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Over 400 visitors attended the Kiwi Chamber New Zealand Wine Festival in Seoul on June 4, 2016.

Wine and Song

10 June 2016 - 3:30pm
Matthew Weigand
Attendees to New Zealand Food Week sample the fruits of free trade on May 24, 2016.

Tangible FTA Rewards

31 May 2016 - 4:00pm
Matthew Weigand

New Zealand Food Week last week revealed the tangible, delicious rewards of Korea signing the Free Trade Agreement with the country last year. The products unveiled are expected to be significantly more affordable due to the ratification of the New Zealand-Korea Free Trade Agreement.

Among the newly launched world-class New Zealand products and brands are Monteith's Brewing Company, which is recognized as the leader in the New Zealand craft beer market by carefully brewing in small batches to develop full natural flavors; Moa Brewing Company, which focuses on brewing super premium...

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A booth filled with the foods of Victoria, Australia, attracts visitors at Seoul Food 2016 on May 10.

Seoul Food 2016

19 May 2016 - 10:15am
Matthew Weigand

The best meat, dairy, fruit, vegetables, wines and processed foods from Victoria – Australia’s leading State in food and agriculture – were showcased at Seoul Food 2016 from May 10-13 at KINTEX in Goyang, Gyeonggi Province. A trade mission of 13 representative Victorian food and beverage enterprises participated in the event.

The world-class food products and services displayed at the Victoria booth included table grapes, dried vine fruit and almonds from such food and beverage cooperatives as the Australian Table Grape Association, Australian Premium Dried Fruit, Fresh Select and...

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Dr. Ogan Gurel, CEO of NovumWaves, presents his latest research developments at the 7th International THz-Bio Workshop held at the Koreana Hotel in downtown Seoul on April 6-8.

Terahertz Paradigm

2 May 2016 - 4:30pm
Matthew Weigand

The 7th International THz-Bio Workshop held at the Koreana Hotel in downtown Seoul on April 6-8 drew a diverse international crowd to speak once again about the beneficial biological effects of one specific kind of radiation. The workshop included speakers from all over the world presenting the latest advancements in the field, vigorous debate about the merits and drawbacks of extremely technical details, and questions about where to take the field next. Some attendees were pure academics, while others were looking at industrial applications. A few had already started companies based on...

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An aerial view of the George Mason University campus in Songdo, South Korea.

Developing Professionals

4 April 2016 - 12:00pm
Matthew Weigand

George Mason University Korea (GMUK) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Pacific City Bank, enabling the two parties to develop programs designed to sharpen the economic skills of the bank’s officers. In return, the bank will offer financial sector internship opportunities to GMUK students.

“This important agreement enhances our School of Business here in Korea by providing students with opportunities to gain real-world experience in the private sector,” says GMUK President Steven Lee.

Pacific City Bank President Hye-young Cho says the agreement benefits both GMUK...

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Duncan Harrison, Korea country manager for Robert Walters Korea.

Local Patronage

7 March 2016 - 10:15am
Matthew Weigand

An international staffing and recruitment agency is giving back to the local community by sponsoring the Seoul Museum of Art, it announced on March 3. It is the first foreign company to reach out to the museum in this way.

Robert Walters Korea is putting up the money to support the development of a variety of special projects, exhibitions with Korean and world-renowned artists and meaningful social educational programs.

Duncan Harrison, country manager of Korea at Robert Walters, said, “Robert Walters Korea is very pleased to be sponsoring the Seoul Museum of Art, a museum...

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Dr. Lakhvinder Singh, the organize of the Korea Peace Movement.

Holistic Perspective

2 March 2016 - 5:30pm
Matthew Weigand

The Korea Peace Movement is a gathering of people focused on bringing about a comprehensive definition of peace to the Korean peninsula. But while one may think that this revolves mostly around the conflict between North and South that has existed on the peninsula for half a decade, Dr. Lakhvinder Singh, the director of the Korea Peace Movement, has a different perspective.

"Peace is not absence of violence," he said in an interview, "Peace is man being able to live in perfect harmony and perfect happiness with nature." This comprehensive concept of peace is what the Korea Peace...

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Duncan Harrison (R) listens to David Swan speak about local hiring trends at the Robert Walters press event on Feb. 4, 2016.

Local Recruitment Insights

5 February 2016 - 11:45am
Matthew Weigand

Yesterday, Robert Walters released the 17th edition of its Global Salary Survey, giving a comprehensive picture of recruitment market trends and global salaries.

Futures are bright for specialist talent, with the company predicting 2016 trends to show continued demand for the high tech sector, particularly in the digital marketing field.

Duncan Harrison, country manager of Korea at Robert Walters, remarked, “Increased hiring by international firms is likely to continue in 2016. We are witnessing a significant increase in the number of international companies...

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Samsung Engineering Mexico Director Lee Young-joo (4th from left) and PEMEX chairman Emilio Lozoya Austin (fifth from the left) signed an EPC contract in Mexico City on Dec. 17.

Mexican Refinery

21 December 2015 - 6:15pm
Matthew Weigand

Samsung Engineering has met with Pemex Transformacion Industrial, the newly created fuel processing subsidiary of Mexican state-owned oil firm Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), to officially sign the US$552 million contract for the second phase of a Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) project at the Antonio M. Amor Refinery in Salamanca, Guanajuato State, Mexico.

Emilio Lozoya Austin, the general director of PEMEX and Samsung Engineering Mexico’s Managing Director celebrated the contract award in an official ceremony at the PEMEX offices in Mexico City, Mexico.

The project site is...

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The Jeongseon Alpine Centre is under construction.

Alpine Centre Debut

21 December 2015 - 6:15pm
Matthew Weigand

The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games is getting ready to open the Jeongseon Alpine Centre to the world in February 2016 by hosting the FIS Ski World Cup.

The Jeongseon Alpine Centre, the first of its kind in Korea, will be the center of the alpine speed events of downhill, super-G and alpine combined for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games program.

Scheduled for completion by October 2016, the Centre will also host the initial test event of PyeongChang 2018 next February. The FIS Ski World Cup men’s downhill and super-G races are...

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