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Prince Andrew Comes to Seoul for 4-Day Visit
"Duke of York" to Meet with President Roh Moo-Hyun
Special Contribution
By British Embassy in Seoul
Prince Andrew, "The Duke of York"

His Royal Highness Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, arrives in Seoul on Monday, Nov. 14, 2005 for a four-day visit to Korea. The visit will be in HRH's capacity as the UK's Special Representative for International Trade and Investment and will focus on highlighting and developing the strong business links between the UK and Korea.

The depth of our bilateral relationship continues to grow and this is reflected in the busy visit programme, covering bilateral business, investment, cultural, educational and technological links. A full list of activities is included under the "Notes for Editors" section

During the visit, The Duke will have meetings with President Roh Moo-hyun, Minister of Information and Communications Chin Dae-je, Governor Yoon Jeung-hyun of the Financial Supervisory Service and Seoul Mayor Lee Myung-bak. .

Before his departure The Duke of York said "I am delighted to be returning to the Republic of Korea. It has been four years since my last visit and I am looking forward to finding out more about the increasingly strong trade and investment links between our two countries. These links have long formed the basis of our close relationship and I am sure that they will continue to flourish in the future."

The Duke last visited Korea in 2001.

The Duke of York will not be giving interviews. However, the visit offers several opportunities for photographers and film crews. Media wishing to attend should register their interest in advance. A biographical note will follow.

Tuesday, 15 November

11:10 — Photo opportunity: Arrival (outside) of HRH The Duke of York at SNU Girls' Middle School, 199 Dongsoong-dong, Jongro-gu. Media / photo opportunity: (Inside, 2nd floor classroom then library). The Duke will visit a class of English language students before awarding certificates to English-language teachers. Limited space. Call to arrange access. Contact: Jenny Hong, Tel: 02 3210-5562 HP: 019 361-7550.

13:00 — Media / photo opportunity: (Inside, Sapphire Room, 3rd Floor, Lotte Hotel) Speech by The Duke at the British Chamber of Commerce in Korea (BCCK) Awards Lunch 2005 followed by presentation of three awards to British and Korean companies. Call to arrange access. Contact: Youngmee Riew, Tel: 02 3210-5564 HP: 010 6241-5502

18:00 — Media / photo opportunity: Arrival of The Duke (Outside, British Ambassador's Residence, 4 Jeong-dong, Jung-gu). Media / photo opportunity: Remarks by The Duke on the occasion of the launch of BBC Prime in Korea. Limited space. Call to arrange access. Contact: Youngmee Riew, Tel: 02 3210-5564 HP: 010 6241-5502

Wednesday, 16 November

09:30 — Media / photo opportunity: (inside, 13th Floor, Press Room, Ministry of Information and Communications) The Duke meets Minister Chin Dae-je at press conference to announce Digital Multimedia Broadcasting trials to be held in London in 2006. The Duke will make a short statement but will not participate in the question and answer session. Call MIC to arrange access or to request photos following the event. Contact: Ms Ji Eun-kyung, Deputy Director, Investment & Co-operation, Tel: 02 750-1454

13:00 — Media / photo opportunity: (inside, first floor, Regency Room, Hyatt Hotel) Speech by The Duke at a lunch with the Korean Importers Association (KOIMA). Limited space. Call KOIMA press office to arrange access. Contact: Oh Jeong-man, Tel: 02 792-4835

14:00 — Media / photo opportunity: (inside, SC First Bank Auditorium, SC First Bank,) Opening Remarks by The Duke at Seminar on Corporate Social Responsibility. Limited space. Call to arrange access. Contact: Jenny Hong, Tel: 02 3210-5562 HP: 019 361-7550.

Thursday, 17 November

14:40 — (tbc) Media / photo opportunity: Visit to AMEC media centre at Incheon. Arrival (outside) of The Duke. Media / photo opportunity: The Duke visiting the AMEC construction site. (Outside, adjacent Construction Site). Media / photo opportunity: The Duke signing the AMEC visitors book and viewing models of AMEC developments (inside media centre). Call to arrange access. Contact: Youngmee Riew, Tel: 02 3210-5564 HP: 010 6241-5502

15:15 — (tbc) Incheon Free Economic Zone Area Tower – (details TBC). Call to arrange access. Contact: Youngmee Riew, Tel: 02 3210-5564 HP: 010 6241-5502

In addition to The Duke's high-level meetings the visit will include the following activities:

Visit to SNU Girls' Middle School for presentation of ICELT certificates

The Duke of York will visit an English-language class at SNU Girls' Middle School delivered by a Korean teacher who has undergone In-service Certificate in English Language Teaching (ICELT) training. ICELT is a course-based award for English language teachers and is being piloted in Korea by the British Council. The course is unique in including classroom observation and feedback for teachers. After taking questions from language students, The Duke will then present eight teachers with ICELT certificates.

British Chamber of Commerce in Korea (BCCK) Awards Lunch

The BCCK Awards recognise British and Korean individuals, companies and organisations which have made a significant contribution to the strengthening of relationships between the UK and Korea in the areas of Corporate Social Responsibility, Trade and Investment and the development of Special Partnerships between UK and Korean organisations. The BCCK hope that the awards will promote awareness that successful business requires a meaningful demonstration of values that are broader than simply maximising profit. In 2004 visible bilateral trade between the two countries was worth US$9.3 billion, with $5.5 billion Korean exports to UK and $3.8 billion UK exports to Korea.

The Duke will make a speech on the UK's trade and investment links with Korea before presenting three awards to the winning companies. Each winner will receive a special painting by the acclaimed Korean artist Ha Cheong-hyun.

Roundtable Investors Meeting

The Duke will meet a select group of potential and existing investors into the UK to discuss the advantages of choosing the UK as an investment location. Representatives from SK Telecom, NHN, LG Life Sciences, Inno Design and other companies will attend. The UK is a key destination for Korean investment – in the period 2002-2004 25% of Korean investment into the EU went to the UK. Between 1980 and May 2002 over 125 Korean companies and $1.4 billion net was invested in the UK.

Launch of BBC Prime in Korea

On the evening of Tuesday 15th, The Duke will attend an exclusive reception at the British Ambassador's Residence to mark the launch of the BBC Prime television channel in Korea. The channel shows a selection of the BBC's world-class entertainment programming. It will be available from 15 November in Korea on SkyLife.

To celebrate the launch, the historic Residence built in 1894 will be illuminated by a special colourful light show. Around 100 high-level guests will attend. The Duke will give a speech before the channel is officially launched in Korea.

Press Conference on Digital Multimedia Broadcasting (DMB) trials

HRH will attend a press conference at the Ministry of Information and Communications alongside MIC Minister Chin Dae-je. Both will make statements on a new series of DMB trials to be held in London in 2006. The Duke will not participate in the question and answer session. The trials will involve 21 UK and 11 Korean companies. Following the press conference The Duke will visit the popular Ubiquitous Dream exhibition which displays the house of the future.

Lunch with the Korean Importers Association

KOIMA represents Korean importers, distributors and agents and has over 10,000 members. The Duke will attend a lunch attended by around 100 KOIMA members, giving a speech on the benefits of boosting bilateral trade between the UK and Korea. After lunch attendees will hold a clinic with the British Embassy's UK Trade and Investment team to identify areas of potential business specific to each member.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Seminar

The British Embassy and the Federation of Korean Industries (FKI) will host a seminar on Corporate Social Responsibility to be held at the SC First Bank's headquarters. CSR recognises that society and business are interdependent and encourages businesses to consider the environmental, economic and social impact of their work – maximising he benefits and minimising the downsides. The Duke will make an opening speech to the assembled audience of FKI and BCCK members and government officials. The seminar will feature speakers from both major British investors and Korean companies with a strong record in CSR including SC First Bank, Diageo, HSBC, Shell and B&Q.

Meeting staff at the British Embassy

The Duke will meet a range of staff at the British Embassy in Seoul, including the Commercial, Inward Investment and Science, Technology and Environment Teams. The Embassy has over 120 staff, of whom about 100 are Korean. Several Korean staff members have received honorary awards from Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II for their outstanding contributions in supporting the work of the Embassy.

Reception hosted by the British Ambassador and the British Council

The Duke will attend a gala reception hosted by British Ambassador Mr Warwick Morris and Dr Ian Simm, British Council Korea. The event will bring together Korean alumni of British universities and other guests whose work supports and strengthens the UK-Korean bilateral relationship. The number of Koreans studying in the UK continues to rise with over 18,600 studying at universities or language schools in 2004. Many Korean students benefit from the British Government's prestigious Chevening Scholarship programme, which helps send approximately 40 "high-flying" young Koreans to British universities every year.

Visit to the British Council and demonstration by Korean online-games companies

HRH will visit the British Council's modern new offices in the Hungkuk Life Insurance Building for a tour by British Council Director, Dr Ian Simm. The Duke will meet staff, hear about the range of British Council activity in Korea, and be shown some of the British Council's impressive information and English teaching facilities.

Internet gaming is increasingly becoming an area for collaboration between the UK and Korea. The UK boasts a strong games development sector with considerable experience in console games. Many top selling computer games have been developed in the UK and online versions of some are currently under development. The Duke will meet representatives from some of Korea's top online-games companies who have built partnerships with British gaming companies and are expanding into one of the world's biggest and most exciting markets. The Duke will receive a presentation from NC Soft and Webzen on how they are taking advantage of UK expertise and will watch a demonstration of some of their exciting products.

Lunch for UK retail sector

The Duke will attend a lunch with representatives of British retail companies investing in Korea. A growing number of British companies are entering or increasing the size of their operations in Korea including B&Q, the Body Shop, Burberry, Daks, Jaeger, Marks and Spencer and Tescos.

Visit to the Incheon Free Economic Zone

British company AMEC is the lead contractor on the construction of the new $1.2 billion 2nd Incheon bridge. The bridge, which will be 12.3km long with 6 lanes, will link Songdo New City and Incheon International Airport. Construction started at the end of April and the bridge will be finished opening to traffic in 2009. AMEC are also working on a major retail and leisure development. The Duke will visit AMEC's operations in Incheon receiving presentations and a tour of the Construction Site.

The Duke will also visit the IFEZA Tower at the Techno Park to meet the IFEZA CEO and attend the signing of an agreement between AMEC and IFEZA.

For details or inquiries please contact British Embassy, Press & Public Affairs Section, 4 Chung-dong, Chung-gu, Seoul, 100-120 (Zip Code) Tel: 02-3210-5500 Fas: 02- 720-4928




 

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