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[Webinar] Surviving COVID-19: Force Majeure, Government Support & Other FAQs

 April 22, 2020 – The American Chamber of Commerce in Korea (AMCHAM) hosted a webinar on April 22 with the theme “Force Majeure, Government Support & Other FAQs.” The guest speakers were Robert Young, Michael Chang and John Kim, senior foreign attorney and Kyoung Soo Chang and Young-Seok Ki, partner from Shin & Kim. ​About the SpeakerRobert Young, Senior Foreign Attorney, Shin & KimRobert C. Young is a senior foreign attorney of Shin & Kim and has been a foreign attorney in Seoul, Korea since January of 1998. Robert specializes in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, real estate and general corporate matters.​As a result of his broad experience in mergers and acquisitions, private equity and foreign investments, he has been engaged in many high-profile cross-border transactions, leveraged buyouts, restructuring M&As, joint ventures and alliances. Robert also has assisted private equity funds (onshore and offshore) and venture capital with establishment, investments, operations and eventual listing or strategic sale.Click to view SPEAKER’S FULL BIOMichael Chang, Senior Foreign Attorney, Shin & KimMichael is a senior foreign attorney at Shin & Kim whose principal areas of practice are banking & finance, infrastructure, energy and M&A. Michael has broad ranging commercial law experience across a number of jurisdictions, including Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, Cambodia, the Philippines, Peru, USA, Canada and Vietnam. He has acted for banks, infrastructure funds, strategic investors and governmental agencies in a wide range of sectors, including infrastructure, media, power, mining, property development, hotels and transport. His clients have included Macquarie Bank, The Walt Disney Company, Shinhan Bank, Kohler Co., John Deere & Co., Kookmin Bank, Thomson Reuters, ACE Insurance, Standard Chartered, Australia and New Zealand Banking Corporation, Woori Bank and Volvo Financial Services.Click to view SPEAKER’S FULL BIOKyoung Soo Chang, Partner, Shin & KimMr. Kyoung Soo Chang is a partner at Shin & Kim. Mr. Chang’s main areas of practice include Real Estate, Labor and M&A.[Education]2009: University of Washington School of Law (LL.M.)1995: Seoul National University, College of Social Science (B.A.)​[Professional Career]2003-Present: Shin & Kim LLC2001-2003: Judicial Research & Training Institute, the Supreme Court of KoreaClick to view SPEAKER’S FULL BIOYoung-Seok Ki, Partner, Shin & KimMr. Young-Seok Ki is a partner at Shin & Kim. Mr. Ki’s main areas of practice include labor and employment matters, labor disputes, corporate governance, mergers & acquisitions, hostile takeovers and general corporate transactions.Mr. Ki received a LL.M. from University of Washington School of Law and worked as a foreign associate at Allens Arthur Robinson’s Ho Chi Minh office in Vietnam. Click to view SPEAKER’S FULL BIOJohn JungKyum Kim, Senior Foreign Attorney, Shin & KimJohn JungKyum Kim is a senior foreign attorney at Shin & Kim whose principal areas of practice are insurance, banking & finance and corporate. Mr. Kim advises leading global insurers, reinsurers, producers, policyholders, insured parties and other interested parties on matters such as the formation and licensing of insurers/reinsurers and related business entities, drafting and negotiating insurance and reinsurance related commercial contracts, outsourcing of information technology and other forms of business delegation, product development and policy wording, marketing and solicitation practices, coverage opinions and disputes, sale and purchase of businesses, transactions between affiliates and subsidiaries, international and cross-border sales of insurance/reinsurance, regulatory compliance, insolvency proceedings and government relations on behalf of clients in the insurance industry. In addition, he actively supports clients in hotels and casino, healthcare, technology and media, education, energy and other multinationals in an array of diverse matters involving regulatory compliance, employment and labor, transactional and dispute resolution work.Webinar BriefWhile at the moment, South Korea seems to have flattened the curve since the outbreak first began in late January, the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve. AMCHAM Korea hosted a morning webinar featuring partners from Shin & Kim on some of the most commonly asked questions they have been receiving from clients on the impact of COVID-19 on their business in Korea. Our speakers have focused on key issues - as well as government measures & policies - relating to the:​ 1) Real estate & hospitality sectors;• Government Measures to Assist Landlords/Tenants​Government orders premises to be closed or restricts useLandlord voluntarily reduces rent (“Good Landlord Program”)Other benefits / incentives• Key Issues & Implications – Real Estate​Use of force majeure to terminate, delay or relieve performance obligations under a lease agreementOther relevant statutory/legal rights  2) Insurance industry;Global Impact on Lines of InsuranceOverview of Business Interruption CoverageExclusions to Business InterruptionThe Korean “Package Insurance” PolicyInterruption of “Physical Damage”Preliminary Korean Governmental Policy StatementsInsurance Checklist  3) Labor & employment implications • Key Issues & Implications – LaborObligation to Prevent, Protect and Respond.​​Be Proactive by Checking Available Measures​Manage Labor Cost​Government Measures for Employers/Employees​Full Details​Please refer to the following link for full content access on AMCHAM webinar:https://youtu.be/fHmcBavB_cA


[News Article] 메트라이프재단, 사회혁신조직 투자·육성 프로그램 2.0 개최

​​메트라이프코리아재단 ‘인클루전 플러스 솔루션 랩‘ 포스터. 사진=메트라이프생명 제공​ [스마트경제] 메트라이프코리아재단의 사회혁신 투자·육성 프로그램 ‘인클루전 플러스 솔루션 랩‘이 올해 2회째 개최된다. 이 프로그램은 금융소외계층부터 모든 사회 구성원의 건강한 금융생활을 뜻하는 ‘파이낸셜헬스(Financial Health)’ 구현에 매진하는 소셜벤처, 스타트업, 사회적기업 및 비영리기관 등을 발굴 및 육성하는 것을 목적으로 한다.  2016년 글로벌 메트라이프재단에서 시작되어 재작년도 한국에 처음 소개됐으며 메트라이프코리아재단의 주최하에 한국사회투자가 함께 진행해왔다.올해는 코로나19의 여파로 모든 경제활동이 얼어붙어 있어 사회혁신조직에 대한 민간부문의 투자지원이 어느 때보다 절실한 상황이다. 이 같은 배경에서 메트라이프재단은 지난해보다 더 많은 컨설팅과 투자유치 기회가 사회혁신조직에게 제공될 수 있도록 프로그램을 준비했다.20일 신청 접수를 시작으로 11월까지 진행되는 본 프로그램은 상반기 12주간의 엑셀러레이팅과 하반기 임팩트 투자 데모데이 ‘딜쉐어라이브(Deal Share Live)’로 크게 나뉜다.심사을 통해 선발된 사회혁신조직(최대 10개 팀) 모두에게는 1000만원의 지원금과 함께 12주간(7~9월)의 ‘맞춤형 엑셀러레이팅’이 제공된다. 특히 올해는 더욱 심층적인 심사와 폭넓은 자금지원이 이뤄질 수 있도록 마그나인베스트먼트와 한국핀테크연구회가 공동 운영기관으로 함께하게 됐다.참가 기업들은 여러 임팩트 투자자와의 만남을 통해 사업 성장의 기회를 얻을 수 있다. 엑셀러레이팅 과정이 끝나고 하반기 임팩트 투자 데모데이 ‘딜쉐어라이브(Deal Share Live)’에서는 최종 3개팀을 선정해 총 1억5000만원의 임팩트 투자가 집행될 예정이다. 또 이들에게는 해외 주요 핀테크 행사와 미국 메트라이프재단이 주최하는 글로벌 프로그램에 참가할 수 있는 특전도 주어진다.후속으로 최소 1개팀 이상은 마그나인베스트먼트로부터 2억원의 임팩트 투자를 받을 수 있다. 민간투자주도형 기술창업지원 프로그램인 팁스(TIPS)를 통해서도 7억원에 달하는 투자유치 기회를 얻을 수 있다.송영록 메트라이프코리아재단 이사장 겸 메트라이프생명 사장은 “인클루전 플러스 솔루션 랩의 궁극적 역할은 사회혁신조직과 함께 건강한 파이낸셜헬스 생태계를 만드는 데 있다”며 “더욱 알차게 구성된 이번 프로그램을 통해 사회혁신조직 이 지속적인 성장의 발판을 마련하길 기대한다”고 말했다.프로그램 참가 신청은 공식 웹사이트 ‘인클루전 플러스’에서 할 수 있으며, 신청 접수기간은 20일부터 5월 20일까지다. 이동욱 기자 dk@dailysmart.co.kr저작권자 ©​ 스마트경제 


[News Article] “국내 기업 인사담당자 ‘전직서비스 의무화’ 시행에 대해 인지도 낮아”

퍼솔켈리 컨설팅, 고용부 ‘전직 지원서비스 의무화’ 제도에 관한 설문조사 결과 발표[디지털경제뉴스] 글로벌 인사 조직 컨설팅 기업인 퍼솔켈리 컨설팅(PERSOLKELLY Consulting)은 고용노동부의 ‘전직(재취업) 지원서비스 의무화 제도’에 관한 설문조사 결과를 발표했다.이번 설문조사는 오는 5월부터 시행되는 ‘전직 지원서비스 의무화’ 제도에 대해, 고용노동부 정책과 시행 방안 수립의 토대 자료로 활용하기 위해 실시됐다.‘전직 지원서비스 의무화 제도’는 종업원수 1,000명 이상의 사업장에 1년 이상 재직한 50세 이상 근로자가 비자발적 사유로 회사를 이직할 때, 전직지원 및 재취업 관련 교육을 의무적으로 제공하도록 하는 제도이다.설문조사는 주요 업종별 기업체의 인사관리 또는 경영기획 부서 담당자를 대상으로 진행됐다. 참여 기업의 업종의 경우 제조업(41.5%), 도매·소매업(14.9%), 정보통신업(13.8%), 유통·운송업(11.7%), 금융·보험업(7.4%)과 서비스업(4.3%)의 순으로 응답 수가 많았으며, 전체 응답자 중 25.5%는 전직 지원서비스 의무화 제도의 대상인 종업원 수 1,000명 이상의 기업으로 확인됐다.설문조사에 따르면 ‘전직서비스 의무화’ 시행에 대해 “알고 있고, 세부적인 내용에 대해서도 알고 있다”고 응답한 기업 인사담당자 및 관리자는 전체의 11.7%에 불과했다. “전혀 알고 있지 않다”는 응답자가 37.2%를 기록했으며, “시행에 대해서는 알고 있으나, 세부적인 내용은 모른다”는 응답이 51.1%로 가장 많았다.◆가장 필요한 전직지원서비스는 취업지원(알선) 및 창업지원 = “귀사는 전직서비스 운영이 현재 또는 앞으로 필요하다고 생각하십니까?”라는 질문에 대해서는 과반수 이상인 68.1%의 응답자가 “그렇다”고 응답했다.“잘 모르겠다”는 응답은 22.3%, “아니다”는 응답은 9.6%를 기록하며 대부분의 기업 관리자가 전직서비스의 필요성을 느끼고 있는 것으로 확인됐다.응답자인 기업 인사담당자 및 관리자들은 “전직서비스 의무화에 대비한다면, 우선적으로 고려하는 서비스는 무엇입니까?”라는 질문에 대해 “취업지원(알선)/창업지원(35.1%)”, “생애경력설계 지원/퇴직 후 진로설계(33.9%)”, “직업/교육훈련 지원(25.0%)”이라고 답했다. 이는 퇴직자들이 퇴직 후에도 경제 활동을 지속하도록 돕는 실질적 지원 프로그램에 대한 니즈가 가장 높음을 나타낸다.◆전직(재취업)지원서비스 운영의 가장 큰 걸림돌은 ‘운영 정보 부족’과 ‘비용 부담’ = 전직지원서비스의 의무화에 따라 실제 운영에 가장 어려울 것으로 예상되는 부분을 묻는 질문에는 “운영 경험 또는 정보가 없음(28.6%)”, “비용 부담(27.6%)”, “담당 인력이 없음(17.2%)”, “의무화 내용 자체를 모름(10.9%)”, “서비스 위탁기관 전문성 여부에 대한 정보가 없음(6.8%)” 등의 순으로 파악됐다. 이는 전직지원서비스 도입과 운영에 있어 기업이 서비스 운영에 대한 부담을 줄일 수 있는 지원은 물론 서비스 도입 과정에도 도움이 필요한 것을 반영한 것으로 파악된다.오는 5월부터 ‘전직 지원서비스 의무화’ 제도 적용 대상인 종업원수 1,000명 이상의 기업 인사 담당자들은 “의무화에 대비하시는 것은 무엇입니까?” 라는 질문에 대해 “고민 중이다”는 응답이 45.8%로 가장 많았고, “전혀 계획이 없다”는 응답이 33.3%에 달했다.이밖에 “현재 운영 중인 프로그램을 유지 또는 법에 적합하도록 보완하겠다”는 응답은 12.5%를 기록했으며, “진행에 대한 구체적인 계획이 있다”는 응답자는 단 한 명도 없는 것으로 확인됐다.설문기획과 분석을 총괄한 퍼솔켈리 컨설팅 김소현 상무는 “최근 코로나19 팬데믹 사태로 인한 어려운 경영환경으로 올해 하반기 중 대규모 인력조정이 예상되고 있어 기업 측면에서도 전직지원 서비스 도입의 필요성에 공감하고 있다”라며, “퇴직자를 위한 사회적 안전망 확대를 위해 체계적이고 전문화된 전직지원서비스 설계가 필요할 뿐만 아니라, 다각적인 일자리 창출을 위한 정부 차원의 신속한 지원이 시급하다”고 밝혔다.퍼솔켈리 컨설팅(PERSOLKELLY Consulting)은 미국 켈리서비스와 일본 퍼솔 그룹의 아시아 지역 합작으로 설립한 인사 컨설팅 기업이다. 싱가포르에 아시아 지역 본부를 두고 있으며, 한국에서 켈리서비스와 함께 국내 대기업의 글로벌 인사 컨설팅 서비스 및 국내에 진출한 외국계 기업의 현지화 관련 인사/노무 컨설팅 서비스를 제공하고 있다.켈리서비스(Kelly Services)는 헤드헌팅, 인재 파견, 아웃소싱, 컨설팅 등 종합적인 인사 솔루션을 제공하는 기업이다. 호주, 중국, 홍콩, 인도, 인도네시아, 한국, 말레이시아, 뉴질랜드, 필리핀, 싱가포르, 대만, 태국 및 베트남 등 14개 국가 및 지역에 54개 이상의 지사를 두고 있다. 박시현 기자저작권자 © 디지털경제뉴스 


[Webinar] COVID-19 Impact on Workforces: Paradigm Shift & Shared Experience

​April 14, 2020 – The American Chamber of Commerce in Korea (AMCHAM) hosted a webinar on April 14 with the theme “COVID-19 Impact on Workforces: Paradigm Shift & Shared Experiences.” The guest speakers were Eun-Mi Chae from FedEx Express, Dawn M. Stark from Seoul Foreign School and Christina Ahn from Stanton Chase Korea.​ About the SpeakerEun-Mi Chae, Managing Director, FedEx ExpressEun-Mi Chae is Managing Director of FedEx Korea. She oversees all of the company’s operations in Korea, a fast-growing market for express shipping and logistics service, and executes the overall strategies.Chae has more than 25 years of experience in working in express shipping and airlines. Prior to joining FedEx, she worked for Korean Air and Flying Tigers, where at the age of 28 she became the youngest division manager in Korea’s airline industry. Click to view SPEAKER’S FULL BIO​ Dawn M. Stark, Assistant Head of School, Seoul Foreign SchoolDawn M. Stark a is a senior development professional with more than 15 years of experience. She is a Certified Fundraising Executive of which there are now eight in Korea. Currently, she serves as Assistant Head of School, External Relations for Seoul Foreign School. This is a newly created position for the school to strategically move the mission forward by securing resources, connecting Alumni, and communicating the impact of the 108 year legacy.Click to view SPEAKER’S FULL BIO Christina Ahn, Managing Partner, Stanton Chase KoreaChristina Ahn is the Managing Partner of the Leadership Assessment and Consulting practice at Stanton Chase Korea. As a certified expert in various leadership assessment methodologies, Christina assists organizations with assessment, development, and coaching for senior leaders and organizations. In addition, Christina is the lead partner in driving Diversity & Inclusion initiatives in the Seoul office, providing clients with expertise and guidance on how to link business results with D&I initiatives through strategic talent selection and management.Click to view SPEAKER’S FULL BIO​Webinar BriefThe COVID-19 outbreak has led to a paradigm shift in the workplace and introduced us to a new way of life. Review our free webinar on the topic, “COVID-19 Impact on Workforces: Paradigm Shift & Shared Experience” with guest speakers Eun-Mi Chae, Managing Director of FedEx Express, Dawn M. Stark, Assistant Head of School of Seoul Foreign School, and Christina Ahn, Managing Partner of Stanton Chase Korea. As top executives of global companies, they will share their expertise on supporting the workforces in times of uncertainty.1. C-Level Executive Survey & Interview ResultsIn this section, the webinar covered key managerial decision surveys and C-Level executives’ opinions about the impact of COVID-19. Few questions include​: - How has WFH (Work from home) evolved for your company in the past few months?- Key challenges of WFH based on your observations - Is long-term WFH feasible in Korea, why or why not?- Other long-term implications of WFH?- What are your thoughts on the long-term implications of WFH in Korea?  2. 4.14 Webinar Live Poll Results​In this section, the webinar conducted a live poll with a participation rate of 50%, assessing the merits and drawbacks of WFH based on the 4 themes which follow as: - WFH Prevalence & Productivity- Advantages & Disadvantages- Satisfaction, Teamwork & Trust- WFH Impact on Working Women​  3. Emerging WFH ThemesIn this section, various themes and concerning variables were brought up and discussed to better reveal the true consequences of long term WFH regarding managerial trust.  4. WFH Impact on Working WomenIn this section, the speakers summarized the various impact WFH can have on women workforce and the negativity of responsibility falling on women.  5. Key Implications for the Future of WorkThis section concludes the WFH impact from COVID-19 and at the same time, emphasizes the change in variables for a workforce paradigm shift. A few examples include: - Digital Transformation- Societal and Cultural Shift- Generational Differences- Company Culture Even More Critical- More Empowerment of EmployeesFull DetailsPlease refer to the following link for full content access on AMCHAM webinar:https://youtu.be/DfeiUwP19Ag    


[Webinar] Employment law issues related to COVID-19

April 9, 2020 – The American Chamber of Commerce in Korea (AMCHAM) hosted a webinar on April 9 with the theme “Employment law issues on COVID-19.” The guest presenters were Hyun Jae Park, Matthey F. Jones, Sung Min Won and Yunjoh Lee from Kim & Chang. ​ About the SpeakerHyun Jae Park, Attorney, Kim & Chang​Hyun Jae Park is an attorney at Kim & Chang’s Labor & Employment, Mergers & Acquisitions and Privacy & Data Security Practices.​Mr. Park advises multinational employers on all aspects of employment and labor related matters including employment policies and benefits, performance management and termination, employment litigation, business restructuring, employee data privacy, labor management relations, collective bargaining negotiation, employment and labor related issues in M&A and post-merger integration.​Click to view SPEAKER’S FULL BIOMatthew F. Jones, Attorney, Kim & Chang​​​Matthew F. Jones is a senior foreign attorney at Kim & Chang. He primarily practices in the area of labor & employment.​Mr. Jones advises multi-national clients doing business in Korea on day-to-day legal issues affecting the workplace, including employee discipline and terminations, unions and collective bargaining negotiations and strategy, workforce reductions, workplace privacy, employment contracts, labor-related issues in M&A, crisis management, immigration issues and other human resources issues. He has also overseen and conducted hundreds of internal investigations involving allegations of employee misconduct.​Click to view SPEAKER’S FULL BIO​Sung Min Won, Attorney, Kim & Chang​[Experience]​• Kim & Chang (2018-Present)• Vice President, McDonald’s Korea (2010-2018)• Senior Regional Counsel, McDonald’s APMEA & General Counsel, McDonald’s Korea (2005-2009)• Lee & Ko (2003-2005)• International Procurements Officer, Defense Procurement Agency, Ministry of National Defense of Korea (2000-2003)Click to view SPEAKER’S FULL BIO​​ ​Yunjoh Lee, Attorney, Kim & ChangYunjoh Lee is a senior attorney at Kim & Chang, and focuses her practice on advising clients in the life sciences, animal health, food, and cosmetics industries.​Ms. Lee has extensive experience advising multinational companies in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. She helps major multinational companies navigate the hurdles of doing business in Korea’s challenging environment, including complex regulations and active enforcement by Korean authorities. She also advises multinational companies in these industries to plan and implement acquisitions, divestitures, restructuring and realignment of their businesses in Korea. Ms. Lee also advises companies on the formation and operation of co-promotion, co-marketing, and distribution relationships and other business alliances with local partners. Click to view SPEAKER’S FULL BIO​Webinar Brief 1. Cost Reduction Measures & Subsidies   In this section, the webinar covered the various cost reduction measures that are available to companies under Korean law, such as encouragement to use annual leave, business suspension and layoffs. In addition to measures that companies can implement unilaterally, several measures were covered that companies can implement with consent of the employees.   On the topic of business suspension, which may take the form of full suspension or reduced working hours, the “employment maintenance subsidy” was mentioned. It is available under Korean law to support companies that must pay 70% of average wage to employees during the period of the business suspension, including the requirements to apply for the subsidy, the amount of the subsidy, how long the subsidy lasts and what restrictions apply while receiving the subsidy.      2. Work from Home   With the Korean government’s announcement on April 4, 2020 that it will extend the social distancing campaign that began on March 22, 2020 for another two (2) weeks, many companies are extending work from home arrangements.   In this section, the speakers discussed legal issues that may arise while employees work from home, including the legal rights of employers to enforce work from home, the legal right to call employees back to work, obligations to compensate for home utilities when a company asks employees to work from home and whether employees are still covered by workers’ compensation insurance.     3. Guidelines to Protect Employees’ Health   In this section, the speakers summarized the guidelines in place about travelling from overseas to Korea. This part covered the 14 day self-quarantine requirement, including where the quarantine can be served, how the Korean government enforces it as well as the criminal and civil consequences of violating the quarantine requirement.   The speakers also explained what companies should do when a case of COVID-19 is confirmed at their work place. As part of this, we pointed out the privacy law issues to consider when informing other employees at the company about the confirmed case.    * Summary of key points of Korean law and MOEL guidelines regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, including the new guidelines regarding working from home; * Overview of cost reduction tools available under Korean law, both with employee consent and without employee consent; * Process of applying for government subsidies when an company implements a temporary business suspension; * Responding to common questions that we have received from our clients regarding COVID-19.  Full DetailsPlease refer to the following link for full content access on AMCHAM webinar:​https://youtu.be/YhmSdgviqvg  


[News Article - OPED] '70년 동맹' 한미공조로 코로나 극복을

 [제임스 김 주한미국상공회의소 회장] ​  [매일경제] 진짜 국력은 위기 상황일수록 더 잘 드러난다고 한다. 코로나19 확산에 맞서 대한민국 정부와 국민의 대응은 대한민국 역량을 여실히 드러내 주고 있다. 한국은 중국 외 대규모 확산을 겪은 첫 번째 국가였지만 드라이브 스루 진료소, 한국발 여행객에 대한 공항 내 3단계 발열 검사 등과 같은 혁신적 검사법, 신속한 진단, 그리고 투명한 정보 공개를 통해 민주적 방식으로 바이러스 확산 억지가 가능함을 전 세계에 보여주고 있다.결과적으로 한국은 가장 위험할 수 있다고 생각되었던 순간에 가장 현명한 방법으로 대처하여 강력한 행정력과 단결력을 보여주었다. 하지만 한국 내 미국 재계 연합체인 주한미국상공회의소 회장 관점에서 볼 때 한국의 이러한 행보는 놀라우면서 동시에 놀랍지 않은 일이었다. 코로나 사태를 통해 재확인된 한국의 역량과 천연색은 전쟁의 폐허를 현재의 경제 대국으로 성장시킨 대한민국의 유전자와 일맥상통한다. 이러한 특성을 잘 알고 있는 미국 기업들은 작년 한 해에만 한국에 68억달러를 투자하였으며, 46만여 명을 고용하고 있다. 한편 코로나19 사태로 인해 다수의 국내 산업이 경제적 손실을 겪고 있는 현 상황에서 미국 재계가 이를 극복하기 위해 힘을 보태고 있다는 사실이 자랑스럽다.한국 경제는 가용한 모든 방법을 동원하여 현재의 어려운 상황을 헤쳐나가고 있으며, 미국에서 개발된 여러 혁신 기술이 그 극복 과정에서 상당한 기여를 하고 있다. 한국 국민은 미국 IT 기업이 제공하는 클라우드 서비스를 통해 일과 배움을 이어가고 있고, 미국산 의료기기와 의약품이 코로나바이러스 환자들의 완치에 중추적인 역할을 맡고 있다.현 사태를 타개하는 데 긴요했던 해결책들은 우리가 코로나19 이후 시대(Post-COVID-19)에 접어들며 더욱 빛을 볼 수 있으리라 생각한다. 새로운 경제 상황을 마주할 때 대한민국 정부는 코로나19 사태를 통해 얻은 교훈을 잊지 않고 더욱 민첩하고 주도적으로 혁신을 장려하고 국내 기업과 글로벌 파트너 간 협력을 도모해야 할 것이다. 공중 보건뿐 아니라 경제 효율성도 극대화할 수 있도록 헬스케어부터 클라우드까지 다양한 산업군이 새로운 기술을 쉽게 활용할 수 있는 미래지향적 기업 환경이 조성되어야 할 것이다.이를 위해 변함없이 끈끈한 한미 간 경제적 협력 관계가 양국 경제 회복에 중추적인 역할을 할 것이다. 작년 우리 두 나라 간 상품 무역 규모는 1340억달러를 달성하였으며, 관광·항공업을 포함한 서비스 무역 또한 360억달러 규모였다. 양국 경제가 코로나 사태에서 회복하기 위해서는 최근 한국산 진단시약의 대미 지원이나 한미 간 통화스왑과 같이 상품·인적 교류가 지속 가능하도록 긴밀히 협력하는 것이 필수다. 코로나19 확산을 방지하기 위한 신중한 대응도 중요하지만 우리의 공동 목표는 최단 시간 내 정상화이기 때문이다.코로나19 유행은 대한민국의 힘을 다시 한 번 드러내는 계기임과 동시에 한미 동맹의 굳건함을 증명하는 기회이기도 하다. 70년 넘는 세월 속에서 한국과 미국은 각자 상황의 부침과 무관하게 서로에게 안보·경제·인적 교류에 있어 강력한 우방이었다. 한국 내 미국 재계는 한국 정부와 국민에게 경의를 표하며, 지금까지 그래왔듯 앞으로도 대한민국의 코로나19 대응에 동참하여 신속한 회복을 성공적으로 이룰 수 있도록 맡은 바 역할을 해 나갈 것이다. [제임스 김 주한미국상공회의소 회장][ⓒ 매일경제 & mk.co.kr] 


[Webinar] Economic Impact of COVID-19 on U.S.-Korea Relations

​April 3, 2020 – The American Chamber of Commerce in Korea (AMCHAM) hosted a webinar on April 3 with the theme “The Economic Impact of COVID-19 on U.S.-Korea Relations.” The guest presenters were Troy Stangarone, Senior Director and Fellow at the Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI), and Kyle Ferrier, Director of Academic Affairs and Fellow at KEI. About the SpeakerTroy Stangarone, Senior Director and Fellow, Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI)Troy Stangarone is Senior Director and Fellow at the Korea Economic Institute (KEI). He oversees KEI’s trade and economic related initiatives, as well as the Institute’s relations with Capitol Hill and the Washington, DC trade community. As part of his broader portfolio he serves as the editor for KEI’s flagship publication, Korea’s Economy, and oversees KEI’s blog, The Peninsula. Mr. Stangarone has written extensively and has been widely quoted on U.S.-Korea relations, South Korean trade and foreign policy, and North Korea. His work has appeared in publications such as Foreign Policy, CNBC, CNN, China-US Focus, the JoongAng Ilbo, and the Korea Herald. His comments have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Bloomberg News, CNN, Politico, Chosun Ilbo, Donga Ilbo, JoongAng Daily, and Yonhap News Service. He has also appeared on TV and radio for outlets such as Bloomberg News, CNBC Asia, and BBC Radio. In addition to his work at KEI, Mr. Stangarone is a member of the George Mason University | Korea President’s Advisory Board, the International Council of Korean Studies Board, and the Korea-America Student Conference’s National Advisory Committee. He is a columnist for the Korea Times and a regular contributor to The Diplomat. He was also a 2012-2013 Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow in South Korea, sponsored by the Asan Institute for Policy Studies.  Prior to joining KEI, Mr. Stangarone worked on Capitol Hill for Senator Robert Torricelli on issues relating to foreign affairs and trade. He also served as an aide to Governor James McGreevey of New Jersey. He holds a MSc. in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from the University of Memphis.Kyle Ferrier, Director of Academic Affairs and Fellow, Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI)Kyle Ferrier joined KEI as Fellow and Director of Academic Affairs in 2015. He is charged with managing KEI’s efforts to foster collaboration between the academic and policy communities. As part of his responsibilities, Mr. Ferrier is editor of KEI’s On Korea and Joint U.S.-Korea Academic Studies publications, working with editor-in-chief Gilbert Rozman on the latter. He also oversees KEI’s university programs, which reach hundreds of college students in the United States each year through organized lectures on timely Korea-related issues as well as a simulation on multilateral negotiations with North Korea. Mr. Ferrier writes on U.S.-Korea relations, South Korean foreign affairs, South Korean domestic and international economic policy, and the political economy of the Asia-Pacific. He has been quoted in numerous media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal and U.S. News & World Report, and is a regular contributor to KEI’s blog, The Peninsula, and The Diplomat. Prior to joining KEI, Mr. Ferrier worked for the Bank of New York Mellon and was a Program Assistant in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration at the U.S. State Department. He was also a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant for the 2011-2012 grant year in Naju, South Korea. During his time in Korea, he led his students in a U.S. embassy-sponsored youth diplomacy program in Seoul, volunteered with North Korean escapees, and completed a Korean language course at Seogang University. He has held internships at the Korea Institute for National Unification, U.S. State Department, U.S. Department of Commerce, and with Senator Charles Schumer at the height of the 2008 financial crisis. Mr. Ferrier holds an MSc in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics and a B.A. in Economics and Government and International Politics from George Mason University.  Webinar BriefTo mark the launch of the AMCHAM Korea Webinar Series, Mr. Troy Stangarone, Senior Director and Fellow, and Mr. Kyle Ferrier, Director of Academic Affairs and Fellow, at the Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI), have shared their insights on the economic impact of COVID-19 on U.S.-Korea Relations. KEI is a premier U.S. think tank and public outreach organization solely dedicated to helping Americans understand the breadth and importance of the U.S.-Korea relations. This AMCHAM Webinar session on Zoom will be highly informative and interactive, where participants can not only hear from but also ask questions to these experts in Washington, D.C. Comparing the economic situation of Korea and the world in previous financial crisis to the situation today, Director Ferrier noted, "Korea is in much better shape than when it was in '97-'98, and now what's most important for the U.S. and South Korea is to build upon our bilateral relationship and expand to multilateral cooperation. Korea is actually in a strong position and it should try to help other countries really face the threat that coronavirus poses on a more equal ground." Noting that the travel and tourism was one of the industries hardest hit by the crisis, Senior Director Stangarone remarked, "It is going to take significant government intervention to revive the tourism and travel industry. Unless there are sort of common global standards backed by all the governments, people are going to be leery to travel." “AMCHAM is actively participating in social distancing under the strict goal of preventing the spread of the coronavirus. Given the circumstances, it is meaningful that we can promote communication and exchange of opinions using creative digital platforms such as this webinar series,” said AMCHAM Chairman & CEO James Kim. “Discussing the future of Korea’s economy via these webinars will allow for a faster recovery.” AMCHAM planned this webinar series to address major issues in the global business economy while encouraging social distancing to prevent the spread of coronavirus. About 200 people attended the webinar online.Full Details Please refer to the following link for full content access on AMCHAM webinar:​https://youtu.be/c67DC_OnED4​