2019 Event Photo Gallery
Day 1 - Day 2

Date/Venue: October 7 & 8 Hotel Shilla,
Seoul, Korea

Organizers: Inter-American Development Bank, Ministry of Strategy and Finance of Korea, Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency, Export-Import Bank of Korea


Growing economy

Korea, in Northeast Asia is a nation that boasts a fast growing economy


Business travelers

Making the country an attractive destination for business travelers


International events

Events including the Olympic Games, the FIFA World Cup and the Nuclear Security Summit


Famous places

Famous spots that appeared in Korean dramas and movies attract foreign visitors


The objective of the event is to expand and strengthen the commercial ties between Korea and Latin American and the Caribbean Countries and to provide a better understanding of investment and trade opportunities. The forum will address issues such as the economic and commercial relations between Korea and Latin America and the Caribbean, investment in quality infrastructure, collaboration in innovation and entrepreneurship, and financing for emerging markets. Private sector leaders and government officials of both regions will share their perspectives about the future challenges and opportunities to expand and strengthen economic and cooperation ties between both regions.


VIP Introductory Meeting


Opening Remarks

Nam-ki Hong, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Finance (Korea)


Keynote Speech

- Luis Alberto Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank (United States


Plenary Session I
Korea and the IDB: the experience and a partnership model since 2005

This year marks the 14th anniversary of Korea’s membership to the IDB. Since joining, Korea has been a key partner in the region through the mobilization of multiple trust funds and knowledge sharing programs to facilitate technological innovation, poverty reduction, increasing access to basic infrastructure, and promoting social development. The panel will discuss the impact that Korea has brought to the region and analyze new potential areas of collaboration

Moderator: Jae Sung Kwak, Kyung Hee College of International Studies, Korea

▪ Federico Gutiérrez, Mayor, City of Medellin, Colombia
▪ Chang Huh, Director General, Development Finance Bureau, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Korea
▪ Dolores Cortés, Director, Institutional Relations, Innovation Park of Buenos Aires, Argentina
▪ Kijoong Kim, Regional President, Regional Headquarter of LAC, Korea TradeInvestment Promotion Agency, Korea
▪ Camilo Kejner, Managing Partner, Angel Ventures, Mexico
▪ Juan Antonio Ketterer, Chief, Capital Markets & Financial Institutions Division, Inter-American Development Bank


Plenary Session II
Korea and LAC: an agenda for prosperity through trade and investment

Korea was the first East Asian country to seek Free Trade Agreements with LAC partners in the early 2000s, signing FTA with Chile (2004), Peru (2011), Colombia (2013) and Central America (2018). Trade between the two regions experienced a fast and sustained growth, increasing 9.2% per year on average between 2000 and 2018, while Korean investment in the region has expanded sixfold in the last decade alone. This panel will discuss the strategic alliance between Korea and LAC and how to optimize the effect of the FTAs based on the experiences of entrepreneurs and high-level officials from both regions.

Moderator: Fabrizio Opertti, Manager, Integration and Trade Sector, Inter-American Development Bank

▪ José Manuel Restrepo, Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Colombia
▪ Sayuri Bayona Matsuda, Vice Minister of Foreign Trade, Peru
▪ Han-Koo YEO, Deputy Minister, Office of FTA Negotiations, Ministry of Trade Industry and Energy, Korea
▪ María Luisa Hayem Brevé, Minister of Economy, El Salvador
▪ Mauricio Castillo Arismendi, CEO, Ingeniería y Construcción Sigdo Koppers Brasil, Brazil
▪ Daniel (Yang-Kyoo) Ju, Executive Vice President, SK E&C, Korea

October 7 (Mon) 8 (Tue), 2019

Smart City Technology

08:30~10:30 Smart City Technology
08:30~9:00 Registration
09:00~9:10 Opening Remarks
Agustín Aguerre, Manager, Infrastructure and Energy Sector, IDB
09:10~9:20 Welcome Remarks
Manhee Han, Dean, Urban School, University of Seoul
09:10~9:35 Presentation Smart Cities of Korea
Bumhyun Lee, Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements
09:30~9:50 Presentation Smart City Strategy of Medellin, Colombia
Federico Gutiérrez, Mayor of Medellin, Colombia
09:50~10:10 Presentation Successful Cases of Smart City Solution
Ka-yun Jin, Manager, Smart City Association, Korea
10:10~10:30 Panel Discussion and Q&A
Moderator Sanghun Lee,
Vice-President, Korea Agency for Infrastructure Technology Advancement
Panelists Sangju Lee,
Director of Urban Policy Division, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport
Bumhyun Lee,
Senior Researcher, Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements
Federico Gutiérrez,
Mayor of Medellin, Colombia
María Mercedes Jaramillo,
Sustainable Urban Planning Manager, ProBogota, Colombia
Gunhwan Cho,
President of Smart City Association, Korea