President Park Calls on Ministries to Bring Down Barriers Between Them
President Park has ordered government ministries to open up and share policy details with the public, in order to prevent any misunderstandings.
At a meeting with her senior secretaries Monday morning, the president said ministries should bring down the barriers that exist between them and share her administration's governing philosophy so they can all speak in one voice.
In particular, she asked ministries to create task forces or consultative groups, in which private institutions and the public could take part and to jointly push ahead with government policies and projects.
President Park also proposed allocating budgets specifically to these particular groups, instead of a certain ministry alone, as a way to boost cooperation, and stressed that government officials should be evaluated based on the performance of their respective task force.
Her comments come after President Park decided to receive status reports from the ministries starting Thursday.
The ministry of industry, trade and resources will be the first office to report.
President Park asked ministries to formulate specific measures that will help her administration achieve its four major goals -- revitalizing the economy, increasing the happiness of the people, promoting Korean culture and setting up the foundation for a peaceful reunification with the North.
With regard to the economy, President Park stressed the importance of creating a so-called "creative economy" and economic democratization, and said the two are inseparable.
She said a creative economy can only be realized when economic democratization creates a market environment in which conglomerates and small- and mid-sized companies prosper alongside one another, and one in which everyone can be properly compensated for their efforts.
Eoh Jin-joo, Arirang News.
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