G20 Seoul Summit Special 4


The Schedule of the G20 Seoul Summit

How Do G20 Summits Proceed?

Unlike other international summits such as APEC and ASEM which include social mingling among participants and other ceremonial functions, G20 summits are thoroughly business-oriented. For example, the following was President Lee Myung-bak’s schedule for the London Summit held on April 2 and 3 of 2008.

Day 1 (April 2)
09:30 (Korea time): Departing from Korea
14:30 (London time, onwards): Arriving in London
15:30~16:00: Check-in
17:30~
– Summit with the then UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown
– Reception hosted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace
(*Invitees composed only of heads of state and ministerial-level entourage)
– Working Dinner
23:00: Retiring

Day 2 (April 3)
07:30~15:00
– Working Breakfast
– Morning Summit
– Working Luncheon
– Finalizing communiqué (official report)
16:00~
– Dialogue/dinner with Korean expatriates in the UK

Day 3 (April 4)
– Breakfast with UK-based Korean business men
– Summit with President Hu Jintao of China and Prime Minister Aso of Japan
– Luncheon with UK finance leaders
– Heading for the airport to return to Korea

Official Events and Schedule of the Seoul Summit

The rough schedule of the G20 Seoul Summit slated for November 11 and 12 is as follows :

Nov 11 (Thur)
– Welcome Reception
– Working Dinner of the Heads of State

Nov 12 (Fri)
– Morning Summit
– Working Luncheon of the Heads of State
– Evening Summit
– Press Conference

To view official events of the Seoul Summit :
http://www.seoulsummit.kr/eng/goPage.g20?menu_seq=G20MENU00060&return_url=TOP01_SUB04

G20 Gyeongju Meeting Held on Oct. 21-23



The G20 Meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors was held on October 21-23 in Gyeongju, South Korea. The gathering was designed to review and coordinate key agendas for the upcoming G20 Seoul Summit. At the summit, currency issues sparked strong interest. Korea, as chair, played an active role in mediating conflicts among member nations. Meeting attendees agreed to implement market-determined exchange rate policies and refrain from competitive devaluation of currencies to tackle trade imbalances.

To read related articles :
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTOE69M02T20101027
http://g20.korea.net/html/news/newsview.asp?view_idx=50821&view_ck=main

To read the official Gyeongju Communiqué :
http://www.g20.org/Documents/201010_communique_gyeongju.pdf

G20 Cultural Events and Global Gatherings

During the two-day summit period, a variety of cultural events will be held for diplomatic delegations and representatives from international organizations as well as for global tourists, including: Jongmyojereak (a royal ancestral rite, a UNESCO-listed intangible cultural heritage) performed by the National Center for the Korean Traditional Performing Arts ; the special exhibition “Masterpieces of Goryeo Buddhist Painting” at the National Museum of Korea ; lectures on world literature, art exhibitions and film screenings organized by the National Library of Korea.

To learn more about it :
http://www.korea.net/news.do?mode=detail&guid=50668

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“Shared Growth Beyond Crisis”

To view an introductory video clip on the G20 Seoul Summit :
http://www.koreabrand.net/kr/pcnb/pcnb_news_view.do?SEQ=303

G20 Seoul Summit Special
To be continued in the next issue…

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