Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade
Seoul--(뉴스와이어) 2008년 07월 03일 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade announced Wednesday (July 2) the launch of the Korea-Arab Society (KAS).
Since the international conference to launch the Korea-Arab Society on May 26, the society members have agreed to establish the society, to raise funds to support it, agreed upon its articles of association and organized the board of directors.
The 17 Korean members of the KAS board of directors include staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Korea Foundation, Jeju Special Self-Governing Province, the Korea International Trade Association, the Korean Federation of Construction Industry Societies, SK, GS Caltex, Silk Road, S-OIL, Doosan Heavy Industries and Hyundai Marine & Fire Insurance Co.
The 17 Arab members of the KAS board of directors are from the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Sudan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Tunisia, Lebanon, Libya and Syria, according to the ministry.
The ministry said that Lee Hee-beom, head of the Korea International Trade Association, was designated the inaugural chairman of the society, and former ambassador to Egypt Choi Seung-ho was named the secretary general.
In the press release, the ministry said the Korea-Arab Society will send delegations to Middle Eastern countries to raise awareness of Korea in the Arab world and boost cultural understanding and economic cooperation. The KAS will hold Korea-Arab forums to discuss measures to expand cooperation in politics, the economy, culture and academic sectors between Korea and the Arab countries. To boost cultural understanding, the KAS will also hold a literature night and seminar to introduce Arabic literature in Korea, the ministry said.