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S. Korea seeks close ties with Russia's sovereign wealth fund

All News 10:03 September 27, 2019

SEJONG, Sept. 27 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will explore potential investment opportunities in Northeast Asia with a Russian sovereign wealth fund, Seoul's finance ministry said Friday.

South Korean Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki met Kirill Dmitriev, head of the Russia Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), in Moscow on Thursday (Moscow time) and discussed ways to expand economic ties between the two countries.

Hong expressed hope for new business opportunities with the RDIF.

The meeting came after Seoul and Moscow agreed to raise US$1 billion for a joint fund early this week to beef up the supply chain of industrial materials and parts by investing in core technologies.

The first batch of funding will amount to $400 million and gradually be expanded to invest in other areas, such as health care, down the road, Seoul's finance ministry said.

Depending on the development of the inter-Korean relationship, Hong claimed that the two funds can roll out joint projects in other countries in Northeast Asia, including North Korea.

Hong also visited the Russian factory of Paldo Co., a South Korean foodstuff maker with a strong foothold in the instant noodles market. The minister promised necessary support to help Korean companies penetrate deeper into the Russian market, according to the ministry.

South Korean Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki (L) talks with Kirill Dmitriev, the head of the Russia Direct Investment Fund, in Moscow on Sept. 26, 2019, in this photo released by the Ministry of Economy and Finance. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE)(Yonhap)

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