Former FTA negotiator Kim tapped as trade minister
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.