Open Korea Resources
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Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism is implementing policies in various sectors such as culture, arts, sports, content, religion, media, and promotion in order to realize culture for people.
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Ministry of Economy and Finance
The Ministry is committed to developing a strong economy and building growth engines through the concerted efforts of its offices and bureaus. The Ministry works to ensure macroeconomic and financial stability, effective policy coordination, efficient allocation of national resources, fiscal soundness, rational tax policies, and robust international cooperation.
Ministry of Education
Under the philosophy of “People-centered Education of the Future,” the Ministry of Education aims to create an education system that cherishes the great value of cooperation and co-existence,while focusing on promoting comprehensive growth of students. Part of our work also involves providing personalized education to our students to meet the demands of their different life cycles,while respecting their unique aptitudes and capacities.
Ministry of Employment and Labor
The Ministry of Employment and Labor is responsible for establishing and coordinating employment and labor policies, employment insurance, vocational skills development raining, equal employment, work-family balance, labor standards, workers' welfare, industrial relations adjustment, cooperation between labor and management, occupational safety and health, industrial accident compensation insurance, and other affairs.
Ministry of Environment
The history of the Ministry of Environment, the environmental authority of the Republic of Korea, stems from Pollution Section of the Ministry of Health and Society established in 1967, which was expanded to Pollution Division, in charge of environmental administration, in 1973. After several reform and expansion of environmental authority, Environment Administration was launched as a subsidiary of the Ministry of Health and Society in 1980. In January. 1990, Environment Administration was promoted to the Ministry of Environment under the Office of Prime Minister, in order to efficiently integrate and coordinate environmental issues. In December, 1994, the Ministry of Environment was given greater authority to establish and implement its own policies.
Ministry of Food and Drug Safety
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs was inaugurated according to the Government Organization Act, enacted and put into enforcement on July 17, 1948, to be in charge of foreign policy, external economic policy, protection of overseas Korean nationals, assessment of international relations and overseas public relations.
Ministry of Gender Equality and Family
Planning and coordination of women's policy, and improvement of women's status through the enhancement of women's rights. Establishment, conciliation, and support for family policy and multicultural family policy. Fostering welfare and protection of youth. Prevention of violence against women, children and youth and protection of its victims.
Ministry of Government Legislation
The Ministry of Government Legislation, as the Central Administration Organization specialized in legislation, supervises and supports the government's legislative activi- ties of each department from the governmental and com- prehensive prospective.
Ministry of Health and Welfare
The Ministry of Health and Welfare(MOHW) coordinates and oversees health and welfare related affairs and policies. It’s mission is to establish an inclusive welfare state that ensures happy and healthy lives for all citizens. The ministry consists of four offices and 20 bureaus with approximately 3,000 employees.
Ministry of Justice
The Ministry of Justice serves the people of the Republic of Korea by guarding and enforcing the Constitution and laws of the Republic. In addition to rendering legal advice to the President, Prime Minister, and other Ministers, the Ministry supervises the prosecution. It is also in charge of correctional and rehabilitative administration and immigration. The following introduces the history, vision & mission and organization.
Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport
Many Koreans nowadays worry about finding stable housing, while facing the burden of high rent or having to find a new place to live. With the government now tasked with a bigger role and responsibility than ever, we at this Ministry feel a great sense of duty to answer the call of our times and the people we are entrusted to serve.
Ministry of National Defense
Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries
MOF has an executive responsibility for marine-related work encompassing shipping & port industry, fisheries industry, fishing community & coastal city, marine environment, maritime safety, marine tourism & leisure activity and maritime territory.
Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs
Ministry of SMEs and Startups
The Ministry of SMEs and Startups(MSS) is a government organization whose objective is to strengthen competitiveness and support innovation of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and Micro Enterprises (MEs).
Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy
The ministry was established at the birth of the Republic of Korea in 1948 as the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) with the mission to coordinate the nation's industries.
In 1993, MTI was merged with the Ministry of Energy and Resources, an agency launched in 1977 to ensure stable energy supply, to create the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE). The ministry was reorganized in 1998 as the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy (MOCIE) after the new Kim Dae-jung administration transferred its role in trade policy to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. In 2008, the Lee Myung-bak administration launched the Ministry of Knowledge Economy (MKE), integrating key parts of the former Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy, Ministry of Information and Communication, and Ministry of Science and Technology. MKE helped the nation become a knowledge-based economy by reinforcing traditional industrial strengths while developing new growth engines. After taking office in 2013, President Park Geun-hye restored MKE's trade policy role, renaming it the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE). Now better equipped to deal with the challenges of the 21st century, MOTIE is committed to providing a foundation for economic growth by combining its efforts to fulfill its wide range of responsibilities in the areas of commerce, investment, industry, and energy.
Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy
Throughout its history, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) has taken on expanded roles and responsibilities, helping to transform South Korea into a dynamic and economic powerhouse.
Ministry of Unification
In the 1960s, public interest and discussions on unification issues sprang up in various sectors in South Korean society and government felt the need to listen to the public and set up a consistent unification policy under an institutional framework.
On March 1, 1969, the Ministry of Unification was established as a government body responsible for all issues pertaining to inter-Korean relations and unification. The existence of Ministry of Unification reflects the unique reality of the Korean peninsula, which still remains divided since the end of the Korean War.
Ministry of the Interior and Safety
The Ministry of the Interior and Safety (MOIS) is responsible for general affairs of the State Council, promulgation of Acts and subordinate statutes and treaties, government organization and prescribed number of public officials, awards and decorations, government innovation, administrative efficiency, e-government, personal information protection, management of government buildings and support for elections and referendums.
Mongolian Embassy in Seoul, Korea (Republic)
National Disaster Management Research Institute
National Health Insurance Service
National Health Insurance Service, as the country’s key institution for the task of protecting healthy life of the nation, is responsible for the management of National Health Insurance which protects the nation from disease and Long-term Care Insurance which secures a comfortable old age.
National Institute of Environmental Human Resources Development
National Intelligence Service
The National Intelligence Service reports directly to the president. It provides intelligence, maintains security, and conducts criminal investigations to guarantee national security pursuant to Article 15 of the Government Organization Act.
National Nanofab Center
National NanoFab Center (NNFC) has grown into Korea’s top institution for nano-infrastructure based on a spirit of relentless challenge, with its contribution to the joint use of equipment, support for commercialization of nanotechnology (NT) R&D achievements, and fostering well-educated and high-skilled manpower.
National Pension Service
The National Pension Service (NPS) was established in 1987 to help secure the retirement benefits of Korean citizens with income security, thereby promoting national welfare in the case of retirement, disability or death.
National Tax Service
Taxes in Korea are comprised of national and local taxes. National taxes are divided into internal taxes and customs taxes. The National Tax Service (NTS) which is mainly in charge of the assessment and collection of internal taxes was established as an external organization of the Ministry of Finance on March 3, 1966. The major functions of National Tax Service may be elaborated as follows;
1. Supplying the revenue base
We collect the bulk of the revenue the government needs to fund its programs. With this important role, we need to constantly strive for excellence and be truly effective and efficient.
2. Promoting taxation fairness
We are also committed to provide fairness to taxpayers and to protect their rights under the tax law.
New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Korea (Kiwi Chamber)
The KNZBC is a voluntary group of New Zealand companies, organisations and Government Agencies involved in promoting increased business between Korea and New Zealand. It provides information, useful networking opportunities for members and a forum for information and discussion of issues relevant to the commercial relationship between the two countries.
New Zealand Embassy in Seoul, South Korea
MFAT acts in the world to make New Zealanders safer and more prosperous.