The East-West Center Research Program will present a brown-bag seminar titled “Korea’s ‘Creative Economy’ Agenda: Innovation, Growth and Korea-U.S. Economic Relations” on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. in Burns Hall room 3012. The speaker will be Sean Connell, a POSCO visiting fellow at the Center.
Connell is a former executive director of the U.S.-Korea Business Council and was concurrently director for Japan and Korea at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., managing programs and policy initiatives including U.S. business community efforts to secure approval of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement. He was a Council on Foreign Relations 2011–2012 International Affairs Fellow in Japan, where he explored Japan’s innovation policies and related areas for Japan-U.S. collaboration. He holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an M.A. from George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. He also has studied at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan.
This presentation will explore themes related to the policies of new Korean President Park Geun-hye, who has made developing a “creative economy”—through the convergence of science, technology and culture with industry—the core of her administration’s economic policy agenda. This policy focus reflects increasing recognition of the importance of innovation for Korea’s future economic growth and to address challenges such as rising social imbalances and demographic trends.
How Korea approaches solutions to these issues has broader ramifications, including for its future economic relations with the United States and other advanced economies likewise focused on generating new jobs and growth through innovation. Connell will consider potential areas where Korean and U.S. policymakers and stakeholders could increase cooperation around encouraging innovation-driven growth, including ways that the recently implemented U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement could augment Korea’s innovation imperatives.
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