SEOUL-- President Moon Jae-in plans to meet a group of business leaders later this week to exchange opinions on pending issues facing the country's economy, his office said Sunday.

The meetings with heads of 15 business groups will be held on Thursday and Friday at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae, according to spokesman Park Soo-hyun.

"This will mark the first official meetings with business leaders since Moon took office in May," Park told reporters. "President Moon suggested in his tea time with business people who accompanied him on a trip to the U.S. in June that he will hold such talks soon to collect diverse opinions."

Invited to the meetings are heads or senior officials of the country's top 14 conglomerates including Samsung, LG, Lotte, POSCO and Hanwha, along with mid-sized food producer Ottogi.

They will also be joined by ranking government officials including Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon who doubles as deputy prime minister for economic affairs and Fair Trade Commission Chairman Kim Sang-jo.

Moon and those business leaders will exchange views on how to generate more jobs and other issues such as coexistence of large and small companies, the spokesman said.

"The meetings are meant to encourage companies that have worked well for win-win cooperation (between large and small companies), and there also will be a word of request to companies that are making efforts to do so," he said. "Heads or representatives of the companies will take part in the meetings."

As for the invitation of Ottogi, a ranking presidential official said that it was chosen for being a leader in pursuing cooperation with smaller companies and creating more jobs. "But its participation has not yet been decided yet."

"We understand that Ottogi is one of the companies with the highest percentage of full-time workers with the rate of non-regular workers reaching 1.13 percent in the first half of this year," another official involving in the meetings said.

Source: Yonhap News Agency