President Moon Jae-in on Jan. 27 delivers a special address to the World Economic Forum 2021 via videoconferencing from Cheong Wa Dae. (Yonhap News)

By Xu Aiying and Yoon Sojung

President Moon Jae-in on Jan. 27 called Korea a "safe and stable partner and investment destination."

In a special address to the Davos Agenda 2021 of the World Economic Forum via videoconferencing, President Moon said that despite the pandemic, Korea has never resorted to a lockdown or border closure.

"I hope that the Korean New Deal will lay ground for global companies and venture start-ups to take on new challenges and become a catalyst for expanding cooperation in future industries," he said.

"Korea will host the second P4G (Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030) Summit in May, through which we seek to spearhead international cooperation in overcoming the climate crisis."

"As COVID-19 becomes more prolonged, inequality is widening — a gap that we are witnessing both within countries, and between countries,” he said. "Equally as important as responding to the immediate COVID-19 outbreak and the economic crisis, is our commitment to pool our wisdom to fight against polarization and inequality in the post-COVID-19 era."

On Korea's COVID-19 situation, the president said, "Korea has entered the stage of overcoming this pandemic, and has set a goal for inclusive recovery and resurgence."

"As with all other countries, we will begin by carrying out vaccinations which will be the first step we take towards herd immunity," he added.

"Korea has entered into contracts with many pharmaceutical companies to secure a supply of various types of vaccines that will sufficiently cover our entire population. We have decided on free vaccinations for the country to uphold the cause of an inclusive recovery in our everyday lives."

The chief executive's speech was streamed via videoconferencing with other influential global figures attending the forum in Switzerland, which hosts the event every year.




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The Ministry of Science and ICT on Aug. 26 announced the plan "Science and Technology Future Strategies 2045" at the 12th meeting of the Presidential Advisory Council on Science & Technology in Seoul. (Ministry of Science and ICT)

A few days ago in 2045, Su-yeong got a new tooth thanks to reproductive stem cell technology that replaced her old tooth with a healthy new one. People can replace not only their teeth but also skin, bones and internal organs such as the liver with artificial versions. Moreover, technology has restored aged cells to those of newborns, a development expected to significantly extend the longevity of human life.

By Xu Aiying and Yoon Sojung

Though it might sound like a science fiction novel, daily life in Korea in 2045 could see major scientific and technological advances.

The Ministry of Science and ICT on Aug. 26 announced the plan "Science and Technology Future Strategies 2045" at the 12th meeting of the Presidential Advisory Council on Science & Technology in Seoul.

The plan shows what daily life could be in 2045, the centennial anniversary of national liberation, covering eight challenges Koreans will face in the future.

For climate change, the ministry aims to slow global warming by using high efficiency and eco-friendly energy and carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technology. Its blueprint also envisions a data-based management system for disasters and the securing of technologies to tackle climate change, such as the use of materials emitting no fine dust.

Curing what are now incurable diseases and brain-related ailments is also among the eight tasks. The plan mentions gene editing and stem cell treatments for cancer and hereditary diseases as solutions to these problems.

Advances in science and technology are expected to raise abundance and convenience in society. The ministry will also secure food for the future by establishing ICT-based, 24-hour unmanned agricultural and fish farms and factories to operate year round.

By securing clean hydrogen energy and expanding urban solar power, the strategies aim to secure a stable energy supply and advanced futuristic technologies such as the development of mini-size batteries with large capacity, space-based solar cells and power generation through nuclear fusion.

The strategies seek to develop technologies contributing to equality, non-discriminatory communication and social trust. The ministry said the plan will help people communicate using virtual reality and enable humans, machines and animals to communicate through brain waves, which will allow unique experiences.

These strategies are expected to create a more trustworthy and safer network environment backed by blockchain, quantum cryptographic communication and next-generation future security technologies. 

Moving vehicles will see a major paradigm shift. For example, a manned spaceship will make a roundtrip from Seoul to New York within two hours.




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