Ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests and participants!
I would like to warmly welcome and thank all of you for attending the 10th Seoul International Financial
Forum (SIFF) hosted by the Financial News, the “First-Class Economic Daily”
The Seoul International Financial Forum was first held in 2000 when the Financial News was founded,
and now in its 10th. First of all, I would love to extend my deep appreciation to all of you in the financial
industry who have helped the event take firm root as the Best Forum in Asia.
Recently I’ve been watching today’s globlal financial crisis, I can see the light of hope from home and
abroad. World Leaders on the G20 financial summit in London, early April, unveiled concrete steps
to jointly deal with the global economic recession. The fact that advanced and emerging economies
were able to reach a consensus has a very significant historic meaning. It's a very hopeful sign in
overcoming this financial crisis.
The Forum’s theme this year was decied as “New Market Directions after Global Financial Crisis,”
with hope to end its financial crisis earliere and face it wisely when it is over.
Today’s forum is attended by prominent government officials, scholars and field officers from home
and abroad and a Nobel Prize Winner. I am therefore looking forward to the next two days of this forum,
which will be a precious opportunity to exchange ideas and gather our combined wisdom to seek
solutions to resolve the difficult problems faced by the Korean economy and the global economy.
And so, it gives me great pleasure to declare the opening of the 10th Seoul International Financial Forum!
CEO & President,
The Financial News