NTIS Makes a Foray into Overseas Markets (August 3)
- NTIS, first exported to Costa Rica, to launch a pilot service on August 1.
□ The Ministry of Science and ICT announced that the opening event was held on August 1 in San Jose, Costa Rica to launch a pilot service ‘Costa Rica Scientific and Technological Service(Prototype)’ produced and exported to Costa Rica based on the Korean NTIS model.
* NTIS (National Science & Technology Information Service) provides comprehensive knowledge and information related to S&T and national R&D projects (www.ntis.go.kr)
ㅇ The event is attended by President Carlos Alvarado, Minister and Vice Minister of MICITT from Costa Rica, Director of Science, Technology and Information Division of MSIT and president of KISTI from Korea.
□ It is a first project to enter the overseas market with excellent technology and know-how of NTIS accumulated since 2006 and is expected to be a great opportunity to promote Korea’s advanced technology of information management in the fields of science and technology.
ㅇ In particular, the project holds particular significance in that it transferred the NTIS-related technology, which is the accomplishment of national R&D project, to Korean SMEs, directly supervised the system development of relevant companies, and created the virtual structure of national R&D project accomplishments (Technology Development -> Technology Transfer -> Commercialization/Industry Promotion).
□ This project has been undertaken on the occasion of the signing an MOU between the governments at the Korea-Costa Rica Summit, which includes the agenda of establishing NTIS.
* In October 2016, Korea (Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning) and Costa Rica (Ministry of Science and ICT: MICITT) signed an MOU.
□ Following the success of prototype development of S&T information service in Costa Rica, the trust between the two nations improved, therefore, it is very likely that the Korean company will win a system contract (expected to be around KRW 5 billion from 2019).
□ Lee Tae-hee, Director-General of Performance Evaluation Policy Division said that “NTIS is globally recognized for its excellence by winning the UN Public Service Award and e-Asia Award”, adding that “We will closely work with Vietnam, Cambodia, and Kazakhstan who have interest in introducing NTIS in the future and will put efforts together so that NTIS can act as a bridgehead for domestic SW companies to enter the global market.”