By Shim Jae-yun
The presidential transition team has come up with the policy goal of promoting communications with the people as part of efforts to help incoming President Park Geun-hye keep her campaign promise to boost their happiness.
The team said that the nation is faced with numerous challenges in different sectors although it has managed to join the rank of the world's strong economies by realizing economic success and democratization.
"Now the people lack confidence in the fair distribution of wealth and job creation through economic growth," it said. The team attributed the problem to the losing growth momentum and shortage of decent jobs.
It also pointed to the loose criminal justice system and the lack of government efforts to help promote public safety.
"Anxiety over security is growing, especially in the wake of the third nuclear test by North Korea coupled with rising uncertainty over rapid geopolitical changes and unstable external factors," it added.
"Against this backdrop, the new government is tasked to generate an exemplary and trustworthy nation by making the people happy."
For the happiness of the people, it said, what is necessary is to "generate jobs through creative economy while easing people's concern over the future and establishing fair market order."
The team also underlined the importance of transparency alongside communication as the key task for the incoming government to enhance the happiness of the people.
"For a happy Korean Peninsula, we need to secure the sovereignty and security of the Republic of Korea through a strong defense posture and international cooperation. We also need to pursue a trust-building process on the Korean Peninsula," it said.
"The next government should carry out diplomacy on the basis of mutual trust and coexistence with the traditional allies and neighboring countries while expanding the diplomatic scope."
The transition team called for an active government role in the areas of environment and overseas development assistance so Korea can emerge as one of the world's leading nations.