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(LEAD) Moon taps finance official as gov't policy coordination chief

All News 16:21 May 08, 2020

(ATTN: UPDATES with Cheong Wa Dae's statement in paras 3-4)

SEOUL, May 8 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in named a top finance ministry official to be in charge of government policy coordination, a minister-level position, on Friday.

Koo Yun-cheol, second vice minister of economy and finance, is replacing Roh Hyung-wook to serve as chief of the Office for Government Policy Coordination under the wing of the prime minister's office, according to Cheong Wa Dae.

It cited Koo's long experience and expertise in policy planning and coordination, as well as his ability to get things done.

He is "expected to facilitate inter-agency policy coordination and teamwork to resolve difficult problems, caused by the COVID-19 incident, in our society and produce accomplishments actually felt by the people by pushing for the Moon Jae-in administration's core policy tasks as planned," Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kang Min-seok said in a statement.

Koo served as deputy minister for budget in 2017 and Cheong Wa Dae secretary under the Roh Moo-hyun administration in the 2000s.

Koo studied economics at Seoul National University and received a master's degree in public affairs from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Ph.D. in business administration from Chung-Ang university in Seoul.

Meanwhile, Ahn Il-whan, deputy minister for budget, has been promoted to succeed Koo.

This photo released by Cheong Wa Dae shows Koo Yun-cheol, the new government policy coordination chief. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


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