Seminar: Korea's "Creative Economy" Agenda: Innovation, Growth and Korea-U.S. Economic Relations


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Brown Bag Seminar by Sean Connell

When: May 8 2013 - 12:00pm until May 8 2013 - 1:00pm
Where: John A. Burns Hall, Room #3012, East-West Center

Korean President Park Geun-hye has made developing a “creative economy”—through the convergence of science, technology and culture with industry—the core of her administration’s economic policy agenda.  This policy focus reflects increasing recognition in Korea of the importance of innovation for the country’s future economic growth, and to address challenges including rising social imbalances and demographic trends.  How Korea approaches solutions to these issues has broader ramifications, including for its future economic relations with the United States and other advanced economies likewise focused on generating new jobs and growth through innovation.  This seminar will explore these themes, and consider potential areas where Korean and U.S. policymakers and stakeholders could increase cooperation around encouraging innovation-driven growth, including ways the recently-implemented U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement could augment Korea’s innovation imperatives.

Sean Connell is a POSCO Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center.  He previously served as Executive Director of the U.S.-Korea Business Council, and concurrently as Director for Japan and Korea at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC, where he managed programs and policy initiatives including U.S. business community efforts to secure approval of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement.  He was a Council on Foreign Relations 2011-2012 International Affairs Fellow in Japan, where he explored Japan’s innovation policies and related areas for Japan-U.S. collaboration.  He holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MA from the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, and has studied at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan.

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Cynthia Wasa Nakachi
Phone: 808.944.7439
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