The Korea Maritime Institute (KMI) is a think tank and research center developing South Korean policies on marine affairs and fisheries, operated by the South Korean government through the Office of Government Policy Coordination. KMI was established under its current name in 1997, though expanded from a research center created in 1984 specializing in shipping economics.
KMI is organized into five research divisions as of 2011:
Marine & Coastal Policy Research Department
Shipping, Port & Logistics Research Department
Fisheries Policy Research Department
Marine Territory and Industry Research Department
Fisheries Outlook Center KMI is a policy research institute that is sponsored by the Korean government. Our goal at KMI is to pursue development and innovation in order to establish national policies in the fields of marine affairs, fisheries, and shipping and ports which, in turn, contribute to the national economic growth. In addition to performing basic duties of a government-sponsored research institute, KMI continues to reinforce research capabilities that tailor to policy needs of the nation and society. Moreover, KMI has carried out training and exchange programs for developing nations. Conducting and hosting a variety of seminars and conferences, we try to have better communication and interaction with communities and government-related agencies.
There have been many occasions for KMI to participate in international researches or projects regarding marine policies, which require close cooperation between the government, industry and academia. KMI provides valuable information on government policies and newly emerging issues, as well as serving as a channel or platform for mutual understanding and cooperation among related organizations. Since its establishment in 1984, KMI has made its best endeavours to lay the foundations of Korea’s development and growth. We promise to become an outstanding research center which serves domestic and global needs. KMI continues to upgrade itself and head toward the world to contribute to global maritime affairs and fishery policies.