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Minister Kiyoung Choi to Discuss ICT Cooperation through New Southern Policy

- To Strengthen Cooperation with ASEAN

through 2019 ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit and Promote New Southern Policy in ICT with ASEAN -

□ Minister Kiyoung Choi of the Ministry of Science and ICT of the Republic of Korea, is to attend the 14thASEAN TELMIN* plus Korea from October 24 to 25 in Vientiane, Lao PDR as his first overseas schedule as minister, to discuss Korea-ASEAN ICT cooperation through the New Southern Policy.

   * TELMIN : Telecommunication and Information Technology Ministers Meeting

The theme of this year TELMIN is “Smart Connectivity for ASEAN Digital Transformation.”

  ㅇ As this year marks the 30th anniversary of ASEAN-ROK relations since the ASEAN-ROK dialogue relations were established in 1989, the Korean city of Busan is to host 2019 ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit (Nov 25-26) and the inaugural ROK-Mekong Summit (Nov 27) at BEXCO.

  - The ASEAN TELMIN plus Korea is expected to serve as an opportunity to raise ASEAN Member States*’ interest in the Commemorative Summit, reaffirm the reciprocal relationship between Korea and ASEAN and establish a new vision for ICT cooperation in the region.

   * Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam

□ In particular, Minister Choi will have bilateral meetings with participating countries including Lao PDR and Vietnam to discuss the future direction for cooperation to promote Korea’s New Southern Policy in the ICT sector.

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