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Moon pitches people-centered economy at G-20 summit

Politics 01:25 December 01, 2018

By Byun Duk-kun

BUENOS AIRES, Nov. 30 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday introduced his people-centered economic policy before global leaders as a potent remedy to income polarization, jobless growth and various other challenges facing many countries.

Moon made a keynote speech at the first session of the Group of 20 summit held in Argentina's capital under the theme of global economy, future of work and empowering women.

"South Korea realized rapid growth that amazed the world but it shares the same problems with the rest of the world. Economic injustice and polarization deepened in the process of growth and job issues have become serious due to growth without employment," the president said, according to a script of his speech released by his office Cheong Wa Dae.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in (second row, third from R) poses for a group photo with other global leaders, including U.S. President Donald Trump (first row, L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (first row, third from R) at the Group of 20 Leaders' Summit in Buenos Aires on Nov. 30, 2018. (Yonhap)

"The solution our government chose was people-oriented economy. We are pushing for innovation-led growth that seeks to increase economic dynamics through fair economy that guarantees fair opportunity and competition, and income-led growth that seeks to boost local spending by increasing household income," Moon said.

The South Korean president arrived here Thursday following his two-day visit to the Czech Republic. He is set to leave Saturday for New Zealand, the third and last stop in his three-nation tour that began Tuesday.

"Once people-centered economy takes root, inclusive growth that equally distributes the benefits of growth will become possible. We will be closer to strong, sustainable and balanced growth that was advocated in the leaders' joint statement at the 2009 G-20 summit," Moon said.

Moon insisted putting people first may also be an answer to new challenges that could be created by the fourth industrial revolution.

"With the fourth industrial revolution ahead, the world is now worrying about the future of work. There are great concerns that digitalization, automation will lead to a cut in the number of jobs. I believe pushing for innovation and inclusion through people-oriented fourth industrial revolution is the only solution," he said.

President Moon noted it was important for each country to try and include each and every person within their boundaries but also for the countries to work together to ensure inclusion of all people and states in the development process.

"I wish the experience of success and failures of each G-20 country, including South Korea, will be shared. I hope to see an expansion of global cooperation to make sure digitalization will not lead to increased gaps within a country or between countries," he said.

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