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Clare Fearnley, New Zealand Ambassador to Korea, gives a welcome address at the The Year End Grand Hui event held at the Four Seasons Hotel Seoul on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016.

Grand Free Trade

18 November 2016 - 7:45pm
Matthew Weigand

Korea and New Zealand celebrated the first year of the free trade agreement between the two countries at a seminar and networking function held at the Four Seasons Hotel Seoul on Thursday, Nov. 17.

The Year End Grand Hui event, cohosted by the New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Korea, known as The Kiwi Chamber, and New Zealand Embassy in Korea, was attended by more than 150 dignitaries from the government and local business community. Immediately before the Grand Hui, a seminar hosted by the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) and New Zealand Embassy enabled 60 interested...

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A screen capture of Asia Power Week's web site.

Power Play

9 September 2016 - 6:15pm
Matthew Weigand

Environmental Resources Management, or ERM, a leading global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk and social consulting services, announced yesterday that it would attend Asia Power Week 2016, Asia’s largest and most comprehensive power and energy conference, at KINTEX in Ilsan, from Sept. 20 to 22.

ERM is the Sustainability Partner for Asia Power Week, where three principal consultants from ERM offices around Asia will provide their perspectives on the dynamics and challenges of the power sector including renewable technologies, climate policy and regulatory risk....

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Adrian Slater (4th from R), General Manager, Grand Hyatt Seoul; John Riley (4th from L), Deputy Head of Mission, New Zealand Embassy Seoul, and members of The Kiwi Chamber pose with girls from Songjukwon Girl’s Orphanage on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

Social Outreach

19 August 2016 - 7:45pm
Matthew Weigand

To enjoy nature and the outdoors, a Grand Camping summer event for Sungjukwon Girl's Orphanage was held on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel Seoul. The event, which was sponsored by the hotel and supported by the ANZ Bank and Kiwi Chamber, was a big success and was attended by Grand Hyatt Seoul General Manager Adrian Slater, New Zealand Embassy Deputy Head of Mission John Riley, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Trade Commissioner Ryan Freer, members from ANZ Bank and The Kiwi Chamber and over 20 girls and teachers from Sungjukwon. The Hyatt Thrive program for the students...

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Growing Education

9 August 2016 - 9:30am
Matthew Weigand

Business Korea sat down with Dr. Steven Lee, president of George Mason University (GMU) Korea, at his office in Incheon Global Campus in Songdo, South Korea. We asked him about the growth of the school and his long-term vision and the institution’s progress in its 2.5 years of operations. He shared with us his road map for the innovative education of students from all throughout Asia who attend the growing university. What follows are excerpts from the interview.

Q: Lets talk about yourself first. What is your educational philosophy? And as president of George Mason...

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Mike Orgill (L), director of public policy for the Asia Pacific region for Airbnb, and Ahn Hee-jung (R), governor of Chungnam Province, hold a signed MOU for mutual cooperation on Aug. 5, 2016 at Hongseong-gun, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea.

Embracing Innovation

8 August 2016 - 6:45pm
Matthew Weigand

Ahn Hee-jung, governor of Chungnam Province, on Friday signed an agreement with global room-sharing service Airbnb to cooperate on providing accommodations to visitors attending Korea’s 97th National Sports Festival. Airbnb’s Director of Public Policy for the Asia Pacific Region, Mike Orgill, represented the company at the ceremony. The ceremony also included several prominent bed-and-breakfast owners in the province.

The signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlines a many-part agreement in which both the provincial government and the room-sharing service will work to encourage...

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Dr. Steven Lee (3rd from L, front row), president of George Mason University Korea, poses with William Kil, president of the Foundation for Korean Language and Culture in USA, after signing a memorandum of understanding on July 16, 2016.

Global Korean Education

25 July 2016 - 2:00pm
Matthew Weigand

George Mason University Korea and the Foundation for Korean Language and Culture in USA have signed a memorandum of understanding on July 16 at George Mason University Korea to develop global education and Korean cultural programs.

The “Foundation for Korean Language and Culture in USA” is a non-profit organization with a primary mission to promote Korean language and cultural education in elementary, middle and high schools throughout the United States. The Foundation believes that the integration of Korean language and culture into the curriculum will significantly enrich students...

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The logo of the new Seoul Global Startup Center on the wall of the new building in the Yongsan Ward of Seoul during the Program Briefing Session on July 9, 2016.

Wellspring of Innovation

14 July 2016 - 11:30pm
Matthew Weigand

The city government of Seoul is opening a new Seoul Global Startup Center on Aug. 1, the newest addition to the country’s growing support for the nascent local startup ecosystem. The center will offer a favorable environment for dozens of entrepreneurs to realize their business ideas by receiving help in the form of office space, paid expenses and support programs.

This center is unique in that it is explicitly geared towards non-Koreans who want to start a business in the country. Although the Park Geun-hye administration has put together many projects and initiatives to foster...

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Alvin Liu, general manager of Tmall Global, speaks about the huge potential of China’s e-commerce market at business workshop at COEX in Seoul, South Korea on July 12, 2016.

Largest e-Commerce Market

12 July 2016 - 5:15pm
Matthew Weigand

Tmall Global, an overseas platform and an extension of Tmall.com, China’s largest third-party platform for brands and retailers, held a full-day business workshop today in partnership with the Korea International Trade Association (KITA) at COEX in Seoul. Over a thousand representatives from local SMEs across various industry sectors attended the event to understand more about the growing e-commerce market in China and how Tmall Global empowers merchants and brands with the resources in Alibaba Group’s ecosystem. Representatives from renowned Korean brands including LG Care and E-mart also...

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The Honorable Te Ururoa Flavell, New Zealand minister for Maori development, speaks at a breakfast forum hosted by the New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Korea on June 21, 2016, at the Grand Hyatt.

Intercultural Diplomacy

21 June 2016 - 4:15pm
Matthew Weigand

The New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Korea, or the “Kiwi Chamber,” hosted a breakfast forum with the Honorable Te Ururoa Flavell, New Zealand minister for Maori development, this morning at the Grand Hyatt Seoul. 

Minister Flavell, who is visiting Korea for the first time to lead a trade delegation of nine Maori businesses, addressed over 50 local business community leaders on the significance the Maori economy in New Zealand and abroad and his goal of extending the links that Aotearoa-New Zealand already shares with Korea. “Aotearoa” is the Maori name for the country of New...

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Honeywell Aerospace’s Boeing 757 test aircraft readies to take reporters on a test flight at the company’s hangar in Phoenix, Arizona’s Sky Harbor airport on May 11.

Internet Everywhere

17 June 2016 - 2:30pm
Matthew Weigand

It’s a little hard to pin down exactly what Honeywell Aerospace does, because it does just about everything. You think you’d be able to summarize it by saying “airplanes,” but no, they do a little bit with cars too. Then you think you’d be able to summarize it with “transportation,” but again, no -they also do Internet connectivity. And if that’s not enough, they also have a little 3D metal printing thing going on, though you probably haven’t heard of it.

The most exciting thing, though, is that they’re bringing WiFi to commercial jets. It wasn’t too long ago that connected devices...

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