Choi Tae-won, ‘Busan Expo Special Envoy’, toured all three European countries…KYUNG HYEOP’s “KYUNG HYEOP” card.
Choi Tae-won, chairman of the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), who is competing to host the 2030 Busan World Expo (Busan Expo) as a presidential envoy, wrapped up his three-nation tour with a visit to Portugal. Choi co-chair the Busan Expo bid committee.
The Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry announced on the 5th that Chairman Choi met with Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa at the Lisbon Prime Minister’s official residence on the 3rd (local time).
Chairman Choi delivered a personal letter from President Yoon Suk Yeol to Prime Minister Costa asking for increased cooperation between Korea and Portugal and support for maintaining the 2030 Busan Expo.
Chairman Choi said, “The 2030 Busan Expo will serve as a platform for discussing problems facing humanity and finding solutions,” adding, “We will continue to contribute to human development and solving joint tasks by transferring it to the next host country.”
“As Portugal is a leader in renewable energy, accounting for 54% of electricity production, cooperation between the two countries is expected in energy conversion and renewable energy,” he said. “We will be able to hold a Korea-Portugal business roundtable in the future to seek private-level cooperation.”
Prime Minister Costa also responded, “Portugal is rich in lithium, which is a battery material, and there are many talented people in science and technology, so we hope to expand cooperation with Korean companies in fields such as batteries, semiconductors, and green hydrogen.”
Earlier on the 2nd, Chairman Choi visited Copenhagen, Denmark, to pay a visit to Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, to discuss supporting the Busan Expo and strengthening economic cooperation between the two countries. On the 28th of last month, he met Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.
The Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry said, “We plan to follow up the economic cooperation agenda by holding an economic cooperation committee with visiting countries and operating cooperation channels by sector in the future.”