INTERNATIONAL BRIEFS

INTERNATIONAL BRIEFS

S. Korea Sees Rise

In Economic GrowthSEOUL, South Korea - The Economic Planning Board revised the nation's five- year economic plan Monday by calling for an annual average economic growth rate to 8.3 percent from the original 7.3 percent.

Under the new rate, board officials said, South Korea's gross national product is expected to rise from the $121 billion last year to $226 billion in 1991 when the current economic plan ends.

They said the country's current account surplus is likely to stay around $6 billion a year through 1991, in keeping with a government policy to trim South Korea's surplus, which stood at $9.7 billion last year. The policy is aimed at avoiding trade friction with major economic partners.

Romania, Indonesia

Plan Economic Talks

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu left Jakarta Sunday after securing an agreement to set up a joint committee to promote Romanian- Indonesian economic cooperation.

Mr. Ceaucescu, who departed for Australia after winding up a three-day visit here, held talks with President Suharto and other Indonesian leaders in his second visit to the island nation since November 1982.

The two governments agreed to form a joint committee that will meet in Romania in June to open talks on economic cooperation.

Developing Nations

Aim to Improve Status

BELGRADE, Yugoslavia - A ministerial meeting of the Group of 77 of Developing Countries opened in Belgrade Monday in a bid to improve its economic standing and sign the first multilateral Global System of Trade Preferences, the state Tanjug News Agency reported.

The Global System of Trade Preferences is aimed at boosting cooperation among the developing countries and hiking their current share of just some 6 percent in world trade.