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President urges efforts to make 'concrete' progress in economic reform

All Headlines 11:22 January 08, 2019

SEOUL, Jan. 8 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday called on his top government officials to make actual progress in efforts to build an innovative and inclusive nation, saying the goal is not to boast but to make people feel and benefit from changes.

In the first Cabinet meeting of the year, the president said the direction of the economic reform has been set.

"The second economic team must focus on how to move in that direction," the president told the meeting at his office Cheong Wa Dae.

The president replaced his top economic ministers, including the finance minister, late last year.

President Moon Jae-in (2nd from R) speaks in a Cabinet meeting at his office Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul on Jan. 8, 2019. (Yonhap)

"Each minister must be able to present their progress to the people by thoroughly pushing for their own policies in their own names and those of their ministries," Moon said, according to Cheong Wa Dae pool reports.

"What must especially be stressed is that it should not be progress that can be put in a report, but one that can actually be felt and agreed by the people in their own daily lives," he added.

To this end, the president urged the ministers to personally visit the field.

"The means (for progress) too may not only be in ministry reports. Rather, they may be hidden in the sweat of working-level officials at the site and the wrinkled pocketbook of a jobseeker who is asking for the help of the government," the president said. "I ask you to listen to their voices as if they were your own siblings."

The president also highlighted the need to better communicate with the people.

"The ultimate goal of government policies and regulations is to benefit the people," the president said. "They will be more accepted and thus gain additional momentum when the people can understand and relate to them."

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