President Sung and President Galimkair Mutanov
Event: Capitalism and Capitalisms in Asia: Origin, Commonality, and Diversity
Date: October 22 (Thu), 2015
Venue: Youngwon Hall, Asia Center
Distinguished scholars, guests, and ladies and gentlemen, good morning!
It is my great pleasure to welcome all of you to the “Capitalism and
Capitalisms in Asia” Conference at the Seoul National University Asia Center.
I want to thank Director Myungkoo Kang of Asia Center and President
Hyun-Chin Lim of Korea Social Science Research Council (KOSSREC) for
organizing this timely conference on behalf of all community members of
the Seoul National University.
Asia Center is a young research institute in my university. Yet, it has
already been recognized as one of the most important assets of the
university. Since its establishment in 2009, the Center has made tremendous
achievements. It is stimulating research community in and out of the
university. I also would like to mention that KOSSREC has been a catalyst to
enhancing interdisciplinary work in social science in Korea, and I imagine
that they will continue to take on that role here at this conference. Thank
you again for hosting this important conference at Seoul National University
I understand that this conference is organized around critical questions for
deepening our understanding on the Asian economy. As we all know, Asia is
a very vibrant and dynamic region. Increasing new acronyms like AIIB (Asian
Infrastructure Investment Bank), RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic
Partnership), TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership), and others reflect these active
changes. However, the Asian economy is composed of various forms of
capitalisms, and so we need further investigation for better understanding of
the Asian economy. In this sense, I think this conference is very timely.
Many people say that the continuing growth of the economy of Asia is
crucial for the future of the world economy. Furthermore, for the
sustainability and peace-making of the world, cooperation within Asia and
between Asia and other parts of the world are essential.
I presume that this is the rationale that brings us here together to assess
the current status of capitalism in Asia and to discuss the future of it. I
know that a single conference cannot answer all the questions we have;
therefore, I wish all participants that the next two days be a trigger to
develop strong and sustained networks for continuing collaboration.
I believe this meeting will provide an extraordinary opportunity to
exchange and share knowledge that will help deepen our understanding on
the Asian economy. I expect this meeting will lead to a stream of ideas to
shed new lights on great challenges Asia and the world are facing now.
Lastly, I wish all of you that this meeting will be an opportunity to have a
pleasant experience of Korea’s charm and taste. I hear that Asia Center has
made great preparations for this.
Once again, my congratulations go to Asia Center and KOSSREC for
hosting this important event and hope all of you have a chance to learn
more about Korea and return home with good memories.