For­mer FTA ne­go­tia­tor Kim tapped as trade min­is­ter

The Korea Times - - NATIONAL - By Kim Hyo-jin hy­o­

Kim Hyun-chong, a for­mer chief ne­go­tia­tor for the Korea-U.S. free trade agree­ment (KORUS FTA) un­der the Roh Moo-hyun ad­min­is­tra­tion, was ap­pointed as trade min­is­ter, Cheong Wa Dae said Sun­day.

Kim, a for­mer lawyer, played a key role in for­mu­lat­ing Roh’s trade pol­icy and spear­headed over 40 trade deals as trade min­is­ter be­tween 2004 and 2007.

He now serves as a mem­ber of the World Trade Or­ga­ni­za­tion’s Ap­pel­late Body and a pro­fes­sor at Hankuk Univer­sity of For­eign Stud­ies. Kim has a mas­ter’s de­gree and a Ph.D. in po­lit­i­cal sci­ence from Columbia Univer­sity.

Kim will lead a new trade ne­go­ti­a­tions bu­reau un­der the Min­istry of Trade, In­dus­try and En­ergy. The bu­reau is ex­pected to lead the ne­go­ti­a­tions for the amend­ment of the FTA pro­posed by U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

Kim Yung-moon, a for­mer se­nior pros­e­cu­tor, was tapped as the com­mis­sioner of the Korea Cus­toms Ser­vice. He now works as a lawyer at the law firm Jipy­ong.

Kim Yung-moon

Kim Hyun-chong

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