- SONG Sang-yong Vice-President, ABA; 303 Kungion Villa, 134-9 Kugi-dong, Chongno-gu, Seoul 110-011, Korea Email: email@example.com
On behalf of the organizing committee of the Fourth Asian Conference of Bioethics, I would like to extend our sincere gratitude to you for coming to Seoul and making a great contribution to this conference. I have too many people to thank.
First of all, this conference was only initiated half a year ago, which is unthinkable for an international one. But many people helped us enormously. Especially I would like to thank Darryl Macer who exchanged e-mail with me at least 100 times and Ole Doering also for being a co-chair of the Program Committee. I also consulted frequently to Sakamoto Hyakudai, Qiu Renzong, Jayapaul Azariah and some more people about the conference.
In Korea, I thank the chairperson of the Organizing Committee Chin Kyo Hun, a philosopher and the second President of the Korean Bioethics Association. He is also a former chair of the Bioethics Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Science and Technology. A genuine bioethicist, I would call him. Also Meng Kwang-Ho, Professor of Preventive Medicine and Bioethics at the very powerful Catholic University of Korea. He is the President of the Korean Society for Medical Ethics Education. Those two friends helped me a lot. Also especially in the Program Committee, the chair, Pak Un-Jong who is now in Montreal at the UNESCO IBC meeting, Um Young-Rhan, Yoon Jeong-Ro and others were very helpful for making the program along with Darryl Macer and Ole Doering. We had hot debates several times over how to organize this conference.
I don't know how to thank enough Koo Young-Mo for secretariat. He and I worked together closely for half a year. Also to Ivo Kwon, the secretary of the Korean Bioethics Association and many others, let me give a big hand.
Finally I would like to apologize for any inconveniences here at the conference including transportation. I hope you will understand and forgive us. Today we'll have farewell dinner at a Chinese restaurant not far from here. On Saturday we had a Japanese dinner. I know some authentic Chinese restaurants in the northern part of Seoul where I live. But this one is run by Koreans and no wonder serves somewhat Koreanized Chinese food.
I hope you will enjoy yourselves until you leave Korea. Thank you again for being with us. I look forward to seeing you at the next conference somewhere in Asia.