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Moon to receive final annual policy briefings this week

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Seoul: South Korean President Moon Jae-in will receive the government’s annual policy briefings for the final time this week, his office said on Sunday December 19.

The 2022 briefings will begin Monday under the slogan, “Changes made with the people, a government fulfilling its responsibilities until the end”, the presidential office or Cheong Wa Dae said in a statement.

“Through the policy briefings, we plan to go through the achievements made during the five years of the Moon Jae-in administration and check the government’s policy directions and main project plans up until May 2022,” Yonhap News Agency quoted the statement as saying.

Moon’s single, five-year term is set to end in May 2022, and by law, he cannot seek re-election.

This year, the briefings will be submitted by paper because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The government has chosen five top themes it will concentrate on until the end of the administration, and for each theme, scheduled a joint press briefing involving the relevant ministries to explain its achievements and future goals to the public.

On Wednesday, the Finance Ministry will be among the first to brief the nation on reviving people’s livelihoods, along with the culture, labour, SMEs and agriculture ministries.

On Thursday, the Unification Ministry will be joined by the Foreign and Defence Ministries to give a press briefing on peace on the Korean Peninsula.

The Land Ministry will give a presentation on stabilising the real estate market on December 27, followed by the Environment Ministry on carbon neutrality on December 28, and the Health Ministry on the Covid-19 response on December 30.

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