Speaker: H.E. Mr. Joonkook Hwang
Over the course of the twentieth century, South Korea became the first country ever to go from being a major recipient of Western aid to a major OECD donor in developing countries. This period has also been marked by an ever-strengthening relationship between the UK and the Republic, typified by the EU-South Korea free trade agreement of 2011, estimated to be worth £500m to the UK per annum.
Now, at a time of particular turbulence in the region and uncertainty for the UK, the question of the relationship between the two countries is as pertinent as it has ever been. We are delighted to welcome the His Excellency Mr Joonkook Hwang, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, to share his insight on the matter, and the potential future direction such a relationship may take. His role in London follows that most challenging of positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, that of Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs. Prior to that, he has filled two roles at the UN and one in Saudi Arabia, and his last overseas position was that of Deputy Chief of Mission and Minister for Political Affairs in Washington.
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