President-elect Park Geun-hye plans to create a super-ministry in charge of science, information and communications as the incoming leader seeks to promote innovation-based growth, the presidential transition committee announced Tuesday. Park will also revive the post of deputy prime minister of economy, to be taken on by the minister of strategy and finance, as the top control tower for coordinating economic policies.
A new ministry of maritime affairs and fisheries will be reestablished while the trade section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade will be merged into the Ministry of Knowledge Economy, the transition committee said. “The reorganization reflects President-elect Park Geun-hye’s policy philosophy and resolve for public safety and economic revival to usher in an era of people’s happiness,” Kim Yong-joon, committee chairman, said at a press conference.
The bill on the restructuring will be submitted to the National Assembly during its extraordinary session on Feb. 24, officials said.
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