South Korea hopes to build high-tech hub with Uzbekistan

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President of the Republic of Korea, Yoon Suk Yeol, expressed hope for jointly building a high-tech hub in Central Asia with Uzbekistan and creating an innovative 21st-century Silk Road capable of leading humanity to a scientific and technological breakthrough. He shared this with Dunyo agency ahead of his first official visit to Uzbekistan.

The aim of establishing such a hub is to strengthen cooperation in research and development (R&D) and humanitarian exchanges in advanced sciences and technologies, including ICT and AI semiconductors.

Yoon Suk Yeol emphasized that Korea became the first country in the world to develop a national "AI digital textbook," which will be used in school education starting in 2025, allowing students to learn according to their individual needs. He also noted that Korea actively supports the training of teachers in using digital technologies in the educational process.

As a leading country in artificial intelligence and digital education, Korea has expressed its readiness to share with Uzbekistan examples of innovations integrated into the learning process and models of digital education for future collaboration.

President Yoon Suk Yeol arrived in Uzbekistan for a two-day official visit on June 13. Before that, he visited Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan.

In Tashkent, high-level talks are planned to discuss the further development of Uzbek-Korean friendship and special strategic partnership, as well as the implementation of joint projects in trade, innovation, energy, electronics, chemical industry, agriculture, and other priority areas.

A Uzbek-Korean business forum is also expected. President Yoon Suk Yeol will visit the U-Enter Center for Innovative Entrepreneurship, opened in 2023 in Tashkent with the support of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). Additionally, Yoon Suk Yeol will travel to Samarkand to be acquainted with Uzbekistan's rich cultural and historical heritage.

June 13, 2024