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Georgia Governor Brian Kemp meets with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol during his international visit

Brian Kemp speaks during the official groundbreaking for the Hyundai Motor Group (Via Jack Solomon/Shutterstock)

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp mentioned on Tuesday that he talked about South Korean investment in Georgia and international security when he met with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol in Seoul.

Kemp, a Republican, has been in South Korea for a week, primarily visiting South Korean companies already operating in Georgia or considering opening businesses there.

In addition to these business visits, Kemp also went to the demilitarized zone between South Korea and North Korea.

“After nearly two decades of economic growth and prosperity due to our strong partnership, it was a privilege to meet with President Yoon to discuss the valued friendship between our state and nation, and the amazing opportunities it has created for our people,” Kemp said in a statement.

Yoon, a former prosecutor, became the nominee of the right-wing People Power Party in 2022. He served as the nation’s prosecutor general from 2019 to 2021. His party faced setbacks in South Korea’s legislative elections earlier this year, losing ground to the rival Democratic Party.

A driver blinks the hazard lights as heavy rain falls (Via Josh Parker/Shutterstock)

Accompanied by a delegation of 15 people, including Georgia state lawmakers and economic recruiters, Kemp has been holding meetings with major companies in Georgia such as Hyundai Motor Group, LG Group, SK Group, Hanwha Qcells, and CJ Foodville.

Hyundai is constructing a $7.6 billion automotive assembly complex near Savannah, while LG Group is building a battery plant there. SK Group owns a battery plant in Commerce and is setting up a semiconductor materials plant in Covington. Additionally, Hyundai and SK Group are jointly establishing a $5 billion battery plant in Cartersville.

Hanwha Qcells operates solar panel plants in Dalton and Cartersville, and CJ Foodville is constructing a bakery in Gainesville.

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