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The 13th NEAR Working Committee

  • Date: September 21, 2022
  • Venue: Ulsan Exhibition & Convention Center (UECO), Ulsan Metropolitan City, South Korea
  • Participants: 54 member regional governments from five countries and one observer
    • South Korea: 9 member regions
    • China: 12 member regions
    • Japan: 4 member regions
    • Mongolia: 18 member regions
    • Russia: 11 member regions and 1 observer
  • Main Content
    • Opening ceremony: welcoming remarks by KIM Doo-gyum, mayor of Ulsan Metropolitan City; opening remarks by AHN Hyo-dae, deputy mayor for Economic Affairs, Ulsan Metropolitan City; congratulatory remarks by NEAR Secretary-General KIM Ok-chae, and presentation by the NEAR chair
    • Report on the main activities of the NEAR Secretariat followed by presentations on diverse themes by NEAR members
    • Introduction of absentee voting
    • Expansion of associate membership
    • Amendment of provision on operational expenses of the general assembly and the working committee
  • The 13th NEAR Working Committee was scheduled to be held offline; but it was held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic

2022 NEAR International Forum

  • Theme: “Development Strategies for Northeast Asian Farming Villages and the Agro-Food Industry”
  • Date: April 28, 2022
  • Venue: POSCO International Center, Pohang, South Korea
  • Partipants: 57 member regional governmentss from six countries and 8 related organizations
    • South Korea: 10 member regions
    • China: 10 member regions
    • Japan: 5 member regions
    • Mongolia: 20 member regions
    • Russia: 11 member regions
    • Vietnam: 1 associate member (Ho Chi Minh City)
    • 8 related organizations
  • Main Content
    • Opening session: opening remarks by NEAR Secretary-General KIM Ok-chae, congratulatory remarks by HA Dae-sung, vice-governor of Economic Planning of Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, OU Boqian, secretary-general of the TCS, and keynote speech by LEE Dong-phil, former minister of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs
    • Presentations by experts: introduction to policies and good practices, and solutions to the agro-food sixth industry of five Northeast Asian countries, including South Korea, Chian, Japan, Mongolia, and Russia
    • Panel discussions and Q&A sessions

2022 Secretariat Experience and Training Program for Local College Students

  • Period: August 8 ~ 19, 2022 (2 weeks)
  • Venue: NEAR Secretariat
  • Participants: 12 college students residing in Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, South Korea
  • Main Content
    • Meetings with experts on different NEAR member countries and seconded government officials, lectures, on-the-job training
    • Online meetings with Chinese students
    • Visit to Gyeongsangbuk-do Provincial Government Office and meetings with government officials
    • Coordination and operation of the Model NEAR International Forum

Meetings with the NEAR Honorary Ambassadors

  • Venue: International Conference Room, NEAR Secretariat
  • Participants: honorary ambassadors to five Norheast Asian countries
  • Main Content: explanations on how the NEAR Secretariat started the program to appoint NEAR ambassadors and discussions on how to promote NEAR
  • Meetings with the honorary ambassadors to each Country
    • South Korea: two ambassadors to Ulsan Metropolitan City on May 10, 2022 (offline)
    • China: six ambassadors to Hunan Province, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, Shandong Province, Shanxi Province, and Shaanxi Province on June 28, 2022
    • Japan: one ambassador to Aomori Prefecture on June 21, 2022
    • Mongolia: six ambassadors to Govi-Altai Aimag, Dornogovi Aimag, Orkhon Aimag, Selenge Aimag, and Khuvsgul Aimag on November 4, 2022
    • Russia: five ambassadors to Altai Region, Irkutsk Region, Magadan Region, and Republic of Khakassia on October 20, 2022

Holding the 10th NEAR Youth Art⋅Poster Contest

  • Theme: “What I Want the World to Know about My Culture”
  • Period: March ~ December 2022
  • Submissions : 32 members, 3 obervers, 1 non-member
    • South Korea(64), China (565), Japan(122), Mongolia(19), Russia(57)
    • Awardees: 201 First Place: 1 Second Place: 5 Participation Awards: 20 Special Recognition Awards: 170 Special Awards: 5

Exhibitions of the NEAR Youth Art⋅Poster Contest Award-Winning Works from Five Northeast Asian Countries

  • Objective: To promote NEAR through exhibitions of the NEAR Youth Art⋅Poster Contest Award-winnindg works over the past six years
  • Exhibitions in South Korea
    • Period: September ~ November 2022
    • Venue: Sejong City Library, Songdam Manri Exhibition Hall in Sejong; Jeollanam-do Public Library; Dongrak Hall, Gyeongsangbuk-do Provincial Government Complex; and Incheon Metropolitan City Office of Educational East Asia Global Education Institute
  • Online Exhibitions in China
    • Period: 2022
    • Venue: government websites, WeChat official site, and national exhibition halls of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, Shandong Province, Hunan Province, and Shaanxi Province

Publishing the NEAR Annual Report 2022

  • Project Period : November 2022 ~ February 2023
  • Number of Copies : 1,010 books (Chinese/English/Japanese/Korean/Mongolian/Russian)
  • Main Content
    • NEAR Secretariat’s main activities
    • Cooperative activities of related organizations

Participating in the Opening Ceremony for the K-Blue Zone Forum Held by Gyeongsang National University

  • Date: January 26 ~ 27, 2022
  • Venue: Gyeongsang National Univerrsity, Jinju-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea
  • Main Content
    • Opening remarks by LEE Yang-gu, president of the K-Blue Zone Forum
    • Welcoming remarks by KWON Soon-ki, president of Gyeongsang National University
    • Congratulatory remarks by NEAR Secretary-General KIM Ok-chae
    • Commemorative keynote speech
    • Inaugural meeting

Participating in Online Meeting of the Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum

  • Period: March 2 ~ 4, 2022
  • Theme: “Siberia: Economy of Future”
  • Format: Online
  • Main Content
    • Three staff members of the International Cooperation Department, NEAR Secretariat participated in the forum
    • As a result of the forum, 37 investment project contracts that amounted to RUB 8.2 billion (about 600 milion) were signed

Giving a Special Lecture at the Pohang Medical Center

  • Lecture Topic: “The Japanese Royal Family and the Korean Peninsula in Ancient Times”
  • Date: March 30, 2022
  • Venue: Pohang Medical Center, South Korea
  • Participants: More than 100 employees
  • Main Content
    • Confirming through historical sources that the southern part of the Korean peninsula and the Yamato court were political and military allies
    • Stressing that the people of both countries should not be immersed in the memories of modern and contemporary history but must regain the spirit of our forefathers and need to make efforts for the common prosperity of Asia through genuine historical reconciliation

Attending the Daegu⋅Gyeongbuk Public Diplomacy Symposium 2022 for Korean Local Governments

  • Date: June 3, 2022
  • Venue: Keimyung University, Daegu Metropolitan City, South Korea
  • Theme: “Public Diplomacy in the Global Era and Further Public Diplomacy by Local Governments”
  • Main Content
    • NEAR Secretary-General KIM Ok-chae participated in the discussion as a panelist and introduced NEAR’s role and presented ways to expand traditional public diplomacy by using multilateral international organizations

Attending the Reception to Mark the 30th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Korea and China

  • Date: August 19, 2022
  • Venue: Paradise Hotel, Busan Metropolitan City, South Korea
  • Participants: more than 240 representatives from the political, business, academic, and media fields and overseas Chinese organizations within the competent jurisdiction of the Chinese Consulate-General in Busan
  • Main Content
    • Opening remarks by Consul-General Guo PENG
    • Video congratulatory messages by PARK Hyeong-jun, mayor of Busan Metropolitan City, and HONG Nam-phyo, mayor of Changwon City
    • Congratulatory remarks by ambassadors for international relations in Busan Metropolitan City, Ulsan Metropolitan City, and Gyeongsangnam-do Province
    • Stressed the success of cooperation over the past 30 years since Korea and China established diplomatic relations

Delivering a Congratulatory Message at the 2022 Taiyuan Low Carbon Development Forum Hosted by Shanxi Province, China

  • Period: September 1 ~ 3, 2022
  • Format: Online·Offline
  • Participants: director and experts on China, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, and Russia of the International Cooperation Department of the NEAR Secretariat
  • Theme: “Energy, Two-carbon policies (carbon neutrality and carbon peak), and Development”
  • Main Content
    • NEAR Secretary-General KIM Ok-chae delivered a congratulatory video message at the opening ceremony and appreciated Shanxi Province’s efforts in seeking a prompt response to climate change and sustainable development

Participating in the Reception to Celebrate the 73rd Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China

  • Date: September 29, 2022.
  • Format: online
  • Participants: more than 100 representatives from the political, economic, media, and Chinese overseas associations within the competent jurisdiction of the Chinese Consulate-General in Busan
  • Main Content: three staff members from the NEAR Secretariat, including CHOI Ju-hwa, director of the International Cooperation Department participated in the event online

Participating in the 61st Tamna Cultural Festival Held in Jeju Special Self-Governing Province

  • Date: October 7 ~ 9, 2022
  • Venue: Jeju Special Self-Governing Province, South Korea
  • Main Content: NEAR Secretariat arranged performers from Tuv Aimag, Mongolia, a NEAR member to visit and deliver a performance during the Cultural Exchange Festivals program and assisted with consecutive interpretation for the successful holding of the event