Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Government structure for ICT and S&T Policy, 2003-present, 미래창조과학부

A Korean language report released by the new Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP) provides some interesting new information on how the structure of government is different than the prior two administrations.  It clearly shows that the digital information revolution was central to the new President's thinking in reorganizing government.  The report is titled "Science, technology and ICT leading to a realization of the creative economy and citizens welfare," (my translation) and is dated April 18, 2013.  It provides some interesting detail on the scope and mandate of the new ministry, including the chart reproduced here (click to see a full-sized version), with English superimposed over the Korean text on the original.  The chart shows the transition in the structure of key government ministries and offices related to Science and Technology and ICT from the "participatory government" of President Roh Moo Hyun to the Lee Myung-bak government to the present Park Geun-hye government.   The chart provides an interesting view of how the Park Geun-hye administration not only put ICT industry and policy responsibilities back into a single ministry, but also merged it with science and technology, recognizing the broad manner in which the digital information revolution is transforming the economy and prospects for new jobs.  More on this topic in future posts.

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