< The 3rd Meeting of ASEAN-ROK Joint Science and Technology Committee held. (May 30)
-Explore ways to support Korea-ASEAN S&T ODA and strengthen S&T networks
The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning announced that it held the Third Meeting of the ASEAN-ROK Joint Science and Technology Committee (JSTC) in Brunei on May 25, in an effort to strengthen S&T cooperation with the ASEAN countries.
Korea agreed to hold the ASEAN-ROK JSTC at the ASEAN JCTC (Korea, China and Japan) in 2011, and has continued STI cooperation since the first JSTS in 2013.
The JSTC was co-chaired by Director-General Choi Mun-gi of the Europe & Africa Cooperation Division of the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning of Korea and Dr. Tung Ciny, Under Secretary General of the Ministry of Industry and Handicraft of Cambodia; and attended by seven vice ministerial-level officials from Brunei, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, and 40 S&T policy officers from the 10 ASEAN countries.
At the meeting, the two sides reviewed the outcomes of S&T cooperation and discussed how to further strengthen cooperation.
They discussed measures to promote Korea-ASEAN cooperation through Korea’s ODA programs on science, technology and ICT, and climate technology support for developing countries, and how to build networks for human resources exchange and policy sharing. They also decided to hold the first Korea-ASEAN student competition together.
The two sides also agreed to promote STI policy cooperation, for example by sharing Korea’s experiences and know-how in regards to the implementation of “APASTI 2016-2025” established at the “ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Science and Technology” in November 2015.
Director Choi Mun-gi of the Ministry said, “ASEAN is becoming increasingly important partner to Korea in politics and economy and I hope the JSTC will strengthen mutually beneficial STI cooperation.”