The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce (GCOC) and Gangnam District in Seoul, South Korea, have agreed to deepen an 11-year partnership during a virtual ceremony on Tuesday, May 11. This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is meant to encourage collaboration between the two parties with a focus on trade, culture, and tourism. 

“Being one of Georgia’s top five foreign direct investments, South Korea is invaluable to Georgia’s strong economic growth,” said Gwinnett Chamber Board Chair Doug Jenkins. “Building on the 11-year sister-community agreement between the county and Gangnam, we look forward to collaborating with each other in trade, culture, and economic development.” 

“As the Gwinnett Chamber signed memorandums of understanding with bi-lateral chambers in the metro Atlanta area this past year, we are excited to formalize our first partnership with the Gangnam District in Seoul, South Korea,” said Nick Masino, President & CEO, Gwinnett Chamber and Partnership Gwinnett.  

In addition to continuing business and delegation visits, the Gwinnett Chamber and Gangnam District hope to further collaborate through virtual webinars and forums.  

“I am very delighted to meet Chairwoman Nicole Hendrickson, Board Chair Doug Jenkins, President & CEO Nick Masino, as well as all the officials joining us for today’s virtual MOU signing ceremony,” said Gangnam Mayor Soon-Kyun Jung. “Although it’s a difficult time for everyone due to COVID-19, I hope today’s ceremony will lead to more exchanges with the Gwinnett Chamber in many areas, including but not limited to, healthcare and IT solutions.” 

Alongside Mayor Jung, in attendance from the Gangnam District office were Geon-Heyong Cho, Cultural Affairs Specialist, Hi-Joo Kim, Director of New Design Bureau, and Gwang-Soo Kim, Tourism Promotion Division. Gwinnett County Chairwoman Nicole Love Hendrickson and Robert Rapson, Acting US Ambassador to South Korea, provided video messages congratulating both parties on the agreement. 

To read the Memorandum of Understanding, click: FINAL Strategic Cooperation Agreement (USA-KOR)


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