Researh cooperation between Kazakhstan and South Korea
Kazakhstan and Korea are developing mutually beneficial cooperation in the scientific field. The countries will create a national system of science and technology information. The parties agreed to implement a joint project at an international technology forum held in Seoul. South Korea is known to be one of the global leaders in science investment and its know-how. The Korean Government spends 4.3 percent of the country’s GDP or more than US$73 billion on innovations. According to UNESCO, Kazakhstan invests just 0.2 percent of the GDP in research and development, which is about US$718 million. However, the development of science and technologies in Kazakhstan will improve significantly in the near future. President Nursultan Nazarbayev instructed the Government to increase spending on education and science within the upcoming five years.
OLZHAS RAYEV, SPECIAL COUNSELLOR, KAZAKH EMBASSY IN SOUTH KOREA:
- Now we have a new plan. Just few days ago, we had a national address from President of Kazakhstan Mister Nursultan Nazarbayev to Kazakhstan people and he states a new goal for our Government to increase governmental spending for education, health and science up to 10 percent of GDP.
CHOI HEE-YOON, PRESIDENT, KOREA INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY INFORMATION:
- Every year, our institute creates a platform to negotiate and present data on scientific research in Korea and abroad. This year, we laid a foundation for the establishment of science and technology information system in Costa Rica, and I hope that based on this example, we will strengthen cooperation with Kazakhstan.