Foreign ministry to cut down on senior posts in reform

SEOUL, Oct. 4 (Yonhap) — South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha announced plans Thursday to reduce the number of vice ministerial and other top positions by a quarter.

The move is part of efforts to reform and streamline the ministry as it campaigns to be reborn as a “work-oriented” body focusing on “the people and the national interest,” she said at a press conference.

“(We) will eliminate 25 percent of the vice ministerial and diplomatic mission chief posts (at the highest pay grade),” she said.

The ministry will instead hire more working-level staff, she added but did not provide details of a timeframe or the specific jobs to be affected.

Kang is the first female leader of the ministry, which had long been dominated by male diplomats with certain school and work backgrounds.

The former newscaster and translator became a ministry official in 1999.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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