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Korea Development Institute (KDI) 2005f
207-41 Chungryangri-Dong, Dongdaemoon-Ku Seoul 130-012, South Korea
tel:82-2 958 4114 fax:82-2 961 5092

Organizational Status: Semi-governmental institute, founded in 1971.

General Description: KDI is an autonomous policy-oriented research organization established by the Government of Korea as an economic think tank to provide a rigorous academic perspective on the various economic policy issues that arose during Korea's rapid growth and development in the 1960s. Since then, the scope of KDI's activities has grown, and it is now called upon to provide expert analysis and advice on all aspects of long- and short-term government policies in areas ranging from domestic economic policy to international trade and investment.

Annual Budget: KRW 26,300 million (2004)

Staff: 166 (134 research, 32 administrative/support), 4 visiting, 44 temporary researcher

Executive Officers:
Dr. KIM, Choongsoo (President)
Dr. JO, Dongho (Director, Research Planning and Coordination)

Public Relations:
Mr. CHANG, Hyuk-soon (Head, External Affairs and Communication Team)

(As of November, 2004)

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