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UK, Republic of Korea Forge $5.6M Sci-Tech Accord

The U.K. and the Republic of Korea have agreed to a series of deals and new funding worth up to $5.6 million to boost research links in technologies including AI, quantum and semiconductors.

Berenice Baker

November 28, 2023

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The U.K. and the Republic of Korea have agreed several technology accordsGetty

The U.K. and the Republic of Korea have agreed to a series of deals and new funding worth up to $5.6 million to boost research links in technologies including AI, quantum and semiconductors.

The agreements formed part of an accord between the two countries signed Wednesday during President Yoon Suk Yeol’s State Visit to the U.K. They come off the back of the U.K. hosting the first AI Safety Summit, with South Korea planned to host next year.

They are:

  • A commitment to accelerate cooperation on developing safe, responsible AI, building on the commitments made at the AI Safety Summit.

  • A new framework for semiconductor cooperation to enhance collaboration on skills, R&D, supply chain resilience and trade, and to deepen industry links.

  • A broad digital partnership, boosting joint work in priority areas such as data, telecommunications, AI and digital competition.

  • A new memorandum of understanding on space cooperation.

  • A new implementation arrangement, which updates a 1985 agreement to modernize technology partnerships between the two countries.

  • A new dialogue on quantum, which will include talent exchanges.

  • A commitment to closer cooperation on engineering biology

The two countries plan to work closely to harness the potential of critical technologies like AI, quantum and semiconductors to create jobs and unlock economic growth. The funding will go towards creating joint research and innovation partnerships.

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“The Republic of Korea is a tech powerhouse, and a vital partner to the U.K. We share the same values and face the same challenges: from creating future jobs and industries fit for the AI age, to bringing the power of science to bear on climate change and supporting aging populations,” said U.K. secretary for science, innovation and technology Secretary Michelle Donelan.

“As part of the new accord between our two countries, this raft of agreements will future-proof our relationship for decades to come: a partnership that is already bearing fruit as we work closely together on the next AI Safety Summit.”

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Berenice Baker

Editor, Enter Quantum

Berenice is the editor of Enter Quantum, the companion website and exclusive content outlet for The Quantum Computing Summit. Enter Quantum informs quantum computing decision-makers and solutions creators with timely information, business applications and best practice to enable them to adopt the most effective quantum computing solution for their businesses. Berenice has a background in IT and 16 years’ experience as a technology journalist.

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