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Korea Week 2015 - Retrospect and Prospect
June 1-5, 2015Republic of Korea

The year 2015 will mark the 60th anniversary of the strong and close cooperation between the World Bank Group and the Republic of Korea. The WBG and Korea will commemorate this important milestone of partnership by planning a series of innovative events and activities.

Thanks for your interest in the Korea Week 2015. The registration is now closed.

The year 2015 will mark the 60th anniversary of the strong and close cooperation between the World Bank Group and the Republic of Korea. The WBG and Korea will commemorate this important milestone of partnership by planning a series of innovative events and activities.

To start off, the WBG Korea Office and the Republic of Korea Ministry of Strategy and Finance will co-host “Korea Week 2015 – Retrospect and Prospect” in the Republic of Korea, from June 1-5, 2015. The Conference first two days (June 1-2) will be held in Songdo, Incheon City; the Public Engagement Event will be held on the third day (June 3) in Seoul; and Side events are being planned for the fourth and fifth days (June 4-15) in Korea.

This conference will illustrate the Republic of Korea’s incredible economic and social progress and its role as a unique donor, showcase the rich and productive 60 years of partnership between the WBG and Korea, and provide a collaborative and interactive arena to increase synergies and learning across a wide diversity of key development themes and issues. This is in association with the twin goals of the World Bank Group: End extreme poverty within a generation and boost shared prosperity. The event will consist of thematic sessions to showcase the ongoing Republic of Korea-financed World Bank Group programs, and explore ways to maximize the potential of their engagement with Korea as a growing donor, as well as panel discussions by development practitioners and scholars to discuss global development challenges. The schedule will permit time before and after formal proceedings for WBG and Korean counterparts to also meet on respective partnerships and programs. Participants will include leaders and professionals from across governments, academia, the private sector, and partners.

We look forward to your participation in this important event!

Conference Structure

The main conference will start on June 1 at 9:30am and conclude on June 2 at 6:30pm. Six Thematic Sessions on important sector and policy issues will run concurrently on June 1-2, in two sets. Set one will include (a) Theme 1 - Information & Communications Technology – Closing the Gaps; (b) Theme 2 - Urban & Climate Change; and (c) Theme 3 - Leadership, Learning & Innovation – Accelerators of Development. Set two will include (a) Theme 4 - Fostering Competitiveness – Advancing Skills and Supporting SMEs; (b) Theme 5 - Public & Private Partnership (PPP) – Trend toward a Hybrid Approach; and (c) Theme 6 - Financial Systems for Sustainable Growth.

On June 3, the WBG will host a Public Engagement Day in Seoul, which will include two Panel Sessions: (i) “Global Development Challenges and the Role of WBG”; and (ii) “Working in the WBG”. This event will start at 9:00am and conclude at 12:40pm.

A series of conference side events are planned during June 4-5. Additional information is forthcoming.

Last Updated: May 29, 2015

Thanks for your interest in the Korea Week 2015. The registration is now closed.

Entrance

During the scheduled check-in hours (see below), registered participants should check in at the Sheraton Incheon Hotel.

Official check-in will take place at the following times:

Monday, June 1, 2015

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Visa

Please be advised that it is the responsibility of participants to obtain a visa to enter the Republic of Korea if applicable. Please consult the respective Republic of Korea Consulate regarding visa application deadlines and documentation required. Additional information may be found at: http://www.mofa.go.kr/ENG/visa/application/index.jsp?menu=m_40_10.

Passes and Procedures

On the first day of the conference, we suggest that you arrive well in advance to complete check in during 9:30am-10:00am. All registered participants are expected to bring a valid photo ID (Passport or other official ID) to check-in for the conference. Each person will be issued with a conference badge at the registration desk.

Wireless Internet Access

Conference participants will have access to the Sheraton Hotel wireless network. To access the Guest Wi-Fi service, simply select the "guest" Wi-Fi service from the list of possible services, and enter the password provided at the registration desk.

Last Updated: May 29, 2015

Welcome to Songdo/Seoul, Korea for “Korea Week 2015 – Retrospect and Prospect”.

The conference will take place from June 1~2, at the Sheraton Hotel in Songdo, Incheon City. A Public Engagement Day on June 3 will be held at the Seoul Museum of History. Side events are planned during June 4~5 at various venues in Seoul.

This document is designed to present general information on logistics. Please also consult the event website:  http://www.worldbank.org/en/events/2015/03/20/korea-week-2015-june-1-5-2015

CONFERENCE (Songdo, June 1-2, 2015)

VENUE (June 1-2, 2015)

Sheraton Incheon Hotel

3rd Floor & 4th Floor

153 Convensia-Road, Yeonsu-Gu, Incheon, 406-840, South Korea

Phone: +82-32-835-1000

Fax: +82-32-835-1001

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PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT DAY (Seoul, June 3, 2015)

VENUE (June 3, 2015)

Seoul Museum of History

Main Lecture Hall

55 Saemunan-ro (sinmunno 2-ga), Jonggno-gu, Seoul 110-062, South Korea

Phone: +82-2-724-0274

http://eng.museum.seoul.kr/index.jsp

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SIDE EVENTS (Four events) (June 4-5, 2015)

1.    International Tax Conference for Development and Growth, WB-Korea Development Forum (Seoul, June 4-5)

*Open to all Korea Week participants based on advanced registration. Please contact Boe Ine Lee (blee7@worldbank.org).

VENUE (June 4-5, 2015)

The Westin Chosun Seoul

106 Sogong-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, 100-070, South Korea

Phone: +82-2-771-0500

Fax: +82-2-752-1443

http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1064

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2.    World Bank Group 2nd Annual Korea Green Innovation Days – Leveraging Green Growth for Climate Change Action (Seoul, June 4-5)

*Open to all Korea Week participants based on advanced registration. Please contact kggp@worldbank.org to RSVP. The dinner on June 4th is by invitation only.

VENUE (June 4-5, 2015)

Millennium Seoul Hilton

Grand Ballroom

50, Sowol-Ro, Jung-Gu, Seoul, 100-802, South Korea

Phone: +82-2-753-7788

FAX: +82-2-754-2510

http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/south-korea/millennium-seoul-hilton-SELHITW/index.html

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3.    New Perspectives on Economic Transitions (Seoul, June 4, half day morning)

*Open to all Korea Week participants based on advanced registration, although seating is limited. Please contact ktf@worldbank.org to RSVP. 

VENUE (June 4, 2015)

Korea Export Import Bank

Conference room, 5th Floor

38 Eunhaeng-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

4.    Governance of State-Owned Enterprises (SOE): State Oversight and Performance Monitoring in East and South Asia (Seoul, June 4-5)

*Open to all Korea Week participants based on advanced registration, although seating is limited. Please contact smin@worldbank.org to RSVP. 

VENUE (June 4-5, 2015)

Lotte Hotel Seoul

30 Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, 100-070, South Korea

Phone: +82-2-771-1000

http://www.lottehotel.com/seoul/en/

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VISA

Detailed visa information is available at the website of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Korea:

http://www.mofa.go.kr/ENG/visa/application/index.jsp

Note

1) Visa application should be sent to Korean Embassies or consulates abroad.

2) Visa applicants are required to submit passport, completed application forms, a recent passport-size color photograph, and other relevant documents. Type of visa may be determined by their status of stay.

HOTEL ACCOMODATION

Participants must make their own hotel reservations. We urge participants to make reservations as soon as possible since local hotels fill up quickly.

World Bank Group Korea Office offers you special rates as shown on the hotel list below, to help provide affordable accommodation options during this Korea Week. In order to make advantage of these preferential rates, please complete your booking as soon as possible. Please note that the hotel will request a credit card to confirm your reservation. Room rates are in KRW (1 USD≒1094 KRW) and do not include taxes. When reserving room, please inform the hotel that you are a World Bank Group guest.

Hotels in Songdo

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A. Sheraton Incheon Hotel

153 Convensia-road, Incheon

Contact: +82 32 835 1117

• Hi-Speed Internet (20000 KRW), Wi-Fi (20000 KRW)

• World Bank Group rate: 180,000 KRW

http://www.sheratonincheon.com/

B. Oakwood Premier Incheon

165 Convensia-daero, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon

Contact: +82 32 726 2000

• Free Hi-Speed Internet, Free Parking, Free Wi-Fi

• World Bank Group rate: 160,000 KRW

http://www.oakwoodasia.com/korea/oakwood-incheon.php

C. Holiday Inn Songdo

251 Incheon Tower-Daero, Yeonsu-Gu, Incheon

Contact: +82 32 835 1117

• Free Hi-Speed Internet, Free Parking, Free Wi-Fi

• World Bank Group rate: 120,000 KRW

• Breakfast discounted to 24,200 KRW / Free shuttle bus to Sheraton twice a day 

http://www.holidayinnsongdo.com/main/intro/main.html

Hotels in Downtown Seoul

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D. The Plaza

119 Sogong-ro, Seoul

Contact: +82 2 711 2200

• Free Hi-Speed Internet, Free Parking, Free Wi-Fi

• World Bank Group rate: 190,000 KRW

http://www.hoteltheplaza.com/eng/index.jsp

E. Lotte Hotel Seoul, Downtown

30 Euljiro Jung-gu Seoul

Contact: +82 2 771 1000

• Free Hi-Speed Internet, Free Parking, Free Wi-Fi

• World Bank Group rate: 210,000 KRW

http://www.lottehotel.com/seoul/en/Default.asp

F. The Westin Chosun, Seoul

87, Sokong-dong Seoul

Contact: +82 2 771 0500

• Free Hi-Speed Internet, Free Parking, Free Wi-Fi

• World Bank Group rate: 250,000 KRW

http://twc.echosunhotel.com/seoul.action

Hotels in Seoul/ Itaewon area

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G. Grand Hyatt Seoul

322, Sowol-ro Seoul

Contact: +82 2 797 1234

• Free Hi-Speed Internet, Free Parking, Free Wifi

• World Bank Group rate: 225,000 KRW

http://seoul.grand.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html

Please note that accommodations (D~G) are in Seoul. Distance from Seoul to Songdo is about 35.8km (22miles)


PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

How to get to Songdo from Incheon Airport?

1.         Take Limousine #6707B at Incheon Airport bus station 11A.

2.         It arrives at Sheraton Incheon Hotel within 45 minute.

3.         By Taxi, it takes about 25-30 minute.

How to get to Seoul from Incheon Airport?

1.         Take Limousine #6701 at Incheon Airport bus station 12B.

2.         It arrives at Seoul City Hall within an hour and a half.

3.         By Taxi, it takes about 1 hour.

GENERAL INFORMATION

World Bank Group Korea Office

37F. POSCO E&C Tower 2, 241, Incheon tower-daero, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon, Korea

T. 82-32-713-7000 / F. 82-32-713-7040

Office Hours: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Time Difference

Korean Time is 9 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC+9).

Weather

Korea is renowned for its four distinct seasons. Spring starts from March. At the time of the World Bank Korea- Korea Meeting, the average temperature will range from 10°C to 20°C, so a light jacket will be needed.

Currency

The unit of the Korean currency is the Korean Won (KRW). Foreign bank notes and traveler’s checks can be converted into the Korean Won at foreign exchange banks and other authorized money exchange outlets. The exchange rate is subject to market fluctuations. As of April 2015, US$ 1 is approximately KRW 1,094.

Electricity

The standard voltage in Korea is 220 volts. The outlet is the same type used in continental Europe and many other countries.

Tipping

Tipping is not a general Korean custom. A 10% charge is added to your bill automatically at all hotels. Therefore, tipping is not expected

Mobile Phone Rental

You may rent a mobile phone at Incheon International Airport. Users can rent a handset, and pay rental and call charges upon returning the phone. Applicants are required to provide identification, a credit card and sign a service contract (available at the booth). For more information, please visit the website of each service provider.

- Olleh KT: http://roaming.kt.com

- SK Telecom: http://www.skroaming.com/

- LG U PLUS: http://lguroaming.uplus.co.kr/

Emergency Phone Numbers

112: Police

119: Emergencies for Fire, Rescue & Hospital Services

Visiting Korea

For information regarding tourist attractions and restaurants in Seoul, please visit: http://english.seoul.go.kr or http://www.korea.net. For information about Songdo, please visit: http://english.visitincheon.org/.

For more inquiries on general logistics, please contact: Min Jae Kang (mjkang@worldbank.org)

Last Updated: May 08, 2015

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Korea Week 2015 - June 1-5, 2015

Program – Summary

Time

Session

June 1, 2015 (Monday)

Sheraton Incheon Hotel, 3F & 4F

153 Convensia-Road, Yeonsu-Gu, Incheon, 406-840, Republic of Korea

09:30 – 10:00

Registration

10:00 - 10:40

Opening Plenary

Remembering 60 Years of Successful Partnership

Welcoming Remarks

Congratulatory Remarks

10:40 - 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30

Plenary 1

Korea as a Unique Donor

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch

13:30 - 15:00

Plenary 2

World Bank Group – Korea Programs & Projects

15:00 – 15:30

Coffee Break

15:30 – 18:30

Thematic Sessions

Theme 1

Theme 2

Theme 3

Information & Communications Technology

Urban & Climate Change

Leadership, Learning & Innovation

19:00 – 20:30

Dinner

June 2, 2015 (Tuesday)

Sheraton Incheon Hotel, 3F & 4F

153 Convensia-Road, Yeonsu-Gu, Incheon, 406-840, Republic of Korea

Time

Preliminary Program

10:00 – 12:00

Plenary 3

IFC & MIGA –Private Sector (Topic TBC)

12:00 – 13:30

Lunch

13:30 – 16:30

Thematic Sessions

Theme 4

Theme 5

Theme 6

Fostering Competitiveness

Public & Private Partnership

Finance & Markets

16:30 – 17:00

Coffee Break

17:00 – 18:30

 

Closing Plenary

Wrap-up Session

Closing Remarks

 

 

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

June 3, 2015 (Wednesday)

Site location to be determined.

Seoul, Republic of Korea

Time

Preliminary Program

09:00 – 09:30

Registration

09:30 – 09:40

Welcoming Remarks

09:40 – 11:10

Panel Discussion 1

Global Development Challenges and the Role of WBG

11:10 – 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:30

Panel Discussion 2

Working in the World Bank Group

12:30 – 12:40

Closing

SIDE EVENTS

June 4-5, 2015 (Thursday – Friday)

Side events and locations to be determined.

Republic of Korea

Korea Week 2015 - Retrospect and Prospect
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