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FTA Finally in Force

9 December 2015 - 1:30pm
Matthew Weigand

The New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Korea, known as “The Kiwi Chamber,” welcomes the upcoming entry into force of the Korea-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

The high-quality trade deal, which will formally come into effect on December 20, 2015, offers both economies significant business and investment opportunities and will strengthen two-way trade, which currently stands at around NZ$4.25 billion (KRW 3.3 trillion or US$2.8 billion) annually.

With the baton being passed from government to business, the Kiwi Chamber plans to play an increased role in helping both...

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Charity and Cheer

7 December 2015 - 4:30pm
Matthew Weigand

Long-time British residents of Korea speculate about how long the annual tradition of the British Chamber of Commerce in Korea’s Christmas Lunch has gone on. None can say for sure, but it is at least as long-lived as the British Chamber itself. This year’s event was at the Grand Ballroom of the new Four Seasons Hotel on Friday.

Attended by over 400 distinguished guests from the local business, diplomatic and academic communities, the event featured traditional holiday fare as well as Christmas music by the Salvation Army Band, Dulwich College Seoul Junior Choir and Camarata Music...

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Duncan Harrison, Korea country manager for Robert Walters Korea.

Quality over Quantity

7 December 2015 - 2:45pm
Matthew Weigand

Duncan Harrison is the country manager for Robert Walters Korea, the local branch of a specialist recruitment consultancy with offices in 24 countries. Business Korea sat down with him at his offices in the Euljiro district of Seoul to ask him about the employment scene in Seoul for professionals, Robert Walters’ growth in the local market, what sets the company apart, and his own personal experience. What follows are excerpts from the interview.

Has Robert Walters been in Korea for a long time? What makes it stand out, in your opinion?

Robert Walters has...

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Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015

13 November 2015 - 6:15pm
Matthew Weigand

Coming to Seoul on Nov. 16, Global Entrepreneurship Week will be held at the K Hotel in the southern Yangjae district of the city to bring together experts in entrepreneurship from embassies in Korea, local startup accelerators, and international entrepreneur-related organizations for two days of knowledge-sharing and discussion on the latest entrepreneurship trends, policies and success stories.

On the first day, the Consortium for Entrepreneurship Educators (CEE) will share its experience in teaching entrepreneurship. Also, the Asia Conference on Entrepreneurship will meet to...

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Investing in New Zealand

22 October 2015 - 9:45pm
Matthew Weigand

The New Zealand Investment Seminar was held by New Zealand Trade & Enterprise at The Plaza Hotel in Seoul yesterday, with the goal to raise awareness about New Zealand’s attractiveness for investment, particularly for Korean investors. The event included a welcoming speech by Ambassador Clare Fearnley, and an opening address by Melissa Lee, a member of the New Zealand parliament. The meat of seminar were two presentations, one by Koji Hikosaka, an investment manager from New Zealand Trade and Investment’s Tokyo office, and the other by a team from the Australia and New Zealand Banking...

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Office buildings rise in the distance overlooking the Jack Niklaus Golf Club Korea at Songdo International Business District in Incheon, South Korea.

The Presidents Cup 2015

7 October 2015 - 6:15pm

The Presidents Cup 2015 is coming to Songdo, Incheon, tomorrow, to the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea – the perfect way to showcase South Korea's newest planned city to the world. BusinessKorea was able to sit down with Stan Gale, the president and CEO of Gale International, a few days ago and ask him what he thinks about the tournament, the course, and the impact that The Presidents Cup 2015 will have on its development. We have printed his answers in full below.


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Ha Ji-won (right), the New Zealand cultural ambassador for Korea, touches noses with a member of a Maori kapa haka group wearing traditional dress, a traditional Maori welcome greeting gesture, at the Grand Hyatt on Oct. 4, 2015.

Month-long Celebration

5 October 2015 - 2:15pm
Matthew Weigand

The New Zealand Embassy in Korea threw a traditional Maori feast called a “hangi” at the Grand Hyatt Hotel on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015 to launch a month-long New Zealand Festival in Korea to celebrate the two countries' new FTA.

Clare Fearnley, New Zealand's ambassador to Korea, was in attendance, along with Ha Ji-won, the New Zealand cultural ambassador for Korea. Ambassador Fearnley thanked the guests and said, “The New Zealand Festival in Korea is a celebration of the strong and vibrant ties that already exist between the people of Korea and New Zealand, and will expand further under...

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Global Leaders share their experiences and expertise with the George Mason University Korea students at Career Day event.

Directing Careers

2 September 2015 - 6:30pm
Matthew Weigand

On Aug. 27, George Mason University Korea (GMUK) held a Career Day for students at the campus Guest House with global leaders from a variety of different fields. Career Day is hosted by GMUK every semester, and global leaders offer advice on career paths and the qualities needed to be successful once students enter the workforce. 

For this event, global leaders from Ford Motor Company, Green Climate Fund, McKinney Consulting, and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) participated and shared the experiences and challenges they faced to get to where...

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Patrick Stringer, commissioner for Victoria to the Republic of Korea.

Cheese, Wine, Good Education

10 August 2015 - 4:30pm
Matthew Weigand

Australia is becoming a more important trading partner for South Korea, even with the KAFTA between the two countries a little more than a year old. Business Korea was able to sit down with Patrick Stringer, Commissioner for Victoria to the Republic of Korea, and speak with him about the relationship between South Korea and Australia’s most populous state. Patrick has served for 10 years representing Australian trade in Asia in Hanoi, Shanghai, and now Seoul. What follows are excerpts from the full interview.

What is the primary goal of the Victorian Government...

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A Galaxy S6 held underneath a SE370 monitor to be wirelessly charged.

Peripheral Ecosystem

27 July 2015 - 3:30pm
Matthew Weigand

Everything in nature seems to be part of a natural ecosystem, but that is more rare among electronic devices. Your smartphone may spend most of its time next to your computer, but doesn't really get anything out of it. Well, Samsung is changing that. Their new 27 inch 1080p SE370 desktop monitor will also charge your phone wirelessly with the Qi wireless charging port built into the monitor's stand. The Galaxy S6, for instance, uses this wireless charging standard.

It looks good, too. It has an ultra-narow bezel and semi-transparent blue finish complement the sleek, white glossy...

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