The fourth Korea-Africa forum has opened at the African Union (AU) headquarters in Addis Ababa with a promise to create a platform to enhance and strengthen the economic, social and political co-operation between the continent and the Republic of Korea (ROK).

The forum, which is being held for the first time in Africa, will also see bilateral meetings between the ROK and individual African countries on the sidelines of the Forum to initiate the exchange of views on further developing ties.

Senior officials from the two sides met here Tuesday to review the implementation of agreements reached at the 3rd Korea-Africa Forum and to finalize the outcome documents of that forum.

Fourteen African countries with 150 representatives were invited to attend this year’s Forum, while the ROK delegation is led by Yun Byung-se, the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Also attending the Forum is Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia.

On Wednesday. there will be a general discussion session and two thematic sessions held under the themes of “Enhancing Peace and Security in Africa” and the “Africa-Korea Partnership For A Shared Economic Development”.

The forum, which is expected to adopt the Addis Ababa Declaration of The Fourth Africa-Korea Forum, is being co-hosted by the ROK Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the African Union and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia.

Through the Forum, the ROK plans to expand co-operation with African countries, network with high-level officials from Africa and deepen the understanding of Korea among the peoples of Africa.