Cho Sung-hwan, president of Hyundai Mobis, was elected president of the International Organization for Standardization

[FETV=김진태 기자] Korea was elected for the first time as the head of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), which sets general norms for world trade and commerce.

The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy announced on the 23rd that the 44th General Assembly of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Cho Sung-hwan (61), president of Hyundai Mobis, was elected as the next president of the ISO.

In recognition of his deep understanding of international standardization and his leadership skills proven by outstanding management performance, President Cho was elected ISO chairman after fierce competition with a Chinese candidate.

Korea has secured the support of friendly countries for standard cooperation among 123 ISO member countries, and has been holding president support talks through public-private collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hyundai Mobis, KOTRA, and Society Korea Standards, focusing on the National Institute of Technology and Standards.

President Cho will be inaugurated as ISO Chair in 2024 after working as president-elect next year with current ISO President Ulrika Franke (Sweden).

Since joining ISO in 1963, Korea entered the position of ISO chairman for the first time based on its board activities (7 times) and international standardization achievements (8th in national activity rankings) for more than 20 years, and this election of the president confirming his position as a standardization powerhouse.

As President Cho Seong-hwan assumes the position of ISO chairman, it is expected that the national status will be raised, and Korea’s contribution to international standardization will be increased by expanding the international standardization activities of Korean companies.

In addition, Korea was re-elected as a member of the Technology Management Board, which manages the ISO Technical Committee, along with the election of the ISO president.

The technical management board is an important organization that can contribute to the expansion of the international standardization of Korean technology because it establishes a technical committee within ISO and decides the chairman and secretary.

As Korea was re-elected as a member of the Technology Control Board this time, it has succeeded in securing a foundation to support the international standardization of Korean technology since its first election in 2009.

The director of the technology management board will be headed by Young-Jun Moon, director of the Korea Transport Institute, and will be active for three years from next year to 2025.

After Lee Sang-hoon, director of the National Institute of Technology and Standards, who currently serves as the director of the ISO board, Korea has been elected ISO president and member of the technology management board, taking ISO job key.

Industry Minister Chang-yang Lee said, “Congratulations on becoming a global leader overseeing international standards,” said Industry Minister Chang-yang Lee. We will go higher,” he said.

Meanwhile, during the General Assembly, Korea discussed international standardization strategies and discovered standardization tasks for bilateral cooperation through bilateral meetings with the UK, Italy, Denmark and Austria, and decided to strengthen standardization cooperation with major European standardization countries.

The UAE and the UAE renewed the MOU for joint cooperation and agreed to strengthen mutual cooperation in the field of standards and measurement between the two countries.

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