Mayor Park Won Soon met with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at the mayor’s office on the 7th floor of City Hall on December 14, 8:30 am, where they shared their opinions on investment and economic collaboration between the two cities.
Mayor Villaraigosa visited the three Northeastern Asian nations of Korea, China, and Japan for 11 days from December 4th. He visited Seoul on December 13~14 to conduct strategic investment invitation marketing aimed at increasing investment in the LA region investment and attracting more tourists.
On this meeting, Mayor Park said, “The recent Korea-USA relationship is moving towards future-oriented development based on common values and trust to actively respond to the changing security environment and future demands of the 21st century.” He proceeded, “While expanding the scope of collaboration from security matters to collaboration among economic, social, cultural, and civilian organizations, the two nations must further develop their relationship to contribute to global peace and prosperity.
Mayor Villaraigosa stated his views on the need to increase investment in the LA region and attract excellent Korean companies to LA, and on increasing the import and export of products and services via the port of LA.
Mayor Park said, “The cities of Seoul and LA signed an MOU for the establishment of a strategic collaboration relationship in the environmental field in 2006, and an MOU for the distribution of electric vehicles aimed at improving the atmospheric environment and reducing greenhouse gas emissions last year.” He added, “We hope to raise awareness and encourage a favorable attitude between the two cities by revitalizing practical networks rather than concentrating on MOUs and simple exchange projects.”