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WHO: Korean Consul General Bon-Woo Koo, Parasound CEO, Richard Schram, CEA VP, Brian Markwalter and the Canadian Consul General's Office.
Bon-woo Koo graduated from Seoul National University and joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 1980.
Director General Koo Bon-Woo, of MOFAT's Cultural Affairs Bureau (left) shakes hands with Spanish Ambassador to Seoul Delfin Colome after they signed a cultural cooperation plan.Cultural exchanges between Spain and South Korean will even be expedited in the future as the two countries sign an agreement on cultural cooperation on Dec. 19, 2005.In a signing ceremony held in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT) building in central Seoul at the 10 a.m. on the day, Spanish Ambassador to Seoul Delfin Colome and Mr. Koo Bon-Woo, director general of the ministry's Cultural Affairs Bureau inked "2005-2008 S. Korea-Spain Cultural Exchange Plan."The cultural exchange agreement was signed by the two high-level diplomats representing each country during the official channel "the 4th Korean-Spanish Joint Commission of Cultural Cooperation."Director General Koo Bon-Woo, of MOFAT's Cultural Affairs Bureau in the signing ceremony in MOFAT building Dec. 19, 2005
Consul General Bon-woo Koo
Lillian Koziol introduced our very distinguished guest The Honorable Bon-woo Koo, Consul General of the Republic of Korea in San Francisco. Consul General Koo joined the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 1980. A graduate of Seoul National University, he has also studied international relations in France at the Institut National d'Administration Publique. Consul General Koo informed us that Korea and California have a long history dating back to the first Koreans setting foot in San Francisco from Hawaii. During the 1945 liberation of Korea many Korean's saw California as the land of opportunity for their hopes and dreams. Today, Korea is the 13th largest economy per GNP and one third of Korea's exports go through California. Korea is also the 5th largest market for California goods. There is also a large human exchange with students from the United States going to Korea and vise versa. Consul General Koo stated that the US and Korea have stood by each other's side for over half a century and it is his hope that that will continue into the future. Korea has deep respect for the sacrifices the US made during the Korean War and is willing to support US global missions. When asked about a possible unification of South Korea with North Korea, Consul General Koo indicated that if it does happen it will not be by force, but rather by a process of diplomacy and gradually improving relations.
Thanks to all who joined the Korean American Chamber of Commerce of the North Pacific Coast for its June 20 luncheon meeting where the KACC was honored to present Mr. Bon-Woo Koo, the new Consul General for the Republic of Korea in San Francisco. Consul General Koo gave a fascinating presentation about recent changes in Korean society.He noted that as a career diplomat, he has lived in a number of countries, which has given him a perspective on how Korea looks from the "outside," as well as the inside.Mr. Koo focused particularly on how Korea is coping with the increasingly diverse and multi-ethnic nature of Korean society.After his presentation, Mr. Koo graciously fielded questions on a wide range of subjects, ranging from North Korean politics to Korean art and culture. Mr. Koo has served as Consul General in San Francisco since April 2007.He previously served as Director-General of the Cultural Affairs Bureau in the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2005 to 2007.He has been with the Ministry since 1980, serving in a variety of diplomatic posts both at home and abroad.In particular, he led the Korean team in the negotiation for Trade in Services for Doha Development Agenda from 2002 to 2004.He also served in the Korean Missions in many countries including Mexico City (2003-2004), Paris (1999-2003), Brussels (1992-1995), Montreal (1984-1986) and Ouagadougou (1984-1986).Consul General Koo is a Graduate of Seoul National University and has pursued further studies in international relations at the Institut National d'Administration Publique in France.