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Reviewing Pending Challenges at the Joint Workshop of the Korea National Food Cluster

Communicating and Building a Shared Vision
Regarding the Direction of Development for Korea’s Food Industry in 2016

Reviewing Pending Challenges at the Joint Workshop

of the Korea National Food Cluster

From November 19th to November 20th, 2015 (Friday – Saturday), over the course of 2 days and a night, a joint workshop was held at the Geumgang Experience Center in Seongdangpo-gu, Iksan-si of Jeollabuk-do, for affiliated institutions sharing leadership in theNational Food Cluster.

To wrap up the year and clarify our major business plans for the next year, the workshop brought together around 60 contributors participating in the Korea National Food Cluster project, from institutions including the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Jeollabuk-do,Iksan-si, and the Agency for the Korea National Food Cluster. I had the privilege of going along onthis journey, a bonding experience in which we shared our ideas, our laughter, and evenended up runningaround a field together.

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Let’s Get Together, National Food Cluster!

To depart for the workshoplocation, the Geumgang Experience Center in Seongdangpo-gu, Iksan-si of Jeollabuk-do, many participants who represent the leadership of the Korea National Food Cluster boarded a bus early in the morning. Although being up at such an early hour to get ready may have been a little tiring, everyone appeared elated and cheerful at the thought of visiting Iksan-si in Jeollabuk-do, the place where the Korea National Food Cluster is formed. We couldn’t help but smile to see the faces of colleagues whom we haven’t been able to catch up with in person for quite a while, each of us having been busily engaged in our respective fields.

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Our colleagues posing with the “victory” sign, elated by the lovely, flourishing scenery of the harbor.I found their cheery mood to be infectious.

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Presentations on Korea National Food ClusterBusiness Plans for 2016

The purpose of thisjointworkshop was to review the current status of the issues that we have tackled thus far, and to present our major business plans for 2016 to define our actions for future development.

Following the welcoming speech by Mr. Han Woong-Jae, acting mayor of Iksan,and the opening speech byMr.ChoiHeeJong , the President of the Agency for the Korea National Food Cluster, we immediately proceeded to presentations by each sector regarding the major business plans for the National Food Industry in 2016 and Q&A sessions.

The corporate support team gave a presentation on “Operating Business Support Programs and the Food Venture Center in 2016,” the industrial complex support teamdiscussed “The Formation of an Industrial Complex and Quality Management for Corporate Support Facilities”, the investment team presented on “Activities for Attracting Investment,”and the research development team gave a business plan presentation titled,“Proposed Plan for Building a Professionalized Coordination and Technological Support System (R&D).”

Get Moving! Fun Olympics

One major highlight of this workshop was the Fun Olympics that forged a sense of trust and belonging among all our affiliate participants. The event was designed to promote harmony among the participants, which helped us build some much needed physical stamina and even gave a power-boost for our emotional health.

Although our bodies weren’t as agile as we’d hoped, as we sometimes ended up tumbling here and there, the recreational activities led by a professional coach- clapping, building towers out of baskets, jump-roping in groups, racing in centipede formation, building a human tower and other feats—gave everyone a chance to release their stress and tension. 

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The Vanguard for Exporting Korea’s Agricultural Produce and Food to the Global Market in 2016: here’s to the success and growth of Korea National Food Cluster!

The Korea National Food Cluster project, which was launched in 2012, will reach the milestone of the completion of the industrial complex next year and move into an operational phase. Thisworkshop sought to set the direction for the development of the Korea National Food Cluster. It was a meaningful time in which we not only discussed our business plans but also built camaraderie and collaborative spirit among participants from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Jeollabuk-do, Iksan-si, the Agency for the Korea National Food Cluster and affiliated organizations. We wrapped up the workshop with a group photo. The bright smiles of our team make us anticipate an even brighter future for Korea’s food industry.

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