As the Lee Myung-bak administration marks its first anniversary, we meet Prime Minister Han Seung-soo addressing the past year's main foreign and domestic policies, their outcomes, and an outlook for internal and external affairs of the year 2009. In February 2008, the government commenced under the banner of "creative and pragmatic diplomacy." The new diplomatic framework has allowed Korea to further strengthen its alliance and cooperative relations with four neighboring powers.
“Presidential Green Growth Commission” was officially launched in 2009 to help realize the “Green Growth” which is one of the four main goals of the current administration. The commission plans to accomplish “the Green New Deal” hoping to revive economy and overcome unemployment problems. In addition, Prime Minister Han explains how the establishment of “Presidential Commission on National Brand” could provide a substantial support for foreign residents in Korea as their population now reaches a million. He also mentions that the commission would improve coordination of national branding strategies.