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First and largest Korea-Africa summit seals 47 agreements and MOUs
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The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) announced on June 5 that through the Korea-Africa Summit 2024, a total of 47 agreements and memorandum of understanding (MOUs) were sealed in various areas like energy, minerals, manufacturing, and infrastructure. Moreover, 12 countries participated in the ministerial talks held with aim to expand economic cooperation.


On the second day of the Summit on June 5, approximately 400 persons, composed of both sides’ entrepreneurs, experts, and key government figures, were present at the Korea-Africa Business Summit 2024. Hosted by MOTIE and co-organized by six related institutions, the Business Summit spurred discussions on industrialization, trade, investment, food, resource security, decarbonization, and climate change, drawing the blueprint for the shared growth of Korea and Africa in the future.


MOTIE sealed 12 MOUs with 11 African countries for intergovernmental economic cooperation in trade, investment, and minerals. First, with Tanzania, MOTIE jointly declared the launching of negotiations for the bilateral Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). MOTIE also agreed to start pushing negotiations for an EPA with Morrocco, commencing discussions on a trade agreement that would cover supply chains, digital, and clean economy. With eight African countries, including Ghana, Malawi, Côte d'Ivoire, and Zimbabwe, the ministry signed the Trade and Investment Promotion Framework (TIPF) for establishing a tailored economic cooperation platform void of bound tariffs.


Also, with Tanzania and Madagascar, MOTIE entered bilateral MOUs on critical minerals cooperation for stronger supply chain partnership with African countries. To note, the Korea-Madagascar Critical Minerals Cooperation MOU signing ceremony (June 4) was held in the presence of Madagascar’s President Andry Rajoelina, who expressed anticipation towards the bilateral minerals partnership.


As for the private sector, a total of 35 agreements and MOUs were inked between the two sides’ private parties, through which Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), K-SURE, and Korea Mine Rehabilitation and Mineral Resources Corporation (KOMIR) will be stepping up their cooperation with African countries in areas like small modular reactors (SMRs), energy storage systems (ESS), trade and investment, new renewables, and critical minerals.


Hyosung sealed a $30 million transformer supply contract with Eletricidade de Moçambique at the Korea-Africa Business Partnership and Wise Bridge entered an agreement with Ethiopian and Kenyan companies on a joint venture for establishing a home appliances parts assembly line. OHYOUNG signed a contract deal for exporting dyes ($10 million) and E Green Global (EGG) signed one on smart farming.


Furthermore, Korea International Trade Association (KITA) and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat agreed on establishing a Korea-Africa Economic Cooperation Commission for the continued development of Korea-Africa economic cooperation.


Trade, Industry and Energy Minister Dukgeun Ahn and Minister for Trade Inkyo Cheong both held numerous talks with African counterparts on the sidelines of the Korea-Africa Summit 2024 to discuss measures for wider cooperation in trade, investment, resources, supply chains, and digital.


At the beginning of this year, MOTIE launched a public-private joint support group consisting of major economic groups, institutes, and companies to prepare for a successful summit. The ministry plans to keep providing support so that the economic cooperation measures and agreements discussed during the Summit produce tangible outcomes and that the two sides can envision a forward-looking partnership.