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MSIT enhances science and ICT diplomacy with Eurasian technology powerhouse Belarus (April 11)

- 3rd JCM paved the way for further cooperation in using NTIS, technology transfer and commercialization, and areas of materials and geological environment

- Explored ways of exchanges and cooperation in biotechnology and nanotechnology during 6th Science and Technology Forum

- Discuss cooperation projects through 3rd-year JCM for IT Cooperation Center


□ The MIST held the 3rd Korea-Belarus Joint Committee Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation (hereafter referred to as “JCM”) and the 6thKorea-Belarus Science and Technology Forum in Minsk, Belarus from April 9 to 10. The Ministry also announced that the Joint Committee Meeting for Korea-Belarus International IT Cooperation Center on April 11, 4 pm Korean time.


□ Belarus is a key member of the EAEU that has a massive market of 180 million people and also a geographical hub with railways and roads that connect Russia and the EU.

* The Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) is an economic union of states established in January 2015, involving Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Armenia, and Kyrgyzstan and it pursues EU-style integration will integrate the power grid in 2019 and the energy market of oil and gas in 2025.


ㅇ Belarus is the hub of science, ICT, and manufacturing among the CIS and has great potentials for cooperation with excellent human resources.


* The CIS is a regional intergovernmental organization of 10 post-Soviet republics including Russia, Belarus, and Uzbekistan, with is headquarters located in Minsk.








The 3rd Korea-Belarus Joint Committee on Science and Technology

At the 3rdKorea-Belarus Joint Committee on Science and Technology held on April 9(Tue), the two countries agreed to expand cooperation in a new joint research project between both countries, the NTIS*,  technology transfer and industrialization, material and geological environment (groundwater).


* National Science & Technology Information Service (NTIS): comprehensive service providing knowledge and information related to science, technology and national R&D projects.


ㅇ The NTIS is a service that enhances the efficiency and productivity of national R&D investment by providing comprehensive knowledge and information related to science, technology and national R&D projects. It has gained a worldwide recognition for its excellence. The NTIS was exported to Costa Rica last August for the first time, and Belarus is expressing a great interest in adopting the NTIS.


* At the 6th Korea-Belarus Forum on Science and Technology (April 10), the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI) –The Belarusian Institute of System Analysis and Information Support of Scientific and Technical Sphere (BELISA) held a separate workshop.


ㅇ As Belarus is highly interested in cooperation in technology transfer and industrialization, material and geological environment, The research institutes under the renowned National Academy of Sciences of Belarus* and KITECH (technology transfer and industrialization), KIMS (material) and KIGAM (geological environment) agreed to expand cooperation.


* The National Academy of Sciences of Belarus: The highest state research institute of Belarus (founded in 1928). The NASB employees 18,000 people, among which 5,870 are researchers.


The 6th Korea-Belarus Forum on Science and Technology

The Korea-Belarus Forum on Science and Technology, held at Belarusian National Technical University on April 10, marks its 6thanniversary this year. With a focus on ICT, nanotechnology, biotechnology, aerospace and nuclear power, the Forum has largely contributed to expanding the two countries’ science and technology cooperation, including exchanges between researchers and joint research projects.


ㅇ About 20 researchers from Korea and Belarus participated in this year’s Forum as speakers to share their academic achievements and the current state of their research, with a focus on nanotechnology and biotechnology, which are both countries’ areas of strength.

ㅇ They discussed cooperation measures to create fruitful outcomes, such as cooperation in commercialization combining Belarus’ capabilities for basic science and proprietary technology with Korea’s applied technology.


Korea–Belarus ICT Cooperation Center Steering Committee, Ministry of Communications and Informatization

In the morning of April 11 (KST 15:00), there is a meeting with the Ministry of Communications and Informatization of the Republic of Belarus on Korea-Belarus ICT cooperation.


ㅇ The two countries will share strategies for innovation-led growth such as Korea’s 5G+ Strategy and opinions on joint responses to the Fourth Industrial Revolution such as exchanges of information security experts through the ICT Cooperation Center*.


At the Korea–Belarus ICT Cooperation Center Joint Committee, information security expert capacity building training and national information system consulting were selected as the cooperation topics for 2019, and these topics will be soon approved.


* (Purpose) Supporting the national informatization of Belarus and helping Korea’s ICT companies enter foreign markets; (Expenditures) A total of USD 1 million spent in Korea between 2017 and 2019.


ㅇ The information security training, which started three years ago at the request of Belarus, is highly appreciated by the trainees in terms of satisfaction and achievement. Korea and Belarus will promote reciprocal development in the information security, a fundamental sector in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.


ㅇ National information system consulting is expected to enhance the Belarusian administration’s efficiency, by applying the administrative system model (e-government) based on Korea’s experience to Belarus.


Kyung Hee Song, Director General for International Cooperation at the Ministry of Science and ICT, said, “I believe the Joint Committee, Science and Technology Forum and ICT Cooperation Center Steering Committee hold great significance in that they contribute to strengthening Korea’s science, technology and ICT cooperation with Belarus, a country with great potentials for innovation.”


ㅇ She added, “Starting with Belarus, Korea plans to expand science, technology and ICT cooperation with Eurasia and the CIS, to support Korea’s innovation-led growth.”

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