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South Korea and some African nations have announced plans to strengthen trade and business relations, launching a “critical minerals dialogue” for sustainable resource development.

During the first-ever summit with leaders from 48 African nations, South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol committed to increasing development aid for Africa to $10 billion over the next six years. This initiative aims to tap into Africa’s rich mineral resources and burgeoning export market.

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In addition to development aid, Yoon pledged $14 billion in export financing to bolster trade and investment for South Korean businesses in Africa. Notably, South Korea is a major energy consumer and a hub for leading semiconductor producers, as well as the automotive giant Hyundai Motor Group, which is moving forward with a fully electric fleet. Partnering with Africa, which holds 30% of the world’s critical mineral reserves, including chrome, cobalt, and manganese, is deemed essential for South Korea’s business sector.

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During the summit, leaders also sought to enhance cooperation on food security through South Korea’s agricultural technology and smart farming initiatives.


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