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2019 APT Ministerial Statement Adopted (June 26)

- Shared Vision for Asia-Pacific Regions’ Digital Future

The MSIT announced the official adoption of the 2019 APT Ministerial Statement at the Asia-Pacific ICT Ministerial Meeting (APT-MM), which was held from June 25 to 26.

* Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT): The AP region’s only international organization for telecommunication established in 1979 to promote the region’s telecommunications development.

The APT-MM is held to establish directions to realize the region’s shared ICT development. At this year’s meeting, which celebrates its 40th anniversary, ministerial delegates from 42 Members and Associate Members attended and shared ideas to co-create a connected digital future in the AP region.

** The theme of the 2019 APT Ministerial Meeting: Co-creating a connected digital future in the Asia Pacific

Thirty-eight member states adopted a ministerial statement, which suggests “digital transformation,” “digital innovation and creativity,” “digital community,” “digital trust,” “digital capacity building and partnership” as its strategic goals.

Minister You Youngmin of Science and ICT presented Korea’s digital innovation plan, which is aimed at supporting open and active use of data throughout the entire data life cycle, creating new 5G industries and promoting investment with “Data and AI Economy Vitalization Plan*” and “5G Plus Strategy.” He also underlined the necessity of AP region’s innovation and prosperity.

* Data and AI Economy Vitalization Plan: A five-year action plan that promotes AI industry fostering and convergence, which are the areas of strategic investment of innovation-led growth, from 2019 to 2023.

** 5G Plus Strategy: A strategy to create 5G-based new industries and services, with the goal of achieving KRW 180 trillion in output and USD 73 billion in export while creating 600,000 quality jobs through fostering ten core industries and five core services.

(Ten core industries) network equipment, next-generation smartphone, VR and AR devices, wearable devices, smart surveillance camera, (future-type) drone, (connected) robot, 5G V2X, data security, edge computing; (Five core services) immersive media, smart factory, autonomous vehicles, smart cities, digital healthcare

In particular, member states noted the potential of 5G based on “ultra-high-speed, high-volume data transfer through hyperconnectivity” and shared the necessity of cooperation for fostering an inclusive environment and devising policies for a 5G-based new ecosystem.

They also agreed on cooperation for regional inclusive growth, suggesting topics such as development and innovation of new ICT including IoT and AI; promoting entrepreneurship; expanding access to ICT for all including the socially marginalized; and securing data trust through free and safe data flow.

Minister You said the APT-MM will serve as an important driver for the New Southern Policy in the ICT sector. He added that Korea will expand regional cooperation with APT Members to realize a human-centered digital innovation in the AP region that is full of potential.

Minister You had a bilateral meeting with the host country Singapore and shared Korea’s experience of the world’s first commercial 5G launch, expressing his willingness to expand the private sector’s participation in Singapore’s 5G services to enhance ICT cooperation between the two countries.

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