Welcoming Remarks on the occasion of ASEAN-Korea CEO Summit by Minister Lee Youn Ho June 1, 2009 Jeju Island, Korea Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. I am very honored to be in the company of the distinguished ASEAN guests. We have had very productive sessions in the morning and I want to thank all of you for your valuable input. We have been able to reaffirm three things. First, the tremendous amount of interest and the full participation of leading members of the ASEAN business community are strong indicators-- that our common economic future is headed in the right direction-- signaling bigger and better opportunities in investment, trade and the exchange of peoples and ideas. Secondly, Korea and ASEAN members come in all shapes and sizes, with different strengths and advantages. Past projects have shown that we are able to best utilize our respective merits to great success. A Korean shipbuilder has taken part in upgrading the sector in one ASEAN country-- successfully working with its partner to train workers, develop new technology and build up overseas demand in this lucrative field. In another case, an ASEAN firm invested in the budding Incheon project in Korea and is now leading the race to build one of the world's preeminent port facilities. And finally, these cases underline the last thing we have been able to reaffirm at this Summit. That is-- business between Korea and ASEAN will become more active, more secure, more convenient-- as we are about to sign the final section of the Free Trade Agreement. May I applaud the efforts of all sides for this milestone. I share in your enthusiasm for what lies ahead. We have much to do. And I am very glad to have such great partners! Thank you!