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Two interviews with Mr. Gwang-Jo Kim, conducted by YTN Science 24 and YTN News

Below is a composite transcript of the two interviews with Mr. Gwang-Jo Kim, conducted by YTN Science 24 and YTN News (translated to English):

To begin with, could you explain how this project is being implemented?? 

I would like to mention about the background of implementation first. Above all, the rapid development of South Korea  has been recognized globally especially in the Asia-Pacific region.  I think this is the main reason for the Korean Wave. For example, Republic of Korea was the recipient of aid and support from other countries, but now it has become a developed country that supports other countries. Second, Republic of Korea joined OECD DAC in 2009, thus it is now attempting to share the experience on development with other countries.  In particular, Science played a huge role in alleviating poverty, and has been the key for the country’s development. These background situations were just appropriate for us to launch the project with YTN. This project is the first case of providing assistance to developing countries through the field of broadcasting.  That is why I consider this project worthwhile.  

When does it start to distribute YTN Science program? Also, which countries will be included first?
 The pilot project will be first implemented in Thailand and the  Philippines, even as there are many countries in Asia-Pacific region.  This is because there are government and non-profit science broadcast channels in Thailand and the Philippines.  It is expected to start in the second half of next year, at the earliest. (The project) will try to provide science programs which can help in teaching science subjects in basic education. Afterwards, the project will be expanded. 

How many member states are in Asia-Pacific region?  Do you have a plan to provide other countries with YTN Science contents?
There are forty-seven countries in Asia-Pacific region spread across Central Asia, Southwest Asia, Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia and the Pacific islands.  We attempt to expand our pilot project in more than one country in each region. Especially we try to provide good quality contents, so that we could help the countries which are vulnerable towards climate change such as Central Asia and Pacific islands to cope with these environmental changes actively.  

One of the more pressing  scientific issues in Asia-Pacific region are natural disasters caused by climate change. Is there any possibility to produce a joint production on this theme?
Yes. I think (a joint production with a theme on climate change) is very meaningful to the region.  Particularly, the region that is Asia and the Pacific  is very vulnerable to natural disasters. We expect that this (co-production) will be a stepping stone for scientific understanding, knowledge sharing, technology development and joint action toward it.   

Through this exchange, what do you think about the possibility of a Science Korean Wave following K-Pop Korean Wave in Asia-Pacific region?  
I don’t think Korean Wave should only be limited to entertainment; in my opinion, Korea’s development experience could be part ofthe Korean Wave. Through this project, (Republic of Korea) can contribute to a better world where people live in harmony, which is very much aligned to the ideals of UNESCO. 

Translated to English by Sunmi Ji 


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