Slovakia – country in the Heart of Europe

Lecturer: 
Ambassador Milan Lajčiak
Date: 
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Venue: 
Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace
Admission: 
10,000 won for non-members and 5,000 won for students (student ID checked at the door); free for members

Slovakia achieved sovereignty on 1 January 1993 when Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic in a very peaceful way. Slovakia is a small country in the heart of Europe with old Slavic roots dating back to the 6th century. Currently it has a population of 5,5 million but it is fastest growing economy in the whole EU, and the country with the most complex reforms in the CEE region. Among its unique features is the fact that it is the world’s biggest car producer per population size while it has the second biggest number of mineral water and hot springs in Europe (after Island), and spectacular natural scenery.

Though the smallest country in the central Europe, Slovakia is the biggest destination of Korean investments and Korea´s biggest trade partner in the Central European region. In the context of the whole EU it is the number 4 market for Korean exports. Nearly 100 Korean companies are registered in Slovakia, around 35 thousand Korean tourists visit Slovakia every year.

The transformation experience which Slovakia has recently undergone can perhaps be helpful for the unification process on the Korean Peninsula. Slovakia went through a very complex reform process from communism and a planned economy to democracy and a market economy. This transformation process penetrated every part of society. There are many issues that subscribed under the successful story of Slovakia. The economic success of Slovakia is closely connected with the social adaptability of the people, mostly the strong middle class. Some transformation experience of Slovakia and CEE countries can be also utilized for the process of the future unification of Korean Peninsula.

Milan Lajčiak has been the Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to the Republic of Korea since August 2014. Prior to that, he has also served as ambassador to Indonesia (1999 – 2003) and Malaysia (2005 – 2012). He has held a number of other major posts in the Slovak Foreign Ministry etc, He studied at the University of Economics, Bratislava, Slovak Republic and the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.

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