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(ITU) (Yonhap Interview) Chairman Min promotes 'we' at Busan ITU conference

2014/10/30 15:31

By Kang Yoon-seung

BUSAN, Oct. 30 (Yonhap) -- Min Won-ki, South Korea's ministry assistant minister who is chairing the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) conference underway here, encouraged member states to share a sense of "we" to narrow their differences and connect the world.

"The most important thing as chairman is not actually making decisions, but to facilitate discussions among member states," Min said during an interview with Yonhap News Agency. "In order to do that, you have to understand very well what other issues and other positions of member states are."

   Min said the challenge in chairing the meeting was having members admitting differences and reaching a result that has no losers.

"We are not selling things at markets here. We are trying to head toward the same direction, and that is my role as the chairman," Min added. "We should build the concept of 'we.'"

   Min is an assistant minister at the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning. He previously served at numerous global organizations, including the World Bank, the U.N. Asian and Pacific Training Center for Information and Communication Technology for Development, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Min said that although countries may face challenges in delivering their agenda to the world at the ITU conference, they should continue their efforts as the meeting is an opportunity.

"This is an opportunity to share your view with other member states. At the same time, this is good chance to express your ideas. Make that vision not only your country's vision, but a global vision."

   He said South Korea can act as an example of an ICT-rich economy.

"South Korea should work together with other countries, and be a kind of global leader rather than a regional leader, or in a specific market segment, and (help) in setting up a kind of collaborative environment," he added.

This year's conference, according to Min, has also proved South Korea's capacity to hold large-scale global conferences.

"(We are) not only providing facilities or necessary services, (but we are also) actually chairing the conference... so Korean views and ideas are well reflected throughout the whole conference management."

   "I hope that at the end of conference, everybody could feel that we just achieved what we dreamt to achieve. Sometimes, setting a vision and goal is much easier than achieving those goals," Min said.