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Vol 2 (AAC) No 1

Published 1st November 2008

Seoul search in Africa

Despite the global slowdown, South Korea used its Africa summit to strike more deals and expand its diplomatic reach

International financial realities did not deter the 21 African delegations to the second Korea-Africa Economic Cooperation Conference (KOAFEC), held in Seoul on 27-30 October. At the inaugural meeting two years ago, just 15 countries had attended but this year many new countries were present Among those represented this year were Benin, Congo-Kinshasa, Gabon, Gambia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Seychelles, South Africa, Sudan and Uganda. In its bilateral relations and with those of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Seoul has yet to venture outside the areas of its strengths (infrastructure and telecommunications) or its weaknesses (natural resources).

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