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Egypt, S Korea explore digital culture cooperation opportunities at K-Creative Content Conference

Reham El-Adawi , Friday 15 Nov 2019
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Director of the KCC Sang Keun Yang, Chairman of the National Library Hisham Azmi, Korean Ambassador to Egypt Yoon Yeocheol, Chairman of the ITIDA Hala Al-Gohary and Chairman of the ITT Walid Gad
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A number of Egyptian and South Korean officials Inaugurated the second K-Creative Content Conference on Wednesday. 

The officials included South Korean Ambassador to Egypt Yoon Yeocheol, Engineer Hala El-Gohary, chairman of Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), - representing Egyptian Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat -, together with Engineer Walid Gad, chairman of the Chamber of Information Technology and Telecommunication, and Director of the Korean Cultural Centre in Cairo (KCC) Sang Keun Yang.

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(L-r) Chairman of the Chamber of the ITT Walid Gad and Korean Ambassador to Egypt Yoon Yeocheol at one of the exhibitions (Photo courtesy of the KCC Media Office)

Hisham Azmi, chairman of the National Library, Karam Gabr, head of the National Press Authority, professor Mahmoud Sakr, president of the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology, and Mohamed Shaaban, assistant minister of antiquities for digital services, as well as founder and principal consultant at Integrated Knowledge Dynamics Mohamed Kholeif attended the opening ceremony of the conference, organised by the KCC and the Korea Trade Investment Promotion Agency.

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Professor Inho Choi giving a session at the 2nd K-Creative Content Conference

In his inaugural speech, South Korea ambassador said, “It was exactly one year ago that we first introduced this side of the Korean culture in Cairo. With the popular demand and interest by our Egyptian friends, we have come back with this event to explore the limitless applicability and growth potential of our digital cultural contents, which is a product of fusion of cutting edge technology and Korea’s own cultural features.”

Yoon added that South Korea has been leading the information technology and related industries with its prowess in semiconductors, mobile phones and communication areas, “Now, Korean innovators are using these technologies to create games, characters and educational software and export them to many corners of the world to enrich the life of humanity there in new ways that were hard to imagine until recently.

“Particularly, the technology of virtual reality is providing a new environment in which you can not only experience those games, animation, movies and other cultural contents, but you actually live them. Those new technologies will play the role of more efficient medium of spreading the culture of one country to another in much faster and wider manner," he pointed out.

El-Gohary said that she was looking forward for the expected positive impact of that important conference, especially in opening new horizons for cooperation and exchange of experiences in the field of creative industries while promoting the cultural convergence between Egypt and South Korea.

In his opening remarks, Gad said Egypt was carrying out a very ambitious digitalisation strategy aiming to convert Egypt into a digital nation by 2030, noting that the conference would be an excellent chance to exchange ideas and experience between the two countries.

The one-day conference offered three sessions: professor Inho Choi, the CEO of Dcarrick Company, tackled the trends and prospects of the Korean cultural content, while Mohamed Kholeif expatiated a little further on the innovation business model in gaming industry. The third session introduced CEO of GN-comms Company Choi, Hyojoon who talked about the status of support for Korean companies’ ICT ventures (the example of Korea Telecommunication Operators Association).

On the sidelines of the conference, Korean companies introduced their latest virtual reality and augmented reality software, including video games, education and entertainment.  

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