Trade Promotion Organization in Asia (Member Organizations)

Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA)

KOTRA, initially the Korea Trade Promotion Corporation, was established in 1962 as a national trade promotion organization. Since then, it has successfully facilitated Korea's rapid export-led economic development through various trade promotion activities such as overseas market surveys and business matchmaking.

In August 1995, cross-border investment promotion and support for technological and industrial cooperation projects was added to KOTRA's mandate, and it was renamed the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA).

KOTRA currently operates Invest KOREA, the national investment promotion agency. Originally initiated as the Korea Investment Service Center (KISC) in 1998, the agency was relaunched as Invest KOREA in November 2003 to support foreign investors by offering more powerful incentives and an expanded range of services.

KOTRA is now well-equipped to pursue its twin mandates of trade and investment promotion to enhance national prosperity and competitiveness, with the ultimate goal of positioning Korea as the business and economic hub of Northeast Asia. With its long-term experience and expertise, KOTRA serves and assists all interested parties worldwide to do business with Korea.
Main Activities
  • Facilitation International Trade
  • Promoting Foreign Investment
  • Powering Business Success Through Information
  • Bolstering a Trade-Investment Infrastructure
  • Providing Buyers Virtual Access to the Korean Market

Information of Organization

Name Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA)
Status Government Organization
Date of Foundation June 21, 1962
HQ Address 13,Heolleungno, Seocho-gu, Seoul, Korea
Tel: +82-2-3460-7114   Fax: +82-2-3460-7777~8
Upper Organization Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy
Office Domestic : 8
Abroad : 123
linkOverseas Network 

Basic Information

Country/Region Korea
(sq km)
Population (millions) 50
Capital Seoul
Language Korean
Religion Christian, Buddhism, etc

Useful Link

linkGlobal Exhibition Platform (Korean version only) 
linkEnglish Information 
Global Exhibition Platform (abb: GEP) is to build a Platform Website Service which provides worldwide exhibition information to promote the export industy of Korea and to gain the international competitiveness of Korean exhibition industry in the world under the reality of Korean export industry that has to be adapted itself to suddenly changing world market.
BuyKOREA is the leading Korean Internet trade portal aimed at promoting cyber marketing on the basis of accumulated trade information. It has been formed through the integration of the former Silkroad21 and KOBO (Korea Business Opportunity) e-trading sites. BuyKOREA provides customers with a one-click search function for up-to-the-minute trade information such as product offers, company profiles and product catalogues. BuyKOREA offers an interactive Web service, through which global traders can develop a mutually-rewarding business community based on the sharing of information and the free conduct of E-Commerce.
linkInvest KOREA 
Invest KOREA (IK), Korea's national investment promotion agency, was established within the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) with the sole purpose of supporting the entry and successful establishment of foreign business into Korea. With assistance extending to comprehensive post-establishment services, IK enables foreign corporations to maximize the benefits of the Korean investment environment to ensure their rapid settlement in Korea. The agency is committed to providing unmatched, comprehensive one-stop service that allows foreign investors to join many of the world's most successful corporations who have selected Korea as an investment destination and been rewarded by high returns on the investment.