2014

The third annual Canada Korea Dialogue Series on the Hill

On Tuesday June 3, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea attended the third annual Canada Korea Dialogue Series on the Hill to discuss important issues of trade, security, and bilateral relations between Korea and Canada.

The discussion was opened with welcoming remarks by The Honourable Senator Yonah Martin; Member of Parliament Barry Devolin; and President of Canada Korea Society Young-Hae Lee. Five official panelists were The Honourable Chris Alexander, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration; Ian Burney, Assistant Deputy Minister in Trade Policy and Negotiations; His Excellency Cho Hee-yong, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Canada; The Honourable Senator Hugh Segal; and Marius Grinius, a former Canadian Ambassador to Korea.

The Honourable Chris Alexander, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration made special opening remarks recognizing the 50th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Korea and Canada last year, he anticipated this staunch bilateral relationship will be enhanced with the successful conclusion of the FTA.

Ambassador Cho gave a talk on the topic “Korea-Canada FTA: Launching a New Era in our Bilateral Relations” and addressed the current and future of the Korea-Canada bilateral relations. He also explained the meanings of Korea-Canada FTA and appealed to Parliament of Canada for their cooperation in Korea-Canada FTA.

Assistant Deputy Minister in Trade Policy and Negotiations Ian Burney recognized Korea-Canada FTA is a significant achievement and this will be a great foundation for enhancing trade relationship in energy, food, and industry.

Senator Hugh Segal and former Ambassador Grinius explained Canada needs to support in Korea’s Trustpolitik and the Trust-building Process. In attendance were more than 110 people of parliamentarians, diplomat and officials, Korean War Veterans.

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Minister Alexander

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Ambassador Cho

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Deputy Assistant Burney

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Senator Segal

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Former Ambassador Grinius

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Photo credit: Robert Vibert

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Photo credit: Robert Vibert

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