In collaboration with Seoul National University’s Global R&DB Center, Born2Global Centre successfully hosted the “Global Collaborative R&DB in Deep-tech for the New Economic Paradigm” session as part of the Green Smart Development and Vision (GSDV) conference held on June 24, the third day of the program. Established in 2011, this gathering of international leaders, innovators, policymakers, and scholars facilitates discussions of global transformation within 3 core streams: green, digitalization, and sustainability.


The session on the future of globalization began with congratulatory remarks from His Excellency Alfredo Bascou, the Ambassador of Argentine Republic to Korea and Irene Arias Hofman, the Chief Executive Director of IDB Lab. The session was highlighted by pitch presentations from four select startups, moderated by Sokjin Chang, Born2Global Centre’s Director of International Cooperation, followed by Born2Global Centre’s Chief Executive Director, Jong Kap Kim, who led a panel discussion amongst top international VCs.


The four global startups that presented their innovative solutions were Avacargo from Argentina, Energy X from Korea, Proximity from Peru, and ULikeKorea from Korea, and the renowned international VC panel consisted of Ventus Capital, igniteXL Ventures, Main Sequence Ventures, KKFund, and QUAD Ventures - all of whom have contributed their unique insights on the global ecosystem.


Under this year’s GSDV theme 'The Great Transformation', the fully-digital, pre-recorded conference broadcasted to approximately 1,000 affiliates and showcased ICT-related domestic and multinational companies that have been working with Seoul National University alongside current students and alumni abroad.


An international project was proposed to solve social and cultural problems based on sustainable, eco-friendly innovations that addressed climate change through business ecosystem innovation, smart city construction, and ICT technology, which are the fundamental frameworks behind the new economic growth phase after COVID-19.


Vice Minister of Health and Welfare Kim Gang-lip (second from left) on June 24 discusses the government's capacity to respond to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a forum on Korea's response to and tasks in the pandemic at Blue Square in Seoul's Yongsan-gu District.

By Kim Young Deok and Lee Jihae
Photos = Jeon Han
Seoul | June 24, 2020

Vice Minister of Health and Welfare Kim Gang-lip on June 24 said the government has enough beds, medical personnel, resources and capacity to respond to even a worst-case scenario of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Concurrently general coordinator of the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters, he told a forum held by Seoul National University and unofficially titled "COVID-19 Pandemic, Korea's Response and Tasks II" at Blue Square in Seoul's Yongsan-gu District, "The government is monitoring and predicting the presently unfolding situation by the minute."

"If we prevent momentary carelessness (by the people) from spreading a small infection source, we can continue leading the control of a range of situations."

The vice minister said the government's response to COVID-19 contains the elements of innovation, flexibility, governance and tolerance.

On an innovative and flexible response to the pandemic, he said, "We've conducted more extensive and preemptive testing than any other country through the use of artificial intelligence and development of diagnostic testing technology."

He cited the country's active adoption of walk-thru and drive-thru screening clinics and the operation of lifestyle treatment centers for patients with mild symptoms.

Vice Minister Kim said Korea achieved quarantine through engagement and solidarity with the international community, adding, "We guaranteed necessary international exchanges through a special entry process. Our implementation of quarantine through the continuance of daily life and without a long-term lockdown can be commended."


Vice Minister of Health and Welfare Kim Gang-lip on June 24 speaks at a forum unofficially titled "COVID-19 Pandemic, Korea's Response and Tasks II," saying the government can respond to even a worst-case scenario of the pandemic.

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