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First Vice Minister Yong Hongtaek to Host a Meeting to Check the Progress of Follow-up Measures from the Korea-U.S. Summit (July 30)

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- Check the progress of follow-up measures of the Summit with experts from relevant agencies

The First Vice Minister Yong Hongtaek from the Ministry of Science and ICT hosted a meeting on July 29, where experts from relevant agencies attended, to check the progress of follow-up measures taken since the Korea-U.S. Summit in May 2021, in the field of cutting-edge technologies.

In the meeting, current progress made in space, emerging technologies*, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) were introduced, which are the areas where both countries agreed to cooperate at the Korea-U.S. Summit. There were also discussions on plans to implement follow-up measures.
* Biotechnology, next generation mobile network (6G), Open-RAN, quantum technology etc.

In space science, Korea joined the list of nations to sign Artemis Accords on May 24 and "the Korea-U.S. Joint Statement on Civil Global Navigation Satellite Systems Cooperation" was signed on May 27. "The draft amendment to the third basic plan on space development and promotion," which reflects achievements from the Summit was reviewed and passed on June 9.

In the future, Korea and the U.S. will increase collaboration in space exploration, such as the U.S. NASA providing support for the launch of Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter, and will continue to foster space industry through driving demand in the public sector.

Both countries continue to collaborate in emerging technologies, including biotechnology, 6G, Open-RAN technology*, and quantum technology.
* Open up and standardize Operating System (OS) and interface for each unit of mobile communication base station equipments

In biotechnology field such as dementia, new drugs, and synthetic biology, Korea signed MOU with major institutions in the U.S., which is equipped with world’s best technological capabilities, and have conducted joint research.
Korea plans to expand joint research and talent exchanges in order to strengthen capacity in response to the global pandemic in the future and advance key technologies in the field of synthetic biology.

In addition, Korea has finalized and implemented the "6G R&D Implementation Plan," including development of core technologies and international joint research. This is based on the signing of MOU between 6G institutions of both countries and hosting "6G Strategy Meeting"* on June 23. In the future, Korea will establish standardization cooperation framework** between private sector institutions, and take lead in international standardization.
* Charge d’Affaires Robert Rapson of the U.S. Embassy in Seoul participated
** 6G standardization meeting between Telecommunications Technology Association (TTA) of Korea and the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) of the U.S. (November)

There are efforts made to develop Open-RAN technology for Korean companies to have technological competitiveness in preparing for changes in future network, as part of the future network evolution. Collaboration in the field of R&D and standardization between private sector institutions of both countries will be increased in the future.

Finally, in quantum technology, "Information and Communication Convergence Act" was enforced on June 10, which lays legal groundwork for promoting domestic quantum technology in a systematic manner. Collaboration will be expanded by signing MOUs between both countries and carrying out new projects.

In addition, projects to support increase in expert exchanges will be created to nurture talents and acquire technologies in emerging industries that need to become competitive.

Participants from relevant institutions asked for continued policy support from the government, as cutting-edge technology cooperation between Korea and the U.S. is a great opportunity to enhance competitiveness of Korea in state-of-the-art technologies, in preparing for technological hegemony.

First Vice Minister Yong Hongtaek said that "as scientific and technological cooperation between Korea and the U.S. evolves into an alliance based on technology, the significance of cutting-edge technology cooperation has been highlighted. Since the tangible outcomes from the cooperation come from the private sector, I would like to request for support at the institutional level."

For further information, please contact Deputy Director Yoon Myeong-ho (E-mail : myeongho111@korea.kr) of the Ministry of Science and ICT.

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