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  • The Government of Jamaica is seeking the help of its South Korean counterpart to strengthen its cyber security capabilities.
  • Among the issues for discussion are: strengthening cross border co-operation; economic growth and development; cyber crime; international security; capacity building; and social and cultural benefits.
  • Minister Robinson is currently in South Korea for the ‘Seoul Conference on Cyberspace 2013.

The Government of Jamaica is taking further steps to strengthen its cyber security capabilities and is seeking the help of its South Korea counterpart in the process.

This is the word from Minister of State, Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (STEM), Hon. Julian Robinson.

Mr. Robinson, who is currently in South Korea for the ‘Seoul Conference on Cyberspace 2013’, told JIS News that he has taken the opportunity to have discussions with the country’s Vice Minister for Science, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Future Planning, Lee Sang-Mok, about how his government can assist Jamaica’s efforts toward improving cyber security.

“We discussed collaboration around issues related to cyber security and I specifically sought their government’s assistance in training and capacity building for Jamaican personnel,” he informed.

The State Minister pointed out that the South Korean team, headed by Vice Minister Sang-Mok, was very receptive to the requests, adding that “the discussions were rather encouraging”.

“He (Vice Minister Sang-Mok) expressed his willingness to assist and for us to discuss the details of a proposed programme,” he told JIS News.

The Seoul Conference on Cyberspace is being held from October 16 to 18 under the theme: ‘Beyond the digital divide towards global prosperity’.

Among the issues for discussion are: strengthening cross border co-operation; economic growth and development; cyber crime; international security; capacity building; and social and cultural benefits.

Mr. Robinson’s presentation will focus on the strategies being employed by the Jamaican government to address the growing issue of cyber crime.