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Gov't Plans to Raise Bio Sector Jobs

According to Yonhap News,

(SEOUL=Yonhap News) The government plans to drastically increase employment in the local bio industry this year as part of efforts to create more jobs, officials said Wednesday.

The plan, adopted at a meeting of related government ministries the previous day, calls for raising the number of jobs based on biotechnology to 46,000 by the end of this year, up 77 percent from three years earlier.

In the long term, the government is seeking to expand the number to 120,000 by 2025.

It will also move to hike the country's share of the global bio industry to 2.3 percent this year from 1.7 percent in 2015 and further raise it to 5 percent in 2025.

In addition, the government will ramp up efforts to raise its biotechnology exports to $858 million this year and $2.73 billion in 2025 from $522 million in 2015.

To that end, the government will invest 3.58 trillion won ($3.32 billion) this year to further nurture the country's bioengineering sector, up 5.1 percent from the previous year.

Out of the total, 3.12 trillion won, up 5.6 percent from a year earlier, will be spent on research and development, with the remainder earmarked for developing infrastructure and researchers.

"The goals have been set in consideration of the recent trend in the local bio industry's growth," a government official said. "The targets are within reach on increased investments in a range of sectors and a spike in the number of startups."

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Source: Yonhap News (May. 09, 2018)

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