President-elect Forms Control Towers for Her Administration
President-elect Park Geun-hye's list is finally complete, following Tuesday's appointment of six senior presidential secretaries.
They round out all the key posts of her adminstration, which means it's possible now to pinpoint the four offices that will act as control towers during Park's five years in office.
For foreign affairs and national security, former Defense Minister Kim Jang-soo , nominated as the head of the National Security Office, will take the lead, with the help of the foreign, defense, and unification ministries, as well as the senior presidential secretary for foreign affairs and national security.
Minister Kim is known to be a hard-liner when it comes to North Korea policies, an indication that his team will follow suit.
Head of the Korea Development Institute, Hyun Oh-seok , who's been nominated as the deputy prime minister for economic affairs, and the finance minister will spearhead efforts to jumpstart the economy.
Former finance ministry technocrat Cho Won-dong , nominated as the senior secretary for economic affairs, will serve as a bridge between the government and presidential office.
Both nominees have expertise in macro-economic policies.
When it comes to welfare policies, a cornerstone of President-elect Park's campaign, the Social Security Committee, which will be established under the Prime Minster's Office, is expected to lead the way.
But with Chin Young , a close associate of the president-elect taking the post of welfare minister, it's likely that the ministry, under his watch will have a strong voice in shaping policies as well.
Choi Sung-jae , senior presidential secretary for labor and welfare will be tasked with fleshing out the welfare pledges that he designed during the president-elect's campaign.
Meanwhile, nominees with international backgrounds will lead the nation's policies on science, information and communications technology.
Korean-American IT mogul Kim Jeong-hoon , who has been appointed as the minister of future, creation and science, will take charge of turning Park's vision of a so-called "creative economy" into reality.
The president-elect wants to make use of science and techonology as a new growth engine for the economy.
Choi Soon-hong , meanwhile, the nominee for secretary of future strategies, is a scholar who has work experience at the International Monetary Fund and the United Nations.
Heo Seung-ha, Arirang News.
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