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Relations and Cooperation

Korea-Africa Relations

On November 23, 2022, Korea officially announced the plan to host 2024 Korea-Africa Summit, demonstrating its commitment to significantly expand cooperation with Africa. Based on Korea's vision to become a 'Global Pivotal State' and the AU's vision for Agenda 2063, Africa and Korea will work towards establishing a mutually beneficial and future-oriented strategic partnership.

Importance of Korea-Africa Relations

The Importance of the Republic of Korea-Africa Relationship

Korea and Africa share similar histories and stand as valuable partners who have collaborated with their distinct strengths. Notably, Korea's unique growth trajectory holds a great appeal for African countries, while Africa's vibrant dynamism as a continent brimming with youthful potentials is anticipated to invigorate Korea's own growth.

Korea and Africa are prepared to grow together.

Africa is the continent of the future, with 60% of the population under the age of 25. Particularly with the inauguration of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in 2019, Africa is rapidly evolving into a vast single market with a population of 1.4 billion and a GDP of $3.4 trillion. Africa is undoubtedly emerging as a global economic powerhouse.

Korea has overcome its painful history of colonization and the Korean War and achieved unprecedented economic growth, famously known as the "Miracle on the Han River." Korea has also transitioned from being a beneficiary of international aid to becoming a donor country, actively contributing to the growth of the international community.

Korea and Africa will build a mutually beneficial, sustainable, and long-lasting partnership, based on the complementary strengths of the two sides. The future that Korea and Africa will shape together is in align with Korea's diplomatic aspirations to become a 'Global Pivotal State' contributing to global freedom, peace, and prosperity and the AU's Agenda 2063 to realize sustainable development and integration of the African continent.

The very first Korea-Africa Summit in 2024 will serve as an important turning point for the two regions in significantly enhancing their pragmatic cooperation as it will connect the respective strengths of Korea and Africa. As equal partners, Korea and Africa are committed to creating a future together for shared growth, sustainability, and solidarity.

Current State of Korea-Africa Cooperation

Korea and Africa have been expanding their pragmatic cooperation in diverse fields, such as trade, investment, infrastructure, minerals and energy, defense, e-government, and information and digital technologies.

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