National Information Society Agency Holds Opening Ceremony in Daegu
A total of 500 people attended the ceremony, including Choi Jae-yu, the second vice-minister of Science, ICT, and Future Planning; Kim Yeon-chang, the deputy mayor of Daegu Metropolitan City, Yu Seung-min, member of the National Assembly; Jeong Yun-gi, chief of the e-Government Bureau of the Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs; and distinguished guests and local citizens.
The National Information Society Agency (NIA), created through a merger of the former National Information Society Agency and Korea Agency for Digital Opportunity and Promotion, is the main organization for national informatization strategy, supporting the establishment of national informatization strategy, realization of e-government, establishment of ultra-high-speed information and communication infrastructure, creation of a healthy information culture, and the search for solutions to the digital divide.
The main tasks of the NIA include: △the study of national informatization policies toward the realization of a knowledge and information society, △the establishment of informatization infrastructure with the goal of achieving a smart society, △the promotion of the creation and spread of a healthy information culture, △ the planning of informatization policy and service development, △the creation of cutting-edge digital convergence infrastructure, △the strengthening of information resources for opening, sharing, and value creation, △the search for a solution to the digital divide in order to usher in a united information society, △the search for a solution to the global digital divide, and △the pursuit of international cooperation in ICT. As such, the agency plays an important role in realizing a stable smart society.
The relocation of the NIA is expected to create a synergy effect in the ICT industry, one of the main industries in the Daegu-Gyeongbuk region. As the core organization for national informatization, the agency is also expected to help improve the capabilities of local companies and universities by supporting collaboration between industry, academia, and research institutes, reinforcement of regional innovation capability, advancement of local industries, and the promotion of new industries, including the ICT industry.
Built with a total investment of KRW 67 billion and featuring one underground floor, 11 aboveground floor, a land area of 26,488 square meters, and a building area of 18,584 square meters, the NIA’s new home is a state-of-the-art intelligent building that reflects the enterprising and future-oriented vision of the global ICT center.
Daegu Innovation City will accommodate the relocation of 11 such organizations on a total land area of 4,216,000 square meters with a total annual budget of KRW 50 trillion. Since more than 300,000 people are expected to visit these public offices, this will have a major ripple effect on Daegu’s local economy and contribute to the creation of quality jobs for the younger generation of the region.
With the planned settlement of 23,000 people, Daegu Innovation City will prepare high-quality housing and education and culture facilities. It is also expected to become the center of economic development in the area through organic integration with Daegu’s cutting-edge medical complex, a major national project bringing KRW 4.6 trillion in investment over the next 30 years, and the Daegu Gyeongbuk Free Economic Zone, which is expected to increase production by KRW 78 trillion and create jobs for 140,000 people.
Daegu Metropolitan City plans to complete the relocation of the public offices before the end of 2015, accelerating the growth of Daegu Innovation City, and make every effort to position itself as the center of the Daegu economy as well as the leader of the local economy.