Park Byeong-seug
Chair of the 29th APPF and Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea
Message from the President

The Republic of Korea is privileged to be hosting the APPF Annual Meeting this year for the second time, having previously hosted the 6th Annual Meeting 23 years ago in 1998.

This privilege comes with a great sense of responsibility as we will be meeting at a critical time when we face many challenges that require our collective efforts, such as addressing the socio-economic crisis caused by the pandemic and bolstering regional cooperation.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Annual Meeting will be a hybrid event, combining physical and virtual participation. Not all of us will be able to meet each other in person, unfortunately. Still, I am confident that this meeting will serve as an opportunity to strengthen our spirit of solidarity and cooperation to overcome the crisis together.

I appreciate your continued support for the forum despite the hardships caused by the pandemic. I assure you that the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea will take all necessary measures to ensure the safety of all delegations visiting Seoul in December.

I look forward to welcoming all of you to the beautiful city of Seoul.