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Minister Ahn and U.S. Commerce Secretary Raimondo discuss forward-looking measures to deepen industrial and trade cooperation
  • Registration date2024-02-27
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Trade, Industry and Energy Minister Dukgeun Ahn held a telephone conversation with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo on February 27 to discuss forward-looking measures for bolstering industrial cooperation and requested the U.S.’ continued support over the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), CHIPS Act subsidies and other trade issues.


The talks were held at the request of Secretary Raimondo to congratulate Minister Ahn’s taking office and to discuss measures on expanding bilateral cooperation. The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) and the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) have maintained close and cooperative ties through a number of initiatives, including the Korea-U.S. Supply Chain and Commercial Dialogue (SCCD) and the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF).


Minister Ahn viewed that the Korea-U.S. relations have advanced to a technological and advanced industrial alliance, encompassing semiconductors, the critical minerals supply chain, and technological security, and highlighted that MOTIE and the DOC continue to play key roles in strengthening the two countries’ cooperative relations in the future. Moreover, he asked for the U.S.’ cooperation on issues like the IRA tax credit, “foreign entity of concern” (FEOC), and the CHIPS Act subsidies.


The two sides highly assessed not only the bilateral Korea-U.S. cooperation, but IPEF and other forms of multilateral cooperation as well, building a shared consensus on the importance of the Korea-U.S.-Japan commerce and industry ministers’ meeting in accordance with the initiative from the Trilateral Leaders’ Summit at Camp David last August.


MOTIE plans to further efforts to enhance cooperation with the U.S. in advanced industries and supply chains, while giving full measure to promptly push policies to strengthen the competitiveness of semiconductors, EVs, and other advanced domestic industries.