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MAFRA Hosted Press Conference for Foreign Correspondents in Korea
Time:05 Nov 2015
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The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA, Minister Lee Dong-phil) announced that the ministry hosted a press conference for foreign correspondents in order to increase interest from overseas food companies in the Korean national food cluster (FOODPOLIS), and expand investment in the cluster, in the Orchid Room of The Plaza Hotel Seoul starting at 10:30 on November 28th, 2015.

❍The thirty invited foreign correspondents are from: Reuters (UK), Financial Times (UK), the New York Times (US), Yomiuri Shimbun (Japan) and Mainichi Shimbun (Japan).

❍In the press conference venue, there was a photo exhibition of the groundbreaking ceremony, activities of attracting domestic and foreign investment and the status of the temporary R&D center, in order to enhance the invitees?ˉ understanding of the implementation process of FOODPOLIS.

Director General Lee Ju-myeong of the Policy Planning of Food Industry, MAFRA, said, ?°The Korean government has been creating FOODPOLIS to utilize it as a strategic base of the nation?ˉs export. We?ˉve designated this foreign investment zone (FIZ) to offer the food companies relocated to FOODPOLIS with a reduced lease for land for 50 years in order to aggressively support them for their market entry to China and around the world.?±

Dr. Kwon Dae-young from the Korea Food Research Institute had a presentation at the press conference under the topic ??Global Competitiveness of FOODPOLIS.?ˉ According to his presentation, FOODPOLIS is the world?ˉs first food cluster driven by the government, unlike other overseas food clusters including the Netherlands Food Valley and the Napa Valley in the U.S. And that?ˉs how it is possible for FOODPOLIS to provide comprehensive support in R&D, export, workforce and marketing.

❍ He also added that FOODPOLIS is expected to actively conduct food development, including health supplements, through joint research between foreign food companies and the FOODPOLIS?ˉ R&D center including functionality evaluation, quality safety and packaging, once FOODPOLIS is finally completed and in full operation.

MAFRA said that the ministry would exert itself to expand investment-attracting activities to FOODPOLIS through various activities including this press conference where foreign correspondents share information of the implementation status of FOODPOLIS and Korea?ˉs food industry, as well as strengthen cooperation.

Meanwhile, MAFRA will host the 5th International Food Cluster Forum (IFCF)* under the theme ??R&D Technologies for Global Food Commercialization?ˉ in the Grand Ballroom of The-K Hotel on November 17th.

❍Dr. Horst-Christian Langowski of Fraunhofer IVV**, one of the world?ˉs best institutes specialized in commercialization, will be invited to deliver the keynote speech. Along with that, there will be other invitational lectures by world-renown experts in the field of quality and safety, and packaging. These lectures and presentations will enable Korean food companies and food experts to have a glimpse into the international technology trends in their fields.

* (1st) Futures of the Global Food Industry and Convergence in the Food Industry (February 21st, 2012)

(2nd) Responsibilities of FOODPOLIS for the Global Market Entrance by Korean Food Companies (November 14th, 2012)

(3rd) Outlook of the Global Food Market 2020 (May 15th, 2013)

(4th) Era for Changes in Food Industry, Innovation and Creative Challenges (November 14th, 2014)

** Fraunhofer IVV is one of the 67 individual Fraunhofer R&D centers. It specializes in: development of food ingredients, processed foods, food process procedures and packaging materials; evaluations of containers for take-out food and safety of packaging materials; recycling of package waste; and development of packaging procedures and packaging machines.

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