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[Webinar] AMCHAM Fireside Chat with CSIS: What the U.S. Presidential Election Means for the U.S.-ROK…

 October 29, 2020 - AMCHAM proudly hosted two of the most insightful and well-connected experts on the political stage in Washington DC for an exclusive discussion on the election and what it means for the U.S.-ROK relationship. Dr. John J. Hamre and Dr. Victor Cha of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) joined James Kim, AMCHAM Chairman & CEO, for an interactive conversation and shared their insights on how the presidential election may play out and what the key implications are for the global economy and for businesses in Korea.   About the SpeakerJohn J. Hamre, CSIS President and CEO / Langone Chair in American LeadershipJohn Hamre was elected president and CEO of CSIS in January 2000. Before joining CSIS, he served as the 26th U.S. deputy secretary of defense. Prior to holding that post, he was the under secretary of defense (comptroller) from 1993 to 1997. As comptroller, Dr. Hamre was the principal assistant to the secretary of defense for the preparation, presentation, and execution of the defense budget and management improvement programs. In 2007, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates appointed Dr. Hamre to serve as chairman of the Defense Policy Board, and he served in that capacity for four secretaries of defense.Click to view SPEAKER’S FULL BIOVictor Cha, Senior Adviser and Korea ChairVictor Cha joined the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. in May 2009 as a senior adviser and the inaugural holder of the Korea Chair. He is professor of government and holds the D.S. Song-KF Chair in the Department of Government and the School of Foreign Service (SFS) at Georgetown University. In July 2019, he was appointed vice dean for faculty and graduate affairs in SFS. He left the White House in 2007 after serving since 2004 as director for Asian affairs at the National Security Council (NSC). At the White House, he was responsible primarily for Japan, the Korean peninsula, Australia/New Zealand, and Pacific Island nation affairs. Dr. Cha was also the deputy head of delegation for the United States at the Six-Party Talks in Beijing and received two outstanding service commendations during his tenure at the NSC.Click to view SPEAKER’S FULL BIOMiss a Webinar?


[Webinar] AMCHAM Women's Leadership Committee Webinar

 October 27, 2020 - The American Chamber of Commerce in Korea (AMCHAM) hosted the Women's Leadership Committee Webinar focusing on highlighted systematic challenges women face on entrepreneurship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes a lack of access to funding/finance, lack of network, and competing gendered priorities such as childcare. This session offered strategies for women entrepreneurs with funding option to find success via help of a successful woman entrepreneur and an accelerator who has helped hundreds of startups. The speakers include Sinhae Lee, partner of Global Blockchain Innovative Capital, Eugene Kim, partner of Sparklabs and Christina Ahn from Stanton Chase Korea as the moderator.  About the SpeakerSinhae Lee, Partner at Global Blockchain Innovative CapitalSinhae is Partner at GBIC a crypto fund, and Block72 a comprehensive blockchain consulting firm based in US, China, and Korea. Prior to joining GBIC, she has been deeply involved in the FinTech/blockchain industry in Silicon Valley. She led business development and operations at a payment start-up, Coin, which was acquired by FitBit in 2016 and later worked at NerdWallet, a FinTech start-up in San Francisco. She started her career as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. She brings her Silicon Valley and consulting experience to the blockchain/crypto industry. She has been participating in and speaking at numerous FinTech & blockchain conferences including Money2020, SFBW (San Francisco Blockchain Week), etc. Also, she is nominated for Top 100 Women In Fintech 2018 by Lattice80 along with other female leaders including some executives from JP Morgan, UBS, MasterCard, Tencent, and HSBC.Sinhae holds an MBA from Stanford University and a B.A. in Business from Korea University. Also, she is currently teaching at Kookmin University in Seoul, South Korea as an adjunct professor. Eugene Kim, Partner at SparklabsEugene is currently the Partner of Sparklabs and manages the day ?to-day operations of the Sparklabs accelerator program.Eugene previously served as a Director of Global Business Development at Tencent Korea. He was responsible for the sourcing of Korean game titles to China and Tencent’s global publishing network, headed the global sales of Tencent game titles, and he managed relationships with Tencent’s global publishing partners. Prior to Tencent, Eugene was Director of Business Development and Marketing at Podotree, an online educational app developer in Korea. He was responsible for their marketing and launch effort into the U.S. Previously, he was with Vertigo Games as the Group Manager of the Overseas Business Group.He earned his BA in Economics and Philosophy from the University of Michigan. Miss a Webinar 


[Webinar] AMCHAM Human Resources Virtual Seminar Series 2020

   October 22, 2020 - The American Chamber of Commerce in Korea (AMCHAM) hosted the first session of the Human Resources Virtual Seminar 2020. This session focused on employee wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic. The speakers include Austin Kweon and Amanda Mercep from Aon and Mira Lee, senior human resources manager from GE Korea as the moderator.   About the SpeakerAustin Kweon, CEO and Head of Retirement Solution, Korea - AonAustin Kweon is an expert on Pension Risk, Behavioral Finance, Employee Benefits, Health Care, and Post Merger Integration. He has been advising numerous multinational companies and Korea local companies regarding their transformation by resolving those complex issuesBefore joining Aon in 2005, he had worked as Pension and Healthcare Economist. He has published numerous articles in the major media such as Wall Street Journal Asia, Korea Economic Daily, ChosunIlbo, Mail Economic Daily, Money and many others. He is a frequent speaker at many professional conferences. He has chaired and spoken at Asian Investor’s Annual Institutional Investment Forums, Private Equity International’s Global Private Equity Seminar, Global HR Forum, as well as AMCHAM seminars.He holds a Master of Science in Actuarial Science from Boston University after his MA/BA in Economics, and completed Harvard/Hewitt Accelerated Leadership Development Program. Amanda Mercep, MPH, Head of Wellbeing Solutions, North Asia - AonA public health professional with over 12 years of experience in corporate wellbeing in both private and NGO settings. Her expertise lies in employee engagement, program design / implementation, marketing & communications, vendor management, wellness-related capital projects, environmental health and business continuity planning. Previously, Amanda was Vice President, Wellness for Goldman Sachs, where she was responsible for advancing the employee value proposition as well as developing resilience initiatives for the firm. Prior to that, Amanda held community and corporate health director roles at the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society in New York.Amanda holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Skidmore College and a Master in Public Health from Columbia University School of Public Health. Webinar BriefAMCHAM is hosting the Human Resources Virtual Seminar Series 2020 to safely provide an in-depth look into the evolving HR industry amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This Series includes multiple sessions from various industry experts leading up to the 2021 Human Resources Workshop.  This first session, which was scheduled for Thursday, October 22, covered the topic "Enhancing Employee Wellbeing During COVID-19." With rising healthcare costs and demand to recruit and retain top talent, wellbeing is becoming an increasingly important part of companies’ overall business strategy and employer value proposition. The added pressures of the pandemic have made wellbeing even more of a business imperative, with heightened focus on addressing the mental health, financial stress and social isolation amongst employee populations.  For a professional review of the topic, representatives from Aon will explored how wellbeing extends beyond just the physical dimensions to emotional, social, and financial aspects as well. Innovation trends in this space and practical strategies on how to approach business planning to ensure wellbeing is embedded within an organization will also be shared.? The second session will take place on Thursday, November 26.Miss a Webinar?https://youtu.be/UkBUQdCax0o


[Webinar] AMCHAM Energy & Environment Committee Meeting Webinar

  October 15, 2020 - The American Chamber of Commerce in Korea (AMCHAM) hosted the Energy & Environment Committee Webinar focusing on the future of gas markets post COVID-19 pandemic. The speakers include Carlos Torres Diaz of Rystad Energy, Sandra park of Woodside, James Mactaggart of Next Decade and Susna Ji from Baker Hughes as the moderator.  About the SpeakerCarlos Torres Diaz, Head of Gas and Power Markets Research at Rystad Energy?Topic : Session 1. PresentationCarlos Torres Diaz is Head of Gas and Power Market Research at Rystad Energy. He and his team develop the gas and renewables coverage for the  company and he frequently participates in related consulting work.Click to view SPEAKER’S FULL BIO Sandra Park, Chief Representative Korea, WoodsideTopic : Session 2. Panel DiscussionSandra has extensive commercial experience spanning business development, marketing and commercial contract engineering.Throughout her career she has worked on globally significant oil and gas projects across multiple countries including Australia, Indonesia and Mozambique. Sandra’s international experience includes playing a key role in the establishment of Samsung’s Mozambique and Nigerian entities.Click to view SPEAKER’S FULL BIO James MacTaggart, SVP of LNG marketing/Asia, Next DecadeTopic : Session 2. Panel DiscussionJames MacTaggart is Senior Vice President, LNG Marketing ? Asia and Middle East, of NextDecade Corporation (NASDAQ: NEXT).NextDecade is a liquefied natural gas (LNG) development company focused on LNG export projects and associated pipelines in Texas. NextDecade intends to develop the largest LNG export solution linking Permian Basin associated gas to the global LNG market.Click to view SPEAKER’S FULL BIOWebinar BriefThis webinar covered the outlook on gas globally and in the Asia Pacific Region including the future of gas markets post COVID-19 pandemic. Discussions also brought valuable insights on gas as a role in the future as a transition fuel as well as an important part of the energy mix, leading to the promising concern on how we can collaborate as an Asia Pacific region regarding gas in addition to the role of partnership and technology?. Many valuable insights with prominent experts from Rystad Energy, Woodside, Next Decade Asia, and Baker Hughes? were shared to out webinar attendees.Miss a Webinar?


[Webinar] Digital Identity for Digital Trust Society. What is a Decentralized Identity (DID) and Why…

 September 17, 2020 - The American Chamber of Commerce in Korea (AMCHAM) hosted a webinar with the theme “Digital Identity for Digital Trust Society. What is a Decentralized Identity ('DID') and Why It Matters? The speakers included Henry Lee of ICONLOOP and Min Kim, founder of the ICON Project.   About the SpeakerHenry Lee, Head of Strategy, ICONLOOPHenry is the Head of Strategy at ICONLOOP, a leading blockchain technology company in Asia. Henry has extensive experience in leading various blockchain related businesses and is currently responsible for strategy, investment and global business development. Prior to ICONLOOP, Henry worked in investment banking at J.P. Morgan and Deutsche Bank where he advised a wide array of clients in the financial and technology sectors. Henry received his B.A. in Business Administration from the George Washington University. Min Kim, Founder of ICON ProjectMin Kim has 15 years of experience in the financial and technology industry. Min is the founder of the ICON Project, a leading public blockchain project in the world. Previously, he was the Chief Strategy Officer of DAYLI Financial Group, Korea’s largest fintech holding company, and the Chief Operating Officer at Tapas Media, a U.S. digital content distribution platform backed by Daumkakao and SK Planet. Min started his career at Deutsche Bank's technology investment banking division in San Francisco. He received his B.S. in Business Administration from Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley.Click to view SPEAKER’S FULL BIOWebinar BriefFrom Equifax and Cambridge Analytica to GDPR and COVID contact tracing, the world is faced with an age-long digital challenge. How can we better protect people’s identity and data? The challenge is largely due to the way we manage data on the web. The current architectures manage identity based on centralized, top-down approaches that rely on trusted authorities and third-party operators. And because of this, there was no way to use digital credentials to prove an online identity in the same manner we do in the real (offline) world. AMCHAM Korea hosted a morning webinar featuring ICONLOOP to introduce the Decentralized Identity (‘DID’) technology and how it re-envisions the way people create, control, share their personal data. Often referred to as the self-sovereign identity, DID aims to give people power back over their identity and data.  During the webinar, ICONLOOP focused on three key points  including what DID is and why it matters, and how it will fundamentally change the way people interact in the digital society.?  1) State of the Digital Identity Today- What is identity? What is digital identity? What are some challenges today? 2) Decentralized Identifier- What is DID? Why is the concept of DID getting more popular? How is blockchain relevant?  3) Application Case in the Finance Industry- What is an example of DID?Miss a Webinar?Please refer to the following link to find out more about AMCHAM webinar:https://youtu.be/OC6w0dy0udY 


[News Article] What happens when China dominates tungsten supply: Almonty Industries [VIDEO]

  [The Korea Times] Video by Lee Min-young, Kim Kang-min, Yun Da-been, Kim Bo-kyung This is the first episode of our new series in collaboration with the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea, where we will be taking an inside look into the world of business by exploring a wide range of critical decisions and business strategies faced by chief executives around the world.The Korea Times interviewed Lewis Black, CEO of global mining company Almonty Industries Inc. that owns the Sangdong mine in Gangwon Province, Korea, which was historically one of the largest tungsten mines in the world.Alfonse D'Amato who is a former U.S. senator from New York, and the founder of Park Strategies LLC, a public policy and business development firm also joined the interview. His son Daniel D'Amato is the co-founder of Almonty Industries Inc.Almontry Industries Inc. is is a global mining company specializing in tungsten mining and exploration. Its primary operations are in Spain, Portugal, and South Korea. Almonty is set to reopen the world's largest tungsten mine in Sangdong, Gangwon Province, Korea.Below is the full transcript of the interview with Lewis Black and senator Al D'Amato.Q. Lewis can you give us an overview of what Almonty Industries does?[Lewis]A. Well Almonty Industries is, we specialize specifically on the strategic metal of tungsten. We have five generations of expertise in its extraction and we own the longest running mine in the world in Portugal which has been running for 126 years and we account for roughly seven percent currently of outputs outside of China. This will increase to closer to 30 percent when South korea opens but the most important thing is tungsten's a very difficult metal to produce and we have a depth of knowledge that is unmatched and the industry accepts we are considered to be the best operators outside of China and one of the best operators in the world.Q. We all know that tungsten is a strategic medal but could you tell us how this resource is exactly being used and explain to us its importance in production and manufacturing?[Lewis]A. Well I mean for instance in South Korea, it's the largest consumer of tungsten per capita in the world because it's extensively used in the semiconductor business but it also is included in aerospace, in the car manufacturing, in medical and in defense and there's a little bit of it in just about everything that's in your life, from the the vibrator in your telephone to a guidance system on a satellite. You need very small amounts of it but without that little piece of tungsten the product is completely useless.[Senator]It is the strongest metal in the world. It's an alloy which is absolutely essential particularly in drilling for example. Drilling equipment you've got to have tungsten. In the defense of your nation, in the manufacturing of equipment where a high intensity heat is there. It is an alloy which is essential and unfortunately over the years, China has come to, in some cases, represent well over 80 percent of the world's production of of tungsten and it used this to its advantage in driving out competition so that if there was a tungsten mine in the western hemisphere, the Chinese would dump their product, lower the price and drive the mines out of business so there's never been any real competition. Lewis and my son have worked together over 10 years to bring Almonty to this position. Many people scoffed at it and now many people are looking and saying 'my gosh' because Almonty is on the verge of starting the reopening of this critical asset, critical to the world.Q. How big of an impact will this mine have on the global opportunity?[Lewis]A. This mine is very well respected through the entire industry because it is seen as the greatest. I think it's the best way to put it. It is seen as the ultimate mine in tungsten. It has the highest grade, it has 70 plus years of reserves. The Chinese are in many ways not terribly comfortable that this mine is going to reopen because it does have the ability to really take some of the strength of the Chinese dominance of this market away.[Senator]There is a very wonderful opportunity to turn to this mine which strategically is so important for South Korea because it can give it all of the tungsten that south korea needs and it can supply the western hemisphere and indeed the mine is so rich. We have contracts ready with some of the largest companies in the world which will guarantee that they're not going to be shut down with the Chinese dumping and lowering the price because they've entered into agreements that go into the future over the next 15 years and so what we can do is break that stranglehold that China has over the rest of the world.Q. Summarize for us what you see are the real benefits for the Korean economy, the Korean citizens and most importantly that region which is not that close to the metropolitan Seoul area.[Senator]A. The reopening of the Almonty Korea tungsten mine and Sangdong is a major infrastructure project for the community. We're going to be investing well over a hundred million dollars in this project, 80 million comprising direct capital expenditures related to the reopening.[Lewis]And initially there will be more than 200 people working for the sites as the mine expands and we also developed the molybdenum mine which is the other mine at the site as well. That'll double up the numbers. You're looking at generating tax revenues somewhere in the region of 150 million dollars over 10 years and in mining they say for every direct job there are six indirect jobs so you run into essentially full outputs you know into thousands of indirect jobs that will revitalize a town that in its day had 40,000 residents and now has just over 700 so you can see that this will have a profound effect on the town of Sangdong.Q. Speaking of tungsten supply, can you tell us about the challenges that come from the limited supply of tungsten metals as the world is heavily relying on China for these metals?[Lewis]A. To 85 percent of the world's output of tungsten comes from China and this really culminates in the 80s, the middle to late 80s where a lot of Chinese material hit the market. Prices collapsed and pretty much everyone went out of business. One or two survivors, but that was it. Those survivors are still with us. One we own in Portugal, the other one is in Austria which is owned by Sandvik but that's pretty much it that survived that blood bath in the late 80s and then of course we've seen subsequently very difficult to then open up minds because that knowledge all disappeared. It all vanished and it's a very difficult as I said before it's a very difficult metal to process.[Senator]And unfortunately the Sangdong mine located in South Korea, one of the greatest mines in the world became victim to the Chinese dumping because they couldn't sell their product, they couldn't compete so I guess it goes back to about 1992 when the government closed the Sangdong mine, a mine that had the greatest concentration of high quality tungsten. There's none that was better and it was closed down, it was closed down because they could not make sales because the Chinese, by dumping at prices that no one could compete with put them out of business. Now the world cannot afford to be held hostage by the Chinese government. Just cannot do it.Q. The U.S. is currently having a trade war with China and if most of the metal supply comes from China, the current U.S.-China trade war must be putting a huge strain on U.S. manufacturers so Senator, how do you see this ongoing trade war between the two countries and how do you assess the damages?[Senator]A. This is a strategic alloy which is necessary in so many areas, the medical area, the defense area, the manufacturing area, as we find more technological ways to go forward. We should be working in this cooperative way. What a great opportunity for South Korea to reinvigorate its economy to keep it growing, to keep it moving and not be held under the fear and dominance of the Chinese.Q. So you said that we shouldn't be held captive. So do you think U.S. manufacturing companies should find ways to reduce dependency on China?[Senator]A. Not only U.S. companies but companies throughout the western hemisphere as well. So much in terms of manufacturing, in other areas, health etc., the United States passed legislation which made it possible for the Chinese state enterprises to take political interference, media censorship, bifurcated internet situations and I think the pandemic has got certainly the American public waking up to the danger of creating monopolies that China will use to its advantage at the disadvantage of other countries. We can't afford to be held hostage whether it's tungsten or whether it's the creation of medical supplies and strategic areas. We just can't do it and this project will absolutely put South Korea on the map in terms of dealing with this problem of tungsten. It's a small problem but let me tell you, it touches many people's lives.Q. So more on the operation in Korea, Almonty is making a big move investing millions of dollars in developing the Sangdong mine so were there any challenges in funding this multi-million dollar project or could you tell us about other difficulties you have faced such as communicating the project with local residents?[Lewis]A. You know, it obviously took time to attract the type of lender we were looking for. We ended up with a lender who is considered to be one of the most conservative and maybe do one every 18 months, maybe. Most of the projects they do are essentially vast projects for major mining companies. They also build nuclear power stations, hydroelectric dams, car factories so KfW (Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau) and currently KfW is bailing out the German economy so it's a very significant lender but they have a 100 track record of not having one default or one bankruptcy of any mine that they've supported so they're extremely cautious about who they choose to support and they were, like we were, very impressed with not just the project itself but the environment that it sits in the community and the availability of of good highly skilled people and the political support, both local, regional and central.Q. Korea has become a highly environmentally conscious country that is strongly dedicated to green growth. So how can an industry like mining which is traditionally known to be environmentally risky fit into Korea's green growth paradigm?[Lewis]A. Well, to be honest, Korea is not alone. We operate in Europe and Europe has, for many years, taken a very green view of how to operate and our lenders which is the German state bank KfW IPEX-Bank and obviously the Austrian government export credit bank OeKB, they have required this project be designed to what's called 'Equator Principles.' Equator principles are international standards that are far superior to current international standards for social and environmental activity and so we all generate no waste on surface. We'll generate no tailings on surface. Everything is essentially to be as little as low impact as possible and in fact our long-term goal because currently the energy from the platform to the mines is nuclear. It's from the local nuclear power station. There is no reason why we will not become carbon neutral. Ultimately all the equipment underground will be electric so in this day and age you have to learn to operate in an environmentally sensible and responsible way.Q. Can you walk us through what Almonty is ensuring with the workers so that they can ultimately be safe, happy and obviously well compensated?[Lewis]A. So in all of our projects we have an intrinsic link with the community. After all the community ultimately operates the mine and so we've always had a very long-standing relationship whether it be from sports centers to working with education, whether we're working on scholarships. Every community has different needs and we have to work with it.Q. Production, manufacturing industries have been hit hard by COVID-19 and of course mining operations must also have been experiencing disruptions and shutdowns so how is your company coping with the situation?[Lewis]A. The mines are relatively in rural areas so they're not in high density area so we have our isolation which has certainly served us well at this time. Our biggest issue has been actually shipping. Shipping has been significantly hit so our production has remained consistent and at normal levels but shipping times have increased by almost threefold so that's been more problematic for our customers but there's nothing we can do about this.Q. For U.S. citizens in the U.S., how do they view this project for America?[Senator]A. I think that the relationship that we have is in a good place. The development of this strategic material and make no mistake about, tungsten is a rare earth and it has become known now as critical throughout the world so this is our mutual interest. It is economically advantageous for the entire world to have a supply of critical materials that is not going to be used in a way to hurt other nations but rather to give other nations greater opportunity. So I see this mind as a critical element in strengthening that bond.  


[Webinar] Fireside Chat with Stephen Dunbar-Johnson, President, International of The New York Times …

   September 3, 2020 - The American Chamber of Commerce in Korea (AMCHAM) hosted a virtual fireside chat on September 3 with Stephan Dunbar-Johnon, President, International of The New York Times Company.  This fireside chat discussed The New York Time's relocation to Seoul, its business strategy for Asia and the dynamics shaping the global media landscape.   About the SpeakerStephen Dunbar-Johnson, President, International of The New York Times CompanyStephen Dunbar-Johnson is the president, International of The New York Times Company. Dunbar-Johnson is responsible for the oversight and strategic development of the Times Company’s international businesses. Dunbar-Johnson was appointed president, International for The New York Times Company in October 2013 to lead the global expansion of the company.Prior to The Times, Dunbar-Johnson was publisher of the International Herald Tribune (I.H.T.), a position he assumed in January 2008. Before joining the I.H.T. in 1998, he held various business development roles in the United Kingdom, France and the United States over 12 years at The Financial Times. He was educated at Worth School and Kent University in the U.K. and has completed an executive management program at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the Sulzberger Executive Leadership Program at the Columbia School of Journalism. Miss a Webinar?Please refer to the following link to find out more about AMCHAM webinar:https://youtu.be/PrxVWui8Auk


[News Article] [CEO] 美·中 갈등 한국엔 기회…주한 외국기업 적극 끌어안아야

임기 4년차 제임스 김 암참 회장해외기업 위한 환경개선 시급클라우드 등 신산업규제 줄이고과중한 형사책임도 덜어줘야외국인 거주여건 향상도 필요韓 기업 美 사업기회 커져한미 기업 교류·진출 도울것  ? [매일경제] "미국과 중국이 갈등 관계를 보이면서 홍콩의 아시아 금융허브 지위가 흔들리는 것 등은 한국에 굉장한 기회다. 한국이 얼마나 훌륭한 투자 입지를 갖고 있는지 대외적으로 적극 알려야 할 최적의 타이밍이다."한국에 진출한 800여 개 미국 기업을 회원사로 두고 있는 주한미국상공회의소(AMCHAM·암참)의 제임스 김 회장은 미·중 무역 갈등이 고조되고 있는 상황에서 한국이 전략적인 정책을 펼 필요가 있다고 거침없이 조언했다. 장기적으로 미국과 중국 관계가 정상화하겠지만, 그 전에 한국이 발 빠르게 움직여야 한다는 얘기다. 중국 의존도를 낮추기 위해 홍콩 등에서 이탈하는 해외 기업들을 한국이 잡을 수 있는 절호의 기회라는 것이다.김 회장은 지난달 암참 상근회장 취임 3주년을 맞았다. 4년 차 임기를 시작한 그는 "지금이야말로 한국이 해외 기업들을 받아들이는 포용력을 높이고 기업 친화적 환경을 조성하는 전략을 펴기에 유리한 시기"라고 밝혔다. 그는 "최근 뉴욕타임스가 홍콩사무소 일부를 서울로 이전했는데, 이건 한국에 굉장한 기회"라면서 "한국이 얼마나 훌륭한 투자 입지를 갖고 있는지 대외적으로 알릴 수 있는 기회로 삼을 수 있을 것"이라고 했다.김 회장은 한국이 해외 기업 투자를 적극적으로 유치하는 것이 국내 일자리 창출 등 경제적 성과를 거둘 수 있을 뿐 아니라 여러 국가에 중국 의존도를 낮출 수 있는 기회라는 점을 강조했다. 코로나19가 확산된 이후 기업들에 무엇보다 중요해진 '공급망 다변화' 측면에서도 효과적이라는 것이다.김 회장은 중국 시장 개방에 따른 광물 가격 경쟁력 저하로 1993년 문을 닫았던 강원 영월군 텅스텐 광산이 최근 해외 투자를 유치한 것을 예로 들었다.캐나다 광업 회사인 알몬티는 한국 자회사인 알몬티대한중석을 통해 강원도 영월군 상동 텅스텐 광산 개발을 진행 중이다. 알몬티는 지난 5월 강원도 및 영월군과 1억 700만 달러(약 1천 311억원) 규모의 투자협약(MOU)을 맺고 현재까지 약 5300만 달러를 투자했다. 광맥 조사와 시추, 시험용 공장 건설 등 사전 준비가 진행된 상태다.김 회장은 "전자제품과 자동차 등 여러 산업에 전략적으로 중요한 텅스텐 공급은 중국 시장에 대부분 의존하고 있는데, 한국이 의미있는 대안이 될 가능성이 있다"며 "침체된 지역의 산업화를 촉진하고 관련 일자리를 창출하기 위해 보다 다양한 산업 분야에서 투자 유치 노력을 기울일 필요가 있다"고 말했다.또 그는 "한국이 홍콩을 대신하는 아시아 금융 허브로 도약하려면 해외 기업과 기업인에 대한 포용성을 높여 필요한 인적 자원을 구성해야 한다"며 "홍콩도 지금 위치에 서기까지 시스템과 시민의식, 비즈니스 문화 등을 갖추는 데 굉장히 오랜 시간이 걸렸고 한국은 아직 일부 요건이 부족할 수 있다"고 말했다. 그는 "홍콩은 외국인 커뮤니티를 (한국보다) 더 잘 갖추고 있는 게 사실"이라면서 "더 많은 글로벌 리더들이 거주하고 자리 잡을 수 있는 환경을 만들고 기업문화를 바꿔가야 한다"고 설명했다.한국이 해외 기업을 끌어들이기 위해 완화해야 할 대표적인 규제로는 고용 유연성을 낮추는 것과 최고경영자(CEO)에게 부과되는 높은 수준의 형사책임, 클라우드 등 신산업 관련 규제를 꼽았다.김 회장은 "해외 기업 입장에서는 한국에서 많은 사람을 고용하려고 할 때 망설일 수밖에 없다"며 "일단 고용하고 나면 해고가 너무 어렵기 때문"이라고 말했다. 또 그는 "한국에서는 CEO가 회사에서 생긴 문제에 대해 책임을 지는 정도가 매우 높다"고 지적했다.한국마이크로소프트(MS)에서 2009년부터 2015년까지 CEO를 맡았던 김 회장은 클라우드 관련 규제 완화가 경제적 기회를 창출할 수 있다는 이야기를 풀어놨다. 클라우드가 잘 알려지지 않았던 시절 한국에 MS 데이터센터를 세웠던 경험이 있기 때문이다.김 회장은 "MS CEO로 있던 당시 한국은 자연재해 발생 가능성이 낮고 물 공급이 풍부한 데다 정보통신기술(ICT) 인프라스트럭처까지 갖춰 데이터센터를 설립하기에 매우 경쟁력 있는 국가로 평가됐다"며 "그때도 지방자치단체와 정부가 MS 데이터센터를 유치하기 위해 노력을 기울였는데, 지금은 이보다 더 많은 성과가 가능할 것으로 예상한다"고 말했다.그는 공공 분야 클라우드 활용에 제약을 주는 일부 규정 등을 신산업 관련 불필요한 규제의 예로 들었다. 김 회장은 "한국에선 클라우드를 공공 분야에서 쓰려면 데이터센터가 한국에 꼭 있어야 한다는 규정이 있는데, 이는 많은 기업들이 지키기 어려운 규정"이라며 "클라우드를 활용하는 데 사실 데이터센터 위치는 중요하지 않다는 점에서 불필요한 규제가 산업 발전과 해외 기업 진출 가능성을 해치고 있는 사례라고 본다"고 했다.김 회장은 한국의 코로나19 방역 대응에 찬사를 보내면서 코로나19 사태 이후 한국이 높아진 국제적 위상에 따라 더 많은 기회를 얻게 될 것이라고 전망했다. 이 과정에서 암참이 한국·미국 기업 간 상호 교류와 진출을 적극 지원해 회원사로 참여하는 기업을 대폭 늘리는 게 김 회장의 목표다.그는 "한국 정부는 코로나19 확산 초기에 환상적인 일을 해냈다고 생각한다. 미국 본토에서도 한국의 코로나19 대응에 대해 많은 문의를 받고 있다"며 "6주 전에는 미국 국무부 차관에게 한국 상황에 대한 구체적 보고서도 보냈다"고 했다.이어 김 회장은 "과거에도 미국에서 브랜드 파워가 강한 삼성·LG·현대차 같은 기업들이 있긴 했지만 코로나19 이후 혁신의 리더로서 '코리아' 브랜드를 분명히 알렸다고 본다"면서 "결국 다른 산업이나 제품도 함께 경쟁력을 갖게 될 텐데, 한국 기업의 미국 진출을 지원하기 위해 최선을 다할 계획"이라고 말했다.▶▶ He is…△1962년 서울 출생 △UCLA 경제학·하버드대 대학원 경영학 석사 △2005년 오버추어 아시아지역 총괄사장 △2007~2015년 야후코리아·한국마이크로소프트 사장 △2016~2017년 한국GM 사장 △2017년~현재 주한미국상공회의소 상근회장·대표이사임형준 기자 / 사진 = 이충우 기자


[Webinar] Medical Tourism in the COVID-19 Era

 August 11, 2020 - The American Chamber of Commerce in Korea (AMCHAM) hosted a webinar on August 11 with the theme “Medical Tourism in the COVID-19 Era". The guest speakers were Prof. Joong H. Choh and Wonjae Lee from Seoul National University Bundang Hospital (SNUBH) and Karen Timmons, CEO of Global Healthcare Association (GHA) Program with Prof. Sung Hee Choi of SNUBH as the moderator.   About the SpeakerJoong H. Choh, Medical Director, Physician in Chief, International Health Care Center, Clinical Professor, Seoul National University Bundang HospitalTopic : Medical Tourism Reactivation, Goals & Strategy in KoreaDr. Choh has been a cardiothoracic surgeon with training and practice background both in USA and South Korea until 2015 when he took the current position at his Alma Mater. He is board certified in General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery in both countries.Over 35 years he maintained an active cardiovascular surgical practice in Chicago area with leadership roles including the Department Chair, the co-chair of Cardiovascular Division at Advocate Sherman Hospital System, in Elgin, Illinois and the managing partner of Northern Illinois Cardiothoracic Surgery Associates.Between 2003-2005, he served as the founding Medical Director of Cardiovascular Center of the new Seoul National University Bundang Hospital during its early phase.His area of main interest has been clinical coronary artery bypass surgery, quality improvement in management of CV disease in general, and more recently global health care issues.Click to view SPEAKER’S FULL BIOWonjae Lee, Assistant Professor, International Healthcare Center, Seoul National University Bundang HospitalTopic : Hospital Preparedness in Korea, SNUBH ExperienceProfessor Lee Wonjae is an attending physician at International Healthcare Center in SNUBH. He is an interventional cardiologist specialized in coronary intervention and pulmonary artery intervention. He graduated from Seoul National University, School of Medicine, and trained in Seoul National University Hospital. He also graduated Fuqua School of Business, Duke University for his MBA.Click to view SPEAKER’S FULL BIOKaren Timmons, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Healthcare Accreditation® (GHA) ProgramTopic : The “New” Normal for Medical Travel Programs in our Covid-19 eraKaren Timmons, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Healthcare Accreditation® (GHA) Program, leads an innovative and inaugural healthcare accreditation program designed specifically for healthcare organizations seeking to elevate the quality, patient experience, and excellence of care provided to medical travel, medical tourism and/or international patients. The program focuses specifically on an organization’s Medical Travel Care Continuum, encompassing the entire pathway of medical travel, as well as setting high expectations for transparency and cultural sensitivity. GHA’s Standards for Medical Travel Services were accredited in 2019 by the International Society for Quality in Health Care’s IEAA Program, thereby providing assurance to patients, insurers, ministries of health, and other stakeholders that an organisation’s medical travel services have undergone a rigorous evaluation against the highest international benchmarks for accreditation entities and are focused on both international best practices in medical travel and continuous improvement.”Click to view SPEAKER’S FULL BIOWebinar BriefWith the spread of COVID-19, the world is facing an unprecedented economic, social and political crisis. Medical tourism sector in Korea is no exception. Longstanding healthcare disparity,however, between different countries & ethnic groups emerged more vividly during this pandemic and calls for international cooperation and new role of medical tourism.Responding to the challenges & the obligation of Korean medical tourism in the COVID-19 era, we will address the new issues Korean healthcare sectors need to prepare and discuss future plans.The webinar was moderated by Sung Hee Choi, M.D., Ph.D., Professor & Chief of Endocrinology & Metabolism, Internal Medicine, Seoul National University, SNUBH, Chairperson of International Liaison, Korea Diabetes Association?.Miss a Webinar?Please refer to the following link to find out more about AMCHAM webinar:https://youtu.be/a0t-7haPrMA