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Congratulatory Speech at the international symposium marking the 23rd anniversary of the establishment of the Korea Railroad Research Institute (March 14)

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장수민
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Congratulatory Speech at the international symposium marking the 23rd anniversary of the establishment of the Korea Railroad Research Institute (March 14)

I would like to sincerely congratulate you on holding the international symposium marking the 23rd anniversary of the establishment of the Korea Railroad Research Institute (KRRI). The KRRI, since its founding in 1996, has brought the people great convenience and contributed to local economies and national development through ongoing development of technology.

The KRRI now strives to realize a greater vision and organized the symposium about “Innovation of railroad transport and establishment of a cooperative network to realize the railroad community in East Asia.” I would like to express my deep gratitude to KRRI President Na Hee-seung and all staff members involved in organizing this meaningful event.

Connecting railroads between South and North Korea has been our longtime dream. It is essential to connect railroads between the two Koreas to expand the ROK’s economic landscape into the Eurasian continent. Logistics is an “economic blood vessel,” and the expansion of logistics through railroads will greatly increase our companies’ export competitiveness. Once the railroad community is established in East Asia, all involved countries as well as the two Koreas will benefit from cooperation. Railroads were once a symbol of invasion and exploitation but will instead become a catalyst of peace by integrating Northeast Asia and Eurasia as one under a vision of cooperation and prosperity.

Our longtime dream began to become reality last year. The leaders of South and North Korea agreed to connect and modernize the Gyeongui and Donghae railway lines at the Panmunjeom Declaration. Accordingly, the two Koreas consulted each other and conducted the railroad study in the North at the end of last year. The two Koreas together surveyed the 1,200km railroads from the Amnok River (Yalu River) to the Duman River (Tumen River) for 17 days. Researchers at the KRRI participated as investigators and played a big role.

The government will proceed with the necessary procedures in a calm and orderly way while working closely with North Korea and the international community. I ask the KRRI to take the lead in the process of connecting South and North Korea as one by railroad. I hope that the symposium imparts momentum for exploration of specific ways to realize development in inter-Korean railroad cooperation in the future.