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Park stresses role of skilled workers to prevail in global competition

All Headlines 20:10 September 05, 2016

By Song Sang-ho

HANGZHOU, China, Sept. 5 (Yonhap) -- President Park Geun-hye on Monday stressed the role of skilled workers as South Korea strives to stay ahead of other countries amid an increasingly competitive technological environment, her office Cheong Wa Dae said.

In her video message to the opening ceremony of the 51st National Skills Competition in Seoul, Park also pledged to spare no effort to help strengthen the capabilities of skilled workers and enhance their prestige.

"For our country to beat the increasingly fierce global competition and leap forward into the ranks of technologically advanced nations, the role of skilled professionals is very crucial," she said in the message.

Park, in addition, highlighted her government's policy to support skilled workers through various programs, including a "dual system" that allows people to balance work and study.

Hosted by the Ministry of Employment and Labor, the Seoul metropolitan government and the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education, the competition program began its eight-day run on Monday. It brought together more than 1,900 participants representing 17 provinces and large cities.

This photo, taken on Sept. 3, 2016, shows President Park Geun-hye speaking during the Eastern Economic Forum in Russia's eastern port city of Vladivostok. (Yonhap)

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