A number of Egyptian and South Korean officials Inaugurated the second K-Creative Content
Conference on Wednesday.
The officials included South Korean Ambassador to Egypt Yoon Yeocheol, Engineer Hala El-Gohary, chairman of
Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), - representing Egyptian Minister of Communications and
Information Technology Amr Talaat -, together with Engineer Walid Gad, chairman of the Chamber of Information
Technology and Telecommunication, and Director of the Korean Cultural Centre in Cairo (KCC) Sang Keun Yang.
Hisham Azmi, chairman of the National Library, Karam Gabr, head of the National Press Authority, professor Mahmoud
Sakr, president of the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology, and Mohamed Shaaban, assistant minister of
antiquities for digital services, as well as founder and principal consultant at Integrated Knowledge Dynamics
Mohamed Kholeif attended the opening ceremony of the conference, organised by the KCC and the Korea Trade Investment
In his inaugural speech, South Korea ambassador said, “It was exactly one year ago that we first introduced this
side of the Korean culture in Cairo. With the popular demand and interest by our Egyptian friends, we have come back
with this event to explore the limitless applicability and growth potential of our digital cultural contents, which
is a product of fusion of cutting edge technology and Korea’s own cultural features.”
Yoon added that South Korea has been leading the information technology and related industries with its prowess in
semiconductors, mobile phones and communication areas, “Now, Korean innovators are using these technologies to
create games, characters and educational software and export them to many corners of the world to enrich the life of
humanity there in new ways that were hard to imagine until recently.
“Particularly, the technology of virtual reality is providing a new environment in which you can not only experience
those games, animation, movies and other cultural contents, but you actually live them. Those new technologies will
play the role of more efficient medium of spreading the culture of one country to another in much faster and wider
manner," he pointed out.
El-Gohary said that she was looking forward for the expected positive impact of that important conference,
especially in opening new horizons for cooperation and exchange of experiences in the field of creative industries
while promoting the cultural convergence between Egypt and South Korea.
In his opening remarks, Gad said Egypt was carrying out a very ambitious digitalisation strategy aiming to convert
Egypt into a digital nation by 2030, noting that the conference would be an excellent chance to exchange ideas and
experience between the two countries.
The one-day conference offered three sessions: professor Inho Choi, the CEO of Dcarrick Company, tackled the trends
and prospects of the Korean cultural content, while Mohamed Kholeif expatiated a little further on the innovation
business model in gaming industry. The third session introduced CEO of GN-comms Company Choi, Hyojoon who talked
about the status of support for Korean companies’ ICT ventures (the example of Korea Telecommunication Operators
On the sidelines of the conference, Korean companies introduced their latest virtual reality and augmented reality
software, including video games, education and entertainment.