As Korean cities continue to vie to host the 5th ‘Group of 20’ summit in Nov. 2010, the Jeju Provincial Government has launched a ‘G20 Summit Host Committee’. Comprised of 77 high-profile professionals, the committee, launched on Oct. 8 is an attempt to secure the hosting rights.
In a statement released at the launching ceremony, Hong Myoung-pyo and Yoon Tae-hyun, co-chairmen of the Committee, said: “No other Korean city is stronger than Jeju in terms of convention infrastructure, safety, and natural beauty,” adding that “the keen aspiration and solidarity of Jeju residents will play a crucial role in hosting the coveted summit.” In particular, Jeju Island is promoting its bid by citing its successful hosting of the ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit held June 1-2 this year.
If selected, the hosting of the summit will raise Jeju’s profile as a center of diplomacy. From 2011, G20 leaders will gather once a year for a routine summit. In the interim year of 2010, Canada and South Korea will host two rounds in June and November respectively. Other major candidate cities are Busan, Incheon, Seoul, and Gyeongju in North Gyeongsang Province.
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