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Korea-Kazakhstan MOU on 5G Experience Sharing & Fourth Industrial Revolution and on Space Cooperation; in Talks for IT Cooperation Center Establishment (April 23)


Korea and Kazakhstan released a joint statement, announcing their agreement to expand opportunities for joint response to the Fourth Industrial Revolution and for inclusive innovation-led growth, by sharing Korea’s experience of launching the world’s first commercial 5G network.


In particular, the two countries recognized that Korea is the best partner for Kazakhstan in realizing the Digital Kazakhstan 2018-2022*, a program by the Kazakhstani government to effectively respond to the Fourth Industrial Revolution, as Korea is a global leader in the ICT sector.


* A program implemented by the Kazakhstani government since 2018, with the aim of enhancing productivity through expanding digital technologies across all sectors of economy and industry. Its objectives are: digitalizing economy (industry), digital government, digital Silk Road (expanding communications network and ICT infrastructure), fostering new talent, and establishing innovation ecosystem.


Minister You signed MOUs on the Fourth Industrial Revolution and on space cooperation and a LOI for establishing International IT Cooperation Center, with the Ministry of Digital Development, Defense and Aerospace Industry of Kazakhstan on April 22, 2019.


The presidents of Korea and Kazakhstan were both present at the signing of the MOUs and LOI as President Moon of Korea was on his Central Asia Trip (Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan) to promote the New Northern Policy.


Through the MOU on the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Korea plans to share its experience of launching the world’s first commercial 5G network and expand cooperation with Kazakhstan not only in ICT policy exchanges and 5G but also in frontier technologies such as IoT, big data and AI, to vitalize the digital economy and respond to the Fourth Industrial Revolution.


The MOU on space cooperation is aimed at assisting Korean satellite companies to enter the Kazakhstani market.


The MSIT plans to provide full support for Korean satellite companies when opportunities for export arise.


Moreover, the MSIT plans to strengthen ICT cooperation with Kazakhstan through measures such as fostering startups to promote ICT development in Eurasia.


The MSIT has a plan to establish International IT Cooperation Center jointly with Kazakhstan in Nur-Sultan (previously Astana) to help Korean companies enter the Kazakhstani market.

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