Daejeon City-U.S. Montgomery County responds to economic and scientific cooperation...Mission visits, MOUs to boost exchanges

오재경 Oh Jae-Gyung
11 May 2024

Daejeon City held a welcoming event for the Montgomery County Mission in the United States, a sister city that visited Daejeon, to strengthen exchanges such as economic and scientific cooperation, at the Onoma Hotel D-Unicorn Lounge on the 10th.

At the event, Daejeon City and Montgomery County signed a memorandum of understanding to promote economic exchanges, including mutual support when entering companies, and had time to introduce the current status of the bio-industry in both cities.

Montgomery County is a city with major bio sector government agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, more than 300 bio sector companies, and 40,000 technicians. 

Daejeon City and Montgomery County formed a sister city partnership in 2017 and have been engaged in continuous exchanges, including the 2017 Daejeon APCS, the 2022 Daejeon World Local Union (UCLG) General Assembly, and the 2023 Daejeon World Innovation City Forum.

Daejeon Mayor Lee Jang-woo said, "I hope this visit to Montgomery County will serve as a bridgehead for Daejeon bio companies to enter the U.S. as well as expanding exchanges in the bio sector between the two cities," adding, "We hope you will pay a lot of attention to Daejeon's economic delegation to visit Seattle and Montgomery County in June." 

Mayor Lee then invited Montgomery County Mayor to the (tentative name) World Economic Science and Cities Association's inaugural ceremony scheduled for September for more advanced exchanges.

We are pleased to sign a memorandum of understanding to strengthen exchanges with Daejeon, a city centered on science and technology, Mayor Mark Elich said. "With this visit, let's expand practical cooperation between the two cities' human exchanges and high-tech industries."

On the same day, the Montgomery County visitors visited a welcome reception and corporate exchange meeting in the morning, and the Institute of Basic Science (heavy ion accelerator) and Rigachem (bio-company) in the afternoon. 

During a visit to Rigachem (formerly Legochem Bio), the Montgomery County delegation confirmed the excellence of Daejeon companies and expressed interest in attracting investment.


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