The Lord Provost of Aberdeen George Adam has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the South Korean city of Mokpo.
In a prestigious ceremony with Cho Seong-o, Chairman of Mokpo City Council and Park Hong-ryull, Mayor of Mokpo City, the agreement was signed during a visit by Mr Adam.
The particular focus of the Aberdeen-Mokpo MoU will be on renewable energy and especially offshore wind and wave/tidal, marine engineering, and higher education links over an initial three-year period.
The Lord Provost said: “Aberdeen and Mokpo share many common goals and we look forward to working together for the benefit of all our citizens.
“Aberdeen is an international city with a global outlook and this agreement with Mokpo is great news for the future prosperity of our city as we look to new markets and new opportunities for growth.”
The MoU with Mokpo came after Mr Adam also visited nearby Japan to build on relationships with Kobe, Nagasaki and the Mitsubishi Corporation.
As part of the Japan visit, Mr Adam spent time at the house of Thomas Blake Glover, who came from the north-east originally and became hugely influential in the industrialisation of Japan and building up the Mitsubishi Corporation.
The visits came after Aberdeen City Council’s 2016/2017 International Trade and Investment Plan was approved at committee in January 2016 which stated the international trade priorities by sector (energy); and by market (US, Canada, Norway, Mozambique, Mexico, Japan and the World Energy Cities Partnership) and the capacity of officers to support trade development activities in these areas.