The long-awaited ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit will be held on November 25 and 26 at BEXCO, to honor 30 years of relations between South Korea and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
ASEAN is a regional intergovernmental organization made up of 10 countries across Southeast Asia. The leaders of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam will all attend. The nations of ASEAN have become some of the world leaders in manufacturing and, as a result, are some of Korea’s most esteemed trading partners.
A total of 10,000 visitors, including government officers and public entrepreneurs, are expected to come to Busan for the historic event. The president reaffirmed the importance of relations with the nations of ASEAN, citing them to be as important as diplomatic ties with the United States, China, Japan, and Russia. Moon’s government has additionally pledged support for the summit as a symbolic time, in order to celebrate its New Southern Policy. As a result, the president visited all 10 ASEAN countries in the time leading up to the event.
The New Southern Policy is the Korean government’s largest national policy, and Busan seeks to become its central location. Busan previously hosted the 2014 ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit, and City Hall hopes that Busan will become a symbol for peace on the Korean peninsula, as well as the center of cultural exchange between Korea and Southeast Asia.
The first MekongROK Summit will be held at the Nurimaru APEC House on Nov. 27, the day following the ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit’s conclusion. Member nations of the Mekong include countries around the Mekong River Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.
Events Scheduled for the Summit
ASEAN Cinema Week 2019 ASEAN Cinema NOW!: Nov. 15 to 16 at Busan Cinema Center
2019 ASEAN-ROK Food Street: Nov. 15 to 27 at Norimaru Youth Center
Buddhism Art Exhibition of Myanmar: Nov. 18 to January at Busan Museum
ASEAN-ROK Fashion Week: Nov. 22 to 25 at BEXCO
ASEAN Ways of Life Diversity and Unity: Through Dec. 31 at ASEAN Culture House
ASEAN Traditional Game Exploration Zone: Through Dec. 31 at ASEAN Culture House
ASEAN Crafts From Heritage to the Contemporary: Through Jan. 15 at ASEAN Culture House
2019 ASEAN-ROK Smart City Fair: November 25-27 at BEXCO
ASEAN-ROK CEO Summit: November 25 at BEXCO
Cloud Expo 2019: November 25-27 at BEXCO
ASEAN-ROK Business Expo: November 25-26 at BEXCO
BMA Music and Cinema Night: November 26 at Busan Museum of Art