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30 October 2014 — OIV life

Korea: The Ambassador takes an interest in the OIV

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Following the visit of the Director General of the OIV in Korea in late September 2014, the Korean Ambassador to France, H.E. Mr Hye Min Lee, met with Mr Jean-Marie Aurand to discuss the terms of his country's accession to the OIV.

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Mr Aurand presented in detail the functions and activities of the OIV and the advantage for consumer countries, in particular, of being involved in the work and the scientific community of the Organisation.

The Korean Ambassador highlighted the increase in wine consumption in his country, noting the growing share of Asian countries in global wine trade. The Director General of the OIV said that the contact he had made in Seoul with the ministries responsible for food and agriculture had led to a constructive dialogue and hoped that the Embassy could be an information relay to Korean Foreign Affairs in order to advance the idea of joining the OIV.