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Canada-Korea Symposium Planned in Toronto
10 Korean Officials, Professors to Attend Symposium
By Oxana Davydenko
Staff Reporter
Mr. Marius Grinius, the Canadian ambassador to Seoul

A delegation, which consists of 10 eminent Korean deputy ministers, directors and professors, are on their way to Toronto in order to take part in the Canada-Korea Social Policy Symposium, Canadian Embassy in Seoul announced Jan. 25, 2005.

Ms. Ryu Kyung-Hwa, an official of the embassy said that the event organized by the Canadian Embassy in Seoul, the University of Toronto, and the Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare, will be held at the University of Toronto's Munk Centre on Jan. 27-28, 2005.

This is the second symposium between Canada and South Korea since the success of the original meeting in Seoul two years ago on Nov. 2003 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and South Korea.

"Both countries have a long-standing interrelation in many areas, from regional security and trade to educational exchanges," said Marius Grinius, the Canadian ambassador to South Korea. "It is expected that these Social Policy Symposium series can play an important role in further strengthening cooperation between Canada and South Korea on social and economic policy issues where there is potential for mutual benefit."

The presentations will be about civil society and global governance, gender/family policy, pension scheme, and health policy. These topics will be delivered by both Canadian and South Korean participants.

After the opening ceremony and welcoming remarks by professor Michael W. Donnelly of the Asian Institute at the University of Toronto, the eminent official from Seoul, Chang Jin Moon, Deputy Minister for Welfare Policy Planning, National Pension Research Center will give an overview of Korean Health and Welfare Issues.

During these two days, the professors of Seoul National University, Kangnam University, Yonsei University, Health Insurance Review Agency and the Ministry of Health and Welfare will be comparing notes with their colleges from North America.

In the Canadian side, academics from the University of Montreal, York University, Carleton University, and also from the Canadian Labour Congress, Ontario and Nunavut Region of Health Canada and others will take the lead in organizing research projects for the Symposium.

There will also be two Canadian ministers who will attend the future event - Carolyn Bennett, Minister of State (Public Health) and Ken Dryden, Minister of Social Development.



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Ms. Oxana Davydenko serves as staff reporter for The Seoul Times. She covers foreign embassies in Seoul with a particular focus on Russia, and Eastern European embassies. Davydenko also covers international cultural events including business. Previously she worked as a journalist for Kommersant business daily in Russia. She majored in journalism at the Voronezh State University.

 

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  Other Articles by Oxana Davydenko
Amb. Umana’s Daughter Weds Rontgen
Egyptian Soccer Team Beats Korean Team 1- 0
First-Ever Hungarian Lace Exhibition in Seoul
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S. Korea, Israel Sign R&D Accord
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"Bulgaria Eager for Economic Cooperation"
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SAIT Hosts X-Mas Party for Alien Scientists
"South Korea to Import Algerian Wine"
Malaysia Hosts Party on Han River Boat
"SIFF 2004" Held Successfully in Seoul



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