The National Assembly Budget Office (Chief, Lim Iksang) held the 2021 NABO Budget Policy Symposium on “Budgeting After COVID-19, and the Role of the National Assembly” on Tuesday, July 13. The symposium was in the form of a hybrid webinar where only the emcee, moderator, and some speakers came to the physical event venue, and all of the audience participated online. The visitors followed COVID-19 preventative measures such as checking body temperatures, using a hand sanitizer, and using separate microphones.
The symposium started with a congratulatory speech video sent by Park Byeong-seug, Speaker of the National Assembly, an online congratulatory speech delivered by Yoon Hu-deok, Chairman of the Strategy and Finance Committee at the National Assembly, and an opening speech given by Lim Iksang, Chief of NABO. A keynote speech from Ha Yeon-seob, professor of Yonsei University, and two sessions followed. Prof. Ha shared his knowledge on the “Changes in Public Finance and Desirable Budget Conditions in a Post COVID-19 Environment” in his keynote speech. The topic for Session 1 was “Country Case Studies on Fiscal Management and the Roles and Institutions of Parliamentary Systems in a Post COVID-19 Environment.” Session 2 was on the topic of “The National Assembly’s Budget System and the Roles of the National Assembly Budget Office.” In all sessions, meaningful and insightful presentations and discussions took place. In particular, Director Philip Swagel from CBO, Jon Blondal from the OECD, Hong Sukjoon, and Yang Kyungsook, both members of the National Assembly, and other experts from home and abroad graced the symposium with their presence.