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the chairman of korea's ruling saenuri party has thrown his full support behind president
park geun-hye's ambitious three-year economic innovation plan.
he also vowed to improve the efficiency of parliamentary politics in his new year's press
conference tuesday. kim yeon-ji reports. ruling party chief hwang
woo-yea called for a rigorous reform of public sector corporations in his new year's press
conference tuesday saying many of them are poorly managed and weighed down with debt
my party will set up a committee for economic reform which will have two subcommittees each
tasked with reforming public corporations and regulations.
he also pledged to boost domestic demand and foster the service sector.
regarding health care policy hwang said the party wants to enable hospitals to form for
-profit subsidiaries. he denied that doing so would privatize the
the health care policy my party and the government are pushing for would keep the public health
care system centered around the national health insurance service while allowing hospital
s to set up for-profit subsidiaries such as hotels restaurants and funeral halls. this
will allow hospitals to increase their profit s and improve management. again this is not
a privatization of medical services nor does it have anything to do with a spike in medical
in line with president park's emphasis on reunification hwang said his party will start
laying the groundwork for reunification... including the passage of a north korea human
rights bill. the existing north korea human rights bill
first introduced by the saenuri party in 2005 stipulates that the south korean government
make rigorous efforts to protect the human rights of the north korean people currently
a population of roughly 24 million. but the bill has been stuck in parliament
for years... due to bipartisan differences over the content.
the democratic party chief said on monday that his party will soon draft a bill aim
ed at improving the human rights and livelihood s of north koreans.
the ruling party chief stressed that his party 's number one priority is to reduce social
conflict and achieve national unity saying that those things are key for achieving re
unification and bringing the country a per -capita income of 40-thousand u.s. dollar
s. he also pledged to normalize parliamentary politics and strengthen relations with the
opposition party. kim yeon-ji arirang news.