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Won Hee-ryong Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport

On behalf of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, I would like to extend our warmest welcome to you all.

Embarking on a promising, new journey ahead, we would like to make the following two key commitments.

First, we are dedicated to providing stable housing for all people, focusing on low- and middle-income households, in particular.

Our goal is that housing no longer determines people’s social status: Housing will be affordable for those who wish to have their own, and secure for those who wish to rent.

Doing so, we will provide housing where it is needed. By supplying sufficient homes in urban centers where demand is concentrated, we will build a firm foundation to buttress the stability of housing prices.

Furthermore, we will reinforce housing welfare by innovating public rental housing and establishing a future-oriented platform that combines housing, community, and public services.

Second, we are committed to pioneering innovation for our shared future.

We are in the middle of a mobility revolution. This necessitates the shift of our policy paradigm from supplier-oriented ‘transport’ to consumer-oriented ‘mobility.’

Mobility is not part of a distant future. It is a change that is happening today.

We will start the pilot operation of Urban Aviation Mobility (UAM) in 2025 with a goal to begin Level 4 autonomous driving in 2027. Drone delivery services will become more widespread, and personal mobility will become more practical.

Innovation in mobility requires spatial transformation. In this regard, we will build smart cities, Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS), and a digital twin of our national land, which will become the fundamental infrastructure of the mobility revolution.

Building on smart cities and these new forms of mobility, Korea is positioned to be a leading smart nation. To facilitate this, our ministry is determined to promote the mobility revolution to drive economic growth and enhance the quality of life of our people.

We will also make public a substantial amount of data in the field of land, infrastructure and transport, which is closely related to people’s everyday lives and is in high demand among businesses. The release of this data will help improve administrative services and encourage creative startups.

In closing, we will make sure that all of this will be done through active communication with the public, the media, and those who have experience and expertise.

Essentially, we promise that we will strive to be innovative and open-minded on every task we are entrusted to perform.

Thank you.

Work Experience

  • May 2022 – Present Minister for Land, Infrastructure and Transport, MOLIT
  • Mar. 2022 – May 2022 Planning Chief of the 20th Presidential Transition Committee
  • July 2014 – Aug. 2021 Governor of the Jeju Special Self-Governing Province
  • June 2010 – Sept. 2010 Chair of the Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Unification Committee of the National Assembly
  • May 2008 – May 2012 Member of the 18th National Assembly
  • May 2004 – May 2008 Member of the 17th National Assembly
  • May 2000 – May 2004 Member of the 16th National Assembly
  • Mar. 1995 – Aug. 1998 Prosecutor at the Seoul District Prosecutor’s Office, the Yeoju Branch Office of the Suwon District Prosecutor’s Office, and the Busan District Prosecutor’s Office
  • 1992 Passed the 34th National Judicial Examination
  • EDUCATION

    • 2003 Master of Journalism
      Graduate School of Journalism & Mass Communication
      Hanyang University, ROK
    • 1989 Bachelor of Public Law
      College of Law, Seoul National University, ROK
    • 1982 Jeju Jeil High School, ROK

    HONORS

    • 2016 and 2020 Good Municipal Leadership Award
    • 2015 Proud Korean Award