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[Herald Interview] US envoy says 10-year-old KORUS FTA is foundation for a new trade platform

[Herald Interview] US envoy says 10-year-old KORUS FTA is foundation for a new trade platformAMCHAM Korea chairman sees greater business opportunities from chip industry, stresses importance of securing supply chain together   By Hong Yoo, The Korea Herald - The Korea-US Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) will play a crucial role in taking bilateral trade ties to a new level through a new trade platform designed to tackle challenges stemming from a rapidly changing market environment, a senior US envoy in Seoul said. The KORUS FTA, which marked its 10th year this month, has been the most comprehensive and high-standard trade agreement in the region.  “The KORUS represents a turning point in the US-Korea relationship building from our initial security alliance, a rock-solid security alliance for over 70 years,” said Andrew Herrup, the US Embassy’s acting deputy chief of mission during a joint The Korea Herald interview with the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) in Korea.   He said that the Korea-US trade relationship is broader now, and moving toward trade investment. The two countries are now “looking to move even further to collaborate on building out a set of norms and values that we will share in the region and more broadly,” Herrup said.   Since the free trade agreement took effect in March 2012, the value of the US’ goods and services exports to Korea has grown by over 17 percent to nearly $70 billion, according to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy. Exports to the US from Korea surged 70.6 percent to $95.9 billion last year.   AMCHAM Chairman and CEO James Kim cited over a 600 percent increase in the number of US cars imported to South Korea as a key example of this growing trade relationship. He also noted the growing popularity of US-imported beef. “American beef is now the number one import here in South Korea,” he added.   As for South Korea, cars and auto parts accounted for the largest volume of its exports to the US, and has shown 75.5 percent growth from 11 years ago. US beef exports to Korea increased by 249 percent since 2011.   Amid the rapidly changing trade environment, the 10-year-old agreement now faces the need for a change to bolster mutual interests, they said. This could be done by forging a new set of partnerships on a new trade platform, the US-led Indo-Pacific Economic Framework.   “This (Biden-Harris) administration is looking at a worker-centered, worker-focused trade policy and building off KORUS, moving into IPEF. That’s where we will be heading for the next several years,” said Herrup.   IPEF, widely known as the US effort to bolster the US-Asia relationship to counter China’s growing economic influence in the region, however, has also raised concerns that it could be a risk for South Korea to choose sides between the two economic superpowers. Diffusing such worries, Herrup stressed that the IPEF is not targeted at a country, but rather aims to spread transparency, good governance and market systems in the region.   “We will be looking at a variety of things: trade, supply chains, anti-corruption and tax, cleaner energy and decarbonization of industry. Mixed in with all of these four pillars is the nature of economic security,” Herrup said.   On concerns over growing risks of supply disruptions, the US envoy said he sees the problem closely tied to the lingering impact of COVID-19, not the Ukraine war.   “The initial reason why it’s such a big issue right now is the pandemic. The pandemic caused disruptions in supply chains, and that wasn’t caused by the action of any one nation. So putting aside causes for wider supply chain disruptions, we need to make sure that our two countries, as well as our partners, have access to the critical minerals we need and the supplies that are needed for these critical supply chains that are the basis of our economies now,” said Herrup.   In the course of progressing bilateral ties, AMCHAM Chairman James Kim said he sees a lot of business opportunities from the semiconductor industry. That is why securing the supply chain of chips together has grown far more important, he said.   Noting that South Korean companies poured $64 billion worth of foreign direct investment in the US in 2020 alone, Kim said, “That shows you that Korea loves America. America is a great market for Korean companies, and that’s just one side from the other side around.”   “South Korea represents a huge base for things that require semiconductors, and three of our most important member companies using the semiconductor business -- Qualcomm, Applied Materials, and Lam Research -- are here in Korea. They want to make big investments in Korea because they realize they create a very important market,” he said. Lam Research, a semiconductor equipment manufacturer, is set to open its research and development center in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province, on April 26.   As the country awaits the start of the incoming Yoon Suk-yeol administration in May, both AMCHAM and the US Embassy said they would continue to closely work with the new government to further economic bilateral cooperation.   Sharing about his previous meeting with the president-elect before the presidential election, Kim believes that Yoon will be a close friend to the US.   “We spoke about things like taxes, deregulation and really helping to make Korea a regional headquarters for multinational companies, which many US companies are already trying to do more of. So I look at him as someone who’s going to be very pro-business, very close to America,” said Kim.   Herrup arrived in Seoul in August last year following two years in Washington as deputy director for the Office of Southern African Affairs. Prior to that, from 2016 to 2019, he served as the deputy chief of mission at the US Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi.   Kim has led AMCHAM Korea since 2014, and previously served as CEO of GM Korea.    Source: http://news.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20220330000691&md=20220331003020_BL   


[ChosunIlbo ALC Webinar - SAPA] Foreign Businesses Seek Clarification of New Work-Accidents Law

Foreign Businesses Seek Clarification of New Work-Accidents LawBy Nina Pasquini, Chosun Ilbo - Foreign businesses here have asked for urgent clarification of a new accidents-at-work law that severely punishes employers if their staff are injured in the course of their duties.  The law, which came into effect on Jan. 27, is an attempt to respond to Korea's poor record of work safety and holds executives personally liable for workplace accidents, with penalties of up to W1 billion or one year in prison (US$1=W1,211). The legislation has been welcomed by labor advocates, but business owners worry that the badly drafted law could deter businesses from investing or establishing roots in Korea.   On March 30, the Chosun Ilbo's Asian Leadership Conference hosted a webinar about the law's prospects with James Kim, the chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea; David Park, an attorney at law firm Yoon & Yang; and Sean McLaughlin of consulting firm Cadmus Group.   The law replaces Korea's previous workplace safety law, which was widely agreed to be ineffective. But is the new law any better?   The new law "subjects companies and high-level personnel to stronger punishment and addresses legal loopholes that previously allowed top management to shift responsibility to hired third parties," Park admitted.   These included subcontractors, whose ubiquity in Korean industries is one of the reasons why the country's workplace accident rate is so high. Under the old law, the main contractor was often able to dodge responsibility and let the subcontractor take the fall. Activism was galvanized in 2018, when 24-year-old contract worker Kim Yong-kyun was crushed to death by machinery at a thermal power plant in Taean, South Chungcheong Province.   But experts worry about vagueness surrounding key terms in the new law, especially its ambiguous definition of terms that translate as "chief manager" or "responsible executive" and "required measures," according to a survey of 121 foreign firms in Korea by the Korea Enterprises Federation.   "There's been a lot of controversy due to the ambiguous definition of 'responsible executive,'" said Park. "The law is also still quite unclear at this stage as to what obligations companies must fulfill to avoid punishment." Some small and medium-sized enterprises are particularly concerned because a big fine could ruin them. Larger firms are better equipped to respond to the legislation, Park pointed out.   Kim also warned that the law may discourage foreign companies from sending CEOs or senior executives to Korea. "At AmCham, a top priority is to make Korea a regional headquarters in Asia -- to attract both foreign CEOs and Korean CEOs," Kim said. "But now we hear a lot of worries about becoming subject to the law."   The law differs significantly from American workplace protection, MacLaughlin pointed out, and these differences could lead to further confusion for foreign businesses. In the U.S., criminal charges against individual business owners rather than the company are "very, very rare," McLaughlin said, because they are largely a question of who can pay compensation.   The scope and scale of the Korean penalties are also larger than are those of equivalent American laws. Some businesses are hoping that the law will be revised to be more specific in its terminology and requirements, especially in light of president-elect Yoon Seok-youl's promise to be more business-friendly.   "I don't think there will be major revisions, because the law is still in its early days, but there is potential that the new administration could tweak the enforcement degree, to clarify gray areas and to make it more practical," Park said.   The three speakers agreed it is too early to judge the effectiveness of the law at preventing accidents. McLaughlin said he is hopeful that Korea can bring work-related accidents down. He noted that while the U.S. 50 years ago had similar workplace safety problems as Korea today, it has since made large strides.   "It will be interesting to see, as the law is implemented over a longer period of time, what sorts of impacts it has and what sort of takeaways other countries take from Korea's implementation of this law," he said. "The U.S. has seen a pretty dramatic reduction in workplace fatalities and injuries, but this has been a pretty stable decline over 40 to 50 years."   For many, the success of the law -- which punishes both accidents that occur during manufacturing and accidents that occur because of poorly-designed industrial projects -- is certainly important. This January, an apartment collapse in Gwangju killed six workers and injured another because the builder was cutting corners. In June last year, another building collapsed on the roadside during demolition in the same city, killing nine people and injuring several others.   McLaughlin said he is hopeful that the law in principle provides an opportunity for companies to prioritize workplace safety.   "These are fundamentally important actions that companies need to be thinking about in terms of workplace safety and health," he said. "So there is now an opportunity for these firms to put that front and center and show that they're taking it seriously."   ### “중대재해법이 글로벌 기업의 한국 진출 의지 꺾을까 우려”  ALC 웨비나 한미 전문가 전망   조선일보 장형태 기자 - 산업 현장에서 근로자가 사망하거나 부상을 입으면 최고경영자(CEO)에게 책임을 묻는 세계 최초의 법, 중대재해처벌법에 대한 미국 기업인들과 전문가의 생각은 어떨까. 이들은 30일 “세계 최초의 법인 만큼 앞으로 효과가 있을지 예의주시하고 있다”면서도 “포스트 코로나 시대에 한국에 아시아 거점을 마련하려는 글로벌 기업들의 의지를 꺾을 수 있다”고 우려를 나타내기도 했다.   미국의 재난 안전 컨설팅 전문 기관인 캐드머스 그룹의 숀 맥로린 국토 안보 담당 부문장, 제임스 김 주한미국상공회의소(AMCHAM·암참) 회장, 박다윗 법무법인 화우 변호사는 이날 ‘중대재해법 : 세계적 추세와 전망(Prospects of the Serious Accident Punishment Act Under the New ROK Government)’을 주제로 열린 조선일보 아시안리더십콘퍼런스(ALC) 웨비나에 화상으로 참여해 이같이 말했다. 연사들은 이날 오전 1시간 10분간 진행된 웨비나에서 중대 재해의 법적 개념과 재해로 인한 사망자 인정 범위 논란 등 법의 주요 쟁점에 대해 논의했다. 지난 1월 시행된 중대재해처벌법은 산업 현장에서 근로자가 사망하거나 부상을 입으면 경영 책임자를 1년 미만의 징역 혹은 10억원 이하 벌금에 처할 수 있도록 했다. 대한상공회의소·한국경영자총협회·중소기업중앙회 등 주요 경제 단체에서는 이 법이 기업 활동을 크게 위축시킬 수 있다며 우려를 나타내기도 했다. 주한 미국 기업을 대표하는 제임스 김 암참 회장은 “(이 법의) 선의에도 불구하고 재계에서는 많은 우려를 표하고 있다”고 했다. 이어 “코로나 이후 한국이 아시아 중심 국가로 성장할 가능성이 큰데, 한국으로 아시아 본부를 두려는 외국 기업들이 CEO 처벌 가능성을 염두에 두고 한국에 비중있는 지사를 두지 않을 가능성도 있다”고 했다.  박다윗 변호사는 “기업들이 선제적으로 대응하기에는 법안이 모호한 부분이 많다”고 말했다.맥로린 부문장은 한국의 하청 문화를 법 제정 원인으로 꼽으면서도 “미국 관점에서 봤을 때 한국의 중대재해처벌법은 굉장히 특별한 경우”라고 했다. 그는 “미국은 산업 현장에서 발생한 재해에 대해 개인에게 책임을 묻는 사례가 드물다”며 “개인 대신 회사를 상대로 벌금형 등 처벌을 하고 있다”고 말했다. 동일한 재해가 미국에서 발생했을 경우에는 사업주가 감옥에 가기 보다는 벌금형에 처해지고, 형사가 아닌 거액의 민사소송으로 이어질 가능성이 크다고도 덧붙였다. 사업주가 법 준수와 산업재해 예방을 위해 해야할 일에 대해서 박 변호사는 “현재 개정안과 시행령을 봤을 때, 안전과 관련된 전담팀과 관련 시스템을 마련해야 하고 혹시라도 중대 재해가 실제로 발생했을 때 기업은 법을 준수했다는 것을 입증할 준비를 해야한다”고 조언했다. 안전에 대한 선제적 조치를 해 두어야 처벌 수위와 민·형사 여부가 갈린다는 것이다. 맥로린 부문장은 “지금보다 더 넓은 범위에서 사전에 리스크가 무엇이 있을지 파악하고 체크하는 것이 중요하다”고 했다. 이들은 5월 10일 출범할 윤석열 정부가 중대재해법을 재논의할지 여부에도 촉각을 곤두세웠다. 윤 당선인은 지난해 12월 암참 간담회에 참석해 “한국에 투자하려는 외국기업과 국내기업 간 보이지 않은 차별을 없애고 불합리한 규제를 합리적으로 개선하는 데 최선을 다하겠다”고 말한 바 있다. 이날 웨비나에서 제임스 김 회장도 “(당시) 윤석열 당선자와 다양한 규정에 대해 심도있는 개혁안에 대해 이야기했다”고 했다. 박 변호사는 “시행 두 달이 된 법을 바로 고칠 것 같지는 않다”면서도 “점진적으로 새 정부가 시행령을 조금씩 고쳐가면서 현재 모호한 문제점들을 분명히해 실효성 있는 법으로 만들 것으로 전망된다”고 했다. 출처: https://bit.ly/3uJHFMb, https://bit.ly/3LuPagt 


[News Article] KOTRA-AMCHAM holds first "Business+ Forum" to support expats working in S. Korea

KOTRA-AMCHAM holds first "Business+ Forum" to support expats working in S. Korea Min Suk-hyen, Arirang News - Under the theme "2022 Guidelines for Foreign Businesses in Korea" the first "Business-Plus Forum" kicked off on Thursday featuring sessions aimed at helping foreign companies, international organizations and embassies in Korea better understand the country's latest economic and industrial trends. "In Korea, there are a lot of foreigners and foreign companies. While they have more opportunities to understand Korean culture, they don't have that much of an opportunity to get accurate information about the country's economy or industry. That's why we decided to hold the forum to provide information about Korea's economy and help people broaden their networks between other foreign chambers." Thursday's event focused on sharing insights into South Korea's economy under the incoming Yoon Suk-yeol administration, its economic initiatives, challenges that may lie ahead as well as potential business opportunities. The Business-Plus Forum will now be held every month with different foreign chambers taking turns to co-host the forum. Taking the wheel in April will be the Norwegian chamber of commerce and the British chamber in May. "Next month's theme is going to be Korea's transition into renewable energy and what lays (ahead for) business opportunities there… and also how the Korean laws, rules, and regulations kind of support this transition." The forum follows an MOU signed between KOTRA and eighteen foreign chambers of commerce in Korea, promising to cooperate and hold business sessions for fellow expats in the country. "Going forward, KOTRA says it will continue to support foreign chambers of commerce, by not only providing them with such lectures, but also by connecting them with relevant South Korean ministries."  Source: http://www.arirang.com/News/News_View.asp?nSeq=295897​


[Op-Ed] Upholding global standards needed to attract foreign investment

[AMCHAM to attend Roundtable] Upholding global standards needed to attract foreign investment By James Kim, The Korea Times - With the new Korean government in place amid rising geopolitical tensions, we are seeing a unique window of opportunity for Korea to emerge as a regional hub in Asia over the next two years.   At American Chamber of Commerce in Korea (AMCHAM), we firmly believe Korea is well positioned to emerge as a regional business headquarters. We appreciate that the Korean government has recognized the importance of foreign direct investment (FDI) inducement and shown that they value stakeholder input from the international business community. We are seeing more interest than ever from U.S. companies in investing in Korea across various industries. We already have seven boards of governors running Asia from Korea. The relocation of the New York Times Asia Headquarters from Hong Kong to Seoul is also a powerful testament to the attractiveness of Korea. It will become even more telling as more companies appoint heads of Asia to be stationed here in Korea.   AMCHAM had the opportunity to meet with then candidate Yoon Suk-yeol last December to discuss his vision for his presidency. Among his many goals, there were a few that are critical to American businesses in Korea. This includes supply chain issues that have plagued many of our businesses over the past several months. He also talked about increasing cooperation on strategic industries, such as biopharma, semiconductors and digital technology.   President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol also wants to revitalize the post-pandemic economy through regulatory reform, related to tax and labor. As Korea still ranks unfavorably in the region in terms of stringent regulations for business, this is essential for facilitating innovation and activity by foreign companies in Korea. Korea can increase its economic dynamism and become attractive to foreign investors by adjusting to meet global standards. Korea's corporate and individual tax regime could be made much more competitive compared to its peer countries in Asia. More flexibility could also be introduced to labor laws, and compliance costs could be reduced to make Korea an even more attractive place to invest and do business.   AMCHAM is committed to being a trusted resource to deepen the enduring bilateral partnership between the U.S. and Korea and to make Korea the best business destination for global companies in Asia. President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol's leadership and dedication is vital to building momentum and securing Korea's position as regional headquarters. AMCHAM is aligned with President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol on these initiatives, and we look forward to working closely with him and other foreign chambers to usher in the next phase of growth for Korea.   Source: www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/tech/2022/03/419_325930.html 


[The Korea Times Roundtable] Foreign business leaders ask Yoon to follow global standards

[Roundtable] Foreign business leaders ask Yoon to follow global standardsPresident-elect urged to lower taxes, abolish discriminatory rules By Park Jae-hyuk, The Korea Times - Leaders of foreign chambers of commerce in Korea hoped President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol will create a business environment that meets global standards, while lowering regulatory hurdles that have restricted the country from attracting larger investments.   During a roundtable meeting hosted jointly by the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) and The Korea Times on March 10, the foreign businesspeople anticipated that Korea will be able to become a hub of Asia if the new president reforms the country's tax system and rules that have been considered unfair to foreign companies.   American Chamber of Commerce in Korea (AMCHAM) Chairman James Kim mentioned corporate and individual taxes as "pretty serious" issues for the foreign community, asking the new administration to reduce taxes to create more opportunities. He particularly pointed out the inheritance tax on foreign residents here, which has interrupted AMCHAM's goal of helping Korea become the regional headquarters of U.S. firms in Asia, beating Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan in a competition to be the number one destination for multinational companies. "If you die today, your entire global asset will be taxed under the Korean system," Kim said. "Foreign heads of Asia are not going to want to come here for a long term nor want to die in Korea (because of the problem)." He added that Yoon made a pledge regarding the tax issue when he attended a special meeting with AMCHAM members last December when he was a presidential candidate. "It was a tough race, but now it's time to move forward," Kim said. "AMCHAM is ready to work with him and his administration."   French-Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI) Chairman David-Pierre Jalicon agreed that Korea deserves better recognition from foreign companies, considering its successful management of the COVID-19 crisis. However, he urged Korea to ease regulations if the country does not want to miss a "historical chance" to become a hub of Asia. "There are too many regulations in Korea, which need interpretation," Jalicon said. Specifically, the FKCCI chairman demanded a regulatory sandbox's openness to foreigners, citing the case of an entrepreneur, who suffered difficulties in applying for the program that allows innovative companies to test their products and services on the market without regulations for a certain period of time. He also stressed the need to distinguish a CEO's personal responsibility from a company's responsibility, criticizing the Serious Accidents Punishment Act. The law imposes criminal liability on the head of a company if a fatal industrial accident occurs at a workplace run by that business.   Korean-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KGCCI) President Martin Henkelmann shared the view of other participants that deregulation is a "very important" topic for Yoon. In response to a question about one thing he would suggest in a meeting with the president-elect, Henkelmann mentioned more adoptions of the "Ausbildung," dual vocational training that combines apprenticeships in a company and theoretical education at a vocational school. "I would count on my colleagues to mention the topics of deregulation and trade, so I would focus on advocating and lobbying for vocational education and training and for life-long learning," he said. Henkelmann added that the KGCCI will suggest this topic be one of the speaking points of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, when he meets the new president of Korea.   British Chamber of Commerce in Korea (BCCK) Executive Director Lucinda Walker said that its members look forward to working closely with Yoon and his new administration, strengthening the bilateral relationship between the U.K. and Korea, under the new free trade agreement (FTA) signed between the two countries after Brexit. "BCCK sees the Korean market as key market for many of our members," she said. "Discussing the areas BCCK would like the new government to focus on, I'd like to mention digital trade and clean energy." Introducing herself as a working woman in Korea and a mother of a Korean citizen, Walker also asked the new government to continue to prioritize the success of all genders in the workplace and all forms of diversity in business. "BCCK believes diversity is what makes business strong and resilient," she said.   KCCI backs foreign chambers KCCI Executive Vice Chairman Woo Tae-hee promised the leaders of foreign chambers that he will fight for them, if they find any laws discriminating against foreign companies. But at the same time, he told them that Yoon has a lot of hurdles to overcome at this moment, because the opposition party is the majority in the National Assembly and the former prosecutor has absolutely no experience in foreign policies. "The landscape of the Korean economy is also not as safe or good as last year," Woo said. "This is a good chance for foreign direct investments (FDI) to play a role." Jung Jong-yung, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy's director general for cross-border investment policy, vowed to deliver what was discussed at the roundtable meeting to Yoon's transition team, if there is a chance. He also emphasized that the government's basic policy is to make a business-friendly economy. "I don't represent the new president, but the direction of the government's policy for FDI will remain favorable to foreign-invested companies," Jung said. "President-elect Yoon made a promise to pursue deregulation and streamline regulatory procedures."   Oh Young-jin, president-publisher of The Korea Times, who moderated the meeting, told the participants that foreigners and foreign businesspeople should continue to be part of Korea, expressing his gratitude for their advice for the president-elect. "I don't think we would have been here, where we are standing now, if we didn't have foreign investors and support from the outside world," he said.   Source: www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/tech/2022/03/419_325365.html?da


[News Article] 암참 “한미 동반자 관계 더욱 공고히”

암참 “한미 동반자 관계 더욱 공고히” 윤석열 대한민국 제20대 대통령 당선인 축하 성명 차기 행정부와도 긴밀히 협력, 상호 윈윈 고대  이데일리 김현아 기자 - 주한미국상공회의소(암참; 회장 겸 대표이사 제임스 김)가 10일 새벽 제20대 대통령에 당선된 국민의힘 윤석열 당선인에 대해 공식 축하 성명을 발표했다.  제임스 김 암참 회장 겸 대표이사는 “20대 대선을 성공적으로 마친 데 대해 대한민국 국민과 함께 축하의 뜻을 전하며, 암참과 글로벌 재계를 대표하여 윤석열 대통령 당선인의 당선을 진심으로 축하한다”고 밝혔다. 이어 “특별히 작년 12월 암참 회원사들과 가진 특별 간담회를 통해 윤석열 당선인의 향후 정책과 비전, 대한민국 경쟁력 제고 및 한·미 무역활성화를 위한 글로벌 투자환경 조성과 관련한 유의미한 대화를 나눌 수 있었던 것을 매우 감사하게 생각한다”고 언급했다. 그는 “간담회를 통해 당선인이 한미동맹의 가치를 분명히 인식하고 있다는 확신을 가지게 됐다”면서 “암참은 앞으로 차기 행정부와도 긴밀히 협력해 나가며 양국간 경제·통상적 동반자 관계를 더욱 공고히 할 것”이라고 말했다. 한미 양국간 바이오파마, 반도체, 디지털 협력 언급도제임스 김 암참 회장은 “지난 5년간 문재인 정부는 코로나 팬데믹 등 역대급 위기라 할 수 있는 비즈니스 환경 속에서도 국정 운영에 놀라운 리더십을 보여줬다. 이 과정들이 대한민국의 이미지와 브랜드 제고에 큰 도움을 주었다고 믿는다”고면서 “향후 5년간 바이오파마, 반도체, 디지털 기술과 같은 전략 산업에서 엄청난 발전을 이룰 수 있을 것으로 확신한다. 암참은 양국 정부와 기업인을 연결하는 가교로서 앞으로도 핵심적인 역할을 계속해 나갈 것” 이라고 밝혔다. 올해가 한미 FTA 체결 10주년을 맞는 해라는 점도 상기했다. 그는 “10년간의 파트너십을 발판 삼아 암참은 앞으로 한·미 양국이 더욱 깊은 우정과 공고한 협력을 통해 대한민국을 아시아內 글로벌 기업이 가장 선호하는 비즈니스 허브로 만드는 데에 지원을 아끼지 않을 것이며, 한·미 중소기업이 서로의 땅에서 더욱 성공적인 성과를 맛볼 수 있도록 돕는 파트너로서 역할을 다할 것”이라고 밝혔다. 출처: www.edaily.co.kr/news/read?newsId=02112326632262008&mediaCodeNo=257&OutLnkChk=Y


[News Article] 중기부·구글 스타트업 '창구', 주한미국상공회의소 우수사례 선정

중기부·구글 스타트업 '창구', 주한미국상공회의소 우수사례 선정아시아경제 문채석 기자 - 중소벤처기업부와 구글코리아가 함께 만든 스타트업 프로그램인 '창구'가 주한미국상공회의소(암참)가 선정한 한미 우수협력사례로 뽑혔다.  암참은 28일 오후 서울시 강남구 구글 스타트업 캠퍼스 창구 4기 출범식 및 한미 우수사례 선정 기념 간담회에서 기념패를 줄 예정이라고 밝혔다. 간담회엔 암참, 중기부, 구글코리아, 자라나는 씨앗, 실버레이크 인베스트먼트 등 관계자가 참석한다. 창구는 중기부의 '창'업도약패키지 지원사업과 '구'글플레이의 앞 글자를 각각 따왔다. 구글플레이는 앱·게임 개발 스타트업의 해외 진출을 지원한다. 국내 '스타트업'을 중소·중견기업으로 '스케일업' 시키는 게 창구 프로그램의 목적이다.   제임스 김 암참 회장 겸 대표이사는 개회사를 통해 "창구 프로그램은 2019년 출범 이래 국내 스타트업과 중기부, 구글코리아 간 긴밀한 협력을 통해 한국 모바일 스타트업의 성장과 해외 진출에 크게 이바지해 한·미 기업 협력의 귀감이 됐다"고 평가했다. 그는 "(한국) 중소기업의 거래처, 고객, 공급업체 간 끈끈한 네트워크가 (미국 기업의) 한국 사업 성공의 핵심"이라며 "미국 기업은 (한국의 인프라 제공에) 화답하듯 투자와 혁신, 일자리를 제공해 한국 중기의 번창과 경제 성장에 기여해왔다"고 강조했다.   김경훈 구글코리아 사장은 "'창구'란 이름처럼 한국 스타트업이 더 큰 무대로 진출하는 문을 열고 도약의 발판을 마련하는 진정성 있는 지원 프로그램으로 가꿔나갈 것"이라며 "한국 창업 생태계 발전을 위해 앞으로도 중기부, 창업진흥원등 한국 정부와 지속 협력할 것을 약속한다"고 했다.   출처: https://view.asiae.co.kr/article/2022022810292479277


[News Article] Moon urges foreign firms in Korea to invest in chips, batteries, vaccines

Moon urges foreign firms in Korea to invest in chips, batteries, vaccines By Park Jae-hyuk, The Korea Times - President Moon Jae-in promised to offer tax incentives and subsidies to foreign companies in Korea that invest in the nation's strategic technologies, such as semiconductors, batteries and vaccines, and manufacture products contributing to carbon neutrality, Cheong Wa Dae said Thursday.   He made the remarks during a meeting with the heads of foreign-invested firms and foreign chambers of commerce in Korea. The event was held to applaud foreign-invested companies for a record $29.5 billion in investments last year and ask them to continue investing in Korea.   "Korea is a stable, sustainable and attractive country to make investments," Moon said.   The guests were representatives from foreign-invested companies involved in the semiconductor, vaccine, rechargeable battery, eco-friendly vehicle, chemical, IT, logistics, retail, tourism and financial sectors. Cheong Wa Dae is said to have reached out to them directly, instead of asking foreign chambers to choose which companies to attend.   The participants asked the government to simplify quarantine procedures upon arrival, although the President told them that Korea has ensured the stable movement of people and goods amid the pandemic, without any lockdown measures.   "Korea faced the least economic impact amid the COVID-19 pandemic and showed a rapid and strong recovery, solidifying its status as a stable investment destination," Moon said.   Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Moon Sung-wook, who was among the top government officials participating in the meeting, expressed the government's willingness to pursue regulatory reforms for foreign-invested companies.   During the meeting, American Chamber of Commerce in Korea (AMCHAM) Chairman James Kim pointed out "two missions of importance." "One is to help make Korea a regional headquarters in Asia, especially given the geopolitical challenges. We firmly believe Korea is now well positioned to emerge as a regional business hub in the post-COVID era," the AMCHAM chairman said. "Our second mission is to help promote more small- and medium-sized enterprises from Korea and the U.S. do more business in our respective countries."   European Chamber of Commerce in Korea (ECCK) Chairman Dirk Lukat said that the organization hopes for the government's continued and constructive dialogue with the foreign business community for a prosperous Korean economy. "On behalf of ECCK members, we thank President Moon and the Korean government for their invitation to today's dialogue with foreign-invested companies," the ECCK chairman said.   This was the second time for the President to have a dialogue with foreign-invested companies during his term. The previous meeting was held in March 2019.   Source: www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/tech/2022/02/419_324090.html?da