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The ICMCI Asia Pacific Hub Meeting 2011 in Seoul

A Truly Korean Hospitality and A CMC Oriented Theme -- “Share Experience, Prosperity Together“ 

The ICMCI Asia Pacific Hub Meeting 2011 was held at the  Coex Convention and Exhibition Center in Seoul from 24-26 March. The meeting was hosted and organized by the Korean Government Certified Consultants Association (GCCA).  Some 40 delegates from 9 foreign countries/regions (China, Chinese Taipei, India, Italy, Jordan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Singapore, Yanbian Prefecture) and 60 Korean delegates attended the meeting.  The theme of the meeting was “Share Experience, Prosperity Together” – which was timely and topical as this was in line with ICMCI initiatives in enhancing value to CMCs.

With excellent hospitality and care, GCCA hosted all the dinners and lunches during the meeting.  The Welcome Dinner was held on 24 March, in the Yongsusan (meaning: Dragon, Water, Mountain) Korean Restaurant.  In a traditional Korean setting, three ICMCI Ex-Com members (Aneeta Madhok, Liew Shin Liat, Francesco D’Aprile) sat with the Chairman of GCCA Dr Nam-Kee Lee, and the Vice Governor of the Yanbian Korean Nationality Autonomous Prefecture, Mr Ximen Shunji at the head table.  The rest of foreign delegates sat at a long table connected to the head table, forming a “T-shaped” arrangement.  This “T” reminds one of the ICMCI CMC Competency framework: deep vertical skills, broad horizontal perspective.  All delegates enjoyed and sampled some 20 different delicacies, with traditional Korean ginseng wine and rice wine.  The dinner ended with presentation of Korean gifts to all foreign delegates.

Group picture of foreign delegates in front of Coex

Mindful of the recent Japan earthquake, Tsunami and nuclear plant crisis, Dr Nam-Kee Lee opened the meeting with a one-minute silence prayer to the dead and unfortunate as well for the victims of the New Zealnd earthquake victims.  Two Korean VIPs spoke:  Dr Seung-Won Seo (Director General of the Business Start-up & Venture Bureau, Small & Medium Business Administration), and Mr Young-Hwan Kim (member of the National Assembly Republic of Korea, and Chairman of Knowledge Economy Committee).   Delegates listened to reports from ICMCI Ex-Com members:  1) Aneeta gave an overview of ICMCI, a half-yearly report 2011 (“The Bend in the River”), and the key projects from the Breakthrough Strategy and invitation to volunteers,  2) Shin Liat spoke about “Consulting in the Asia Pacific Context:  Rethinking Expert, Best Practice and Cultural Gap”,  3)  Francesco spoke about “Global CMC : Leveraging CMC Network for Concrete Business Opportunities”.  

After a traditional Korean Bibimbap lunch, delegates were given some time to walk around the spacious underground shopping mall below the Coex and felt the vibrancy of the Korean economy.  This was followed by a group photo-taking session  Various country presentations (including China, Jordan, Mongolia, Malaysia) were made in the afternoon sessions.  These were followed by two sessions on sharing of consulting opportunities:  1) Possibility of collaboration among members to have maximum chance of gaining consulting opportunities within the Asian-Pacific region – led by Dr. Seung Chang Park  2)  The Best Practice of System Management Innovation – led by Dr  Joo-Guan Park, The Chairman of M Strategy System

Delegates had a sumptuous international buffet dinner sponsored by the M Strategy System Co. Ltd at the Topaz restaurant Renaissance Seoul Hotel.  Various healthy and colourful Korean dishes and desserts were sampled by delegates.   Many delegates went to the famous Itaewon and Dongdaimoon. shopping areas for an adventurous bargaining night out.

Group picture of delegates

During Day 2, delegates listened and discussed an agenda led by Prof Kyeong Seok Han on “Consensus for Exchanging Knowledge among Global CMCs Beyond Asia-Pacific Region  “.   This was followed by the Chairman of Business Management Consultant Association (BMCA) of Chinese Taipei.   The meeting was closed by words of thanks from Aneeta, Shin Liat, and Dr Nam-Kee Lee.

 The 2-day meeting rounded up with a western lunch, followed by a business tour to the Hynix Semiconductor plant located in Icheon, Korea.  Delegates learnt that Hynix is a leading supplier of advanced semiconductor memory products. It designs, develops, manufactures and markets a wide range of DRAM and Flash memories used in computing, consumer, communication and wireless products. In addition to presentation, dialogue with senior management, show room and factory tour (including a window-view of the clean room area), every delegate received a beautiful vase from the host.

In conclusion, delegates felt that the 2-day meeting was very well organized, new friendship was forged and there was positive support to the various ICMCI initiatives, especially Breakthrough Strategy projects such as building a CMC Global Community.

As they say in Korean:  Kamsahamnida  -- Thank you, GCCA.

(contributed by Liew Shin Liat, 2 April 2011)

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