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S. Korea president, Google founder discuss 'innovative' econony

April 26, 2013 at 3:20 PM

SEOUL, April 26 (UPI) -- South Korea's President Park Geun-hye met with Google founder Larry Page Friday to discuss an innovative economy driven by technology, her office said.

Park and Page, who co-founded and is the chief executive officer of Google, talked about Park's "creative economy" drive to create new business opportunities and more jobs by combining information and communications technologies with the cultural and other sectors, Yonhap News Agency reported.

"I believe that the quality of life can be improved through technological developments," park's office quoted her as saying in the meeting. "I think it is important to create a 'venture ecosystem' that [helps people] not to be afraid of challenges and get back on their feet even when they fail."

Page responded by saying South Korea has the necessary infrastructure and "smart" technologies to make the most of its human resources.

Page had earlier met with executives of South Korea's Samsung Electronics before seeing Park in the presidential office.

Park's meeting with Page followed an earlier meeting with Microsoft founder Bill Gates Monday.

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