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Senior presidential secretary for personnel affairs Cho Hyun-ock nominates Kim Sang-jo (second from right) as the chairman of the Fair Trade Commission (FTC), and names Pi Woo-jin (right) as the new head of the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, at Cheong Wa Dae’s Chunchugwan press center on May 17.

By Lee Hana
Photos=Jeon Han
May 17, 2017 | Cheong Wa Dae

President Moon Jae-in announced his choices for the new heads of the Fair Trade Commission (FTC) and the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs.

On May 17, senior presidential secretary for personnel affairs Cho Hyun-ock announced in a press briefing at Cheong Wa Dae that Hansung University professor Kim Sang-jo was nominated as the chairman of the FTC, and that former Lieutenant Colonel Pi Woo-jin was named as the new head of the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs.

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Hansung University professor Kim Sang-jo, nominated by the president as chairman of the Fair Trade Commission (FTC), answers questions from the press at Cheong Wa Dae on May 17. This position requires a National Assembly hearing to officially confirm the appointment.

“President Moon nominated Kim Sang-jo as the chairman of the FTC in the belief that he is the ideal person to lead the administration’s economic reforms. These reforms, which require an action plan to put in order the relationship between conglomerates and medium-sized and small businesses, will be based on the government’s philosophy that centers on invigorating the economy,” said the senior secretary.

“The president’s decision to nominate the chairman of the FTC first, above all other ministerial positions, reflects his will to swiftly restore a fair market, one that can stabilize the livelihoods of the people,” she said.

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Newly-appointed head of the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs Pi Woo-jin delivers a message to the press at Cheong Wa Dae’s Chunchugwan press center on May 17.

“The new head of the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs Pi Woo-jin was commissioned as a lieutenant colonel in the reserve forces of Korea in 1979. Since then she has broken through many glass ceilings, becoming the first female commander of the special forces, as well as a helicopter pilot in the army’s 205th Aviation Battalion,” said the senior secretary.

“In 2006, following surgery to treat breast cancer, Minister Pi returned back to the army after having been unfairly discharged from service. Through her actions, she has in many ways moved women across the country, as well as the greater public,” she said.

hlee10@korea.kr

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