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Stabilizing people's livelihoods is the utmost priority: High ranking consultative meeting Updated: 2022-07-07 08:03:33 KST

Top officials of South Korea's ruling party met to discuss the most pressing issues that face the Yoon Suk-yeol administration. It marked the first time such a gathering was held since the new government launched in May.
Kim Bo-kyoung brings the highlights from the meeting.

Tackling the main issues that are making it hard for people to have a secure livelihood.
That's mainly what was discussed at Wednesday's meeting between senior officials from the People Power Party and the government.
It was the very first time that senior policymakers met since the Yoon Suk-yeol administration's inauguration in May.
Present were People Power Party chairman Lee Jun-seok and floor leader Kweon Seong-dong, as well as Prime Minister Han Duck-soo and Presidential Chief of Staff, Kim Dae-ki.
The participants all agreed that the utmost priority was to stabilize people's livelihoods which have been affected by high inflation and soaring energy prices.

"If people don't have a secure livelihood, the national economy could be at risk of collapse. With sincere awareness of the crisis and by being alert, we need to be able to offer support."

To do that, officials have agreed on a number of areas of importance, including promptly enforcing measures aimed at containing soaring energy and food prices, promptly executing a second supplementary budget, and coming up with pre-emptive measures in August ahead of the Chuseok holiday.

"We are enacting a secondary supplementary budget including support for socially vulnerable groups. Adding on to that, using all the methods we can, such as giving out emergency relief funds, we will do our best to stabilize their livelihoods and reduce the burden of living costs."

To effectively establish and enforce such policies, both the ruling party and government officials agreed to closely cooperate with each other.

"When pushing through such economic policies, communication with the National Assembly is important and cooperation with our party beforehand is desperately needed. From now on, we will have more meetings like this to take care of the country's affairs smoothly."

Meanwhile, the name has changed into meeting between party and government, omitting the "presidential office" as President Yoon Suk-yeol underscored how government and the presidential office are one body.
Promising more communication, now both party and the government aim to show unity to tackle crucial issues.
Kim Bo-kyoung, Arirang news.
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