VISIT OF THE KOREAN MINISTER FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY TO NEW ZEALAND

  • Maurice Williamson
Research, Science and Technology

Dr Sook-ll Kwun, Minister for Science and Technology in the Republic of Korea is visiting Wellington to sign a Science and Technology Cooperation (STC) arrangement between New Zealand and the Republic of Korea.

"The STC arrangement is a significant step in the development of scientific co-operation between our two countries and paves the way for future research and development collaboration in science and technology," said Mr Williamson

"The New Zealand science reforms, in operation since 1992, have been of great interest to Korea and the delegation will receive an overview of our science and technology system at first hand.

"New Zealand enjoys a dynamic relationship with Korea, with strong linkages forged in the areas of trade and tourism.

"Minister Kwun's visit provides an opportunity to demonstrate New Zealand's continued commitment to an important bilateral relationship," said Mr Williamson.

The New Zealand and Korean Science Ministries will both be represented at the multilateral forum of APEC's Industrial Science and Technology Working Group which meets next in Singapore on 1-2 October.

During his one day visit (Friday 26/9), Minister Kwun will:

  • View the facilities at the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences, (10.30am).
  • Signing of the three other important Memoranda of Understanding between Korean and New Zealand science institutions, (12.00pm Beehive 2.6).
  • Attend lunch hosted by New Zealand's Minster of Research, Science and Technology Maurice Williamson, (12.30pm).
  • Tour of Parliament, especially earthquake engineering (2.00pm)
  • Tour the science exhibits at the new Museum of New Zealand Te Papa, (3.00pm).
  • Attend a cocktail reception hosted by the Korea/New Zealand Business Council (5.30pm).