Implementation of the KORUS FTA: A One-Year Anniversary Commemoration

March 12, 2013 • 9:00 – 10:30 am EDT

In commemoration of the one year anniversary of the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement implementation, CSIS Korea Chair, Korea Economic Institute of America and the CSIS Simon Chair hosted a celebration event and senior panel discussion.

Dr. John Hamre (CSIS President, CEO, & Pritzker Chair) and former Congressmen Donald Manzullo (KEIA President and CEO) opened the event with remarks and their reflections on KORUS and the the free trade agenda.

Mr. Gheewhan Kim, Minister for Economic Affairs from the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Washington, D.C., gave a Keynote Address with an introduction by Dr. Victor Cha, CSIS Senior Advisor and Korea Chair.

Our panelists discussed the significance of this agreement, their personal experiences in concluding the FTA, and views on the future of U.S.-Korea economic relations. Karan Bhatia shared his experiences with the negotiation of KORUS as the Deputy U.S. Trade Representative. Mr. Bhatia is currently the Vice President and Senior Counsel of Global Government Affairs at General Electric Company. Kathy Stephens, the former US Ambassador to the ROK, especially highlighted the importance of the agreement for the two allies. Scott Miller, CSIS Senior Advisor and Scholl Chair in International Business, gave an informative business context for the agreement going forward. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Abraham Kim, Vice President at the Korea Economic Institute.

9:00 - 9:10 AM  Introduction
Dr. John Hamre, President, CEO, & Pritzker Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies
The Honorable Donald Manzullo, President & CEO, Korea Economic Institute of America

9:10  - 9:15 AM  Welcoming Remarks
Mr. Gheewhan Kim, Minister for Economic Affairs, Embassy of the Republic of Korea

Dr. Victor Cha, Senior Advisor for Asia and Korea Chair, CSIS

9:15 - 10:30 AM  KORUS FTA Panel Discussion
Ambassador Kathy Stephens, Former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea
Mr. Karan Bhatia, Vice President, GE and Former Deputy USTR
Mr. Scott Miller, Scholl Chair in International Business, CSIS
Moderated by:
Dr. Abraham Kim, Vice President, Korea Economic Institute of America

10:30 AM  Adjournment

Matthew P. Goodman

Matthew P. Goodman

Former Senior Vice President for Economics
Scott Miller
Senior Mentor (Non-resident), Executive Education
Victor Cha
Senior Vice President for Asia and Korea Chair