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Vice finance minister sees 'relatively good' sign of recovery in exports

All News 09:22 June 12, 2020

SEJONG, June 12 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's vice finance minister said Friday the nation's exports showed a "relatively good" sign of recovery in the first 10 days of this month, but warned of risks over a second wave of coronavirus infections.

Vice Finance Minister Kim Yong-beom made the remarks a day after South Korea reported a 20.2 percent jump in exports for the June 1-10 period.

The sharp rise was mainly attributed to a calendar effect because there were more working days, but it raised hopes for a recovery in global trade as more nations eased coronavirus lockdown measures.

The daily average exports during the 10-day period fell 9.8 percent on-year, compared with a 30.2 percent plunge during the May 1-10 period.

"Exports showed a relatively good mode as the daily average exports fell by a single digit," Kim said in a meeting with senior ministry officials.

Vice Finance Minister Kim Yong-beom speaks at a meeting with senior ministry officials on June 12, 2020. (Yonhap)

Vice Finance Minister Kim Yong-beom speaks at a meeting with senior ministry officials on June 12, 2020. (Yonhap)

However, the situation for exports is still "grave" because there are lingering concerns about a new wave of infections around the world, Kim said.

The government will spare no efforts to support exporters and provide liquidity to them, Kim said.

Exports dropped for the third consecutive month in May due to the growing economic fallout from the pandemic.

Outbound shipments dove 23.7 percent to US$34.8 billion last month, compared with $45.7 billion posted a year earlier.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has predicted that South Korea's economy could shrink 1.2 percent this year as the global economy is expected to have its worst year since the Great Depression of the 1930s due to the pandemic.

The world economy is expected to contract 6 percent this year, the OECD said.


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