Korean bank IBK chief visits corporate clients, OECD headquarters in Poland

State-run Industrial Bank of Korea CEO Yoon Jong-won recently met with corporate clients and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development officials in Europe, while inspecting potential markets the bank is eyeing to enter, the firm said.

The meetings and site visits took place during his weeklong business trip to Poland, the United Kingdom and France from Nov. 23-30.

In Poland, Yoon visited two factories and met with corporate clients to lend an ear to the troubles they have been experiencing with financing in overseas markets. The factories belonged to Korean auto parts manufacturer Namyang Nexmo’s factory located in the city of Katowice, near the borders of Czech Republic and Slovakia and its industry rival Woobotech, in the city of Zory near Katowice. Yoon met with officials of a total of four companies, including Namyang Nexmo and Woobotech.

“We were able to hear the complications our clients were experiencing with financing in Poland, due to the lack of Korean banks in the country,” Yoon said via Facebook on Nov. 26.

“The firms are currently using our London branch, but are experiencing difficulties with partial financing, currency exchange and cash wiring,” he added.

Yoon said he would review ways to resolve the financial hurdles the Korean businesses are facing in the market, hinting that IBK is viewing Poland as a viable market to enter.

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