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UK Deputy PM John Prescott Visits Seoul
UK's Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott (left) poses with UK Ambassador to Seoul (right) Warwick Morris, South Korea's former Prime Minister Lee Hong-Koo (2nd from left) in Seoul.

The Right Honourable John Prescott MP, the UK's Deputy Prime Minister since 1997, arrived in Seoul on Tuesday 24th October on a two-day visit aimed at further strengthening the relationship between the UK and the Republic of Korea.

The visit demonstrated both countries' commitment to the strong bilateral relationship. Reflecting his broad range of responsibilities, the Deputy Prime Minister paid a series of calls on high-level members of the Korean government. Meetings were held with Prime Minister Han Myeong-sook, Foreign Minister and UN Secretary General designate Ban Ki-moon, Minister for Environment Lee Chi-beom and Minister of Commerce, Industry and Energy Chong Se-kyeon, to discuss how the two governments can collaborate more closely in a range of areas.

Strong trade and investment ties have long been the hallmark of the bilateral relationship. An increasing number of British companies are doing good business in and with Korea. On the morning of Wednesday 25th the Deputy Prime Minister marked the arrival in Korea of one of the UK's most respected luxury car marques by opening the first official dealership for Bentley Motors Korea in Seoul.

Recognising some of the more established business relationships between the two countries, later that evening the Deputy Prime Minister was the guest of honour at the British Chamber of Commerce in Korea's (BCCK) annual awards ceremony. The BCCK awards acknowledge excellence in business relationships. The occasion saw the announcement of the winners of the hotly-contested awards in Corporate Social Responsibility, Trade and Investment between Korea and the UK, and Partnership between a Korean and UK organisation.

The visit also included a reception for some of those who work and contribute to the bilateral relationship and an opportunity for the Deputy Prime Minister to pay his respects to UK servicemen and women who served during the Korean War.

For media enquiries contact Jenny Hong, British Embassy Media Officer on 02 3210 5562,

Who Is John Prescott?

John Prescott was appointed Deputy Prime Minister in 1997 and is one of the longest-serving members of Her Britannic Majesty's Government. In May 2006 the Prime Minister asked John Prescott to chair a number of major Cabinet Committees and to oversee the efficient development of Government policy.

He also asked him to continue his international role particularly with regard to China and Eastern Europe and, in recognition of his work in delivering the Kyoto Treaty, to work with the Foreign Secretary and the Secretary of State for the Environment on developing the post Kyoto agenda. This will be Mr Prescott's first visit to Korea.

For over 60 years Bentley's factory in Crewe in the north of England has been producing some of the world's most luxurious and desirable cars. The luxury British car manufacturer has established Bentley Motors Korea, its official importership in the Korean market. The opening of their dealership partner Bentley Seoul in Cheongdam-dong will mark the company's first official inroads into the Korean market. The opening ceremony of Bentley Seoul is by invitation only.,

The BCCK annual awards are now in their second year and were presented in 2005 by His Royal Highness The Duke of York. Reflecting their high-profile guests of honour, the awards have developed a reputation for recognising business excellence and highlighting the benefits that foreign investment brings to both the UK and Korea. The awards attract significant interest in the business community and attract a high standard of applications from British and Korean companies.

Britain was second only to the United States in the contribution it made to the UN effort during the Korean War. 87,000 British servicemen and women took part in the Korean conflict. 1,109 Britons lost their lives and 2,674 were wounded.






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