Samsung SDI President Choi Yoon-ho, Chairman Koh Suk-tae of KC and President Lee Sang-yul of Chunbo Fine Chem each received the Order of Industrial Service, Gold Tower at a ceremony to mark the 49th anniversary of Commerce Day.
The Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) hosted the 49th Commerce Day anniversary event at KCCI Hall in Sejongdae-ro, Seoul, on March 29.
Two hundred and twenty-one businessmen and employees were presented with orders and other government prizes.
Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum presented orders and gave words of thanks to businessmen which led sustained growth of the national economy despite crises caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Among about 80 people on hand at the event were KCCI Chairman Chey Tae-won, and Minister Moon Sung-wook of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy. Commerce Day has been observed as a legal commemorative day since 1964 to praise SME businessmen who contributed to development of the national economy and the regional community.
The honorees of the Order of Industrial Service, Gold Tower have been credited with achieving technology self-sufficiency through continued innovation and investment into raw material and equipment sectors and leading industrial development through developing of global top products and spearheading corporate social responsibilities through ESG management.
Samsung SDI President Choi received the order in recognition of his achievement while working with Samsung Electronics until last year.
He was praised for his contribution to developing of the national economy by raising the nation’s standing as an IT powerhouse through global market exploration.
For example, the company retained the global No. 1 position in the smartphone sector for the decade and topping the global TV market for the 15th consecutive year despite the recession, caused by the pandemic.
President Choi was lauded for his contribution to creating jobs through the establishment of Samsung Youth Software Academy and preemptively preparing for future environment changers by inaugurating the “Robot Center” and an integrated big data center.
He was recognized for spearheading ESG management and building up the ecosystem of shared growth by offering shared growth funds to Samsung Electronics’ cooperative firms, buffed by the effects of the pandemic and operating an education center targeting them while heading Samsung Electronics Sustainable Management Consultation Committee.
President Choi has been credited with having strengthened the unmatched technology of future growth businesses, such as batteries and electric materials and quality competitiveness after he was transferred to Samsung SDI president in late last year.
KCCI Chmn. Chey Calls for Private-Public Collaboration With New Government
KCCI Chmn. Chey Tae-won suggested private-public sector collaboration, regional reinvigoration and establishment of common mindsets for the development of society as ways of overcoming low growth and bipolarization and achieving national unity.
Chairman Chey made the remarks at an academic seminar on tasks of the upcoming new government for sustainable development of the nation, hosted by KCCI and organized by four academic associations at the KCCI building in Seoul on March 31.
First of all, Chairman Chey stressed the need for the establishment of a collaboration regime between the private and public sectors to cope with current hardships facing the nation.
“Even though the year 2022 was dawned with expectations of overcoming the pandemic, it is not easy to cope with national hardships, coupled with numerous challenging tasks such as expanding of geopolitical risks, misgivings over supply chains and current rate hikes,” he said.
“President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol and the new government’s goal may be considered to be growth and the whole of people should join forces, not depending on only one axis, to achieve growth,” he said.