The Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT) and the South Korean Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security (IFANS) of the Korea National Diplomatic Academy (KNDA) hosted the ’Korea and Hungary – 30 Years, Strategic cooperation for the future’ conference on 5 July 2019 on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the diplomatic contacts between the two countries. The event was opened by András Baranyi, Deputy State Secretary for Eastern Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Kyoo Sik Choe, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Hungary, Márton Ugrósdy, Director of IFAT, and Bong-Geun Jun, Acting President of IFANS KNDA.
The first panel, entitled “Diplomatic security cooperation between Central Europe and Korea”, was moderated by Diána Szőke, Senior Analyst of IFAT, with the panelists, Hae-Won Jun, Associate Professor of IFANS KNDA, Márton Ugrósdy, Director of IFAT, András Bartók, Assistant Professor at National University of Public Service. They discussed opportunities for Hungarian-Korean cooperation. It should be emphasized that in addition to celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Korean−Hungarian diplomatic engagement, Hungary was the first to establish diplomatic relations with South Korea after the regime change among the countries of Central-Eastern Europe. The deepening of security-defense cooperation between the two countries, and the developments of the North Korean missile program were also discussed.
The second panel, “Economic cooperation between Korea and Hungary in the context of changing global global economy”, focused on economic aspects led by Gyula Sándor Nagy, Deputy Director of IFAT. Seojou Kang, Professor of IFANS KNDA, pointed out that small and medium-sized countries can not compete without cooperating with each other. Based on mutual respect and interest, we will be able to prosper. Dóra Győrffy, professor of Pázmány Péter Catholic University, emphasized that to be number one in innovation, we have to invest in education and have to change the logic of education to keep the children open-minded, while Ágnes Szunomár, Research fellow of the Centre for Economic and Regional Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences called attention to the economic opportunities of South Korean companies in Hungary.