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Korea Letter On Telecommunications Procurement
KOREA TELECOMMUNICATIONS LETTER TO USTR REGARDING PURCHASES OF AT&T TELECOM SWITCHES
THE AMBASSADOR EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA
Hong-Choo Hyun, WASHINGTON, D.C.
March 31, 1993
Ambassador Michael Kantor
United States Trade Representative
Executive Office of the President
600 17th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20506
Dear Ambassador Kantor:
On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Korea, I am writing to inform you of the following actions that my government has undertaken with regard to the terms of the February 1992 telecommunications agreement, including the 1990 and 1991 Records of Understanding, between the Republic of Korea and the United States.
The Government of the Republic of Korea (ROKG):
(1) has notified the public and has made available to the public all applicable regulations of the ROKG and Korea Telecom (KT) concerning procurement of telecommunications network equipment by KT. The ROKG confirms that KT has also taken steps to begin publishing the regulations and will complete the publication expeditiously.
(2) has certified that these regulations, which were fully effective as of March 30, 1993 are complete and that no other regulations will apply to procurement of telecommunications network equipment by KT. Furthermore, the ROKG commits that the KT regulations do not discriminate between U.S. and domestic bidders and will be administered by KT in a non-discriminatory manner.
(3) has committed that ATT&T will be qualified as a supplier and be allowed to bid its switching equipment and appropriate upgrades, now in use in the KT systems, regardless of the place of manufacture, in the upcoming KT procurements originally scheduled, for May 1993.
(4) has committed that the delay in publishing the procurement regulations will not disadvantage any U.S. firm interested in participation in any subsequent KT procurement.
The ROKG agrees that changes will be made to the KT procurement regulations in the event that KT regulations contain provisions inconsistent with the commitments of the February 1992 agreement and this letter or that changes are otherwise necessary to comply with the commitments therein.
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