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Korea to set up $7-b aid for chip industry

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SEOUL—South Korea will set up an aid package worth more than $7 billion to support its chip industry, the finance ministry said Sunday, as part of its drive to boost its critical semiconductor sector.

This initiative follows its pledge last year to build the world’s largest chip centre using $240 billion of private investment, primarily from Samsung Electronics, the world’s largest memory chip maker, as it seeks an edge in the global industry.

The government “is preparing an assistance package of more than 10 trillion won ($7.2 billion) to support fabless, chips materials and manufacturing equipment in all areas of chips industry”, Finance Minister Choi Sang-mok said, according to the finance ministry statement released Sunday.

The $7.2-billion package could be created through “a new fund financed by private and public financial institutions”, Choi told executives of domestic chip makers at a meeting on Friday according to the statement, with further details to be announced. AFP

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