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

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


The Korean government plans to promote the
country’s software industry,… which will
play an important role in the Fourth Industrial
Revolution.
Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon also outlined the
government’s plans to tackle Korea’s gambling
industry… which is growing at an alarming
rate.
Our Ji Myung-kil has more.
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.
(Korean)
“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.
(Korean)
“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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