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  • 22-November-2017

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    OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2017 - highlights by country

    These notes present selected country highlights from the OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2017 with a specific focus on digital trends among all themes covered.

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  • 26-October-2017

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    Digitalisation: An Enabling Force for the Next Production Revolution in Korea

    Since joining the OECD in 1996, Korea has made impressive progress in raising living standards. Over 1996-2016, the country closed the gross domestic product (GDP) per capita gap with the OECD average by 26 percentage points. Vibrant exports underpinned strong economic growth, with Korea becoming the eighth largest exporter in the world. The country’s focus on innovation (its R&D spending is the second highest in the OECD) combined with its highly skilled population (it is among the top performers in the OECD’s Programme of International Student Assessment) supported this success. However, the convergence of Korea’s living standards to those in the most advanced countries has stalled in recent years. Output growth has slowed from 4.4% annually over 2001-10 to 2.8% since 2011. The country faces strong competition from emerging economies, notably the People’s Republic of China in low- and medium-end markets, and with advanced economies in high-end markets. This makes it more difficult for Korea to further expand its global market share.
  • 19-October-2017

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    Better Family Policies can help combine work and family commitments: Lessons from OECD countries

    I am delighted to be in Seoul, at the Joint Conference on Low Fertility, Challenges and Responses in the Era of Ageing Population. Let me first take this opportunity to thank our hosts: the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the Korean Institute of Health and Social Affairs (KIHASA). Our thanks also go to the Governments of Japan and China as well as to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for their support.

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  • 19-October-2017

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    Launch of the “Seoul Implementation Agenda”

    It gives me great pleasure to be here today to launch yet another important initiative that strengthens our partnership and brings us closer to creating the inclusive cities that we strive for.

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  • 19-October-2017

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    Third Meeting of OECD Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth: Cities are the key to a just transition

    It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Third Meeting of OECD Champion Mayors. Let me begin by thanking Mayor Park for hosting us today and in particular, for his leadership in taking up the challenge of meeting both climate and inclusion objectives.

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  • 18-October-2017

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    Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD, in Seoul on 18-19 October 2017

    Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD, was in Seoul on 18-19 October 2017 to meet with President Moon Jae-in and with several other high-level officials. While in Seoul, the Secretary-General opened the 3rd Meeting of OECD Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth, alongside Mr. Park Won-Soon, Mayor of Seoul.

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  • 11-October-2017

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    OECD Digital Economy Outlook 2017 - Spotlight on Korea

    This spotlight on Korea is based on the data and insights presented in the OECD Digital Economy Outlook 2017. It highlights major digital developments in Korea that are crucial to leverage the potential and harness the opportunities of the digital transformation.

  • 4-October-2017

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    The Pursuit of Gender Equality - Key findings for Korea

    Selected findings for Korea from the report "The Pursuit of Gender Equality: An Uphill Battle"

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  • 22-September-2017

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    Enhancing Water Use Efficiency in Korea - Policy Issues and Recommendations

    The report, building on a policy dialogue with a range of stakeholders in Korea, analyses how economic policy instruments under the responsibility of the Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport can be adjusted to contribute to water policy objectives. It also investigates how Smart Water Management Korea, an initiative by K-water that combines information and communication technology with water technology, can be harnessed to better contribute to water management in the country. Finally, it identifies some of the limitations of prevalent water allocation regimes which need to be addressed to make the best use of available water resources.Since 1965, the Korean Government has invested heavily in quantitative development strategies to meet water needs, and despite highly variable water availability, this has allowed for and facilitated rapid urbanisation and economic growth. However, several long-term trends are expected to affect the capacity of the current water management system to adequately respond to current and future water risks, such as rapid ageing of the population, fiscal consolidation and climate change. These call for a renewed emphasis on water use efficiency.
  • 13-September-2017

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    Regulatory Policy: Korea

    Learn about ongoing regulatory policy developments in Korea.

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