South Korean Gov’t Pledges Support for Blockchain Startups to Facilitate Industry Growth

The Korean Ministry of Science and Information Communications Technology (MSICT) has pledged further support to facilitate the growth of the domestic blockchain industry, Business Korea reported September 21.

Second Minister of Science and ICT Min Won-ki held a meeting with blockchain startups as part of the government’s effort to establish contact with organizations in what it has dubbed the 10 key ICT sectors of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The agenda for the meeting was devoted to blockchain pilot projects initiated by the government in order to bolster the blockchain market and improve public services with the investment of 4.2 billion won ($3.7 million). Participants reviewed the deployment of blockchain technology in customs clearance, livestock provenance, and property transactions. Min said:

“Considering the fact that there is no significant blockchain technology gap between South Korea and the other countries, it is a good opportunity for South Korea to lead the industry. The government will actively back domestic companies to help them lead the global blockchain market.”

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