Forging Korea links
Prescott aims to create economic and cultural ties to South Korea
PRESCOTT – The town is hoping to forge economic and cultural ties to South Korea.
The South Korean embassy has chosen Prescott as a target community to strengthen its ties to Canada and Mayor Brett Todd says his town will enthusiastically embrace the opportunity.
At a recent meeting in Prescott, South Korean Consul General Janghoi Kim and other embassy officials met with Todd and Economic Development officer Jackie Schoemaker Holmes to set up a community visit in April.
Todd said the visit will have both an economic and cultural component.
On the economic side, the embassy’s business attache will meet Prescott officials and business leaders to explore closer ties, Todd said.
Schoemaker Holmes said the Korean attache has asked to meet with the local chamber of commerce, adding the town will invite area businesses that have connections with Korea.
As well, Prescott would like to promote itself as a welcoming community for Korean immigrants who might want to move to town, she said.
The cultural part of the visit includes a packed agenda of activities. Embassy officials will visit a school, lay a wreath at the local cenotaph in memory of the Canadian soldiers who died in the Korean conflict, hold a Korean meal and sponsor a Korean film night.
“It’s a good solid day of events to promote business and cultural ties with South Korea,” Todd said. “It’s really an exciting program that they’re putting on.”
Prescott was chosen because of a local resident who has ties to the South Korean embassy, he said. As well, the town’s central location and its easy access to the United States was also a factor, Todd said.
Cornwall and Merrickville will host similar events.
Embassy staffer Yang-Gyun Chung, Jackie Schoemaker Holmes, Mayor Brett Todd and Consul General Janghoi Kim meet to discuss the community visit.