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Host Policy Presentation for Ambassadors to the Republic of Korea (December 5)

- Explain the “I-Korea 4.0 initiative” and propose ways for international cooperation before diplomats from 85 nations

- Demonstrate Korean culture with a harmonized past and present through AI exhibition and Korean traditional music performance

The Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) held the Policy Presentation for Ambassadors to the Republic of Korea 2018 at the Westin Chosun Hotel in Sogong-dong, Seoul, in the afternoon of December 4, with the presence of 120 attendees including foreign missions in Korea, science and ICT diplomats and representatives from international organizations.

* (diplomats) U.S. Ambassador to Korea, EU Ambassador to Korea, Australian Ambassador to Korea, Indonesian Ambassador to Korea, Brazilian Ambassador to Korea, Saudi Arabia Ambassador to Korea, Kenya Ambassador to Korea etc.

(international organization) World Bank, organizations under the jurisdiction of UN (UNDP, UNESCAP, UNCITRAL) etc.

This policy presentation explains ‘I-Korea 4.0’, policy brand of MSIT, as a way to realize “people-centered Fourth Industrial Revolution.”

The venue lays out the vision and ways for promoting international cooperation in the field of science and ICT. Presentations were delivered on topics such as current progress of implementing I-Korea 4.0 policies and future plan science and ICT diplomacy for inclusive growth policies to promote exchanges of outstanding global scientists

In line with the ultimate objective of this event which is to showcase Korea’s flavor and taste to the world, MSIT used the ‘Kim Hong-do project’ which integrates post stamps with AI to display post stamps by redesigning them to reflect the painting style of Danwon Kim Hong-do.

At the dinner reception where Korean traditional food was provided, young musicians were given the opportunity to perform Korean traditional music before global audience while the participants had the pleasure to experience Korean culture with the harmonized tradition and modern times.

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MSIT explained the current progress of ‘I-Korea 4.0’ and relevant programs and proposed ways for international cooperation through science and ICT diplomacy and researcher exchanges.

First, in regard to ‘I-Korea 4.0’, Deputy Minister Jang Seok Young of ICT Policy presented on the impacts of the Fourth Industrial Revolution covering the overall areas of technology, industry and society and Korea’s response to the Fourth Industrial Revolution: 3 strategic investment plans for innovative growth (data economy, AI, hydrogen economy) and MSIT’s role as the control tower of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

With respect to ‘science and ICT diplomacy for inclusive growth’, Director General Song Kyung Hee of International Cooperation Bureau stressed the necessity of efficient integration of science and ICT with diplomatic activities for promoting global innovation growth and mutual prosperity, as inclusive growth has become an important agenda within and outside of Korea. Director General Song also introduced a variety of action plans of MSIT such as R&D, innovative activities and ODA for resolving global issues.

Furthermore, Director General Koo Hyuk-Chae of Future Science HR Policy Bureau stressed the importance of international joint research in the era of emerging convergence technologies and global agendas, in his presentation under the theme of ‘policies of exchanging outstanding global scientists.’ He went on to introduce the policies of the Korean government to facilitate exchanges of scientists and international joint research such as ‘global researcher exchange program’ to be given more support from 2019.

Vice Minister Lee Jin-Gyu of Science and ICT said, “under the people-centered I-Korea 4.0 initiative, I believe Korea should contribute to inclusive growth of international community in an attempt to improve the quality of people’s lives. Through effective science and ICT diplomacy, Korea will widely spread the Korean policies and expand the role of Korea.”

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