▷ Korea-Croatia MoU on Science and Technology Cooperation Signed (February 14)
- Korea and Croatia to establish cutting-edge science and technology cooperation platform
- Implement cooperation projects including joint research and talent exchanges by hosting joint committee meeting on S&T by the year’s end
□ The Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) announced that it signed a MoU on science and technology cooperation with Ministry of Science and Education of Croatia in the afternoon of February 13, at the Gwacheon Government Complex.
□ Out of the seven countries* that became independent from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Croatia has the largest economy. It is a full member country of EU and an economic and political hub of the Southeast Europe (Balkan countries). Since forging diplomatic ties in 1992, the relationship between Korea and Croatia has been improved such as establishment of Croatia Embassy in Seoul last year and launch of direct nonstop route.
* Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Kosovo
ㅇ In addition, Croatia is recently increasing competitiveness in science and technology through establishment of research and innovation system and an increase in R&D investment. In Croatia, there is a flourishing environment of new tech startups* being created thanks to excellent IT infrastructure and startup incubators.
* created world-class startups such as Bellabeat (smart IT jewelry), Rimac Automobili (electric supercar), established Digital Croatia Association to provide support for creation of new startups and their development
□ By taking opportunity of signing of the MoU on science and technology cooperation, Korea and Croatia plan to expand cooperation in joint research and talent exchanges in high tech areas such as ICT, energy, life science and environment where both countries share interest.
ㅇ In particular, the two countries decided to operate joint committee meeting on science and technology and hosted the first meeting this year to discuss sharing of science and technology policies and cooperation projects. Also, support will be provided to facilitate cooperation in the private sector including exchanges between outstanding universities and research institutes of the two countries.
□ The MoU signing ceremony was followed by the meeting between Ministers of the two countries. In the bilateral meeting, Minister You Young Min introduced major policies of the Korean government in realizing the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the “I-KOREA 4.0” vision of the MSIT.
ㅇ Croatia which has outstanding human resources pledged to work closely with Korea in joint response to the advancement of science and technology of the two countries and the realization of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
□ Director General Song Kyung Hee of International Cooperation Bureau said, “with the signing of the Korea-Croatia science and technology cooperation MoU, science and technology diplomatic relations will be forged with Southeast European countries which have excellent human resources and long tradition in science and technology.”