By Xu Aiying and Lee Jihae
President Moon Jae-in has used his three-nation tour of Northern Europe to reconfirm cooperation and support from Finland, Norway and Sweden, three key partners in Korea’s policy toward "innovative growth."
On the first leg of his trip in Finland, the president on June 10 signed memorandums of understanding on sectors related to the Fourth Industrial Revolution, 6G telecommunication technology and joint research. Both nations also agreed to exchange policies on information and communications technology (ICT) and cooperate in 5G, artificial intelligence and big data.
Seoul and Helsinki will regularly hold meetings on the results of B5G (Beyond 5G) and B6G (Beyond 6G) and seek to form a next-generation global telecommunication network.
Also on June 10, the president visited Otaniemi, a district in Espoo nicknamed the "Silicon Valley of Europe." There, he received briefings on how Finland became the world’s most innovative country in around ten years.
On the second leg of his three-nation Northern European tour in Norway from June 11-13, he and the Norwegian government agreed to arrange a cooperative system in science and technology.
Seoul and Oslo will also establish a joint board on science and technology by 2020 to exchange related policies, as well as press ahead with joint research or projects in renewable energy and ICT. They will also cooperate in producing, recycling and storing hydrogen, a pollution-free energy source.
Arriving in Stockholm on June 13, President Moon will wrap up his Northern European tour after attending the Korea-Sweden Business Summit, where major corporations such as Ericsson, Volvo and IKEA will participate, to bolster bilateral cooperation in ICT and biohealth.
By Song Baleun and Lee Jihae
Photos = Cheong Wa Dae
President Moon Jae-in on June 11 said at the Korea-Finland Startup Summit in Helsinki, "I strongly believe that cooperation between the two countries will strengthen through innovation."
Speaking to about 200 entrepreneurs from both nations, President Moon, on the first leg of his three-nation Northern European tour, said, "Finland became a leading nation for startups due to its innovation." He mentioned how Finnish telecom giant Nokia overcame a major crisis to reemerge as an industry powerhouse.
"Such changes Finland has undergone are serving as an inspiration for Korea, whose economy is centered on conglomerates," he said.
Saying bilateral trade increased 32% last year, President Moon said the two countries will further cooperate in establishing a startup ecosystem and managing sectors related to the Fourth Industrial Revolution, such as 5G and artificial intelligence.
In a meeting with Finnish Prime Minister Anttie Rinne, President Moon also agreed to expand cooperation in new industries such as startups, small and medium venture companies, next-generation telecommunication networks like 6G, health and energy.
President Moon on June 11 departed for a three-day state visit to Norway.