Rapid population aging poses a serious threat to Asia’s long-term economic prospects.
The symbolism-laden meeting - the third between leaders of the nations since the Korean War and the first since 2007 - will go a long way in determining whether Kim can eventually strike a deal with U.S. President Donald Trump.
Trump may either pull off the biggest peace-making deal in modern history, worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize or he has truly underestimated the size of the task at hand.
However, a rule of thumb when dealing with diplomatic navigations vis-à-vis the Korean Peninsula is to always maintain caution even when situations seem optimistic.
The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) recently signed a renewal of memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Korea Exchange (KRX) that will be in effect until 2023.
The talks come after the North's leader Kim Jong-Un indicated in his New Year's speech that Pyongyang was willing to send a delegation to the Winter Olympics in the South.
The developments have raised hopes that progress can be made toward broader negotiations with North Korea, although significant barriers remain.