Korean gov't to promote software industry and tackle growing gambling industry

Published on 14 Dec 2017, 13:53
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Prime Minster Lee Nak-yeon shed light on plans to improve training for young people to go into the software industry,... a key sector for Fourth Industrial Revolution.
He also touched on the importance of getting a hold on betting in sports and other areas... which is becoming a serious social problem.
Ji Myung-kil shares with us the PM's remarks.
Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon on thursday... said it was necessary to provide the right job training and education to foster job creation in the software sector.

"It is important for the government to create an environment for the younger generation where they can experiment using their imagination and creativity, which is key to the success of the software industry."

He also said jobs like industrial software programmers, games programmers, and data analysts will serve as new career opportunities for younger people.
According to Korea's Software Policy and Research Institute,... the country's software industry reached nearly 4-billion U.S. dollars this year and is growing by 1-hundred-million dollars every year.
Therefore, the government also plans to construct models to predict how the Fourth Industrial Revolution would affect software jobs in the future.

Prime Minister Lee also noted the alarming growth rate of gambling and other adult entertainment businesses.

"Korea's gambling industry is showing signs of overheating. The industry is expanding 6-point-3 percent every year."

He said it was important to eradicate corruption, especially in sports gambling,... referring to match-fixing scandals which have struck professional sports players in recent years,... and called for greater attention from law enforcement authorities.

"According to the prime minister's office,... Korea's gambling and lottery industry has grown by more than 18-billion dollars for two consecutive years,... with gambling addiction reaching over 5-percent, which is over two times higher than the OECD average of around 2-percent."

Therefore, the government plans to strengthen monitoring of casinos, horse racing, traditional bull fighting, and lotteries, and promote socially responsible practices.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News.

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