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Secretary-General Kim Ok-chae Holds Online Meeting with Dazgang, Director of the Heilongjiang Provincial Academy of Social Sciences2022-06-13

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On Thursday, June 9, Secretary-General Kim Ok-chae held an online meeting with Director Dazgang of the Northeast Asian Institute of the Heilongjiang Provincial Academy of Social Sciences and other experts on the Korean peninsula to discuss methods of mutual cooperation.



Secretary-General Kim stated that NEAR had held a successful international forum on Thursday, April 28, with 54 NEAR member regional governments from six different countries, including the Heilongjiang Provincial Academy of Social Sciences. Moreover, he also asked the Heilongjiang Provincial Academy of Social Sciences to actively participate in different events such as NEAR subcommittee meetings.


Moreover, as NEAR and the Heilongjiang Provincial Academy of Social Sciences signed an MOU for cooperation, Mr. Kim stressed that he looked forward to collaboration between the two organizations.



Director Dazgang mentioned that he was glad to see that NEAR had grown over the last 26 years since it was founded in 1996 and now had a membership of  79 regional governments from six countries in Northeast Asia. In particular, Mr. Dazgang expressed his gratitude to Secretary-General Kim, who had visited the Heilongjiang Provincial Academy of Social Sciences immediately after having started his new post at NEAR. In addition, Director Dazgang stated that the Heilongjiang Provincial Academy of Social Sciences founded the ”Association of Think Tanks in Northeast Asia” which consists of 39 academic institutions in Northeast Asia from five countries in Northeast Asia: China, Japan, Korea, Russia, and Mongolia. He stated that he would actively support the development of the NEAR Secretariat. through frequent exchange.   


Meanwhile, the NEAR Secretariat signed an MOU with the Heilongjiang Provincial Academy of Social Sciences in June 2017 for mutual cooperation. As a result, researcher Lee Yang was seconded to the NEAR Secretariat in 2018 for one year