Government launches ‘AI Strategy Highest Level Council’… The public and private sectors work together to seek to become an AI powerhouse.
Promoting AI technology innovation to lead the global market... Accelerating AI transformation across all industries

The 'AI Strategy Highest Threat Council' was launched to bring together the public and private sectors to become one of the top three artificial intelligence (AI) powers.

Through this, the government promotes AI technology innovation that will lead the global market, carries out large-scale R&D projects, fosters high-quality talent, and builds AI-native networks. In addition, we decided to establish and promote a customized AI introduction and diffusion strategy that takes into account the characteristics of each industry and industry.

In addition, with the advent of the AI ​​era, we will accelerate the promotion of national, industrial, and public projects so that people can experience the benefits of AI in their daily lives.

The Ministry of Science and ICT announced on the 4th that the AI ​​Strategy Highest Level Council, the highest level governance of public and private AI, has been launched.

Korea has continued to make policy efforts, such as establishing strategies to innovate AI technology and strengthen industrial competitiveness. In the process, in order to reflect and utilize the creative ideas and excellent capabilities of the private sector in policies, we have been operating public-private consultative bodies in various fields such as AI semiconductors, laws and systems, ethics, and talent development.

However, with the emergence of generative AI, its influence is expanding beyond industry and into the humanities and social fields, triggering multi-layered and complex issues.

Accordingly, MSIT agreed that governance was needed to lead the direction of AI innovation across the country from an interconnected and integrated perspective, and thus launched the AI ​​Strategy High-level Council.

The AI ​​Strategy Supreme Council is co-chaired by Minister of MSIT and Taejae University President Jae-ho Yeom from the private sector, and consists of 23 top private sector experts representing the AI ​​field including general policy, AI semiconductors, R&D, law and system, ethics and safety, and human resources, as well as MSIT, MOEF, and MOTIE. It was launched with a total of 7 people, including 32 head-level civil servants from major related ministries such as MSS, Ministry of Education, Personal Information Commission, and Korea Communications Commission.

The council will play a role in not only expanding infrastructure such as AI talent and AI semiconductors and preoccupying future source technologies such as AI R&D, but also providing policy suggestions and advice on overall safe AI use policies, including AI ethics. The contents discussed at the council are jointly prepared and implemented by the subcommittee, MSIT, and the relevant ministries.

In particular, the Super AI Promotion Council, which consists of more than 100 super large domestic AI companies and small and medium-sized businesses and startups, is established as an external private advisory group to collect policy suggestions such as government investment and support to implement an AI innovation ecosystem and to communicate regularly between the public and private sectors. Use it as a channel.

◆ Overcoming Korea’s structural crisis with the AI ​​revolution… AI transformation for all industries

At the first meeting of the council held at the Federation of Korean Industries Conference Center in Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul this morning, the government viewed the AI ​​revolution as a golden opportunity and hope to overcome the structural crises facing Korea, such as low growth and low birth rate, and announced a public-private joint venture to advance the AI ​​G1. The AI/digital innovation growth strategy was reported as a strategy.

According to the results of MSIT's joint research and analysis with Bain & Company, a global consulting firm, if Korea successfully introduces AI throughout the economy, including manufacturing and service industries, the economic effect will be worth 310 trillion won (as of 2026). It has been shown to create

The economic effect includes KRW 123 trillion in annual sales increase through the launch of AI convergence new products, etc., and KRW 185 trillion in annual cost reduction through efficiency and automation, etc. By sector, KRW 136 trillion (44.4%) in the service industry and KRW 77 trillion (25.2%) in the manufacturing industry. , ICT industry consists of 24 trillion won (7.8%).

MSIT explained that the analysis results can be interpreted to mean that if the sales increase effect due to the introduction of AI leads to an increase in GDP, an additional economic growth effect of 1.8%p per year can be enjoyed on average.

The economic and industrial ripple effects that generative AI will bring. (Infographic = Ministry of Science and ICT)
This strategy contains key policy tasks and directions in four areas: innovation, industry, society, and systems.

First, we will pursue AI technological innovation that will lead the global market.

Based on Korea's strengths of having competitiveness across the entire AI value chain, including AI and SW, semiconductor technology and production base, and cutting-edge networks, ▲Large-scale R&D projects to advance AI technology ▲Nurturing high-level talent in the AI ​​field ▲Supporting the advancement and expansion of AI We decided to pursue an advantage in global innovation competition, such as building an AI-Native network.

We will also accelerate the AI ​​transformation of all industries to realize an AI dynamic economy. We plan to establish and implement a customized AI introduction and diffusion strategy considering the characteristics of each industry and industry.

We will also pursue the establishment of a new digital order.

Based on the Digital Bill of Rights established last year, all ministries plan to work together to create tangible results through social public discussion and policy research on key tasks and lead global discussions in OECD, UN, etc.

In addition, we decided to promote a digital inclusion policy in earnest so that everyone can enjoy the benefits of digital innovation and that digital technology can contribute to resolving conflicts and gaps.

◆ Promoting national, industrial, and public projects to make AI everyday life

MSIT is carrying out 7102 tasks by investing a total of 69 billion won in the spread of AI in daily life, industrial sites, and government administration so that the public can feel the benefits of AI.

First, a total of 755 billion won will be invested to spread AI happiness in people's daily lives to promote 18 tasks.

We plan to support the introduction of AI in areas such as health and disease management and care for the disabled and the elderly, which are in high demand from the public but are difficult for the private sector to provide, as well as the introduction of AI in areas such as childcare, education, culture, and housing.

To promote AI convergence and integration in the workplace, including workers, 2881 billion won will be invested to implement 24 tasks.

The plan is to support innovation in the production environment based on AI in the manufacturing and agricultural fields, such as process efficiency and gradual automation, while quickly promoting the discovery and expansion of AI services in private professional fields where effects can be seen quickly, such as law.

1157 billion won will be invested to internalize AI in public administration to pursue 14 tasks.

In order to prepare for the era of living with AI, we will pursue 2309 tasks, including investing 13 billion won in improving people's AI utilization capabilities and expanding safe AI-based infrastructure, including AI ethics.

People's lives are changing as AI becomes part of everyday life. (Infographic = Ministry of Science and ICT)
MSIT Minister Lee Jong-ho said, “In the AI ​​era, we feel a great sense of responsibility as the government department in charge of AI, and we will push for follow-up measures with a sense of speed so that citizens and companies can quickly and clearly feel the results.” He added, “Today’s council will help our country take off with AI.” “I hope that it will enrich the lives of our people and serve as a catalyst for us to become the number one country in the era of AI coexistence that serves as a model for the whole world,” he said.

Inquiries: Ministry of Science and ICT Artificial Intelligence-Based Policy Division, Artificial Intelligence-Based Policy Division (044-202-6271), Information and Communications Policy Division, Information and Communication Policy Division (044-202-6122)

Source: Korea Policy Briefing