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Unification Minister Kim participates in debate on institutional improvement for inter-Korean exchange and cooperation by local governments

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Unification Minister Kim participates in debate on institutional improvement for inter-Korean exchange and cooperation by local governments

On May 1, Unification Minister Kim Yeon-chul participated in a debate on “ways to improve the institutions for inter-Korean exchange and cooperation by local governments” at the National Assembly Members’ Office Building. It was hosted by the Forum on the Economy and Culture of the Korean Peninsula.

While emphasizing the importance of cooperation between the central and local governments in inter-Korean exchange and cooperation, Minister Kim, in his congratulatory speech, said, “The government is actively cooperating to ensure that the local governments can use the inter-Korean joint liaison office in Gaeseong as a window to inter-Korean exchange and cooperation projects when making proposals and engaging in discussions, and it will further expand support in the future.”

The Unification Minister continued, “The level of inter-Korean exchange and cooperation still falls far short of the local governments’ expectations. However, as the extension of inter-Korean relations is expanded and inter-Korean exchange and cooperation is more activated, the local governments will have bigger roles.
If they leverage their own unique features and advantages to circumvent the limitations of central government action, inter-Korean exchange and cooperation will develop based on a stronger foundation.”

He also emphasized that exchange and cooperation led by local governments will do a great deal to help the South and North Korean people better understand each other and restore their sense of unity and also help revitalize regional economies and create jobs. Minister Kim added, “The government will render the local governments systematic support to ensure that they can more actively push ahead with all manner of inter-Korean exchange and cooperation projects.”

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