President Park Geun-hye on Wednesday started receiving policy briefings from government ministries and agencies, which is seen to be laying the groundwork for her three-year economic innovation plan and reform drives both in the public and the private sector.
President Park will hear from 17 ministries, three government offices, five commissions and the Small and Medium Business Administration for next three weeks. This year’s policy briefing sessions end on Feb. 24.
Government offices are expected to suggest policies designed to support Park’s three-year economic innovation plan as well as reform measures to eliminate abnormal practices deeply rooted in sectors of society.
Park announced early this year that she would revive the slumping economy by nurturing a creative economy and stimulating market demands.
The length of policy briefings was shortened to 20 days from 42 days last year by grouping offices that share common state agendas. For instance, the welfare, labor and gender equality ministries are to jointly report their policies to achieve Park’s vision on expanding state welfare and creating quality jobs.
The three government offices ― the Office for Government Policy Coordination under the Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Government Legislation, and Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission ― have kicked off this year’s policy briefing session, officials said.
The Office of Government Policy Coordination, which operates as a control tower of overall policy implementation, reported to the president that the government has failed to produce tangible results by implementing new policies last year due to legislative deadlock and insufficient cooperation between ministries.
In an evaluation report of 140 state agendas announced last year, economic policies received low marks compared to policies on defense, gender equality and foreign affairs, the office said.
In order to make up leeway, the office said it would implement policies that directly affect and bring changes to people’s lives this year. Park’s state agendas are aimed at ushering in “an era of people’s happiness” through a creative economy, wider welfare, a safe and united society, and a foundation for national reunification.
By Cho Chung-un (firstname.lastname@example.org)