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Republic of Korea and ECLAC Renew their Cooperation Agreement with Emphasis on Education and the Labor Market, the Energy Transition and Ageing in the Region

20 March 2024|News

The Korean Ambassador in Chile, Kim Hak Jae, and the United Nations regional commission’s Executive Secretary, José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs, met today at the organization’s main headquarters in Santiago.


Embajador de Corea junto al Secretario Ejecutivo de la CEPAL
Embajador de Corea en Chile, Kim Hak Jae, junto al Secretario Ejecutivo de la CEPAL, José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs (foto: CEPAL).

The government of the Republic of Korea and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) bolstered their strategic ties today upon renewing their cooperation agreement with an emphasis on strengthening education and vocational training, digital inclusion, opportunities and challenges for resilient investments in renewable energy, and the productive integration of older persons.

The 2024 annual cooperation programme was signed by Kim Hak Jae, the Republic of Korea’s Ambassador in Chile, and José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs, ECLAC’s Executive Secretary, during a meeting held at the regional commission’s main headquarters in Santiago.

The agreement seeks to support the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean in moving towards policies that would drive high, sustained, sustainable and inclusive growth, through increases not only in employment but also in productivity.

“This 2024 Programme complements the fruitful track record of ECLAC-Korea cooperation. We are very pleased about the Government of Korea’s willingness to continue expanding our cooperation in the coming years, during which we aim to put emphasis on productivity issues in dynamic sectors that can drive growth,” José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs affirmed.

The Republic of Korea became a Member State of ECLAC on July 23, 2007 and its Prime Minister, Han Duck-soo, gave a keynote lecture on October 11, 2022 at ECLAC’s headquarters in which he stressed that his country and Latin America are effective partners that contribute to stability in the global supply chain and expressed confidence that bilateral cooperation could be strengthened based on mutual trust.