Atlanta, GA ~ Atlanta, GA - Governor Brian P. Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp embarked on an economic development mission to the Republic of Korea, with their first stop being a tour of the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The DMZ, established in 1953 under the provisions of the Korean Armistice Agreement, serves as a boundary between democracy and tyranny.

During the tour, Governor Kemp reflected on the significance of the DMZ, stating that it was "truly humbling" to think about the service and sacrifice of those who fought and died to preserve freedom for the Korean people. He also emphasized America's responsibility to stand with its allies in promoting freedom and liberty around the world.

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After their visit to the DMZ, Governor Kemp continued his mission to strengthen economic partnerships with South Korea. The State of Georgia has maintained a presence in Korea since 1985, and Korea's Consular Office has been located in Georgia since 1976. In fact, Korea has been one of the top sources of Foreign Direct Investment and job creation in Georgia for three consecutive years.

In fiscal year 2023 alone, Korean companies announced investments totaling over $10 billion and creating more than 12,000 jobs in Georgia. Additionally, trade between Georgia and Korea reached over $15.8 billion in calendar year 2023, making up nearly 10% of the state's total trade.

The strong partnership between Georgia and South Korea is evident through these economic ties and continuous representation in each other's countries. As Governor Kemp continues his mission to promote economic development, it is clear that this relationship will only continue to grow stronger.

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