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S. Korea's finance minister meets with Wall Street heavyweights

All News 10:30 January 11, 2017

SEJONG, Jan. 11 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's finance minister met with leaders of global investment banks in Wall Street to brief them on the country's recent economic situations and its fiscal policy road map, his office here said Wednesday.

In a meeting with Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein in New York on Tuesday (U.S. time), Finance Minister Yoo Il-ho stressed Asia's fourth-largest economy has been running steadily and smoothly despite the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye in December, according to the finance ministry.

He said the 2017 budget bill was approved by the parliament in early December as scheduled, while the government also announced its policy plan for 2017 before the end of last year.

The finance minister also met with Blackstone Group CEO Stephen Schwarzman to discuss ways to bolster the bilateral partnership following the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.

Schwarzman was recently named the chairman of the Strategic and Policy Forum, an advisory group on economic policies for the Trump administration.

South Korea's top economic policymaker is on a five-day trip to the United States to meet with U.S. investors and media as part of efforts to attract more foreign investors despite intensifying worries over Asia's fourth-largest economy.

"The meetings also helped us get a glimpse of the strategies and policies of the incoming U.S. government," Yoo said. "We will make constant efforts to have U.S. government officials and investors understand South Korea's economic situations."

South Korea's Finance Minister Yoo Il-ho (L) shakes hands with Blackstone Group CEO Stephen Schwarzman in New York on Jan. 10, 2017 (U.S. time). (Courtesy of the Ministry of Strategy and Finance) (Yonhap)


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