Gyeongpodae in Gangneung, South Korea
Gyeongpodae in Gangneung, South Korea (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Park Geun-hye pledged economic revival through creative economy during her inauguration address. “A creative economy is defined by the convergence of science and technology with industry, the fusion of culture with industry, and the blossoming of creativity in the very borders that were once permeated by barriers.”

Introducing the Australia Korea Emerging Leaders Dialogue. Working with a theme The Next Big Thing, this dialogue will help to strengthen the people-to-people links between our two countries while at the same time addressing the challenges and opportunities presented by this transformative period.

Engaging around the concept of a creative economy will be fundamental to the work the Australia Korea Emerging Leaders Dialogue will undertake. Korea society refers to the 20-30 Generation, made up of people in their 20s and 30s. The Australia Korea Emerging Leaders Dialogue uses a methodology of 20-30-40: engaging 40 selected leaders from the  20-30 Generation to embrace a challenge and come up with solutions for new opportunities where each individual’s dreams and flair can bear fruit.

Park continued in her address:

A creative economy is about going beyond the rudimentary expansion of existing markets, and creating new markets and new jobs by building on the bedrock of convergence… People are the nucleus of a creative economy. We live in an age where a single individual can raise the value of an entire nation and even help in rescuing the economy.

The Korea Roundtable is buoyed by Park’s comments for the opportunity it presents to the Australia Korea Emerging Leaders Dialogue:

New opportunities to serve their country will be opened to numerous talented Koreans thriving across the global village…. In the 21st century, culture is power. it is an era where an individual’s imagination becomes creative contents.

Her focus on the stimulation of small and medium-sized enterprises through economic democratisation is necessary for the vision of a creative economy to be realised.

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