Yoon meets Korea-Pacific Islands Foreign Minister’s Meeting attendees
On the afternoon of October 27, President Yoon Seok-yeol met with a party of foreign ministers who visited Korea to attend the Korea-Pacific Islands Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. The meeting was attended by the Prime Ministers and Foreign Ministers of 12 countries, including Nauru, Niue, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Cook Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Papua New Guinea, Palau and Fiji, and the Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum. Yoon highly appreciated that Korea and Pacific Island countries have continuously developed friendly and cooperative relations since the establishment of diplomatic relations with Tonga in 1970, and emphasized that practical cooperation should continue in areas such as development cooperation, maritime and fisheries, and people-to-people exchanges. The party in attendance highly appreciated the development of substantive cooperation with Korea in climate change and development cooperation. They also said that they will do their best to successfully host the Korea-Pacific Islands Summit, which will be a milestone in new cooperation between Korea and the Pacific Islands. Yoon introduced the efforts to attract the 2030 Busan World Expo, and asked for support and interest as it would be a good opportunity to explore the future vision of the Pacific island nation, a maritime nation, if the World Expo is held in Busan.
Yoon presides over Presidential Advisory Council on S&T meeting
Yoon presided over the Presidential Advisory Council on S&T meeting at 10 am on the 28th of October at the Presidential Office in Yongsan. Participants announced the ‘National Strategic Technology Fostering Plan’, which selects and nurtures 12 national strategic technologies that will contribute to future growth and economic security. At the meeting, Yoon said that science and technology are a key source of national competitiveness, and that in order for Korea to lead the world, a national science and technology strategy is needed to create a super-gap beyond chasing. To this end, he announced that he would invest more than 25 trillion won over the next five years to intensively nurture 12 national strategic technologies such as space, nuclear power, and quantum technology to become Korea’s new growth engines backed up by special promotion laws. The 12 national strategic technologies are semiconductor/display, secondary battery, advanced mobility, next-generation nuclear power (including spent nuclear fuel disposal technology), advanced biotechnology, aerospace/marine, hydrogen, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, next-generation communication, advanced robot/manufacturing, and the quantum field.
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