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[제31대 제정부 법제처장] 코리아헤럴드 기고문(영문) - Government actively promoting ‘Legislation Hallyu’
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Government actively promoting 'Legislation Hallyu'

 

By Je Jeong-boo

Minister of Government Legislation

 

Abraham Lincoln, America's 16th president, once said: "Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe." Taking the time to get a freshly sharpened axe blade will ensure you to cut more trees, while the blunt one only wastes your time and energy. This quote stresses that the key to success in achieving a goal is taking efficient methods.

 

Such words are also true in the process of national development today as it is in everywhere else. South Korea, once marked as the poorest nation in the world with a Gross National Income of $67 per capita in 1953, has leapt into the ranks of advanced nations, with a GNI of $28,180 as of 2014. Laws are often referred to as a bowl that contains systems and policies, whose changes in direction were effectively backed by "legislation" as part of a method to support the governmental decision. For example, legislations in the 1960s to 70s, including Machinery Industry Act, Support of Steel Industry Act and Industrial Base Development Act have contributed to foster heavy chemical industry back then, while later in 1980s to 90s, Act on the Special Measures for the Promotion of Comprehensive Development of Designated Areas, Housing Site Development Promotion Act and Act on the Promotion and Development Fund Act for Agricultural and Fishing Villages have played a key role to seek balanced regional development and land development.

 

More recently, countries in Asia began to take notice of such legislations in Korea that have led to the national growth. More interests are being drawn especially among ASEAN member states, such as Vietnam, whose rapid growth rate of six to seven percent a year remains unchanged amid sluggish economy elsewhere. One of the primary reasons for the attention is because they can learn from our know-how of legislative process so as to reduce their own mistakes. U Win Myint, vice minister of the Ministry of Justice in Myanmar, for example, made a visit to the Ministry of Government Legislation here last August, particularly interested in modeling after land related legislations involving urban development and modernization of agricultural communities. When I visited Vietnam a while ago, I was told by Nguyen Khac Dinh, a member of the legislation committee in the Vietnam Assembly, that Korea's Public Information Act was a "great help" to establish a similar legislation in Vietnam. He said "We are hoping to closely cooperate with South Korea to share up-to-date legislative information in various segments."

 

In face of such broad demands across other nations, the Ministry of Government Legislation here has signed a bilateral MOU with 19 institutions in 13 countries, including Vietnam, Cambodia and Uzbekistan. We are also actively promoting "Legislation Hallyu," in which we distribute our unique legislative experiences and information, legislative experts and provide opportunities to attend workshops. In addition, a new project is underway to establish a law information website in Myanmar just like the Korea Law Information Center, a globally acclaimed platform that provides legislative information. From 2013, we have been hosting the Asian Legislative Experts Symposium to share our knowledge to Asian countries. The fourth forum which kick started on Nov. 1 drew 259 participants from 45 countries to discuss legislative agenda involving the promotion of public transportation. It provided insight on how to grapple with urban problems, such as traffic congestion and lack of public transits in the fast growing economies.

 

Our plan is to further cooperate with them to share our legislative knowledge and wisdom and help them cope with challenges that they have in common. Based on a shared goal of sustainable development, we will present a framework in legislative areas to support more countries from South America and Africa and expand interchange cooperation. It is my hope that such efforts of ours in the Ministry of Government Legislation in Korea are set to encourage mutual understanding and goodwill between nations and to establish legal systems to drive national and social growth.

 

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