National Assembly’s Blueprint for Korea
- Compilation of mid- to long-term tasks and solutions that the five-year one-term government cannot properly deal with
- Four goals and 12 specific agendas under the theme of “Transition from Growth-Oriented to Matured Society”
- One-year joint research of 60 scholars from NRC and other government-funded institutes
- NALTAC will deliver the blueprint to presidential candidates of ruling and opposition parties
On the morning of December 8, the National Mid-to-Long-Term Agenda Committee (NALTAC) under the Speaker of the National Assembly, held a general briefing session at the reception room of the National Assembly, presenting the “Korea Future Strategy Blueprint” titled “Future Vision 2037: Transition from Growth-Oriented to Matured Society”.
In this blueprint, NALTAC pointed out that Korea has displayed unprecedented rapid economic growth, but on the other hand, individuals and societies suffer from inequality, polarization, antagonism and confrontation, envisioning “Transition from Growth-Oriented to Matured Society”.
To implement their new vision, NALTAC presented 12 specific solutions under four major goals “individual capacity and quality of life”, “harmonized community”, “paradigm shift and sustainable growth” and “mediation and cooperation against domestic/international conflicts” (see attachment).
For “individual capacity and quality of life”, solutions to improve the individual’s quality of life were presented to enable everyone to be respected and interact with each other as dignified democratic citizens, with aid of policies regarding health safety net, underprivileged group’s right to adequate housing, work-learning-life balance, etc.
For “harmonized community”, solutions centered on closing the inequity gap and community restoration accordingly expected, including but not limited to cooperative relationship between metropolitan area and regions based on decentralization, social safety net in the employment context, and institutional innovation to ensure worker’s rights. For “paradigm shift and sustainable growth”, authors paid attention on policy approach to create growth engines in terms of digital transformation, Industry 4.0 and carbon neutrality.
Finally, the “mediation and cooperation against domestic/international conflicts” covered remedies for restoring political trust and strengthening Korea’s international status, including but not limited to social integration based on negotiations between the ruling and opposition parties, future-oriented smart diplomacy strategy, peacebuilding on the Korean Peninsula, common prosperity of South and North Korea.
“Future Vision 2037 covers mid- to long-term national tasks difficult for the five-year one-term government to properly address and shows a path for us to move forward,” said Speaker Park Byeong-seok, who attended the general briefing session. “It is a comprehensive blueprint that gathers the wisdom of domestic scholars in the humanity, social science, science and technology.”
“The agendas proposed in the report are what the government should consistently promote for at least the next 15 years,” he also said. “It should be reflected in the new government’s national planning; the National Assembly should consult with the ruling and opposition parties to support it systematically.”
NALTAC members, including co-chairpersons Seong Gyeong-ryung, Jeong Hae-gu, and Kim Bok-cheol, were also attended in the session. “The politicians and the public should be aware of the report, and the government must keep on establishing action plans so that the agendas are scaled up to visible policies together with the National Assembly,” they asked to the Speaker.
“We will consider various ways to communicate this study’s outcomes to the candidates of the ruling and opposition parties and to the public,” answered the Speaker Park.
NALTAC is an advisory body under the Speaker of the National Assembly established at the end of November 2020 to discover national tasks and future issues required to be continuously discussed beyond the five-year term of the administration. Future Vision 2037 Report is the outcome of NALTAC-supported research conducted over the past year by forming a joint research team consisting of 60 experts from NAFI, other government-funded research institutes under the jurisdiction of the National Research Council for Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences (NRC) and the National Research Council of Science & Technology (NST), and major universities.
“Future Vision 2037: Transition from Growth-Oriented to Matured Society” is planned to be released in mid-December, and then anyone will be able to access the full text on the NAFI official website.
[Attachment] Executive summary of “Future Vision 2037: Transition from Growth-Oriented to Matured Society”
* Contact: Kim Yu-bean, Director General of NAFI’s Research Support Office (TEL. 02-2224-9802)