Newly appointed Trade Minister Kim Hyun-chong of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy delivered a speech at his inauguration ceremony held in the Government Complex Sejong on Aug. 4.
Trade Minister Kim brings a wealth of experience and expertise in trade policies. He served as the Trade Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 2004 and negotiated the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (FTA) during his tenure. He was the Korean ambassador to the United Nations between 2007 and 2008.
In his speech, Trade Minister Kim highlighted that Korea has signed FTAs with 52 countries and has become one of the world’s leaders in trade. He said the Ministry will proactively handle trade issues with new policies to promote Korean industries’ expansion to the global market and foster future growth engines.