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  • Seoul Mayor Park Won-Soon meets with NGO conducting startup education activities in North Korea

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    • –Mayor Park meets with representatives from Singapore’s NGO “Chosun Exchange” that provides startup education programs to 1,300 North Korean residents
    • –Founded in 2009, Chosun Exchange has built up the largest business network in North Korea
    • –Chosun Exchange was named “the most important non-governmental organization network in North Korea” by Harvard University in the United States

    SINGAPORE, July 10, 2018 — Seoul Mayor Park Won-Soon, who is currently on his business trip to Singapore, had a meeting, July 8, with representatives from Singapore’s NGO “Chosun Exchange.” The meeting was attended by Geoffrey See, the founder of Chosun Exchange, and activists.

    Founded in 2009, Chosun Exchange has built up the largest business network in North Korea, while providing startup education programs to more than 1,300 North Korean residents for the last ten years. They provided more than 43 rounds of education and training programs for entrepreneurship and startup so far.

    Chosun Exchange is well received internationally, and was named “the most important non-governmental organization network in North Korea” by Harvard University in the United States for its active activities. The Washington Post has also paid attention to Chosun Exchange, explaining it played an important role in realizing the recent summit between North Korea and the United States in Singapore.

    In accordance with the opening of the Peace Era on the Korean Peninsula, Mayor Park learned about the experiences and know-how of Chosun Exchange’s support activities for the North. He also asked for their advices on the Seoul-Pyeongyang Comprehensive Cooperation Plan prepared by the Seoul Metropolitan Government since 2016. The Mayor also sought for ways to increase cooperation and exchanges with the North in cooperation with Chosun Exchange.