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Korea Development Bank CEO Lee Dong-gull, second from right, Hana Financial Group Chairman Kim Jung-tai, second from left, and Hana Bank CEO Park Sung-ho, right, join hands after signing a strategic partnership, Aug. 30. Courtesy of Hana Bank
Korea Development Bank CEO Lee Dong-gull, second from right, Hana Financial Group Chairman Kim Jung-tai, second from left, and Hana Bank CEO Park Sung-ho, right, join hands after signing a strategic partnership, Aug. 30. Courtesy of Hana Bank

By Lee Kyung-min

Hana Bank will increase cooperation with the state-run Korea Development Bank (KDB), in a move to create synergy in advancing financial services in the form of a public-private partnership.

The two signed a strategic partnership agreement Aug. 31 to establish a collaboration model between policy and commercial finance for the joint long-term goals of carbon neutrality, improved access to digital services and the growth of innovative firms.

The two will share their knowledge, experience and infrastructure. Hana will learn from the state-run lender how to improve financing for corporate customers including tech startups, whereas KDB customers will be able to use over 3,700 ATMs set up at more than 650 of the commercial lender's branches nationwide.

Whether the partnership results in a success similar to Hana's partnership with Shinhan remains to be seen.

Hana and Shinhan signed a strategic partnership last year, in a bid to strengthen their standing on the global market.

Among the joint objectives were the promotion of joint sales and investment opportunities, unified response to regulation issues overseas and joint network expansion.

The net income registered by Hana's non-core subsidiaries overseas except for ones in China and Indonesia almost tripled to 17.7 billion won ($15 million) in the first half of this year, up from 5.9 billion won a year earlier.

Its corporate entity set up in Canada logged 4.1 billion won in net income, followed by its unit in Germany with 3.9 billion won and in Russia with 2.9 billion won.


Lee Kyung-min lkm@koreatimes.co.kr


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