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Park visits creative economy festival

All Headlines 10:15 August 26, 2016

SEOUL, Aug. 26 (Yonhap) -- President Park Geun-hye on Friday visited a festival, designed to showcase the outcome of her "creative economy" drive, urging the public and business sectors to step up cooperation in creating jobs and fresh momentum for economic growth.

The "Creative Economy Innovation Center Festival" brought together some 1,900 people, including the chiefs of the 17 regional creative economy innovation centers, aspiring entrepreneurs, jobseekers and top government officials, such as the ministers of education, finance, labor and culture.

The festival, held at Hanyang University in Seoul, is the second one following the first last year. It features a variety of events, including cultural performances and various exhibitions showcasing the outcome of her creative economy initiative.

The creative economy refers to Park's trademark growth strategy that calls for boosting the economy by creating new business opportunities, industries and jobs through the fusion of information and communication technology, culture and other areas.

Since her inauguration in February 2013, the chief executive has been pushing to promote the creative economy agenda, stressing the importance of private-public cooperation in creating new jobs, nurturing new industries and promoting sustainable growth.

Her initiative has been pushed by the so-called creative economy innovation centers, which have emerged as a pivotal platform for the Park administration to advance the much-trumpeted economic agenda. Currently, there are 17 creative economy innovation centers across the nation.

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