The term "quantum leap" came from quantum mechanics, when an energy form in an atom changes in to another energy form. Today this term is also used in economics and business to refer to "discontinuous leap" or "groundbreaking leap". Every firm needs "quantum leap" for sustainable growth.
This also applies to national development. For more than a decade, Korea is wavering near the 20,000 dollar barrier which is the entry to becoming a developed country. We cannot waver longer. We all need to pull together and go for the "groundbreaking leap" and make the second "Miracle of Han's River" to get into the line of developed countries.
We need to decide on a far-sighted national policy to achieve this target, but there are a couple of tasks to ponder on. One of them is the establishment of energy security. Self reliance of energy is a difficult task but it is critical in order to achive second leap. Especially for a country that has no oil or other natureal resource, securing energy resource is a task of survival.
In March, Korea will host a major nuclear related international summit. World leaders will discuss nuclear energy in the 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit and the Nuclear Industry Summit. 50 world leaders and representatives from UN, IAEA, EU, Interpole as well as other nuclear international organizations and CEOs of nuclear industry will participate in the summit. Therefore Korea will recieve attention from all over the world.
Korea already has the experience of raising the national brand awareness by hosing '86 Asian Game, '88 Olympic, 2002 World Cup, G20 Summit, and etc. Moreover, Seoul Nuclear Security Summit aims the nuclear aniterrorism which is a critical matter to international security; therefore, it will be the largest summit that Korea has ever hosted.
Foreign Affairs Experts have anticipated that when this Summit, successfully hosted, will strengthen the nuclear security and safety which are the prerequisites of the peaceful use of Nuclear, and will also be the first step for South Korea to become the leading nation in the world. I wish that this Summit hopefully becomes the opportunity for South Korea to show their potential strength and capability.
Although there will be many obstacles for us in the path of joining the ranks of advanced countries, these same obstacles will make our challenges glorious. I wish that, by hosting this Summit, it will act as the opportunity for South Korea to heighten its position in the world and to build the footstep for our next leap.
Our Nuclear Industrial World has developed to the highest level in last 30 years and has history of exporting Nuclear Plant to UAE. Also, South Korea has set an example to other nations as we have used Nuclear energy safely while maintaining the Nonproliferation campaign.
Therefore, 'Seoul Nuclear Security Summit' and 'Nuclear Industry Summit' will upgrade our status in the world, and will be the opportunity to imprint South Korea's Nuclear Technology to the world. Also it will provide South Korea, an energy-hungry nation, a chance to enhance Energy independency. I, as the chairman of the organizing committee of 'Nuclear Industry Summit', am working hard for the successful host.
As a human being, a company or a nation, there is a moment when we leep high beyond our imagination. Being in a leading role in the international society, works as the foundation to reach the highest level. By taking full advantage of this opportunity, we should provide rich lives to our descendants.