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THE INVESTOR

Economy

New budget guidelines focus on gov’t pledges

  • PUBLISHED :May 19, 2017 - 11:03
  • UPDATED :May 19, 2017 - 11:03
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[THE INVESTOR] The revised guidelines for the 2018 state budget is designed to center around the pledges of the new government including job creation and a hike in household income, the Finance Ministry said May 19.

Following the inauguration of President Moon Jae-in on May 10, the ministry revised the budget guidelines for next year to reflect the main policies of the liberal-focused president, who has put his policy priority on reviving the economy through job creation and increased income.

The 2018 budget is expected to amount to 420 trillion won (US$372 billion), up from 400 trillion won earmarked for 2017, it added.

The earlier 2018 budget scheme, which was made in March, was about the fourth industrial revolution, as well as improving job creation, tackling the low birthrate and economic polarization.

“We maintained the frame of the earlier version, but added a few more details in accordance with the policy agenda of the new administration,” said a ministry official.

Under the updated guidelines, the government will give preference to government-led projects that create more jobs and reduce temporary workers, and expand government spending on financial support programs for needy families.

Also, government expenditure on tackling low birth rate and improving air pollution will be high on the agenda, added the ministry.

By Alex Lee and newswires (alexlee@heraldcorp.com)
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