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S. Korea to push for policy efforts to revive consumption

All News 10:00 May 08, 2020

SEJONG, May 8 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's finance ministry said Friday it will push for policy efforts to revive private consumption as it seeks to minimize the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

Vice Finance Minister Kim Yong-beom said such efforts will include a large-scale shopping festival.

"There is the need to prepare for special measures to recover economic sentiment," Kim told a meeting with senior ministry officials.

The nation's service industry has taken a big hit from the pandemic, but demand for new industrial sectors, such as data and artificial intelligence, is increasing, Kim said.

Vice Finance Minister Kim Yong-beom speaks at a meeting with senior ministry officials on May 8, 2020, in this photo provided by the ministry. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

Kim warned that global trade could sharply shrink this year, as the pandemic has crippled global supply chains and demand.

South Korea's exports sank 24.3 percent in April from a year earlier, and the nation suffered a trade balance deficit of $950 million last month.

The nation's economy shrank 1.4 percent on-quarter in the first quarter of the year, marking the sharpest quarterly contraction since the last three months of 2008.

South Korea has promised relief packages worth some 240 trillion won (US$197.2 billion) to ease the economic fallout from the virus.

kdh@yna.co.kr
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