Thirteen tapped for top seats in government
The First Vice Minister of Strategy and Finance Choo Kyung-ho was appointed as head of the office for government policy coordination, of which the level is equivalent to a minister’s. The remaining 12 appointments are vice ministers. Choo, who holds a master’s degree in economics, spent his career as an economic bureaucrat and is known as a major contributor to the Park Geun-hye administration’s signature three-year economic innovation plan.
Lim Hwan-soo, 52, the current head of Seoul Regional Tax Office, was nominated as the new commissioner of National Tax Service.
He will undergo a confirmation hearing with the National Assembly.
The two commissioner posts for customs and public procurement service were taken by high-level officials at the Finance Ministry.
The Blue House also replaced two vice ministers of strategy and finance. Joo Hyung-hwan, 53, presidential secretary for economic and financial affairs, was named the first vice minister to replace Choo to primarily deal with international economic and finance affairs.
Bang Moon-kyu, deputy minister for budget at the Finance Ministry, was promoted as second vice minister. He will be tasked with dealing with fiscal and budget affairs.
The second vice minister of finance Lee Seok-joon moved to become the first vice minister of the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, whereas Lee Kwan-sup, assistant minister of industrial policy at the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, was named the first vice minister to deal with industrial and technology policies.
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