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Korea Digital Days 2023

March 21-23, 2023
Washington, D.C.
KODI Digital days 2023

Modern-day Korea is a technology and innovation powerhouse that commercialized the world's first 5G network, reached nearly 100% broadband internet coverage, and has information and communication tech exports hitting record highs of US$233 billion in 2022. What were the key ingredients to this success? And how can we learn from such practices?

Discover how Korea is leading the way in digital development at Korea Digital Days. Join our thematic sessions to learn how disruptive technologies are integrated into the development agenda. Stay tuned for more information about the event!

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DAY 1 | Tuesday, March 21, 2023

9:30 am – 10:15 amArrival of Participants, Registration and Coffee MC 01
10:15 am – 11:00 am
Opening Session


  • Christine Zhenwei Qiang, Director, Digital Development Global Practice, World Bank   

Welcoming Remarks: 

  • Guangzhe Chen, Vice President, Infrastructure, World Bank 

Opening Remarks:

  • Kwang Jun RYU, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Science, and ICT (MSIT), Republic of Korea Introducing Korea’s National Digital Strategy


Signing Ceremony


Group Picture

MC 01 Atrium 
11:00 am – 11:15 amCoffee break 
11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Harnessing the potential of AI for Shared Prosperity:

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Korea’s AI Industry Development and Use Cases

Innovations driven by artificial intelligence (AI) hold significant promise for growth and governments are only just beginning to realize their potential and understand their risks. As these technologies evolve, further opportunities for cooperation will emerge to share good practices, build strong evidence base and develop forward-looking enabling policies, regulations and development use cases. 

Opening Keynote:

  • Sung-Wook Hur, President, National IT Industry Promotion Agency (NIPA) on AI for Participation, Solidarity, and Prosperity

Panel Discussion:

Policies for responsible and people-centric use of AI and frontier technologies / Industry Ecosystem building that fosters innovative use cases of AI and breakthrough innovations (e.g., in healthcare)

Moderator:  Sandra V. Sargent, Senior Digital Development Specialist, World Bank

  • Sung-Wook Hur, President, National IT Industry Promotion Agency (NIPA)

  • Young Gyun Kim, General Director, DataStreams Asia 

  • Woo-Sik Choi, CEO, Deepnoid

MC 01


12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Business Lunch

Hosted by Guangzhe Chen, Vice President, Infrastructure, World Bank (By invitation only)

Dining Room 
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm 

Inauguration of Korea Digital Exhibition

MC 01 Atrium

DAY 2 | Wednesday, March 22, 2023

9:30 am – 10:00 am

Registration and Welcome coffee

MC 01-Preston
10:00 am – 11:00 am

Korea’s Digital Platform Government: A Way Forward

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Digital Platform Government (DPG) aims to overcome the limitations of existing public operations by making use of technologies like AI and the cloud. The purpose of the DPG is to ensure that citizens, businesses and government work in collaboration based on a platform where all data is connected. The session will serve to unveil the Digital Platform Government roadmap by Korea, a leading digital nation and one of the most innovative digital governments that inspires other LMICs.  

Keynote by 

  • Jong Sung Hwang, President of National Information Society Agency (NIA).

    New Journey to Digital Platform Government: Korea's Strategy for Government Innovation

Panel Discussion on 

Shaping the future of Digital Government innovation   

The Digital Platform Government is about a paradigm shift in the operation of government in which citizens and businesses are at the center, and the public and private sectors work together to innovate new operation systems and personalize public services. 

Moderator: Samia Melhem, Lead Digital Development specialist, World Bank 

  • Jong Sung Hwang, President, National Information Society Agency (NIA)

  • Myung Jae Moon, Professor, Yonsei University 

  • Alex Engler, Professor, The Brookings Institution

MC 01-Preston
11:00 am – 11:15 am

Coffee break

11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Building a Trustworthy Digital Environment: 

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Opportunities and Risks   

The future of global social and economic prosperity rests on digital foundations. The challenge is to ensure a secure digital development that is resilient to cyber threats. The session will discuss the current policies, regulations, and practices to strengthen the resilience and security of digital infrastructure and systems in Korea through relevant knowledge and capabilities to maximize opportunities and manage risks. 

Opening Keynote 

  • Won Tae Lee, President, Korea Internet & Security Agency (KISA) Enhancing cybersecurity and resilience: A Korean Perspective    

Panel Discussion

Moderator:  Mahesh Uttamchandani, Practice Manager, East Asia and the Pacific, World Bank

  • Won Tae Lee, President, Korea Internet & Security Agency (KISA)

  • Jung Hee Kim, Director, Future Policy Research Division, Korea Internet & Security Agency (KISA)

  • Gwanhoo Lee, Professor, Department of Information Technology and Analytics, American University  

  • Christopher Martin, Head of Region, Asia & US, Access Partnership

MC 01-Preston
12:30 pm – 2:00 pmLunch - All participants of Korean Delegation MC C6-100
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Cocktail Reception 

Hosted by Digital Development Global Practice (By invitation only)


DAY 3 | Thursday, March 23, 2023

9:30 am – 10:00 am

Registration and Welcome coffee

MC 01-Preston
10:00 am – 11:00 am

Unlocking the potential value of data: 

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Learning from practices in Korea  

Data is driving a transformative change and a shift in economic paradigms. They are enabling an accelerated digital transformation in the wake of multiple crises that we are facing, and several technology advances and related innovations that are expanding the frontiers of the digital revolution. The future is arriving faster than expected and Korea is capitalizing on data-related opportunities by developing innovative instruments that serve to solve the data divide and scale the data economy.  

Keynote by

  • Heajeang Yun, President, Korea Data Agency (K-Data)

Contributing to economic and social innovation in Korea by supporting the growth of the data industry and enhancing the social utilization of data  

Panel Discussion

Policies and solutions to unlock the potential value of data for achieving prosperity and growth through developing a data market and scale a multi-stakeholders innovative data ecosystem.

Moderator:  Casey Torgusson, Program Manager, Global Knowledge, World Bank 

Heajeang Yun, President, Korea Data Agency (K-Data)

Injun Shin, CEO, Sije Co.,Ltd

J.P. Singh, Professor, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University

MC 01-Preston
11:00 am – 11:30 am 


MC 6-100
11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Korea - Digital Development Partnership Committee meeting (By invitation only)

MC 6-100
12:30 pm – Conclusion MC 6-100