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IKW 2022 is currently availble to watch on KOTRA and Arirang TV's YouTube channels
Last year, Korea witnessed foreign direct investment reached a record high and the country maintained a solid economic foundation despite various external difficulties such as the ongoing pandemic, supply chain disruptions, and geopolitical risks. At the event, such topics were addressed and discussed by representatives in key sectors of government and economy. IKW 2022 kicked off with the opening ceremony, featuring speeches from YU Jeoung Yeol, President and CEO of KOTRA; Moon Dong-min, Deputy Minister for Trade and Investment at the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy; and Andre Nothomb, Head of APAC at Solvay.
Shawn Chang, Commissioner of Invest KOREA, gave a presentation entitled, “Sustainable Growth with Innovative Korea,” highlighting the reasons why the country is an excellent investment destination.
In addition, Stephen Pierce, Global Manufacturing 4.0 Leader at IBM discussed the global semiconductor industry and future collaboration; Son Geon-seog, VP of Global R&D at Umicore covered the topic of rechargeable battery materials and investment in Korea; Ahn Jae-hoon, VP at SK bioscience discussed bio investment in Korea and the company’s activities; Shin Hoon-kyu, Vice Director at the National Institute for Nanomaterials Technology, POSTECH, spoke on power semiconductors in Korea and the opportunities and challenges to come.
Finally, Bernd Stenger, Head of Heraeus Epurio, detailed the company’s successes in doing business in Korea. Other events at IKW included a networking luncheon, specialized industry forums, foreign press conference, investor pitching event, offline and online business meetings, and more.