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Moon replaces top presidential secretaries for policy, economic affairs

Last update: 21/06/2019
South Koeran President Moon Jae In
SEOUL, June 21 (Bernama) -- President Moon Jae In named new senior presidential secretaries for policy and economic affairs on Friday as the Korean economy slows down amid a sluggish job market, Yonhap news agency reported, quoting the presidential office.

Moon nominated Kim Sang Jo, head of the country's antitrust watchdog as new senior presidential secretary for policy to replace Kim Soo Hyun, according to the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae or the Blue House.

The country's first vice finance minister, Lee Ho Seung, will succeed Yoon Jong Won to become the senior presidential secretary for economic affairs, it added.

The replacement of key presidential economic aides is apparently intended to boost policy coordination with government agencies as the Korean economy slows down in the face of heightened uncertainty such as the trade war between the United States and China.

The move appears to aim to hold their predecessors accountable for the failure to prop up the economy. It has been less than one year since Kim and Yoon were appointed to the posts.

As he entered his third year in office earlier this year, Moon called for efforts to yield visible economic achievements, but the economic data remain gloomy.

In April, the Bank of Korea, the country's central bank, cut its economic growth outlook for 2019 to 2.5 per cent from 2.6 per cent, citing economic uncertainties over trade tensions and weakening exports.

Kim Sang Jo,56, the new presidential secretary for policy, has been serving as the first chairman of the Fair Trade Commission under the Moon administration.

Lee, 53, began his career as a public servant at the finance ministry and worked as a presidential aide on jobs from 2017-2018.


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