The formation of the Presidential Transition Committee, which will draw the outline of the next government, is accelerating. While the personnel verification of the transition committee members to participate in the three divisions is being conducted, concerns are rising that personnel in the ICT policy field, including digital transformation response, will not be seen.
Currently, only the transition committee members are left to participate in the Economics Division 2, which is in charge of industries and jobs, and the Science and Technology Education and Social Welfare and Culture Divisions. Some of the transition committee members have already moved up and down in and around the National Assembly, but the names of ICT experts have not come out.
In particular, although it has not been confirmed yet, it is said that ICT will be handled by the Science and Technology Education Division in the Economics Division 2 and the Science and Technology Education Division. There is also the prospect that
In addition, considering the introduction of the Deputy Prime Minister of Science and Technology, the establishment of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the establishment of the Blue House Senior Secretary for Science and Technology, and the National Future Strategy Committee under the direct control of the President, the view that only quantitative expansion of the science and technology field will occur is prevailing. .
Therefore, it is predicted that the issues of establishing a data platform government or responding to digital transformation, which were the promises made by President-elect Yoon Seok-yeol, will be pushed to a lower priority.
According to politicians and industry sources on the 16th, A-Team Ventures CEO Kosan, who was selected as the first Korean to board a spacecraft, and Baek Kyung-ran, chairman of the Korean Society of Infectious Diseases, were only announced after the recommendation of Chairman Ahn Cheol-soo, and it was reported that the appointment was actually made. CEO Kosan is expected to join the Science and Technology Education Division, and Chairman Baek Kyung-ran will join the Social Welfare and Culture Division as a transition committee member.
In addition, Hanyang University professor Kim Chang-gyeong, who served as the second vice minister of education, science and technology in the science and technology education division, Shin Yong-hyeon, former member of the Peoples Party, Seoul National University professor Nam Nam-tae, a scholar in his 40s, and Seoul National University professor Na Seung-il, a former vice minister of education, are being strongly discussed.
President-elect Yoon Seok-yeol and Chairman Ahn Cheol-soo
Considering the fact that President-elect Yoon Seok-yeol led the promise of science and technology, the prospect that Professor Chang-kyung Kim will be the secretary of the department is predominant.
The ICT sector is dealt with in the Economy 2 Division, which is in charge of industries and jobs. Considering the fact that experts in charge of policy development were appointed at Yuns camp in the previously appointed division, names such as Seoul National University professor Han-kyu Joo in the field of nuclear energy policy and Sogang University professor Kim Kyung-hwan who oversaw the design of real estate promises are rising and falling.
As Chairman Ahn said that he had a great sympathy with Yun-elected President-elect Yoon right after the presidential election and had a great sympathy with the importance of the data industry, there is also an expectation that a surprise person will appear who has not been listed on the transition committee member Hama-pyeong, but a specific list of experts in the ICT field is still invisible. is not
Inside and outside the National Assembly, there was a consensus that the ICT sector should be dealt with in the industrial aspect at the transition committee, but there is a view that it is not possible to distinguish it greatly from the science and technology field.
In the National Assembly, science and technology and ICT are being dealt with by one standing committee, but there is a big difference in the policy discussion process, so the transition committee does not consider the separation of bill review.
Unlike the industry, which has made the digital platform government a key promise, in terms of the composition of the transition committee, there is a question mark on the vision of the next government in response to digital transformation. This means that it is still difficult to distinguish whether ICT is viewed only as an individual industry or as a factor that leads to changes in the overall socio-economic culture.
In the midst of this, the Ministry of Science and ICT recommended four people to the transition committee, including the Information and Communication Policy Officer, the Director of the R&D Investment Review Bureau, the AI-based Policy Officer, and the Basic Source Research Policy Officer, and two of them are expected to join. The Korea Communications Commission has recommended the director of the broadcasting infrastructure bureau and the planning coordinator.
ICT industry officials said, “Even if civil servants in charge of ICT policies are dispatched to the transition committee, if there is no member within the transition committee who can gather and coordinate opinions, I am concerned that the ICT policy will be pushed to a lower priority in the next government.”