EWC Brown-Bag Presentation: Korea’s “Creative Economy” Agenda

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.

image: Sean ConnellCon­nell 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 coöper­a­tion around encour­ag­ing innovation-driven growth, includ­ing ways that the recent­ly imple­ment­ed U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agree­ment could aug­ment Korea’s inno­va­tion imper­a­tives.

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, con­tact Cyn­thia Wasa Nakachi at nakachic@eastwestcenter.org or tele­phone (808) 944‑7439.