OECD to Join Study of Korea's 1970s Rural Reforms

The Foreign Ministry is starting a joint study with the OECD of Korea's Saemaeul Movement of the 1970s to see whether the rural development scheme can serve as a model for other developing countries.

The ministry said Thursday that deputy minister Shin Dong-ik exchanged a letter of agreement for the project with Mario Pezzini, the head of the OECD's Development Center to study the reforms, which were implemented by the authoritarian regime of Park Chung-hee.

A Foreign Ministry official claimed Korea has had requests from 26 countries including Burma, Sri Lanka and Uganda to apply the principles of the Samaeul model to developing rural areas and fighting poverty. "We plan to develop a universal model in conjunction with the OECD," the official said.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jan. 10, 2014 11:45 KST