Today, the United States and the Republic of Korea arrived into a bilateral partnership for more in-depth assistance on science and technology research and development of answers to disasters such as fire, storm, flood and earthquake, and issues closely connected to public safety such as security and infectious disease. The arrangement between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Science and Information Communication Technologies (commonly mentioned as the Ministry of Science and ICT or MSIT) was confirmed in a signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
“This is a great chance to discuss mutual challenges, shared urgencies, and joint opportunities that will yield profits and positive impact to our citizens,” stated William N. Bryan, DHS Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Undersecretary for Science and Technology. “Both of us bring a wealth of technical skill and creative insights, which together can help achieve better-informed decisions on where research and development funds can and should be made.”
Mr. Bryan signed the MOU with his colleague, First Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Science and ICT, Dr. Mun Mi-ock.
Dr. Mun highlighted the position of science, technology, and ICT in raising technology investments to the world’s highest standard, enhancing national competitiveness and fostering economic growth so that citizens can lead a safe life. She also showed high hopes for exchanges and cooperation between Korea and the U.S. to be further helped in a variety of sectors.