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Gerhard Schroder Cites S. Korea as Model Case in Overcoming World Economic Crisis
Ex-German Chancellor Rounds Up 3-Day Trip to Seoul
German ambassador to Seoul, Dr. Hans-Ulrich Seidt (right) poses with the former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder at the envoy's residence in Seoul prior to the start of the dinner reception Dr. Seidt threw for Mr. Schroder on Nov. 4, 2009.

German ambassador to Seoul, Dr. Hans-Ulrich Seidt hosted a dinner reception for the visitng ex-Chancellor Gerhard Schroder at his residence in Seoul's Seongbuk-dong on Nov. 4, 2009.

The dinner reception attraced many other guests from business, education, society, and news media as well.

Among the guests were South Korea's former Foreign Minister Han Seung-Joo, Chair Professor Werner Sasse of Hanyang University, Director Thomas Awe M.A. of Konrad Adenauer Foundation-Shanghai, and Mr. Jurgen Wohler, secretary general & executive director of Korean-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Germany's Ex-Chancellor Gerhard Schroder (2nd from right) poses with VIP participants. To his left is Korean University President Lee Ki-Su.

Korea University President Lee Ki-Su also attended the gathering. Lee serves as president of "ADeKo," German alumni association in South Korea.

In a welcoming speech German Amb. Seidt praised Mr. Schroder for his role in German politics and in the development of bilateral ties between Germany and South Korea.

Mr. Schroder himself made a speech as well, thanking all the 300 local alumni members of University of Göttingen. Many of South Korea graduates of the German university also attended the reception. Mr. Schroder graduated from the university.

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder (center) poses with President Eugene (Kyung-Soo) Kim of CDS Industries, and Director General Samuel Lee of Ecopeace Asia.

In the speech Mr. Schroder harked back on the decision he made regarding the participation of German troops in the US-led Iraqi War.

"I am gald that I made the right decision not to send our soldiers to Iraq back then," Mr. Schroder reminisced.

He also touched upon his polycy of the social wellfare system known as "Agenda 2010."

The German social system was drastically reforned due to the "Agenda 2010" initiated and executed by Mr. Schroder. The policy has been successful in reducing unemployment and in improving economic growth.

German ambassador to Seoul, Dr. Hans-Ulrich Seidt (center) poses with his local guests at his residence on Nov. 4, 2009.

Mr. Schroder adored South Korea and its people for overcoming economic crisis in its modernization.

"South Korea's case will serve as a invaluable lession because the way it overcome succesufully the 1997 financial crisis is a model case for all of us," Mr. Schroder said.

"I am so certain that the new German ambassador to Seoul Dr. Seidt will greatly contribute to the development of bilateral ties between Germany and South Korea," he added.

The former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder is now visiting South Korea for three days from Nov. 3, to Nov. 5, 2009.

Mr. Schroder attended "Global HR (Human Resources) Forum 2009" and delivered a key-note speech on Nov. 3, 2009.

"Global HR (Human Resources) Forum 2009" is being held from Nov. 3 to Nov. 5, 2009 at the Sheraton Grand Walkerhill Hotel in Gwangjang-dong, Gwangjin-gu, eastern Seoul.

A total of 200 world leaders from 65 countries were invited to the three-day event. The fourth global forum is being held under the theme of "Creative Education for All" this year.

During his stay in the nation Mr. Schroder has met with South Korea's major leaders including Mr. Ahn Byung-Man, minister of education, science, and technology.

For details or inquiries contact the German Embassy in Seoul at 02-748-4123 or call PR officer Mr. Phil-Young Doe at 016-221-1122.

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