PARIS, June 3 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korean President Park Geun-hye pledged Thursday to further facilitate startups by young people from South Korea and France as Seoul seeks to expand trade and investments with the European country.
She said the two countries are set to sign a cooperation deal on creative economy following her summit with French counterpart Francois Hollande on Friday.
Park has been pushing for a creative economy by viewing it as the only viable growth engine for Asia’s fourth largest economy.
The president’s signature creative economy is meant to, among other things, turn new ideas into real businesses with the help of cutting-edge science and information technology.
France opened the French Tech Hub in Seoul in March to help its own startup companies make inroads into South Korea.
Currently, South Korea and France have been running a program under which both sides select five startups each and help them enter their respective markets.
Park called on South Korea and France to diversify trade, noting Seoul and Paris are set to establish a dialogue channel between their top officials in charge of their economies.
“I hope you will play a leading role in expanding trade and investments by taking advantage of dialogue and information channel,” Park told about 220 South Korean and French business executives at a hotel.