Two decades after initiating dialogue relations, the ASEAN-Republic of Korea (ROK) Commemorative Summit is set to take place on 1-2 June 2009 in Jeju Island, the ROK. The celebrations over the 20th anniversary of ASEAN-ROK relations, themed “Partnership for Real, Friendship for Good”, will involve the Heads of States/Governments from ASEAN Member States and President Lee Myung-bak of the ROK.

The Summit would provide the Leaders an opportunity to review ASEAN-ROK dialogue relations and consider ways to further strengthen joint cooperation. The Leaders are expected to sign the Joint Statement of the ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit which calls for the reinforcing of political and security cooperation, strengthening of economic and development cooperation and the promotion of socio-cultural exchanges.

Intensified cooperation on regional and global issues such as climate change, environmental degradation, global economic and financial crisis, food security, energy security and communicable and emerging infectious diseases are also expected to be on the table.

Another expected outcome document from the Summit includes the ASEAN-ROK Investment Agreement, which aims to create a business-friendly environment for investors in both ASEAN Member States and the ROK.

In conjunction with the Summit, there will be an ASEAN-ROK CEO Summit on 31 May – 1 June, along with a Green Growth, Green Asia Exhibition on 2 June.

For more information on the ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit, please visit http://www.asean-koreasummit2009.kr/eng