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Korea Small & Medium Business Administration|
SMEs account for 99% of all enterprises and 88% of all employees in Korea.The Small & Medium Business Administration (SMBA), since its foundation in 1996, has developed and implemented a unique and effective SME promotion system, combining financing, marketing, technology, business start-up, micro-enterprises.. The site has 3 main sections : Korean SMEs, Major Policies, Current Issues & Focus. Excellent site, very well designed which provides key information on policies and programmes for SME development.
Invest KOREA (IK), Korea's national investment promotion agency, was established with the sole purpose of supporting the entry and successful establishment of foreign business into Korea. The site offers an overview of the main industries as well as a rationale for investing in Korea. There is also an extensive section on Doing Business in the country. Excellent site. Do not miss the downloadable 2011 Guide to Living in Korea and the Living in Korea Q&A.
Korea Trade Investment Promotion Agency
KOTRA was established in 1962 to bolster the Korean economy through trade. Today, with 111 Korea Business Centers in 76 countries worldwide, KOTRA serves as a vessel through which foreign companies can conveniently cooperate with Korean companies. The site has 3 main sections : Investment (leading to Invest KOREA), Trade and Exhibition. You can also access any one of the Korea Business Centers abroad.
The home of one of South Korea's largest English newspapers, this site provides information on what is happening in Korea today.
ASEAN-Korea Centre is an international organization established to promote economic and socio-cultural cooperation between ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Member States and Korea. Interesting site. Do not miss the publications section and in particular the 2011 report on ASEAN & Korea in figures.
Ministry of Knowledge Economy
Different from other economic models which rely primarily on natural resources or manpower, knowledge will be the primary engine of productivity and growth for the Korean economy. The Ministry of Knowledge Economy is an integration of former Ministries of Commerce, Industry and Energy; Information and Communication; and Science and Technology. Very good site for anyone interested in understanding the "Korean miracle".
Small and Medium Business Corporation
The Small and Medium Business Corporation (SBC) is a non-profit, government-funded organization established to implement government policies and programs for the sound growth and development of Korean SMEs. To achieve its purpose, SBC operates financial and non-financial programs for SMEs. Through financial programs, SBC provides financing for SMEs to expand operations, develop new products and convert their business structures. With non-financial programs including consulting, training, marketing and global cooperation programs, SBC supports SMEs to enhance their global competitiveness. Do not miss their very good brochure.
Korea International Trade Association
The Korea International Trade Association(KITA) is currently the largest business organization in Korea with over 71,000 member companies. With a network of 11 domestic offices and 8 overseas branches in major cities, KITA is assisting SMEs in gaining foreign market entry and has actively contributed towards Korea's recent achievement of 1 trillion dollars in trade volume. Interesting site providing trade related news and statistics. Do not miss What's the latest in the Korean economy ?
Federation of Korean Industries
The Federation of Korean Industries consists of Korea's major conglomerates and associated members. The main objectives of the organization are to help promote sound economic policies, and to internationalize the economy to further enhance the free market economic system and the development of the nation. Of interest is the monthly Business Survey Index in the publications section.
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