|Chung Sye Kyun was appointed Minister of Commerce, Industry and Energy in February 2006. He brings to the Ministry many years of experience from the business community as well as from the political arena.
Chung began his career at Ssangyong Group, one of Korea's top ten conglomerates, in 1978. He played an active role in many of the company's core export-import businesses and later coordinated Ssangyong's American operations in Los Angeles.
After 17 years in the business community, Chung decided to bring his business expertise and international outlook to the political scene by winning a successful bid for the National Assembly in 1996.
As a member of the 15th National Assembly, Chung became a member of the Committee on Finance and Economy and then served as the Coordinator for the Committee from 1997 through 1998. Between 1998 and 1999, he worked as the Standing Chairman of the Tripartite (Labor, Business and Government) Commission.
Rejoining the 16th National Assembly in 2000, Chung worked for the Special Committee on Budget and Account from 2002 to 2003, and as the Chairman for the Committee for Policy Coordination of the ruling party from 2002 though 2004.
Winning a third term to the 17th National Assembly, Chung served as the Chairman for the Special Committee on Budget and Accounts from 2004 to 2005. In 2005, Chung was appointed the Chairman of the House Steering Committee. During the period from 2004 to 2006, he worked as the Director for Parliamentarians' Forum Against Corruption.
In January 2005, Chung was elected the Floor Leader of the ruling Uri Party and in October, he assumed the chairmanship of his party.
Minister Chung received a doctorate degree in Business Administration from Kyunghee University in 2004, an MBA from Pepperdine University in 1990, and a B.A. in Law from Korea University in 1975. He once served as President of the Students' Association of Korea University.
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