Wednesday, April 16, 2008

News: Rotherham to welcome South Korean visitors


A special delegation from South Korea is to visit Rotherham next week to meet with leading businesses partners and visit regeneration projects. The eleven-strong visiting party from Seocho City, a sub-centre of Seoul, includes Sung-Joong Park, the Mayor of Seocho, and host of business people and officials. Whilst in Rotherham, the party will visit major regeneration projects, such as the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre at Waverley and tour the Magna Science Adventure Centre. They will also take in a presentation on economic regeneration, sustainability and housing issues in Rotherham. Explaining the purpose behind the visit, Karl Battersby, Rotherham Borough Council's Strategic Director for Environment and Development Services, said: "This visit has been arranged as a result of a long-standing partnership between Wales High School and Banpo School in Seocho City - the first relationship of its kind between a UK and a Korean school. "The Mayor of Seocho City was keen to develop the school link into a broader partnership at a council-wide level. The objective of their visit here is to look at possible areas for collaboration and joint-learning on many fronts, including regeneration, housing, leisure and the environment. I'm sure this visit will be the start of a productive and valuable relationship between Rotherham and Seocho City." The party will arrive in Rotherham on Monday 21 April and depart on Friday 25 April. Many of South Korea’s largest corporations, including Samsung Electronics, Hyundai/KIA Motors and LG, have established their head offices in Seocho City. Seocho is actively pursuing its mission of becoming a centre for the ‘hitech intelligence’ industry and house the headquarters of The Korean Trade Investment Promotion Agency, which actively seeks overseas investment opportunities for Korea.


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