By Kim Hyun-cheol
A pilot operation of CO2 trading among companies will commence next year before a step-by-step expansion from 2011. Also, 3-D TV services will begin next October.
In a report to President Lee Myung-bak Monday, the Ministry of Knowledge Economy outlined a plan for an export goal of $410 billion and a $20-billion trade surplus.
It aims to increase 2010 exports by $47 billion, from some $360 billion this year.
The ministry will introduce a plan for greenhouse gas reduction, including a timetable and earmarked goals for each industry.
It will introduce a system that will evaluate emission-reducing effects of policies and regulations before legalizing them, as well as a calculating system to monitor emissions created in local industries.
South Korea's self-sufficiency ratio in oil and gas will be raised to 10 percent of domestic demand, up from 8.1 percent this year.
Two other government agencies ― the Small and Medium Business Administration (SMBA) and the Korea Communications Commissions (KCC) ― also reported their 2010 plans to President Lee.
Aimed at creating more jobs, especially for young people, a new start-up system will be introduced next year, allowing business rookies to carry out most of their administrative work online.
A recent report by Statistics Korea shows that the younger generations here are more vulnerable in job security than most others as the employment rate for the 15-to-29 age group stood at 41.3 percent last year, much lower than that of most advanced countries and the nation's average rate of 63.8 percent.