Welcome Address

Huh, Sungmoo

Mayor of Changwon City, Republic of Korea

Ladies and Gentlemen,

On behalf of Changwon’s 1.05 million citizens, I extend a warm welcome to all of you who have joined the 11th Joint Korean-German Conference, especially the conference attendees from Germany.

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to President Hwang-Sik Kim of ADeKo, Ambassador Stephan Auer of Germany, and all officials who have contributed to holding the Conference in Changwon.

The city of Changwon has a deep connection with Germany.

I visited the city of Dresden in June to sign a friendship city agreement and attend the opening of Germany-Korea Technology Center. I also visited many places including BOSCH, the top company of Industry 4.0, and LINDE Engineering Dresden in Germany.

The frequent exchanges with Germany will boost exchange of industrial technology between Korea and Germany and sustain practical and extensive cooperation in various fields such as culture, tourism, and education.

Changwon has two government-funded agencies, around 670 company research institutes and six universities. With this infrastructure, Changwon has established a closely-knitted collaborative system among the private sector, the government, academia and research institutes centered around the small giant R&D special zone and Changwon smart industrial complex to develop a smart industrial innovation city based on research, science, and technology.

I hope this conference will enable the exchange and cooperation of industrial technology, development of a high-tech industry network, and promotion of cultural tourism and human interaction.

I also hope you enjoy the taste and beauty of Changwon and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Once again, I welcome all of you to Changwon, and wish for the successful hosting of the 11th Joint Korean-German Conference and your good health.

Thank you.

Kim, Hwang-Sik

President of ADeKo

Dear Excellencies, Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen!

First of all, I would like to welcome all of you to the 11th Joint Conference in the City of Changwon. The earlier conferences of ADeKo were all held in Seoul, Korea, until the 8th Conference was organized together with the City of Dresden, Germany. Also the 2017 Gwangju Conference was successfully held outside Seoul. And we are very proud to host this year’s conference once again in Korea, in the City of Changwon. The essence of ADeKo can be described the best as “bringing together our two nations in order to strengthen the strategic partnerships and long lasting friendships”.

During the ADeKo 2016 conference in Dresden the participants from the Citiy of Changwon were able to close prosperous partnerships with Germany in form of a Memorandum of Understanding. In the following years the Korean German Institute for Material Science was established and opened in Changwon. And recently a German Korean Technology Center was opened in Dresden, which are the results of the great continuous cooperation between Fraunhofer Institute and Korea Institute of Material Science.

I have been president of this network for four years now and I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all partner organizations, companies, and members who have supported and trusted us over the years.

It is our goal to continue the talks about the advanced technologies for the future of our two nations.

I am sure that the discussions and arguments during the conferences will have a significant influence on the prosperity of the dynamic industries in both countries as well as their sustainable and continuous developments. This is the reason why so many experts from science, industries, and politics show their interest in the ADeKo conferences. We discuss about the visions of our nations and the future shape of our societies, which are challenges far beyond the technical issues.

I hope that the relationship between Korea and Germany will grow even further through our conferences. Furthermore, I wish all participants some inspiring days and hope to share the friendship and energy in our future lives as well.