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In cooperation with the Korean government, major companies, social enterprises, and international organizations, Ulsan Port Authority (UPA) has initiated a project of “upcycling plastic waste coming from ships,” aiming to solve harbor-specific ocean plastic pollution. The UPA has improved upon the policies on discharging plastic waste from ships and created an upcycled product using the plastic waste. The UPA’s practice has contributed to reduce ocean plastic pollution.
In order to respond to the surge in unprecedented pandemic of COVID-19, Korean government swiftly developed the Epidemiological Investigation System based on Smart City Data Hub technology. It is designed to help officials quickly trace transmission routes and places through real-time data analysis such as mobile information. This system reduced the time for investigation from 24 hours to less than 10 minutes, enabling the containment of the pandemic in early stage and effective quarantine.
Viet Nam has suffered a drastic decrease in mangrove forests in recent decades driven by the growth of aquaculture. The governments of the Republic of Korea and Viet Nam have decided to resolve this issue through cross-sector collaboration between the forestry and fisheries sectors of both governments. Through this cooperation, the two governments will help local people restore and sustainably manage mangrove forests while also improving their livelihoods through eco-friendly aquaculture.
KOPIA (Korea Program for International Cooperation in Agricultural Technology) is an innovative development cooperation platform that facilitates agricultural partnerships among partners and donors, where agricultural technologies can be efficiently scaled up and effectively commercialized. KOPIA consists of three pillars: to develop locally-customized farming technologies; to carry out pilot projects to demonstrate practical effectiveness; and to involve other donors for scaling up.
KAFACI and AfricaRice jointly developed the Africa Rice Development Partnership project to increase rice productivity in Africa. Using modern breeding technology that shortens the breeding period from 10-15 years to 3-5 years, and by crossing Korean Japonica rice with African varieties, five high-yielding varieties were developed and registered in three countries. The newly released varieties directly benefited farmers, consumers, retailers and policy-makers due to their high yield and quality.
The Government of the Republic of Korea has implemented an ICT-based agricultural data management system through digitalization and a human capacity building program, which allows innovative data collection, analysis, and sharing in 6 ASEAN member countries. Through this, the governments have improved the paperless work process on agricultural statistics, accumulating the data and human resources for enhancing food security in the ASEAN region.
The open banking platform is a joint open infrastructure in the banking sector which provides core banking services in standardized open API to ensure fintech companies and banks offer fintech services without partnership with individual banks. Inquiry and transfer can be processes for accounts of all 18 banks by simply accessing the standardised open API. Fees were reduced by 1/10. Open banking is expected to spur innovation with the emergence of comprehensive financial platforms and improved…
With the introduction of 5G, global attention on electromagnetic field (EMF) safety has greatly increased. As such, the “IoT-based, unmanned remote EMF measuring equipment” has been developed steadily to measure EMF 24/7/365 while extending EMF measurement to the entire living environment. An “EMF monitoring system” has also been deployed to manage EMF in real time. In so doing, the system has contributed to the building of an EMF-free country while relieving public anxiety over EMF.
The Government of Korea has begun to implement a new Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI) policy, aiming to facilite the diffusion of innovation on the wider market. The Ministry of Science and ICT's new approach takes the existing innovation practice a step further by working in conjunction with associated public R&D projects to identify technological novelty and highlight potential social, economic impacts. This builds confidence for innovative companies and further facilitates public…
High-tech Research Infrastructures (RIs) require large budgets, high operating costs and extensive human resources, making them available only to a small number of prominent researchers. Up-and-coming junior researchers or technical staffs from SMEs, who account for the majority of technology development, are therefore not able to utilise expensive RIs. The South Korean government planned and established the national RIs governance system to solve this issue and fairly allocate opportunities for…
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