It is my great pleasure to congratulate the Korean Scientists and Engineers Association in Singapore (KSEASG) on hosting the 8th Asia-Korea Conference on Science and Technology 2020 in Singapore.
In the context of rapid transformation in multiple areas of science technology, KSEASG has played a pivotal role in promoting relevant exchanges between the Republic of Korea and the Republic of Singapore. The Asia-Korea Conference on Science and Technology has been a signature event of KSEASG, in this regard. This year’s Conference bears special meaning as it is held at a time when the whole world struggles against the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus has awakened us to the true meaning of being able to physically gather and relish personal interaction.
In the midst of the pandemic, the Korean government announced a bold initiative – the Korean New Deal – to overcome the COVID-19 crisis and better prepare for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This initiative includes investment plans in Data, Network, and AI, as well as policy frameworks to facilitate innovation.
The Korean New Deal emphasizes better communication and cooperation between private and public sectors and seeks to actively engage subject matter experts. On that note, the Asia-Korea Conference on Science and Technology provides a much valued engagement opportunity
I sincerely hope that scientists, engineers, and policy-makers will make the most out of this meaningful conference, not least as we finally transition from months of online meetings to face-to-face gathering.
Ahn Young Jip, Ambassador
Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Republic of Singapore