On Tuesday, South Korea’s Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning stated they are looking to seek support for cloud computing across the nation. The ministry aims to do this by having more agencies adopting cloud computing services.
"Although we are around five years behind other developed countries like the United States or Britain in the segment, we will be the first country to implement cloud-computing related rules", stated Choi Yang-hee, ICT Minister.
The government is aiming to reach a cost savings of about USD$320 million from the increase in adoption of cloud computing across the public sector.
Currently, the South Korean cloud computing market is worth USD$432 million. The ICT ministry expects that this new strategy will rake in USD$1.78 billion in the South Korean cloud computing market, by the year 2018.
South Korea is topping the United Nations rankings of e-government services. The country topped the list of the 2014 UN e-government development index.
This demonstrates the governments work to transform the public sector by using ICT and its application for the provision of information and services to citizens.
The South Korean ‘Government 3.0’ initiative works to drive open data initiatives, adoption of the latest technologies, and customized welfare services. This cloud computing effort works in tandem with ‘Government 3.0’ as it feeds the vision of a more interconnected government network.