MB visits 4 nations in Latin AmericaPresident Lee Myung-bak will make a trip to four Latin American nations next week for a G-20 summit in Mexico, U.N. conference on sustainable development taking place in Brazil as well as bilateral visits to Chile and Colombia, the presidential office said yesterday.
Lee plans to discuss with other world leaders the euro zone crisis, coordination of macroeconomic policies, strengthening the international financial system and other issues during the G-20 summit set for coming Monday and Tuesday in Mexico’s Los Cabos, the office said in a release.
Ahead of the leaders’ summit, Lee plans to attend a conference of about 100 global business leaders, scheduled for Sunday to Monday, and deliver a keynote speech about the roles governments and businesses should play to help overcome the global financial crisis and promote sustainable development, it said. After Mexico, Lee will visit Brazil to attend the U.N. conference on sustainable development on June 20. On the sidelines of the Rio+20 summit, representatives of Korea and 14 other countries will sign a treaty that turns the Korea-established think tank Global Green Growth Institute into an official international organization, with Lee and about 10 heads of state attending the signing ceremony.
During a three-day visit to Chile, Lee will hold a summit with President Sebastian Pinera on June 22 to talk mainly about expanding economic cooperation, especially in such areas as resources development, infrastructure construction, renewable energy and defense industry, the office said.
On the last leg of the trip, Lee will make a state visit to Colombia on June 23-25.
Lee and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos will hold a summit on June 25 to discuss ways to deepen all-round cooperation, especially in areas, such as trade and investment, infrastructure construction and resources development, science and technology and development cooperation, the office said.
Korea and Colombia have been in talks to forge a free trade agreement, and the upcoming trip by Lee is expected to provide the negotiations with important momentum. Yonhap