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English names of government ministries finalized

All Headlines 09:37 March 28, 2013

SEOUL, March 28 (Yonhap) -- When the then presidential transition team announced last month that the incoming government will create a new ministry in charge of science and information technology, many English-language media reporters were at a loss over what to call it in English.

The difficulty was because its Korean title was seen as too grand and perhaps rhetorical as well. When translated literally, it should be the ministry of "future creation and science." The name was coined apparently to underscore the new government's commitment to "create" or open up a bright future for the country.

But the name was seen by some as strange, just like the ministry of "knowledge economy" in the previous government. That ministry was actually the ministry of industry and energy.

On Wednesday, the new government released the English names of all ministries and vice-ministerial agencies, with the "future" ministry being named the "Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning."

ICT is a short for information, communication and technology.

The names of other ministries were largely unchanged, except agencies that were newly established or whose responsibilities were changed. Another new ministry handling maritime affairs was named the "Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries."

The name of the ministry that previously handled foreign affairs and trade was shortened to the "Ministry of Foreign Affairs" as the agency shed its trade negotiating functions. The "knowledge economy" ministry was renamed the "Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy" after taking over trade roles.

Following are the full English names of the 17 ministries.

- Ministry of Strategy and Finance

- Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning

- Ministry of Education

- Ministry of Foreign Affairs

- Ministry of Unification

- Ministry of Justice

- Ministry of National Defense

- Ministry of Security and Public Administration

- Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism

- Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

- Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy

- Ministry of Health and Welfare

- Ministry of Environment

- Ministry of Employment and Labor

- Ministry of Gender Equality and Family

- Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport

- Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries


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