With infinite potential, Southeast Asian countries are overcoming their war-torn histories and poverty.
It has been about 20 years since Korea cooperated with Southeast Asia's economic sectors. South Korean President Lee Myung-bak has declared a new Asian paradigm focusing on helping develop countries like Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos under the slogan, "Partnership for Real, Friendship for Good."
With a population of 580 million and GDP of $1.28 trillion USD by the year 2007, the economic potential of ASEAN countries exceeds that of South America's Southern Common Market and the EU. Annual trade with Korea has reached $90.2 billion, which made ASEAN the third largest trade partner and second largest direct investment area for Korea. Rich natural resources, abundant labor and a strong-willed government are attractive factors.
What do those who want to reproduce the Miracle of the Han River at Indochina's Mekong River want from Korea? And what do they want to learn?
We zoom in on the Official Development Aid of Korea, which supports those striving for a bright future. Take a closer look at the Thien Than Water Purification Plant and the Hanoi-Haiphong Expressway of Vietnam, Souphanouvong University and KOLAO Group of Laos, and the government administrative network and the National Polytechnic Institute of Cambodia. The Economic Development Cooperation Fund of Korea is helping them shape the future with Korea.