The recently held III Russian-Korean Interregional Cooperation Forum has brought together businessmen, government officials and experts for a vibrant exchange of views on ways to enhance the ties between two countries.
An annual event, the third forum was held in Ulsan. The two countries take turn as its hosts beginning from 2018 after the first forum was held in Korea’s southeastern port city of Pohang. In 2019, the baton was taken up by Vladivostok, but the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic forced it to postpone the forum until 2020. The III Russian-Korean Interregional Cooperation Forum spanned November 3 to 5 and was held in Ulsan Exhibition and Convention Center (UECO) under the motto of «30 years of relations between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Korea: The Far East and the Arctic — pivot to the future.»
The third Forum in Ulsan has been a large-scale and representative venue for the regions of Russia and South Korea to meet, communicate and exchange views. According to its organizers, the Forum was attended by several hundred people representing a total of 35 regions, 17 in Korea and 18 in Russia. The Korean side was represented by all its provinces and the Russian side by 11 regions of the Far Eastern Federal District and 7 regions of the Arctic Zone, covering the stretch from Vladivostok to Karelia and Murmansk.
The session involving M.V. Lomonosov Northern (Arctic) Federal University, represented by Vice-Rector for International Cooperation and Information Policy, Konstantin Zaikov, dealt with prospects of research and academic cooperation between the Russian and Korean universities. In his presentation, Konstantin Zaikov gave an overview of NArFU’s research and academic activities and invited his colleagues in Ulsan to join NArFU’s agenda within the framework of Russia’s chairmanship in the Arctic Council, designed to promote research and academic collaboration.