2012 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES EMPHASIZE IMPLEMENTING BLUE OCEAN STRATEGY
President Park Geun-hye:
Current president of South Korea (presidential candidate at the time) Ms. Park Geun-hye, stated that in order to achieve a huge leap in Korea’s international exports, Korea needs to create a new blue ocean in Southern African and Middle Eastern countries.
Candidate Jeong Sae-gyun:
Presidential candidate of the Democratic Party, Mr. Jeong Sae-gyun, stated that he would put quality job creation using blue ocean strategy at the top of his economic policy priorities. He especially emphasized the importance of reviving economic activity in the rural sector and creating jobs that will return talent to rural areas. This includes building support centers to promote rural industry, enhancing tax incentives, and encouraging retired and middle-aged individuals to return to the rural areas in pursuit of a second career.
Candidate Kim Doo Kwan:
A Democratic United Party’s primary candidate, Mr. Kim Doo Kwan, stated that blue ocean opportunities for economic growth in South Korea’s future lie in cooperating with North Korea, sharing each other’s resources to achieve a huge leap in growth. He stated that in order to create an environment where cooperation is possible, the military draft should be abolished to create an atmosphere oriented towards peaceful reunification rather than an atmosphere on the brink of war.
Candidate Ahn Cheol-soo:
Independent presidential candidate Ahn Cheol-soo said that South Korea must pursue closer ties with “northern economies” if it wants to take the next leap forward. By building up the North’s logistics infrastructure, SMEs can gain access to more business opportunities, while at the same time helping contribute to closer inter-Korean cooperation, the candidate claimed. He said such an arrangement will lead to an economic “blue ocean” environment that can benefit all sides.
Blue Ocean Strategy at the Core of Korea’s Presidential Candidate’s Economic Policy Vision Asian Economies, 2012-09-01
Democratic United Party primary candidate Kim Doo Kwan’s – “Cooperation with North Korea will be South Korea’s Blue Ocean Strategy in achieving economic growth in the future” Yahoo Korea News, 2012-08-31
Presidential Candidate Ahn: Cooperation Between North & South Korea to Create Blue Ocean Opportunities Yonhap News Agency, 2012-09-10