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S. Korea, Britain agree to promote cooperation in culture industry

All News 11:40 March 08, 2016

LONDON, March 8 (Yonhap) -- South Korea and Britain agreed Monday to positively enhance cooperation and exchanges in the creative culture industry during a forum held in London.

Culture ministers from the two countries adopted a joint statement which called for continuous efforts to cultivate the media industries and cultural content on the public and private levels.

The agreement was made at the day-long U.K.-Korea Creative Industries Forum. The forum, the second of its kind, was presided over by South Korean Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Kim Jong-deok and Britain's Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport John Whittingdale.

In the joint statement, the two countries also pledged to encourage and support cultural content-related startup ventures by facilitating the exchange of experience and information.

In presentations made at the forum, business representatives from both countries also sought opportunities through the sharing of information on latest trends in the creative industrial sector.

During the forum, agencies from the two countries working in five cultural areas -- fashion, craft, film, broadcasting and art -- signed memoranda of understanding (MOUs) with each other to promote cooperation and exchanges.

The two sides also agreed to proceed with a variety of programs next year after designating February 2017 to March 2018 as "The Year of Mutual Exchanges."

As a sideline event, the Fashion Korea Showcase was held at the forum intended to provide more opportunity for young Korean fashion designers to enter the British market.

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