One hundred days have passed since the G20 Seoul Summit. How has Korea changed since then? What do people around the world think about Korea?
This program takes a look at the impact of the G20 Seoul Summit on the global economy and Korea's status through the eyes of domestic and foreign high-ranking officials.
It also attempts to propose a role that Korea should play in the global economy now that it has evolved from an emerging into an advanced economy.
1. Current situation in France, next host-nation of G20 summit
The economic situation in France, which is to host the G20 summit in November this year, looks bleak because of multiple uncertainties such as the financial crisis and the deadly earthquake in Japan. France hopes to find a breakthrough by holding the upcoming summit and works hard to benchmark the G20 Seoul Summit and the Seoul Business Summit. That is further proof that the whole world now views Korea in a different way.
2. G20 Seoul Summit amid global economic crisis
Korea drew the global spotlight for being the first Asian nation and the first emerging economy to host a G20 summit. The biggest factor behind Korea's hosting of the summit was the strong enthusiasm of the Korean government and Korea's success in overcoming the global economic crisis. Korea exceeded all expectations by holding a business summit and achieving impressive results such as proposing the discussion of development and a global financial security network.
3. Korea's national brand after G20 Seoul Summit
The G20 Seoul Summit produced impressive results by raising Korea's status as an advanced economy and publicizing its national brand. A French state-run broadcaster produced a special program about Korea, its economy and culture as well as inter-Korean relations. Interest in Korea has surged among the French public, with a growing number of French students taking courses on Korea in colleges. The results of a survey show that since the G20 Seoul Summit, Korea's image has improved thanks to its higher economic status.
4. Becoming the hope of the global economy
The whole world zeroed in on Korea as the only mediator among industrialized, emerging and developing nations. Korea volunteered to play that role. It showed that the G20 has all it takes to overcome the global economic crisis. Thanks to its leadership, Korea's role in achieving shared growth keeps growing. The world looks forward to Korea's leadership and Korea must fulfill its role in helping the world attain shared growth and co-prosperity.