The Ambassador of the Republic of Korea visits Ostrava

The Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, H. E. Moon Seoung-hyun, visited Ostrava on Thursday 2 November 2017 to attend the opening ceremony of the 11th Korean Days in the Moravian and Silesian Region.

The Czech-Korean Society organised this year’s event for the 2nd to 11th November 2017 in cooperation with Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech Republic.

The Ambassador visited the region for the second time, meeting with the Rectors of both universities in Ostrava and the city of Ostrava’s leadership, attending the opening of the exhibition at the New Ostrava Townhall dedicated to the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, and meeting representatives of Korean companies operating in the region.

Governor of the Moravian and Silesian Region, Ivo Vondrák, received the Ambassador in the afternoon. During their discussion, the Ambassador commented on the impressive number of Korean companies that successfully operate in the region and expressed his belief that the cooperation between Korean and Moravian and Silesian companies would continue to expand. He saw culture as one sector suitable for cooperation. Governor Vondrák supported this idea, commenting on additional cooperation opportunities in science, research, and tertiary education.

“The Ambassador expressed his appreciation to our vision for change in education involving the introduction of the dual educational system and greater interconnection between universities and industry. I introduced the newly established Moravian and Silesian Innovation Centre to the Ambassador and we agreed that cooperation in innovation is the direction we wish to promote. He expressed his frustration over the dysfunctional Building Act, as it is a major burden to investors from South Korea and the lengthy proceedings have a negative impact, even on the functioning of the embassy itself. We also discussed the unfortunate arrangement of the visa system, under which experts from Korea sent to the Czech Republic are forced to leave the Czech Republic each month to renew their work visas. These changes to the education system, support for innovation, and the necessary amendment of the Building Act are among the long-term priorities I wish to promote”, Governor Vondrák said in his comments on the meeting with the Ambassador.

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