S. Korea’s Moon to unveil details of ‘New Deal’ project against the impact of the coronavirus next Monday

President Moon Jae-in speaks during a live interview with public broadcaster KBS at Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul on May 9, a day before the second anniversary of his taking office. (Yonhap) Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

SEOUL, Jul 8, 2020, Yonhap. President Moon Jae-in will make public details next week of his administration’s ambitious “New Deal” package aimed at creating jobs and fostering economic growth against the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic, Cheong Wa Dae said Wednesday, Yonhap New Agency reported.

He received a briefing from Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki on a “comprehensive” scheme for the so-called Korean-version New Deal earlier in the day, according to Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kang Min-seok.

Hong, who doubles as deputy prime minister for the economy, gave specifics of the plan, including signature projects and the scale of the budget, drawn up in consultations among the government, the ruling Democratic Party and Cheong Wa Dae.

Moon instructed Hong to prepare thoroughly for an event to “report the plan to the people,” which is slated for next Monday, Kang added.

In April, Moon announced his push for the New Deal drive while chairing the fifth emergency economic council meeting on responding to the COVID-19 crisis. He put forward the idea of focusing on establishing digital infrastructure.

Moon later suggested adding the Green New Deal to the package as another pillar together with the Digital New Deal designed to make South Korea’s economy less dependent on fossil fuel in a swift and bold shift toward environment-friendly energy use.

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