The World Bio Summit Strengthens International Cooperation in Healthcare

13 Dec 2023

The World Bio Summit Strengthens

International Cooperation in Healthcare


- The World Bio Summit 2023 brings together health ministers from Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, Laos, and officials from WHO and CEPI to discuss greater cooperation in healthcare -



2nd Vice Minister Park Minsoo of the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) held bilateral meetings with Vice Minister of Health for Planning and Development Abdulaziz AlRamaih of Saudi Arabia, Deputy Minister of Health Ihor Kuzin of Ukraine, Vice Minister of Health Phayvanh Keopaseuth of Laos, Chair of Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) Board Jane Halton and WHO Assistant Director General of External Relations and Governance Catharina Boehme to discuss key issues of interest and ways of cooperation in healthcare.


The meetings were arranged to discuss and explore avenues of cooperation with Korea in healthcare at the request of each organization participating in the “World Bio Summit 2023” in Seoul.


At his second meeting withVice Minister Abdulaziz AlRamaih of Saudi Arabiaafter the first meeting in 2022, 2nd Vice Minister Parkdiscussed the revision of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) to reflect recent mutual interests in the healthcare sector, including collaboration in the fields of biotechnology and digital health.He also asked for Saudi Arabia’s continued interest in thetraining program for healthcare professionalsandattraction of Saudi Arabian patients to Korea,through which the two countries have forged cooperation.


Minister Park andDeputy Minister of Health Ihor Kuzin of Ukrainetalked about thepossibility of signing an MOU to further expand cooperation in healthcare,and Deputy Minister Kuzin asked forKorea’s interest in providing assistance for Ukraine’s recoveryfrom the prolonged war in Ukraine.


At the bilateral meeting with Vice Minister of Health Phayvanh Keopaseuth of Laos, Minister Park emphasized thatKorea is most actively involved in healthcare-related ODA projectsin Laos among all Asian countries and that Laos is acore cooperation partner that is most actively participating in the Dr. LEE Jong-wook Fellowship Program,a healthcare workforce training program for developing countries. He also noted that Laos is thenext chair of the ASEAN Health Ministers Meeting,andexpressed Korea’s support for Laos’ role,pledging greater cooperation.


CEPI Chair Jane Halton briefly explainedCEPI’s latest activities including its 5-year plan (CEPI 2.0) and talked about the two events that CEPI participated in during the summit, i.e. Session 4 (Accelerating Pandemic Vaccine Development and Manufacturing) on November 21, the second day of the summit and Korea-CEPI R&D Workshop that was held concurrently as a side event to the summit. Particularly, they agreed that theKorea-CEPI R&D Workshophas taken shape as anannual forum for promoting bilateral cooperation and exchanges,marking its third year since its launch in 2021.


At the meeting withWHO Assistant Director General of External Relations and Governance Catharina Boehme,Minister Park suggested that theyresume the Korea-WHO policy dialoguethat has been halted since it was first held in 2019 to ensure closer policy cooperation. Following Boehme’s introduction of the Investment Round, WHO’s mid to long-term funding plan, Minister Park and Catharina Boehme discussed how the WHO would be able tomaintain financial sustainability.In addition, they talked about different ways to further strengthen cooperation between the Korean government and the WHO, including theWHO’s recruitment of qualified andtalented Koreanto work at its headquarters.///

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