Anchor: President Park Geun-hye participated in a rural developmental Saemaul Forum in South Korea attended by some 700 people from about 50 developing countries. In a speech, Park promised to assist countries seeking to imitate South Korea's Saemaul Movement, which her father launched in the 1970s.
Kim Bum-soo has more.
Report: President Park Geun-hye met some 700 Saemaul movement leaders from 48 developing countries in an effort to better assist them to make the most out of the South Korean rural development campaign.
In a speech on Tuesday at the Global Saemaul Leadership Forum held in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province, Park urged countries taking part in the Saemaul Movement to modify the South Korea-originated program to fit their own situations at home.
She also promised South Korea's continued assistance in localizing the Saemaul campaign initiated by her father, former President Park Chung-hee, in the 1970s.
[Sound bite: President Park Geun-hye (Korean)]
"From now on, South Korea will provide necessary assistance that will allow participants to pursue a customized Saemaul movement that fits their situation. First, we will develop an SMU(Saemaul) index to gauge the Saemaul campaign situation, policy environment and promotability, and give tailored consulting according to each country's needs."
The South Korean president advised participants to create a new value chain by promoting people's participation as well as cooperation with private businesses.
Park then noted that the movement is increasingly becoming a global movement to fight poverty, expressing hope that success stories will continuously emerge around the world.
The Saemaul Movement is credited with helping to modernize the rural South Korean economy. Now 52 countries have asked South Korea to share its rural developmental experience and 26 countries have adopted the Saemaul model.
Kim Bum-soo, KBS World Radio News.