As discussed during the March 13th monthly meeting, WKAF’s objectives on the KORUS-FTA related activities are:
To contribute to the favorable US- Korea relationship via bilateral activities, according to the WKAF’s mission,
To identify the Korean-American national organizations and local groups and to establish working relationships with them for the FTA and the future WKAF activities, and
To promote awareness on the FTA in US.
According to the objectives, the Committee identified following assets:
Hon. Jay Kim, Mark Keam, Peter Kang
US Chamber of Commerce KORUS-FTA Coalition (Dr. Chang Ahn)
Korean American Bar Association: Capitol Hill staff members (H.C Park)
Korean American Civil Organizations:
LOKA (Dr. Lee, Yoon-Joo)
KAC (Dr. Richard Shin)
Korean American Chamber of Commerce
Elected officers of Korean-American heritage (Chairman Kim)
Local supporting groups of elected officers re: civil activity (Dr. S Paik)
USTR (Dr. Richard Shin)
KORUS FTA support ads in major newspapers (Professor Y.S. Park)
With these assets, the Committee agreed to recommend the following action items:
Meeting with USTR
Letter to the President Bush and individual Congressmen
* Emphasize local/ state commercial interest/ benefits via KORUS trade
* Petition by each district constituency: 1,000 signatures
* Acquire updated support on each Congressman’s position on KORUS-FTA
KORUS-FTA support ads in major newspapers (WP, WSJ, and/or NYT)
* Obtain supports/endorsements from >300 economic professionals
* Maximize the status of KEI (Professor Y.S. Park). KAEA (Professor K.S. Cheong), Korean Professors Association (Dr. Y.K. Kim, Dr. H. Lee)
* Raise funds for the ads ($50,000)
KORUS FTA support rally/conference in DC
Facilitating visits of US Congressional leaders to Korea
* Speaker of the House, Senate Majority Leader, Majority Whip, Chairs and Ranking Members of the Ways and Means Committee and of Foreign Affairs Committee.
* Senate-Majority leader, Minority Leader, Chairs and Ranking Members of Finance Committee and Foreign Affairs Committee.
The Committee concluded the meeting by finding that:
To achieve the Forum’s objectives on the KORUS FTA, all-out efforts of the forum are needed and every forum member should be involved in those efforts.