Following is the text of a joint statement issued by the United States and Republic of Korea (ROK) at the conclusion of the United States–Republic of Korea Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Policy Forum.
The Republic of Korea–United States Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Policy Forum, which aims to promote ICT development in the Republic of Korea and the United States by expanding bilateral exchanges in ICT fields, was held in Washington, D.C., November 12–13, 2013. Ambassador Daniel A. Sepulveda, Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy at the Department of State and Vice Minister Yoon Jong-lok, Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP) led the U.S. and ROK delegations, respectively.
During the two-day forum, ROK and U.S. government and industry representatives held extensive deliberations and reached a broad consensus on a range of policy and regulatory issues, including cooperation on the creative economy, collaboration on ICT policy that promotes innovation and fosters the global and open nature of the Internet, cyber security, and joint responses to international policy discussions. These cooperative discussions included:
• Industry and government representatives exchanging views on regulatory policies to support the creative economy and the benefits of international best practices in policymaking.
• Expanding startup support policies for the development of the ICT industry.
• Discussing possible measures for promoting and facilitating human resource exchanges between the two countries in the ICT sector.
• Exchanging government policy views on the protection of critical infrastructure and information sharing between computer response teams of the two countries, topics primarily addressed in the U.S.–ROK Cyber Dialogue.
• Exchanging best practices in Internet services (e.g. big data and cloud computing) in the private sector and discussing ways to advance joint research to promote the spread of Internet services.
• Cooperating on policies and regulations in the areas of mobile and broadband communications, such as spectrum management policy collaboration, ICT research and development cooperation, and broadband policy exchanges.
• Discussing cooperation for the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference, WTDC-14, WRC-15, and ITU-T Standardization Sector, as well as the WSIS+10 process in order to facilitate shared outcomes at the meetings of international organizations.
The Republic of Korea–United States ICT Policy Forum was hosted by the U.S. Department of State and included representatives from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Department of Commerce, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, as well as the National Academies and private industry. The ROK delegation included a wide range of officials from the ROK Government, including the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, the Ministry of Security and Public Administration, and the ROKCommunications Commission, as well as representatives from the Korea Internet Security Agency, the Korea Association for ICT Promotion, and the ROK’s leading ICT businesses.
During the forum, UP Global and the ROK’s Global Startup Center signed a Memorandum of Understanding related to cultivating entrepreneurship and creating strong linkages between Korean and American entrepreneurial communities.
The Republic of Korea and the United States plan to hold the second Republic of Korea–United States ICT Policy Forum in Seoul during the fourth quarter of 2014.