Korea needs to boost productivity, increase employment and stoke economic activity as part of efforts to reverse current trends toward slower growth and low inflation, according to a new report from the OECD.
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In the past 30 years Korea has gone from having a limited medical infrastructure, fragmented financing and limited population coverage, to a health care system characterised by universal coverage, one of the highest life expectancies in the world while still having one of the lowest levels of health expenditure among OECD countries.
This case study presents the system of funding for political parties and elections in Korea. It also discusses the role of the National Election Commission in overseeing, monitoring and enforcing election regulations.
This report on the Public Procurement Service of Korea examines the effectiveness of its system, identifying good practices that can inspire reform efforts in other countries. In particular, the report highlights the efficiency gains achieved by implementation of a comprehensive e-procurement system and the savings generated by an integrated support for government-wide contracts. It also looks at how Korea is adopting a strategic and multi-dimensional approach to using public procurement in the support of small businesses and other social objectives. In identifying possible improvements to Korea’s system, recommendations include a more centralised look at workforce training and development issues and additional features for Korea’s e-procurement system, as well as a review of existing certification and preference programs.
The 2015 edition introduces more detailed analysis of participation in early childhood and tertiary levels of education. The report also examines first generation tertiary-educated adults’ educational and social mobility, labour market outcomes for recent graduates, and participation in employer-sponsored formal and/or non-formal education.
CV and photo of the Korean Ambassador to the OECD.
The OECD Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy held a Ministerial-level meeting in Daejeon, Korea on 20-21 October 2015. Discussions addressed innovation strategies, impact of public investment, science policies for the 21st century, science and innovation for health, new technologies for a sustainable future and the green economy, and science and innovation for global inclusiveness.
The Secretary-General opened the OECD Ministerial meeting “Creating our Common Future through Science, Technology and Innovation” alongside Mrs. Park Geunhye, President of the Republic of Korea. Mr. Gurría also presented OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2015 and held a series of meetings.
Thanks to robust skills and investment in R&D, Korea is leading in the development of frontier technologies with potential to transform production processes, stimulate the entry of new firms, and the launch of ground-breaking products and applications, according to a new OECD report.
Specific country notes have been prepared using data from the database OECD Health Statistics 2015, July 2015 version. The notes are available in PDF format.