- Registration date2024-02-06
The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) announced on February 6 the launching of the Korea-Africa Economic Cooperation Public-Private Support Group (“Support Group”) by the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) on the occasion of the Korea-Africa Summit 2024 scheduled this June, with aim to achieve ground-breaking development in bilateral economic relations.
Composed of representatives from more than 30 relevant organizations ranging from economic groups, trade and investment assisting institutions and major public companies and institutes of trade, industry and resources sectors, the Support Group will serve as a joint public-private platform for gaining outcomes between Korean and African firms and reviewing the major cooperation agendas with 54 African nations over the four months remaining until the June summit.
Rich in critical minerals, Africa is a vast market of 1.4 billion with a GDP of over USD 3.4 trillion. Noting that cooperative ties between Korea and Africa have potentially far more to offer, MOTIE has been making effort since last year to establish a solid basis for trade cooperation like the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and the Trade and Investment Promotion Framework (TIPF), building networks between trade and investment promotion institutes and furthering collaboration across the critical minerals supply chain. MOTIE plans to jump-start the sprint towards this year’s $700 billion export target with the upcoming Korea-Africa summit in view of these prospects.
Chair of the first Support Group meeting, Deputy Minister for Trade Yang Byeong-nae asked that members strive to obtain far-reaching outcomes in developing the Korea-Africa economic cooperation through the first bilateral summit.