30 Nov 2017 20:54

Russian-South Korean 9 Bridges project to be discussed in several bilateral events - South Korean ambassador to Russia

MOSCOW. Nov 30 (Interfax) - The directions and development plan of bilateral cooperation within the Nine Bridges project between Russia and South Korea will be determined following the first official meeting of the Northern Economic Cooperation Committee and the South Korean-Russian business forum due on December 7, South Korean Ambassador to Russia Woo Yoon-keun said on Thursday.

Economic cooperation issues will be discussed at several events in 2018, he said in his first interview with Russian reporters as ambassador to Moscow.

"Firstly, this is the Day of the Korean Investor, on which Deputy Prime Minister and Presidential Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Yury Trutnev will chair at a meeting with representatives of Korean companies. Second is a Korean-Russian regional cooperation forum, at which issues of cooperation between the authorities of Russia's Far East and Korean regions will be discussed," the diplomat said.

He expressed confidence that every effort taken as part of this project and future efforts will lead to successful implementation of the Nine Bridges project.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in proposed in his speech at the 3rd Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok in September 2017 to build 'Nine Bridges' between South Korea and Russia and to develop cooperation simultaneously in several fields, the South Korean diplomat said. This concerns shipbuilding, ports, the Northern Sea Route, gas, railroads, the electric power industry, the establishment of working groups, the agrarian sector and fisheries.

The Committee on Economic Cooperation with Northern Countries under the South Korean president is in charge of implementing the Nine Bridges project, Woo Yoon-keun said.