Former lawmaker Hong Jong-haak named venture policy chief

2017.10.24 11:48:57 | 2017.10.24 13:37:35

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in Monday tapped Hong Jong-haak, a former Democratic Party lawmaker, as the head of the newly created Ministry of SMEs and Startups.

The nomination was made 38 days after Park Seong-jin, an engineering professor from Pohang University of Science and Technology, withdrew from his nomination due to criticism over his controversial views on religion and history.

The 58-year-old Hong studied economics at Yonsei University and earned his doctorate degree from the University of California in 1991.

Hong taught economics at Gachon University and served as a policy adviser on President Moon`s election campaign. He also worked for several liberal economic activists groups, including the Citizens` Coalition for Economic Justice.

By Kang Gye-man and Minu Kim

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