The Weekly Update (6)

August 2018

ECCK signs MoU with Ban Ki-moon Center for Sustainable Development
ECCK met with MOTIE Vice Minister, agreeing on closer cooperation
First CEO Forum on Current Trade Environment
ECCK discusses future cooperation with DGFEZ
ECCK greets EuroCham Vietnam’s visit to Korea
Thank you for attending ECCK Summer Network Night!
[Financial News] Interview with ECCK Director of Legal and International Affairs
International Seminar on Chemicals and Biocides
Introducing C-Level Executive Coaching for ECCK Members
[Notice] ECCK Personnel Changes
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ECCK signs MoU with Ban Ki-moon Center for Sustainable Development

On August 21, the ECCK and Ban Ki-moon Center for Sustainable Development at Yonsei University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the Appenzeller Hall in Yonsei University. The Ban Ki-moon Center, named after the 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations, is committed to contributing to the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and following 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by engaging collaboratively with the field, communities and diverse expertise, promoting education for sustainable future and providing solutions and actions for sustainable development through academic research and reflection.

Through signing of the MoU, both organizations will actively cooperate in organizing conferences and seminars including the Global Engagement & Empowerment Forum on Sustainable Development (GEEF) 2019 scheduled in February 2019.

The signing ceremony was attended by Mr. Christoph Heider (President of the ECCK), Mr. Ban Ki-moon (Chairman of Ban Ki-moon Center), and Mr. An Shinki (Director of Ban Ki-moon Center).
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ECCK met with MOTIE Vice Minister, agreeing on closer cooperation

On July 26, ECCK President Christoph Heider met with Mr Inho Lee, Vice Minister of Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) at Korea Productivity Center. The meeting focused on the two parties discussing about EU-Korea cooperation as well as the Korean government’s industrial policies including those in the energy sector.

Vice Minister Lee mentioned that acknowledging the significance of maintaining the cooperative ties between Europe and Korea, he will make his utmost effort for the betterment of the business environment in Korea, hoping to have more European companies entering the Korean market and sharing their advanced technologies with the local companies.

Moreover, with the ECCK’s continuous efforts on promoting Industry 4.0 and sustainability initiatives being noted for, Vice Minister Lee had agreed to support ‘Europe-Korea Innovation Forum’ to be held in November by the ECCK.
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First CEO Forum on Current Trade Environment

On August 28, the ECCK organized its first CEO Forum at Grand Hyatt Seoul. Exclusively open for the ECCK premium members and the board of directors, the Forum will be held on a regular basis from now on to receive opinions and views on specific issues of interest, of which the chamber will take into account for its future advocacy.

The day’s forum was featured by a speaker from Lee & Ko who briefly outlined the current trade environment and trends in Korea, and followed by was a discussion among the participants about the day’s topic. We would like to thank everyone for their engaging participation and hope you found the forum worthwhile.
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ECCK discusses future cooperation with DGFEZ

On August 28, ECCK President Christoph Heider and Vice President Bosun Kim paid a visit to Commissioner Inseon Lee at Daegu–Gyeongbuk Free Economic Zone (DGFEZ). The two parties agreed on building closer ties and specified possible collaborative plans, of which include co-organizing business conferences and forums. Commissioner Lee also expressed her interest in bringing more European exposure into the local area.

We look forward to the future cooperation with DGFEZ and promising business opportunities it will bring to the region.
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ECCK greets EuroCham Vietnam’s visit to Korea

On August 13, the ECCK welcomed the secretariat of European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam to its office at the Seoul Square building. Both chambers exchanged information on various topics, ranging from the chamber’s structure and communication process, to committee operation and advocacy activities. The new insights offered by our counterpart generated fresh ideas and additional opportunities to better serve our members.
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Thank you for attending ECCK Summer Network Night!

ECCK would like to thank everyone for attending our Summer Network Night held on the evening of July 26 on the rooftop terrace at Courtyard Marriott Namdaemun. The evening could not have happened without our valued members and friends. We truly appreciate your continuous interest and support.

Photos from our events can be found on our Flickr page: ECCK Flickr Page
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[Financial News] Interview with ECCK Director of Legal and International Affairs

On August 12, the interview article with Sven-Erik Batenburg, Director of Legal & International Affairs at the ECCK, was published by Financial News. As a head of the ECCK Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Committee, Mr Batenburg discussed on the IPR environment in Korea compared to that in Europe and reiterated that the penalties for the infringement of the IPR should be reinforced in Korea in order to eradicate counterfeit products.

As part of its continued efforts to raise public awareness on the benefits of intellectual property and the dangers of counterfeit products, the ECCK has been holding IPR campaigns and publishing an annual survey report on the public perception about counterfeits.

To read the interview article in Korean, please click here.
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International Seminar on Chemicals and Biocides

The Ministry of Environment (ME) will be hosting ‘International Seminar on Globally Management of Chemicals and Biocides in OECD member countries’ on September 13~14 at Grand Ball Room of Royal Hotel Seoul. This two-day seminar will discuss in detail about the ME’s promulgation of the recent amendment of “K-REACH” and “K-BPR” and share achievements and experiences while implementing “REACH” and “BPR” among OECD countries with the representatives from government, industry, academia and relevant consumers communities. The seminar is supported by the European Chamber of Commerce in Korea (ECCK).
  • Title: International Seminar on Globally Harmonized Management of Chemicals and Biocides in OECD member countries
  • Date: September 13-14, 2018
  • Venue: Grand Ballroom, Royal Hotel Seoul
To learn more about the event, please click on the following link: International Seminar on Chemicals and Biocides
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Introducing C-Level Executive Coaching for ECCK Members

The ECCK is pleased to introduce our members of C-Level Executive Coaching, particularly designed for newly arrived executives to Korea. Acknowledging the cultural differences and the unique way that the businesses are operated in Korea compared to Europe – e.g. in leadership principles, labor union relationship management, authorities’ governance, and customer orientation, the ECCK has partnered up with three renowned consulting firms – namely IRC Consulting, KABC Ltd., and Nowak & Partner – to help ease your leadership transition to Korea in a smooth and professional manner.

Further details can be found in the program brochure (click here).

[Notice] ECCK Personnel Changes

ECCK is pleased to announce newly-appointed board members and chairpersons. We would like to congratulate them and look forward to their leadership.

[ECCK Board of Directors]
- Director: Ms Hyun-Nam Park, Managing Director and Co-Branch Manager at Deutsche Bank Seoul Branch
- Treasurer: Ms Elizabeth Kyunghee Nam, Finance Director at Diageo Korea

[ECCK CFO Forum]
- Chairperson: Ms Kyung Yeon Gina Kim, CFO at Maersk Korea

[ECCK Food Committee]
- Chairperson: Mr.Karsten Kuehme, CEO & Country Manager of Nestlé Korea

Members & Partners

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Invest Korea Week – Job Fair 2018

Invest Korea Week (IKW) is a national investment promotion event where foreign investors, the media, and government attend. IKW Job Fair 2018 will be held on the topic “Foreign Investment Leading The 4th Industrial Revolution and Job Creation”.
  • Date: 9:30 – 18:00, November 8, 2018,
  • Venue: Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas
  • Eligible Participants: Foreign-invested companies planning to hire employee(s) in 2018 or 2019
To see the full details of the event, please click here.
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[MSF Korea: Vacancy Notice] Media and Content Manager

Department: Communications
Job Position: Media and Content Manager

Application deadline is September 14, 2018. Please click here for more details.
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Invitation to EU-Korea FTA Modernization Workshop

It is our pleasure to invite you to a workshop on “Modernizing the EU-Korea FTA: Revision of Sustainable Development Chapter” in Seoul on Friday, September 7, 2018. This event is hosted by the Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung (FES) Korea Office.

Venue: BF1, T Mark Hall T Mark Hotel Myeongdong
Date: 9:45 am – 12:15 pm, September 7, 2018

For further information, please find the draft programme (click here).
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[BNP Paribas] 2018 BNP Paribas Amateur Open

2018 BNP Paribas Amateur Open will be held at Bucheon, Suwon, Incheon tennis courts from September 1 & 6~9, 2018.

The registration has opened and and is available via www.cardif.co.kr. To see the event programme in Korean, please click here.

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