President Park Geun-hye is set to rack upsome serious air miles as she embarks on a nine-day trip to India and Switzerland onWednesday.
Our presidential correspondent Eoh Jin-jootells us what she aims to accomplish during her state visits to the two countries.
PresidentPark will focus on promoting her vision for a creative economy and securing greater foreigninvestment in Korea during her trip to India and Switzerland.
President Park will hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh anddiscuss ways to further develop the two countries' cooperation in various fields, ranging fromeconomic affairs to science and information communications technology.
India is the world's second-largest market, with a population of 1-point-2 billion, andis currently moving ahead with a five-year economic development plan that runs through2017.
The presidential office of Cheong Wa Dae saysthere is great potential in many areas for cooperation between Korea and India, and Indiawill be a key partner in helping Korea realize a creative economy, one of the Park administration'smajor goals.
"India is globally competitive in high-techindustries such as IT and aerospace.
Korea will sign MOUs with India in the fields ofscience, information and communications technology and aerospace during the president's visitto strengthen cooperation, especially in sectors related to the creative economy.
" The president will also seek ways to upgradethe Korea-India Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, which took effect in 2010,.
andurge the Indian government to support Korean companies, including POSCO, which has beenworking on a project in the Indian state of Odisha for eight years now.
President Park will be the first Korean leader to make a state visit to Switzerland.
There, she will hold a bilateral summit with President of the Swiss Confederation DidierBurkhalter and visit economic sites to benchmark Switzerland's vocational training system andits economic system, which is centered around small and mid-sized firms, all of which couldbe linked to her vision for a creative economy.
The president will wrap up her trip at theWorld Economic Forum in Davos,.
where she will meet with the CEOs of global companies,such as Cisco and Siemens, and urge foreign businesses to invest in Korea.
Eoh Jin-joo, Arirang News.