Korea Post under the Ministry of Information and Communication will globalize the market and plans to exchange culture via producing stamps together with countries abroad. President of Korea Post Hwang Joong-yeon first worked with Singapore to design stamps using Korean and Singaporean traditional wedding dresses as material. The stamps will be issued on March 30, 2007.

Along with Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, now Qatar is seeking to collaborate and exchange technology with Korea. Roh Jun-hyong, Minister of Information and Communication, joined President Roh Moo-hyun's tour to Qatar and participated in the Korea-Qatar Summit Talks on March 27. The conference for IT cooperation between Korea and Qatar was held with Hessa Al Jaber, Secretary-General of the Information and Communication Technology General Committee, and in this conference, Korea and Qatar signed Memorandum of Understanding on IT cooperation.

From April 19 until April 22, the Korea IT Show (KIS), which aims at being a world-class information technology and communication exhibition, will be held at COEX, Samsung-dong, with the theme of Enjoy Digital Convergence and U-Life.

Roh Jun-hyong, Ministry of Information and Communication accompanied President Roh, Moo-Hyun's tour to Saudi Arabia, and participated in the Korea-Saudi Arabia summit-talks on the 25th day. In the presence of the presidents of both countries he signed a memorandum of understanding of IT cooperation, together with Mohamed Jamil Bin Ahmed Mulla, Minister of Information and Communication of Saudi Arabia.

The Ministry of Information and Communication completed the construction works to upgrade the ubiquitous dream exhibition hall, a representative IT exhibition hall in Korea, and held an event of re-opening on the 23rd day in the presence of Roh Jun-hyong, Ministry of Information and Communication. CEO's of KT, SKT, LGF, LG Electronics, members of the science and technology IT committee in the National Assembly and the president of ETRI also attended.

Roh Jun-hyong, Minister of Information & Communication accompanied President Roh Moo-hyun's visit to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Qatar on March 24 through 29. Faisal Mohd. Alhaiji Bu Khador, Vice Minister and Minister of the Cabinet in Kuwait signed an MOU for improvement of exchange and cooperation in the IT field on the 26th after the Korea-Kuwait summit talks.

The Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) is taking action to reduce subway accidents that normally occur at the platforms. The MIC will provide Wireless Image Transmission Frequency that allows the subway conductor to monitor a platform that is hundreds of meters ahead. This will prevent death by jump suicides as well as accidental falls off the platform.

On February 15, at the Korea Testing Laboratory located at Guro-dong, Seoul, the Korea Electronics Association held a meeting explaining the Electronic Parts Purchase Plan for 2007. Approximately 140 electronic parts makers participated in the meeting, and five major domestic electronics companies -- Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, Daewoo Electronics, Inkel, and Trigem Computer -- presented their production plans and electronic parts purchase plans for this year.

In a management assessment about corporations associated with the government, the Korea Energy Management Corporation (KEMCO, www.kemco.or.kr) has ranked first for two consecutive years. The Corporation is assessed to take root as an innovation spearheading institution.

Q: What do you think are going to be the hot trends this year?

A: As we said also in our press conference in November, it could be Convergence. Convergence of all these related industries and fields. So there is no more limit between B2B [business-to-business] and private use. That has been a long time critical issue of CeBIT. CeBIT handles only the industry sector, only business to business. But nowadays is it not possible to draw clear cut between industries and private consumer electronics.

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