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|For more than three decades before taking the
helm at the Research Institute for Small & Medium Industries
in April 2004, Mr. In-Ho Kim had been a successful technocrat,
who established a distinguished career with the Korean government
that spanned many facets of public service. His government
career culminated in 1996-97 when he was named Chairman of
the Fair Trade Commission and, shortly thereafter, Senior
Economic Secretary to then President Kim Young-Sam.
taking these two ministerial-level jobs, Mr. Kim had served
in several vice ministerial-level positions within the government,
including Administrator of the Korean National Railroad, President
of the Consumer Protection Board, and Vice Minister of the
As Chairman of the Fair Trade Commission in 1996, he worked
to overhaul relevant laws in a way that encouraged competition
and limited the economic power of large firms, while aggressively
pursuing investigations into unfair trade practices. His efforts
to ban cross-loan guarantees and cross-subsidization within
Chaebols(Korean conglomerates), and to introduce consolidated
financial statements in financial reporting were pioneer policy
proposals at the time. Those measures were implemented under
President Kim Dae- Jung's administration.
When appointed to head the National Railroad in 1994, Mr.
Kim pushed for "customer-oriented management reform" to improve
the bureaucratic organization. He proved himself an effective
manager of the 40,000-employee operation, which has significant
labor union involvement.
As Vice Minister of Environment, Mr. Kim played a key role
in advancing protective legislation, including the "Resource
conservation and waste recycling law" and the "Trans-boundary
movement and disposal of hazardous waste law." In addition,
he reexamined environmental-related administrative standards
while implementing deregulation for more effective enforcement
of environmental measures.
Mr. Kim's longest tenure in government service, however, was
on the Economic Planning Board. He served in this prestigious
agency for 25 years (1967-92). As Assistant Minister for International
Policy Coordination during the last two years of his EPB career,
he took the major role in the formulation and coordination
of related policies at inter-governmental level for the Uruguay
Round trade talks. During this time, he also worked on devising
ways to cooperate with North Korea. For almost three years
(1985-88), he held a top position at the EPB Price Policy
Bureau. During his service in that post, the Korean economy
enjoyed the lowest rate of price hikes in the nation's history.
thirty years of public service, in 1999 he became President
of National Strategy Institute, an independent research institute
making policy recommendations for the Government. Successively
he served as chairman of WISE InfoNet, a private oversea-information
contents company, during which time he had a chance to adjust
himself to a new life in business.
Mr. Kim established the Market
Economy Research Institute (MERI) in April 2001 in
alliance with SHIN&KIM,
one of the largest law firms in Korea. As Chairman of the
Institute, he tried a systematic approach toward integrating
both the legal and economic aspects of extremely complicated
cases facing various business firms. In the meantime, his
ongoing concern for the establishment of market principles
in all areas of the Korean economy has been also demonstrated
through the various activities of MERI.
Mr. Kim became President of Research Institute for
Small & Medium Industries in April 2004 and is
trying to tackle the issues of revitalizing small and medium
business firms, recently raised as a most important issue
in Korean economy.
Mr. Kim is an ardent fan of classical music and has been a
yearly subscriber of the KBS Symphony Orchestra for many years.
In February 2001, he had an unprecedented opportunity to be
"debuted" on the podium as an amateur conductor of that orchestra.
That occasion was the first in the history of the nation's
premier orchestra in which a non-professional took his place
on the conductor's podium.
He has published two full-length books: The Return to the
Market (Suggestions to Restructuring the Korean Economy) (National
Strategy Institute, 1999) and, also, An Economy Flourishing
through Competition (Fair Trade Commission, 1997).
Mr. Kim is the second son of the late
Rev. Young-Whan Kim, a renowned pioneer in the Christian Enlightenment
Movement, which was active in the rural areas of Korea beginning
in the early 1950s, right after the Korean War. He is married
to Mrs. Jin-Ja Lee, and they have two children, both married.