Wiltshire College Hosts Delegates from South Korea on Rural Economic Development


Delegates from South Korea plan to visit Wiltshire College to discuss rural economic development.

A team of 23 people from South Korea’s Ministries of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs, including government and local government county officials, will visit Swindon, Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP), and Wiltshire College to learn how Western countries develop policies to encourage economic development with effective grassroots initiatives.

Informative presentations by SWLEP and the Wiltshire Council, in collaboration with the UK Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) will take place at the Lacock Suite. Talks focusing on Wiltshire College’s specialised animal, agriculture, land-based, and life sciences subjects will also be given.

Phil Clement, SWELP’s head of investment and export, comments: “Choosing Wiltshire as their location of choice in the UK recognizes the strong world-leading rural economy in our area. Rural businesses make a vital contribution to the economy of Swindon and Wiltshire generating around 44% of annual economic output, more than £7bn each year and there’s potential for that to grow.” SWELP hopes to use this visit as a platform to explore potential opportunities that may arise for inward investment and export.

The South Korean delegates also plan to stop by two other places in France.

Author: Zoe Turnbull


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