Roh Spearheads Drawing Foreign R&D Centers

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Roh Spearheads Drawing Foreign R&D Centers


South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun is heading the nation's campaign to attract foreign research and development (R&D) centers.

Sun Microsystems, the world's leading corporate solution provider for hardware and software, Wednesday opened its research center in Seoul to develop Java technologies for the Asia-Pacific region.

The company plans to spend $50 million for the next four years to develop Java, a programming language to enable wireless Internet in cell phones.

On the surface, the reason why the U.S.-based firm selected Korea is because of the nation's advanced info-tech infrastructure and rich talent pool, Sun's chief executive Scott McNealy noted.

``Korea has an extremely talented IT workforce and that is why we will continue to have a strong presence in Korea moving forward,'' McNealy said.

However, a deputy director from the Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) claimed in addition to McNealy's reason, Sun selected Korea because of President Roh.

``When Roh met with McNealy in May 2003 during his visit to the United States, he requested Sun to set up a Korean R&D lab and it has played a major role in the establishment of the facility,'' the MIC official said.


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