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Trends in ICT exports and imports in December 2023
Trends in ICT exports and imports in December 2023 In December 2023, the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry recorded exports of $18.26 billion, imports of $10.94 billion, resulting in a trade surplus of $7.31 billion. The month saw a notable increase in ICT exports, achieving the highest monthly export performance in December 2023, driven by the consecutive double-digit growth of semiconductor exports, a key export item, for two months in a row. By product category, semiconductors (19.3%↑) and displays (7.3%↑) experienced growth, while mobile phones (△1.0%), computers and peripherals (△29.6%), and communication equipment (△25.5%) showed declines. Regionally, exports increased to China (including Hong Kong) by 16.3%, Vietnam by 4.3%, and the United States by 2.5%, while the European Union (△8.0%) and Japan (△2.7%) experienced decreases. ICT imports amounted to $10.94 billion, reflecting a 7.2% decrease compared to the same month of the previous year, primarily due to reduced imports of key components such as semiconductors. For further information, please contact the Public Relations Division (Phone: +82-44-202-4034, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) of the Ministry of Science and ICT. Please refer to the attached PDF.
Government to Establish the World’s Largest and Most Advanced Mega Semiconductor Cluster
Government to Establish the World’s Largest and Most Advanced Mega Semiconductor Cluster Summary Aims to achieve 10% or more system semiconductor market share and over 50% supply chain self-reliance rate New fabs to be built with 622 trillion won investment and relevant infrastructure to be timely provided A material, component, and equipment testbed for mass production to be established, accelerating investment with policy financial support worth 24 trillion won Developing Pangyo, Suwon, and Pyeongtaek into R&D and education hubs Connecting and integrating semiconductor R&D infrastructure nationwide into “MoaFab” service, nurturing a global science and technology hub The government hosted the third policy debate with the public on January 15th, under the theme of “semiconductor industry benefitting people’s livelihoods.” In attendance were 110 citizens, including local residents, semiconductor industry representatives, students, and young researchers. The government presented the world's largest and most advanced mega semiconductor cluster formation plan and engaged in discussions during the policy debate for the success of the new cluster. The cluster encompasses areas with a number of semiconductor companies and related institutions in the southern part of Gyeonggi, including Pyeongtaek, Hwaseong, Yongin, Icheon, Anseong, Pangyo, and Suwon. Currently featuring 19 production fabs and 2 research fabs, the government plans to establish a total of 16 new fabs (13 production fabs, 3 research fabs) through the private sector’s investment of 622 trillion won by 2047, with 3 production fabs and 2 research fabs expected to be completed by 2027. Spanning 21.02 million square meters, the mega cluster is projected to produce 7.7 million wafers per month by 2030, making it the world's largest. The government and businesses aim to create the world's leading semiconductor production base by fostering an ecosystem within the cluster, including relevant material, component, and equipment companies, public semiconductor research institutes, fabless firms, and universities nurturing talent, producing cutting-edge memory, and establishing a 2nm or below process-based system semiconductor ecosystem. The establishment of new fabs is anticipated to lead to direct economic effects and win-win growth in the ecosystem of material, component, equipment businesses and fabless firms, bringing production inducement effect of 650 trillion won. As fab construction begins within the cluster, the production of equipment and raw materials by manufacturers is expected to result in approximately 1.93 million direct job creations. Additionally, an estimated 1.42 million indirect job creations are anticipated with the surrounding commercial areas revitalized and the expansion of infrastructure such as roads, electricity, and water facilities. When the 16 new fabs commence full operation, chip manufacturers are expected to employ over 70,000 experts. Furthermore, the revenue of supplier companies providing materials, components, and equipment for semiconductor fabs is projected to increase by approximately 204 trillion won, leading to the creation of around 40,000 jobs. To sum up, it is anticipated that the 622 trillion won fab investment within the cluster will generate a total of 3.46 million direct and indirect jobs, contributing significantly to improvement of livelihoods. The government aims to accelerate the construction of the cluster, directly linked to economic growth and job creation, and plans to achieve semiconductor exports of 120 billion dollars and private sector’s investment exceeding 60 trillion won this year. Minister of Science and ICT, Lee Jong Ho, emphasized that "Semiconductors are the cornerstone technology applied in AI and digital sector, telecommunications, quantum, bio, and are crucial to our economy." He expressed his commitment to attentively listen to on-site voices to ensure the successful establishment of the mega cluster by securing cutting-edge technology and skilled professionals to position the country at the forefront of global semiconductor competition. For further information, please contact the Public Relations Division (Phone: +82-44-202-4034, E-mail: email@example.com) of the Ministry of Science and ICT. Please refer to the attached PDF.
The Republic of Korea Embarks on Journey Towards Becoming Space Powerhouse
The Republic of Korea Embarks on Journey Towards Becoming Space Powerhouse The Ministry of Science and ICT (Minister Lee Jong Ho, MSIT) and the Ministry of the Interior and Safety (Minister Lee Sang-min, MOIS) announced that, following the passage of three bills related to the establishment of the Korea AeroSpace Administration through the National Assembly on January 9th, the two Ministries will proceed with follow-up measures for the establishment of the space agency in full scale. In the face of intense global competition in the aerospace field, countries around the world are advancing rapidly to the moon and Mars through dedicated space agencies, making devoted efforts to foster various private space industries, such as satellite data utilization, space mining, and space delivery. To ensure that South Korea does not lag behind in this competitive space race, President Yoon Suk Yeol, during his candidacy, unprecedentedly included the establishment of the Korea AeroSpace Administration (KASA) for the growth surge to a space power and the opening of the space era in his campaign promises and the government's national agenda. In November 2022, President Yoon personally announced the Future Space Economy Roadmap and initiated the preparation for the establishment of an aerospace agency by launching the Preparatory Office for the Korea Space and Aeronautics Administration. The government submitted the legislative bill to the National Assembly in April last year, and the President emphasized the urgent need for the swift passage of relevant bills through various occasions. Finally, on January 9th this year, a set of bills aimed at establishing an independent aerospace organization passed the National Assembly, marking the culmination of efforts for the leap to a space power. The recently passed bills signify the strong determination of the government and the private sector to enhance competitiveness in the aerospace sector and promote space industries, encompassing various aspects. The key contents are as follows: Milestones With the expansion of the scope of space policy to include space exploration, industry, security, and international cooperation, the current system with dispersed aerospace functions across ministries has limitations for growth. To systematically develop and implement a plan, the government submitted three bills to the National Assembly on April 6th last year. The submitted bills underwent discussions primarily in the Science, ICT, Broadcasting, and Communications Committee of the National Assembly. Starting from the meeting attended by all members of the committee on May 24th, the bills went through various stages of review by subcommittees, and legislation and judiciary committee, finally passed at a plenary session of the National Assembly on January 9th. Key Provisions of the Relevant Bills The Special Bill on Aerospace Administration, as a special law that takes precedence over other laws, is characterized by various exceptions as an innovative model for government organization. The aerospace administration is established as an external agency to the MSIT, overseeing space policy, research and development, industrial promotion, civil-military cooperation, and international cooperation. To facilitate flexible organizational operations, the director can swiftly establish, change, and dismantle project organizations under the administration through the Aerospace Administration directives. Special personnel provisions, including recruitment, remuneration, dispatch, and concurrent positions, are introduced to facilitate flexible human resource management centered on experts. Additionally, it includes provisions for the establishment of the Aerospace Development Fund and the transfer of the Korea Aerospace Research Institute and the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute under the jurisdiction of the Administration. The effective date is set as four months after promulgation. The Partial Amendment Bill to the Space Development Promotion Act aims to enhance the status and functions of the National Space Cuncil by elevating the position of the chairman from the Prime Minister to the President. It also strengthens support for the space industry cluster. The Partial Amendment Bill to the Government Organization Act provides the basis for the installation of the Korea AeroSpace Administration as a central administrative agency. 3. Follow-up Plans The government, upon the establishment of the Korea AeroSpace Administration (KASA), plans to thoroughly examine and prepare various aspects necessary for the Administration's full-scale operation, including the establishment of subordinate regulations, the transfer of organization, projects, and research institutions, budget securing, exploration of international cooperation projects, recruitment of experts, and the provision of office facilities. Subordinate Regulations Establishment: Approximately 30 related provisions for implementing regulations, personnel, organization, and project management in line with the Special Bill will be formulated. Additionally, MSIT will prepare a new organizational structure proposal for KASA and engage in discussions with relevant ministries such as MOIS. Organization and Budget Transfer: The organization and budget related to aerospace policy tasks, projects, industrial promotion, international cooperation, and talent development within the MSIT and the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy will be transferred to the Administration. Transfer of Research Institutes: To transfer the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) and the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASSI) to KASA, relevant procedures, including the formation of a board of directors and amendments to the articles of organizations, will be carried out. Budget Securing: MSIT will secure preparatory budgets (for rent, facilities, etc.) before the official opening of KASA and stable operational budgets (personnel expenses, basic expenses) through discussions with the Ministry of Economy and Finance in 2024. Additionally, budget request of the Administration for 2025, aimed at promoting aerospace projects, will be prepared by May. Exploration of International Cooperation Projects: Immediately after the establishment, MSIT plans to initiate joint projects with leading space research institutions such as NASA in the United States and JAXA in Japan. The Ministry also plans to proactively explore economic cooperation projects with emerging countries, particularly those with recent MOU signings in the aerospace field, such as the UAE. Recruitment of Specialized Personnel: The workforce of KASA will be composed mainly of domestic and international experts. Term-based public officials will be recruited from the private sector, and domestic and international talent will be secured through invitation and recommendations. General public officials will be added through transfers, open recruitment, and special recruitment to perform policy formulation and administrative tasks. Office building, Settlement Support for KASA staff, etc.: Immediately after the establishment, a temporary office building will be secured in the first half of the year. Measures for supporting living conditions, such as housing and transportation, will be established for the stable settlement of outstanding personnel. Additionally, before the establishment, the Administration’s network infrastructure and information systems, including the website, will be developed. Expected Outcomes The aerospace industry is emerging as a new future growth engine that will lead global order and the economy. The government aims, through KASA, to foster over 2,000 innovative aerospace companies leading the national economy based on creative ideas and technological capabilities, and to create approximately 500,000 quality jobs and significantly expand the government's investment in the aerospace industry, targeting a 10% share of the global market (estimated at 420 trillion won). If achieved, South Korea will be one of the top five space powers globally by 2045. Despite forecasts by foreign institutions such as Morgan Stanley that the aerospace market size will double by 2030 compared to 2020, South Korea's global market share in the aerospace field is currently around 1%, despite successful launches of Nuri (Korea’s three-stage launch vehicle) and Danuri (Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter), and achievements in aircraft development. In the midst of intense global competition in the privately-led aerospace field, the MSIT aims to secure leadership in the global aerospace competition through active public-private cooperation, supporting the aerospace sector to become a new growth engine for the South Korean economy. Minister Lee Jong Ho of MSIT emphasized, "Through the establishment of the Korea AeroSpace Administration, we will nurture dreams and hopes together with the people, enhance competitiveness with industry-academia collaboration, and pioneer a new future with the world based on creativity and technological prowess." He further stated, "The establishment of KASA not only provides a new growth engine for the economy by promoting the aerospace industry but also marks the beginning of a great step toward achieving the goal of lunar landing in 2032 and Mars exploration in 2045, the centennial anniversary of national liberation. MSIT will spare no effort to move towards our space on our land, with our hands and using home-grown technology." For further information, please contact the Public Relations Division (Phone: +82-44-202-4034, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) of the Ministry of Science and ICT. Please refer to the attached PDF.
Call for Application for the ASEAN-ROK Award for Excellence in Science, Technology and Innovation 2023
The Government of Republic of Korea (ROK), in support of Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI), and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) recognize the importance of science, technology and innovation in promoting the economic development of nations. To this effect, an annual award is established to encourage young scientists and engineers to take on research in science, technology and innovation. The ASEAN-ROK Award for Excellence in Science, Technology and Innovation recognizes the academic and professional achievements of promising, early-career scientists and engineers of ASEAN nationality. The Award is open to professionals pursuing careers in any field of natural sciences or engineering. Eligibility This year, the award features two distinctions. 1) Next ASEAN Innovator: an applicant mustbe a citizen of an ASEAN Member State; andbe a professional with less than 5 years* of working experience after earning a Ph.D.;have no record in the past two years** of receiving an award organized or supported by ASEAN, in the field of science and engineering 2) ASEAN-ROK STI Pioneer: an applicant mustbe a citizen of an ASEAN Member State; andbe currently enrolled in a doctoral program in Korea; orbe a professional whose completion of a doctoral program in Korea is less than 5 years*; orbe a professional whose completion of a doctoral program is less than 5 years* and has significant research collaboration experience (e.g. post-doctoral programme, etc.) with Korea; have no record in the past two years** of receiving an award organized or supported by ASEAN, in the field of science and engineering * 01 Jan 2018, ** 01 Jan 2021 AwardThe winner of each distinction will be awarded a cash prize of US $12,000. The winners are also invited to attend the by-nomination annual one-week ASEAN-ROK STI Training Programme held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, to present and share their work. During the closing ceremony of the Programme, the Minister of Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) of ROK will present the winners of the ASEAN-ROK Award for Excellence in Science, Technology and Innovation with their Award.Application Process Applicant must submit the Application Form, Personal Statement, and Recommendation Letter, complete in every respect with the supporting documents, to STEPI (email@example.com) the latest by 14 August 2023.For Further Information Please refer to the following online posts for details, including application guidelines, application form, personal statement form and recommendation letter form.Should you have any further inquiries regarding the award, please contact STEPI, firstname.lastname@example.orgOfficial link: https://bit.ly/5th_aseanrokaward2023
Information Brochure on the MSIT
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AI-Powered Live-Tech Blurs the Boundaries of Communication and Markets
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Generative AI Challenges the Human Creative Realm
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Conversational Artificial Intelligence: a New Interface Between People and Systems
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