1. Minister for Communications and Information Mrs Josephine Teo is currently on an official visit to Seoul, Republic of Korea (ROK) from 5 December to 7 December 2022. During the trip, she:

i. Signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the ROK’s Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) that will pave the way for bilateral Artificial Intelligence (AI) research and information exchange, while helping our businesses to adopt AI for growth and to do so responsibly.


ii. Visited government agencies and leading Korean companies to learn about the ROK’s tech ecosystem and strategies, and reaffirmed plans to cultivate innovative technologies based on private-public sector cooperation.


Signing of Korea-Singapore Artificial Intelligence Memorandum of Understanding 

2. The ROK and Singapore share a strong partnership in the digital space. Recently, on 21 November 2022, both countries signed the Korea-Singapore Digital Partnership Agreement (KSDPA) in Singapore to strengthen our digital trade architecture and deepen our digital connectivity, especially through collaborations in new and emerging technologies such as AI.

3. Minister Teo met with the ROK’s Minister of Science and ICT, Mr. Lee Jong-Ho, and re-affirmed the areas of digital cooperation set out in the KSDPA and discussed on areas of mutual interest relating to the digital economy. Building on the KSDPA, the highlight of the trip was the signing of the Korea-Singapore AI MOU on 6 December by Minister Teo and Minister Lee. The MOU is a milestone in digital partnership between the two countries, and will allow the exchange of AI technologies and experiences in promoting the responsible use of AI.

4. The ROK is a like-minded partner with strong research capabilities, industry-academia partnerships, and AI talent. Under the MOU, Singapore’s Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI), Smart Nation and Digital Government Office (SNDGO), and Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), will work together with the ROK’s MSIT to:
 
i. Increase access to AI technologies and talent: This will aid in bringing cutting-edge Korean technology and talent to Singapore to drive impactful AI use-cases;
ii. Link research and industry activities to support the commercialisation of AI applications: This will accelerate the translation of AI research into commercial applications in both countries for the benefit of all stakeholders; 
iii. Strengthen the exchange of AI best practices: This will help both countries improve AI policies and strategies by learning from each other’s successes and shortcomings; and
iv. Support the alignment of AI governance frameworks: Such efforts will facilitate responsible development and adoption of AI by the industry, potentially reduce costs for companies in implementing trustworthy AI solutions, and contribute to the development of international standards in AI. 

Visits to leading Korean companies

5. On 5 and 6 December, Minister Teo visited key Korean companies, such as Samsung Electronics, Naver Corporation, and SK Telecomm, who shared about their cutting-edge innovations in AI as well as in the Metaverse, 5G/6G technology, and quantum computing. 

6. Minister Teo also visited Kakao Healthcare to learn about its MedTech and AI in Healthcare capabilities, and toured the Healthcare Innovation Park at the Seoul National University Bundang Hospital to learn about the ROK’s Doctor Answer 2.0 project, as well as how the hospital was making use of AI and other technologies to improve patient care and staff productivity. On the evening of 6 December, Minister Teo will engage Singaporean representatives based in the ROK, to share about the Forward Singapore exercise, and exchange views and perspectives.

7. On 7 December, Minister Teo will meet with Mr Jean Koh, Chairman of the ROK’s Presidential Committee on Digital Platform Government (DGP) to learn about the ROK’s DGP initiative and explore opportunities to deepen collaboration between DGP and Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative. 

Annex A: Opening remarks by Mrs Josephine Teo, Minister for Communications and Information, at the signing of the Artificial Intelligence Memorandum of Understanding between Singapore and Republic of Korea on 6 December 2022

Annex B: Photos and captions of Minister Josephine Teo’s official visit to Republic of Korea

 


Speech by Minister Josephine Teo at the launch of Temus's Step IT Up Programme on 26 January 2023 Speeches Digital Readiness, Cyber Security 26 Jan 23
The Korea-Singapore Digital Partnership Agreement enters into force Press Releases Government Technology, Others, Digital Defence, Cyber Security 13 Jan 23
MCI Response to PQ on Funding to Persons Providing Commentary on Social Media Platforms in Support of Government Policies Parliament QAs Public Comms, Infocomm Media 10 Jan 23
MCI Response to PQ on Increasing Low-income Families' Take-up of Internet Access Scheme Parliament QAs Digital Readiness 10 Jan 23
MCI Response to PQ on Policy on Use of Dialect Languages on Radio and Television Channels Parliament QAs Public Comms, Infocomm Media 10 Jan 23
MCI Response to PQ on Increase in SingPost Postage and Delivery Service Rates Parliament QAs Others 09 Jan 23
MCI Response to PQ on Annual Spending on Advertisement on Traditional and Online Media from 2011 to 2021 Parliament QAs Public Comms 09 Jan 23
Speech by Mr Tan Kiat How, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information, at NTU Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information Panel Discussion event on 9 Jan 2023 Speeches Public Comms, Infocomm Media 09 Jan 23
Speech by Senior Minister of State, Dr Janil Puthucheary at the techUK Digital Ethics Summit 2022 on 7 Dec 2022 Speeches Cyber Security, Digital Readiness, Government Technology, Others 07 Dec 22
Speech delivered by Mr Tan Kiat How, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information, at Asia TV Forum & Market | ScreenSingapore (7 Dec 2022) Speeches Infocomm Media 07 Dec 22
Securing AI Collaborations between Singapore and Republic of Korea Press Releases Cyber Security, Digital Readiness, Government Technology, Others 06 Dec 22
Speech by Mrs Josephine Teo, Minister of Communications and Information, at the Global Technology Summit on 1 December 2022 Speeches Personal Data, Others, Cyber Security 01 Dec 22
MCI Response to PQ on Collection of NRIC and Personally Identifiable Information by Security Officers at Commercial and Private Residential Facilities Parliament QAs Personal Data, Others 30 Nov 22
MCI Response to PQ on Assessment of Risk and Impact of Quantum Computing Technology and Efforts to Ensure Encrypted Digital Records and Communications Networks Remain Secure Parliament QAs Digital Readiness, Others, Government Technology 29 Nov 22
MCI Response to PQ on Measures in Place to Safeguard Privacy and Data of Users against Illegal Tracking by Tech Companies Parliament QAs Personal Data 28 Nov 22
MCI Response to PQ on Mitigation Strategy to Deal with Cellular Phone Jams at Large-scale Crowd Events Parliament QAs Public Comms, Digital Readiness 28 Nov 22
MCI Response to PQ on Measures to Improve Service Quality of Poor Performing Telcos Parliament QAs Others, Digital Readiness 28 Nov 22
MCI Response to PQ on Publishing Unedited Submissions from Individuals and Industry Players in Public Consultations on Proposed Legislation Parliament QAs Others, Public Comms, Personal Data 28 Nov 22
Opening Remarks by PS Joseph Leong for the 3rd Singapore-China (Shenzhen) Smart City Initiative Joint Implementation Committee Meeting on 25 November 2022 Speeches Infocomm Media, Others 25 Nov 22
Eight MOUs signed at the Third Singapore-China (Shenzhen) Smart City Initiative Joint Implementation Committee Meeting Press Releases Infocomm Media, Others 25 Nov 22
Speech by Mrs Josephine Teo, Minister for Communications and Information, at the AiSP South-East Asia Cybersecurity Consortium Forum on 23 November 2022 Speeches Cyber Security 23 Nov 22
Speech by Mrs Josephine Teo, Minister for Communications and Information, at the 5th DataGovAi Webinar eSummit & eAwards on 22 Nov 2022 Speeches Cyber Security, Others 22 Nov 22
Singapore and the Republic of Korea sign the Korea-Singapore Digital Partnership Agreement Press Releases Cyber Security, Others, Digital Defence 21 Nov 22
Speech by Mr Tan Kiat How, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information, at the Launch of Meta’s ‘Art Reimagined Singapore’ on 17 Nov 2022 Speeches Infocomm Media, Others 17 Nov 22