev from Kazakhstan. President Moon invited President Ivan Duque for a state visit to commemorate the 10th anniversary of bilateral strategic partnership and the 70th anniversary of Colombia's participation in the Korean War. President Duque arrived in Korea yesterday and participated in unofficial schedules.
The two Presidents discussed ways to reinforce bilateral strategic partnership, devise realistic cooperative measures after the Covid pandemic (such as Digital Green Cooperation) discussed regional issues surrounding the two regions and pressing global issues. President Moon reaffirmed Colombia’s commitment for cooperation, which is clearly manifested by President Ivan Duque’s visit only to Korea despite the distance between Korea and Colombia even in the midst of the Covid pandemic.
President Moon proposed closer cooperation and exchanges between government bodies and the Korean and Colombian private sectors as the two countries are aggressively pushing ahead for digital transformation and environmentally-friendly growth strategies to buttress economic recovery after the Covid pandemic. He also asked for President Ivan Duque’s support for Korean firms with experience and expertise in digitalization and green infrastructure projects to participate in such projects that are enthusiastically promoted by the Colombian government.
President Ivan Duque mentioned he welcomes Korean firm’s engagement by citing his interest and admiration towards Korea’s development fueled by science, technology and innovation. He also highly praised Korea’s Covid responses and expressed his gratitude to the Korean government’s assistance in Colombia’s Covid prevention efforts since last year. President Moon expressed his intention to boost partnership on veterans’ affairs, with more support programs for Colombian war veterans and their family members. In line with this, two Colombian war veterans were accompanied by President Ivan Duque for his state visit in honor of their service during the Korean War.
President Ivan Duque stated Colombia is committed to maintaining peace after a civil war, which ended in 2016, and stated the Korean government’s development cooperation projects are helpful tools in attaining this goal. In response, President Moon introduced our efforts to re-start the Peace Process in the Korean Peninsula, and President Ivan Duque reaffirmed his unwavering support and his intention to provide assistance.
The two leaders also exchanged their thoughts on Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 (P4G). Korea was the chair country of the second P4G Summit held in May earlier this year and Colombia will chair the third P4G Summit to be held in 2023. President Moon and President Duque pledged to work together to respond to the international community’s actions towards climate change and investing concerted efforts to restore inclusive green growth by establishing sustainable P4G cooperative mechanisms as the two countries held and will hold chairmanship for two successive P4G summits.
Taking the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Korea and Colombia next year, the two leaders also pledged to expand exchanges in culture, sports and digital-based education sectors. In particular, they placed a special emphasis on strengthening cooperation in the creative industry, such as film production and music. Today’s summit is the first in-person summit meeting with a leader from a Latin American country since the pandemic began. The Korea-Colombia Summit is evaluated to have contributed to expanding cooperation and diversifying Korea’s portfolio of diplomatic relations with Latin American countries, which were proclaimed at Korea-US Summit in May Korea-Spain Summit and SICA, the last two both held in June.
Colombia carries an important strategic value for Korea as a gateway to Latin America as Colombia is this year’s chair of the Pacific Alliance (PA), a Latin American regional economic bloc. The potential market value of PA is immense as its four member countries (Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru) generate 34% of the GDP (equivalent to approx. $2 trillion) in the Latin American region. Korea is preparing to join the PA as an associate member country with an observer status.
The two leaders adopted a joint statement with an emphasis on inclusive and sustainable digital innovation and future-oriented bilateral relations as the outcome of the summit. The leaders were also present for the signing of the following MOUs by relevant ministers from both countries, including on the topics of: bolstering bilateral cooperation on healthcare; the excavation of remains of Colombian soldiers from the Korean War; culture, art and creative industries; startup ecosystem support; and agricultural matters.
The two Presidents exchanged medals in the morning prior to their summit meeting. President Moon awarded the Grand Order of Mugunghwa to President Duque, and the Colombia's Order of Boyaca was bestowed to President Moon by President Duque.
The Grand Order of Mugunghwa is awarded to heads or former heads of state and their spouses of South Korean allies that contributed to Korea’s security and development. The Order of Boyaca is a decoration established to commemorate the victory in the Battle of Boyaca, which led to Colombia’s independence from Spain. This Order is awarded to heads of state who contributed to friendly relations with Colombia. The two leaders are scheduled to take part in official schedules, including a state dinner according to state visit protocols. President Duque will pay a visit to Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on the 26th and the War Memorial of Korea before finishing his three-day state visit.
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