Sweden and Korea celebrated 60 years of diplomatic relations in 2019 – a year which saw large delegation visits in both directions, cementing the already strong bilateral ties. For the next decade and beyond, Sweden and South Korea will deepen collaboration in several strategic areas. Two relevant areas are digital and green transformation, accelerated by the ongoing global pandemic. Sweden and Korea hold complementary strengths with promising opportunities for fruitful collaboration within the digital economy. Both countries are also using the crisis to kick start environmentally sustainable growth.
In June 2020, a bilateral meeting was held where the foreign trade ministers from both countries agreed to launch the “Sweden-Korea Digital Trade Forum”, to revitalize business collaborations with specific reference to 5G, AI, Big data, IoT, and ontact industries which have seen development take off strongly during the pandemic crisis.
By bringing together leading companies, public actors, and other key stakeholders from both countries, the Digital Trade Forum seeks to translate this potential into tangible partnerships, business dialogues and viable projects for the private sector.
08:00-08:20 Opening Session
• Opening Remarks by KITA
• Welcoming Remarks by Korean Minister of MOTIE and Swedish Minister of Foreign Trade
• Special Remarks by Korean Congressman and Head of K-New Deal
• Major MoUs update from 2019 Anniversary by Business Sweden
08:20-08:35 Keynote Speeches by SEB, Samsung Economic Research Institute (SERI)
08:35-09:25 Roundtable Discussion: Digital and Green Transformation Beyond COVID-19
• Participants from Sweden: SEB, Embracer Group, Ericsson and Northvolt
• Participants from Korea: Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, Samsung Electronics, SERI, LG Chem and Smile Gate
Initial discussion topics:
• Major transformation, opportunities and challenges that digitalization will lead to in the Post-COVID
• The role of content industry take in the un-contact era
• The future of society with sustain and green transformation
• The way of companies increasing business growth and reducing climate footprint at the same time
• ICT companies responding to corona-triggered changes, e.g. communication technology
• A digital commerce policy that Sweden and South Korea take in correspondence to in the COVID-era