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Emboldened by WIPO's report, Moon vows continued innovation by S. Korea

All News 22:24 September 20, 2021

By Lee Chi-dong

NEW YORK, Sept. 20 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in shared the news Monday of South Korea ascending to the world's top five in the innovation index of the U.N.'s intellectual property agency.

He said South Korea will continue its drive for innovation and play a leading role in the campaign to resolve such global problems as COVID-19 and the climate crisis.

Earlier in the day, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) released its latest innovation index report, in which South Korea ranked fifth after Switzerland, Sweden, the United States and Britain.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and first lady Kim Jung-sook deliver a Chuseok holiday message on the Air Force One presidential jet just ahead of departure for New York on Sept. 19, 2021 in this photo provided by Cheong Wa Dae.(PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

The agency described South Korea as a "fast-climber," noting that it rose five notches from last year, driven partly by creativity, like K-pop music.

"I heard news to brag about in New York," Moon wrote on social media in reference to the WIPO's assessment, as he was on a visit here to attend the annual session of the U.N. General Assembly.

"South Korea ranked first among Asian countries and the WIPO lauded it for 'spectacular jump (from 10th to 5th)'," he said.

South Korea went up notably in innovation results and in indicators trademarks, global brand value, and cultural and creative services exports.

Moon noted that, "This is the achievement from our bold innovation and preparations for the future amid difficult situations internally and externally attributable to COVID-19."


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