EnglishNews | 2016.07.01Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Gyeonggi Food Expo ‘G-Food Outlet’ (160617-2) [Anchor’s Headline] On June 16, the G-Food Outlet, a food expo that features quality food products of Gyeonggi Province, began a four-day run at KINTEX of Goyang (고양) City. This expo doubled as a market in which consumers could purchase quality products directly from producers. ▶ KINTEX, Goyang City (June 16 – 19) G-Food Outlet 2016 Almost all G-Mark-certified eco-friendly products of the province, including organic farm products as well as processed foods, could be seen at this Gyeonggi food product promotion event. ▶ Direct Connection between Producers and Consumers Since all participants were producers, consumers could purchase the featured items at lower-than-market prices while being assured of the quality. ▶ Song Tae-suk / Visitor from Pocheon City “It was great to see all the excellent products of Gyeonggi Province in one place. And they are cheaper, too!” There are those who are wearing blue jackets and working briskly amongst viewers. They are participants of the event. Many of them are in their twenties and thirties; they chose careers in farming and developed their own farming skills without the use of agricultural chemicals or chemical fertilizers. ▶ Sim Hong-seop, Young Farmer “I used to have instant noodles and snacks for meals almost everyday, and found my health deteriorating. I needed healthy foods, and I thought ‘Why not grow healthy food for myself and for others as a job?’” Organized jointly by Gyeonggi Province and the Gyeonggi Green & Agriculture Foundation, this event was titled G-Food Outlet since it was created as a market instead of a common food exhibition. ▶ Choi Hyeong-geun / President, Gyeonggi Green & Agriculture Foundation “This event will help our farmers promote their products while giving consumers an opportunity to sample and purchase quality products at low prices.” ▶ Information on G Food Outlet: foodfestival.co.kr During the event, gift certificates, discount coupons and other special offers were also made available online. ▶ GTV Reporter Lee Ye-sol “The G-Food Outlet, featuring quality food products of Gyeonggi Province, runs until June 19 at KINTEX. Gyeonggi GTV, Lee Ye-sol.” Article 2. Environment Forum Held in Gyeonggi Province (160620-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On June 17, while social concerns regarding microdust escalate in Korea, Gyeonggi Province held a public forum to identify ways in which to address such issues. Microdust is highly pervasive and can damage the respiratory system as well as many other parts of the human body including the cardiovascular and digestive systems. ▶ [PiP] Lim Yeong-ok M.D. / Professor, College of Medicine, Yonsei University “Microdust currently is one of the major causes of respiratory disease onset or deterioration. It has also been found to negatively affect those with cardiovascular conditions. Long-term exposure may increase cancer risk, especially for lung cancer.” ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (June 17) Environment Forum: Microdust - Situations & Possible Measures Gyeonggi Province invited scholars, related officials, and journalists to this forum to discuss possible measures to address increasing microdust occurrences. The general consensus was that, in addition to Chinese sources, a large portion of the microdust in Korea is generated domestically. ▶ Major Contributors: Aging Diesel Vehicles & Power Plants Thermoelectric power plants and aging diesel vehicles are regarded as major culprits. ▶ Lack of Statistical Data and Analytical Resources Participants argued that, in addition to developing detailed measures for microdust reduction, a lack of statistical data and analytical resources also needs to be addressed immediately. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Social Integration Vice Governor Lee Gi-woo “I believe that microdust issues are something that cannot be resolved through administrative measures alone.” In order to find ways in which to address various environmental issues and promote collective social participation in such efforts, Gyeonggi Province launched public forums under the title of Environment Forums. Today’s forum on microdust was the first in a series of forums that will follow. Article 3. Illegal Herbal Medicine Dealer Uncovered (160622-2) [Anchor’s Headline] The Gyeonggi Special Judicial Police recently prosecuted an herbal medicine wholesaler who has been supplying fake medicine nationwide under a false name. He has been using ingredients that were long past their expiry dates as well as those with heavy metal contents five times higher than permissible levels. ▶ Illegal Herbal Medicine Business Site, Gwangmyeong City When judicial police officers raided the business site of the dealer, they found large amounts of herbs and a frying pan filled with a concoction that was part of the process of making a fake herbal brew. ▶ [Sync] “What’s this? What types of herbs are in there?” “We weren’t going to use them. They are not packaged, are they?” ▶ Other Enterprise’s License Plagiarized The suspect, aged 29, has been bootlegging other oriental medicine producer’s licenses and supplying fake medicines to retailers and pharmacies nationwide. ▶ Genuine Licensee “These are genuine products and this is the fake. Its label is visibly different in size, color…” ▶ Fake Medicines with High Hazardous Substance Levels Some of the fake medicines confiscated were found to contain very high levels of hazardous substances including cadmium and sulfur dioxide. ▶ Expiry Date Extended up to 4 Years The offenses of the accused were not limited to infringement of licensing rights and hygiene standards. He also used long-expired ingredients as well as false advertising. ▶ Park Seong-nam / Commissioner, Gyeonggi Special Judicial Police “The production and trading of oriental medicines requires a license. This enterprise falsely used other enterprises’ licenses and practiced illegal production and sales methods.” The accused was charged with violation of the Pharmaceutical Law and Food Hygiene Law by the judicial police and transferred to prosecutors. Article 4. Pyeongtaek Brain City Project Resumes (160622-1) [Anchor’s Headline] The Pyeongtaek (평택) Brain City Project of Gyeonggi Province, an initiative for the establishment of an industrial and academic complex that had been postponed, is now slated to resume. Our reporter examined the details. ▶ Brain City Project Site, Pyeongtaek City Announced in 2007, this project included the establishment of a world-caliber R&D complex as well as the relocation of Sungkyunkwan (성균관) University. ▶ GTV Reporter Choi Ji-Hyun “Despite the ambitions of the original project, development work had been put on hold for many years.” The execution of this project, which would cost KRW 2.4 trillion and occupy a 482-hectare site, had been delayed and eventually cancelled due to legal problems with financing. ▶ Project Cancelled 2 Years Ago Two years after the cancellation of the project, Gyeonggi Province has now announced its resumption. ▶ Oh Byeong-gwon / General Director, Gyeonggi Province Economy Office “We received a project adjustment recommendation from the Justice Department as a condition for resumption. We will now do our utmost to realize the project and to protect the property rights of local residents.” Project cancellation followed a court order issued in 2014 for the annulment of the industrial complex designation of the project site. However, Gyeonggi Province was able to secure a Justice Department decision for conditional resumption of the project based on project revisions regarding financing and development methods. ▶ Ahn Gwang-hee / Pyeongtaek City Resident “It’s really great that things turned out this way. I do hope that the project will be completed without any further delay…” If there are no more delays as anticipated by local residents, the project will begin with land compensation from June next year and will be completed in the year 2021. Article 5. North Korean Defectors: Successful Employment Cases (160620-3) [Anchor’s Headline] In order to boost the moral of North Korean defectors in their search for jobs, Gyeonggi Province held a presentation that featured successful employment cases among their predecessors. Gyeonggi Province is home to approximately thirty percent of all North Korean defectors in South Korea. ▶ Construction Enterprise, Hwaseong City Most North Korean defectors face great difficulties in finding jobs due to the negative perceptions of South Koreans. Approximately one year after her arrival in South Korea, Lee (이나정) found a job at a construction company in November last year. Lee advises that one’s own attitude makes all the difference. ▶ Lee Na-jeong / North Korean Defector, Hwaseong City There are many who have prejudice against us. The way to change their prejudice is to work harder, learn more and …” ▶ Gyeonggi Small & Medium Business Center (June 17) Job Winning Camp for Koreans from North Lee’s case was one of the five successful employment and self-employment cases presented at the event. Most North Koreans face difficulties adapting to life in South Korea, which differs completely from what they were accustomed to in their previous lives. In addition, social prejudice and discrimination makes it extremely difficult for them to find jobs. Many North Koreans, therefore, suffer greatly from being unable to settle securely. ▶ Park Geuk / Director, Gyeonggi Province Unification Foundation Division “There are 30,000 North Korean defectors in South Korea. More than 30% of them live in Gyeonggi Province. Although this event was organized by Gyeonggi Province, I hope that there are many opportunities nationwide for North and South Koreans to interact with each other.” Gyeonggi Province will continue to introduce various support programs such as employment expos and consultation services exclusively for residents from North Korea. Article 6. Gyeonggi Offers Mentoring to Aspiring Civil Servants (160621-2) [Anchor’s Headline] This year, an estimated 400,000 youths will apply for civil service jobs in Korea. In order to assist their preparations for civil service exams, Gyeonggi Province introduced a one-on-one mentoring program that involves current officials who act as mentors. ▶ Gyeonggi University, Suwon Park Ji-hu (박지후), a university student, has chosen the civil service as his future career since public office jobs are secure and ensure a stable post-retirement life. He is one of the participants in Gyeonggi Province’s mentoring program for aspiring civil servants. ▶ Park Ji-hu / Senior Student, Kyonggi University “I wanted to talk with civil servants to gain information but couldn’t find any. Thanks to the mentoring program, I received information about civil service jobs and am better oriented in my studies now.” ▶ 1:1 Mentoring Service for Aspiring Public Officials For the first time among the second-tier governments of Korea, Gyeonggi Province began these one-on-one mentoring services for university students. Mentors provide practical advice on civil service work, exam preparation and study know-how. ▶ Go Tae-wuk / Gyeonggi Province Press Relations Division Official “I wanted to give practical assistance by sharing specifics with the student about what I learned from my own experience …” According to a survey, the majority of college students consider job stability to be the most important factor in job selection, and as many as 83 percent showed interested in taking civil service exams to pursue civil service careers ▶ Cho Sang-hyeong / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province University Cooperation Team “Students tend to begin their studies without proper orientation about the jobs they seek. Such information in the fields of interest is important for exam preparation.” Gyeonggi Province will utilize officials of provincial offices and organizations to help youths with exam preparation from July. Article 7. Broadcasting & Image Industry Complex Planned in Gyeonggi Province (160623-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced the establishment of a broadcasting and image industry complex in Goyang (고양) City. With Hallyu (한류) World and the KINTEX exhibition center in the vicinity, these areas will become a bona fide center for Korean Wave culture. ▶ Hallyu World Construction Site, Goyang City Hallyu (한류) World will see some of its Korean Wave facilities open in 2018. In addition, the presence of hotels, shopping centers and exhibition halls as well as a number of major broadcasting enterprises in the area will create an ideal location for this cultural industry complex. ▶ GTV Reporter Han Seon-ji “With the Seoul Beltway and Jayuro running nearby, this area also provides excellent accessibility to and from Seoul and airports.” ▶ Broadcasting & Image Industry Complex The broadcasting and image industry complex will be constructed on a 70-hectare site and will house comprehensive infrastructure for film, drama, and other broadcasting productions that can also benefit from Hallyu (한류) World and the KINTEX facilities. ▶ Go Gwang-chun / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Hallyu World Task Force “The broadcasting and image industry complex will have significant economic ripple effects since it will provide many new jobs, lead in cultural activities, and become an important tourist attraction.” ▶ Completion Scheduled in 2022 After the finalization of the feasibility study this month, construction of the complex is slated to be completed in the year 2022. 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EnglishNews | 2016.06.23Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Gyeonggi Industrial Complexes Join in Microdust Reduction (0614-2) [Anchor’s Headline] An increasing number of enterprises in the industrial complexes of Gyeonggi Province are participating in voluntary microdust reduction. Atmospheric microdust has been increasing in Korea in both frequency and intensity in recent years. ▶ Fabric Dying Enterprise in Ansan Banwol Industrial Complex This fabric-dying factory has recently installed new dust collection and purification facilities. These new facilities more effectively eliminate contaminants generated by dying processes, such as nitrogen oxide, sulfur oxide and dust, before releasing the purified air into the atmosphere. ▶ Double Dust Collection Process In addition to these air-purifying facilities, which alone are enough to meet legal standards, this enterprise also installed an additional electric dust collector for enhanced results. ▶ Lim Hong-seong / Fabric Dying Enterprise Personnel “We wanted to create better environment for local residents as well as for our workers.” There are many other enterprises that are participating in voluntary actions to reduce microdust generation. ▶ 3,227 Industrial Enterprises in Gyeonggi Province Join in Microdust Reduction To date, more than 3,000 enterprises in 63 industrial parks have voluntarily improved their microdust control facilities. ▶ Replacement of Exhaust Filters in Company Vehicles ▶ Replacement of Air Filters in Air Pollution Control Systems ▶ Regular Replacement of Water Purifiers Such voluntary actions include the replacement of filters in company vehicles and air pollution control systems as well as the regular replacement of water purifiers. These actions are partly attributed to targeted encouragement and supervision efforts instead of general crackdowns by Gyeonggi Province ▶ Yang Jae-heon / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Industrial Complex Environment Management Office “We have been managing the issues mainly through investigations and crackdowns. However, we changed our policy because we saw that voluntary actions are critical for situation improvement.” Gyeonggi Province plans to develop and implement microdust reduction programs in cooperation with private organizations and enterprises. Article 2. Gyeonggi Province Launches Food Crime Crackdown (160602-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On June 1, Gyeonggi Province and six provincial agencies, including district prosecutors and special judicial police, convened to discuss detailed plans for the eradication of food crimes in the province. The first such actions began with a crackdown on delivery foods. ▶ [screen Top] Last year, the Gyeonggi Special Judicial Police uncovered more than 700 unlawful practices among restaurants and food-processing enterprises. The number has been increasing each year. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (June 1) Gyeonggi Officials Meeting for Food Safety The initiative taken by Gyeonggi Province this time is different in that the provincial administration is determined to completely eradicate food crimes through intensive measures. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “From now on, cheating with what we eat and thus jeopardizing the public health will never be tolerated, at least in Gyeonggi Province.” The meeting participants shared detailed responses to food crimes and confirmed their cooperation for the fundamental resolution of the issues. ▶ Stricter Punishments to be Applied Those who engage in illegal practices will be subject to criminal punishments instead of the usual administrative actions. ▶ Jeong Yong-seon / Commissioner of Gyeonggi South District Police Agency “We already began intensive crackdowns this past May and will extend active cooperation for the delivery food crackdown.” ▶ Food Crime Eradication Begins with Delivery Food Crackdown A crackdown will be conducted first on 2,200 delivery food businesses followed by expressway rest stop restaurants and school meal facilities. Article 3. Gyeonggi Expands Legal Cost Support (160603-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Since 2010, Gyeonggi Province has been providing residents in low-income brackets with cost support for legal proceedings. Following the recent amendment of the Basic Livelihood Guarantee Law, the recipients of this support will now be expanded. ▶ Kim Cheol-hyu, Ansan City Resident Thanks to Gyeonggi Province’s cost support for legal proceedings, Kim (김철규), who failed to collect a 4-year-old debt of KRW 19 million from an acquaintance, won a lawsuit to claim his money, a feat he could not have dreamed of achieving on his own due to a lack of knowledge and financial resources. ▶ Kim Cheol-gyu / Basic Livelihood Benefit Recipient “I wouldn’t have been able to do it by myself. Gyeonggi Province provided me with support for all costs and legal procedures. It was a great help.”” ▶ Cost Support for Legal Proceedings for Individuals in Low-income Brackets Cost support for legal proceedings is provided to individuals in low-income brackets and to victims of family violence. ▶ Income Limit for Support Increased [CG] An amendment to the Basic Livelihood Guarantee Law enabled the expansion of legal proceeding cost support subjects since the upper limit of monthly household income for support eligibility was increased from KRW 2.8 million to KRW 3.5 million. ▶ Park Gyeon-sun / Gyeonggi Province Legal Service Team Official “Those who are economically underprivileged or ignorant about legal procedures will benefit from this support. It will also contribute to legal welfare and the elimination of legal blind spots.” With this support expansion, many more Gyeonggi residents will now be able to pursue legal action and reclaim their rights. Article 4. Ark Shells Seeded along Gyeonggi Province Coast (160607-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Ark shells are popular shellfish in Korea. However, these shellfish have traditionally been harvested along the southern coasts of the Korean Peninsula. Last year, however, Gyeonggi Province succeeded in breeding these small-but-popular side dish creatures on Jebu (제부) Island. ▶ Tando Port, Ansan City Following the success on Jebu (제부) Island, the Gyeonggi Maritime & Fisheries Research Institute released the ark shell seedlings from South Jeolla (전라) Province again this year along the coast adjacent to Tando (탄도) Port so as to test the possibility of spreading these succulent shellfish along Gyeonggi coasts. ▶ Kim Dong-su / Director, Gyeonggi Maritime and Fisheries Research Institute “Gyeonggi coasts have become habitable environments for ark shells due to increased sea water temperatures. I believe ark shells can be grown on our coasts as well if we can find ideal growth locations.” Six tons of ark shell seedlings were released over 2 hectares of coastal waters. ▶ Ark Shellfish Grow Quickly and Generate High Income Compared with short neck clams, another popular shellfish species in Korea, ark shells grow faster in deeper water and generate twice as much income. ▶ GTV Reporter Han Seon-ji “The growth and survival rates of ark shell seedlings will be monitored monthly until they are harvested and supplied to shellfish farmers from next spring.” ▶ Shellfish Farmer Income to Increase with New Product With new shellfish products, the shellfish farmers of Gyeonggi Province are hopeful that their income will increase. ▶ Shin Dong-jin / Fishing Village Resident Chief “We have only been growing short neck clams. The release of ark shell seedlings has lead us to believe that we now can have a new product item and our income will grow.” If the second release of ark shell seedlings is also successful, consumers will be able to see Gyeonggi ark shells in markets within one or two years. Article 5. Gyeonggi Holds Trade Consultation Event with Japanese Buyers (160609-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Although Japan is the fifth largest export market of Gyeonggi Province, the province’s trade balance with Japan has been deteriorating in recent years. In order to improve the situation, Gyeonggi Province held an export promotion event. ▶ Hotel Koryo, Bucheon City (June 8) Export Promotion Event, ‘G-Trade Japan’ Held in Bucheon (부천) City under the title of G-Trade Japan on June 8, this export promotion event featured more than 200 SMEs of Gyeonggi Province and their products as well as a number of booths for one-on-one business consultations with Japanese business people. ▶ Kamiyashiki / Representative, Tendai Corp. “I am interested in idea products and processed foods. We have increasing demand for Korean goods in Japan, so we expect large transaction amounts. I am very satisfied with this event and the preparations.” This trade event provided excellent opportunities for Gyeonggi SMEs that have been struggling to develop international markets to promote their quality products. ▶ Representatives of 45 Japanese Enterprises Invited For this event, Gyeonggi Province invited buyers from 45 Japanese enterprises. ▶ Jeon Hyun-gu / Sales Representative, Sil-Star “We have had difficulties particularly with language when we had to discuss business with overseas buyers. We met with two Japanese business people today, and I think we have just found the buyers we want.” ▶ SMEs Provided with Participation Cost and Interpreter Support Gyeonggi Province provided SMEs with interpreters free of charge and supported all participation costs. During the event, more than 300 business consultations took place and resulted in transaction agreements valued at more than USD 50 million in total. Unlike other trade events, Gyeonggi Province received applications for participation on an open basis without selection procedures. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor Yang Bok-wan “Gyeonggi Province has an annual trade deficit of USD 8.4 billion with Japan. We organized this event so as to promote exports by our SMEs.” Gyeonggi Province plans to organize similar G-Trade events with buyers from other nations in September and November this year. Article 6. Livestock Farms Warned of Heat Waves (160610-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Korea is currently experiencing unusually high temperatures that often hover over 30 degrees Celsius. Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services officials advise taking appropriate preventive measures against possible damage. ▶ Beef Farm, Anseong City When cows at this farm refused to eat and were at serious risk of heatstroke due to a heat wave last year, the owner installed air coolers in the cow sheds. The day-time temperature on the shed floor is now 30 degrees lower than the ground outside. ▶ Temperature-Lowing Equipment Installed Large fans were also installed to dispel warm air, and water-spraying systems with microorganism-laden water were used to lower the body temperatures and increase the immunity of animals. ▶ Choi Myeon-gi / Beef Farmer, Anseong City “Cows are vulnerable to heat. They develop diseases easily and consume considerably less feed during heat waves, which negatively affects weight gain and reproduction cycles, causing us damage.” Animal stress indices also increase during heat waves. If temperatures of over 27 degrees Celsius continue for more than ten days, animals can suffer from increased blood circulation and breathing that may lead to rapid weight loss or even death. ▶ Strict Hygienic Control Crucial During Summer During the summer, the hygienic control of water, feed, and shed interiors is crucial for the prevention of bacterial growth. ▶ Lee Su-yeong / Chief Official, Technology Transfer Division, GARES “Since it is very important to lower temperatures to minimize damage, install either sprinklers or fans.” In addition, covering roofs with insulating materials and planting broad-leaved trees near animal sheds are also effective measures for maintaining low internal temperatures on a long-term basis. Article 7. Gyeonggi Governor Visits Laos and Myanmar (160613-1) [Anchor’s Headline] After a six-day mission to Laos and Myanmar, Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil returned on June 11. The objective of this mission was to help domestic enterprises launch themselves in ASEAN markets while promoting cooperation with the authorities of these two nations. ▶ Governor Nam Returns from Mission to Laos & Myanmar During his mission, Governor Nam was accompanied by 16 business people of the province who sought export ties with these emerging markets. ▶ Emerging Market Development and Inter-regional Cooperation On an administrative level, Governor Nam met with authorities to discuss commercial and administrative cooperation. ▶ Gyeonggi to Share Policies of Success ▶ Myanmar & Laos to Support Market Launches by Gyeonggi SMEs Governor Nam agreed to share know-how in the implementation of provincial policies in various fields while Myanmar and Laos promised to extend support to Gyeonggi SMEs, including former Gaeseong Industrial Complex resident enterprises, in their market launches. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “I became aware that Korean economic growth depends on the continuous development of countries like Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam.” For international development cooperation, Governor Nam agreed to knowledge exchanges in fields of common concern. He also conveyed a plan to invite public and private sector personnel to Gyeonggi Province for benchmarking. ▶ Gyeonggi Pursues Trade Promotion & Inter-regional Cooperation During his visit to Myanmar, Governor Nam signed a cooperation agreement for trade promotion and promised to establish an overseas trade office so as to help enterprises of the province with exports to these markets. The last day of his visit saw an official trade and cooperation meeting as well as trade consultations among business people of these nations. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2016.06.17Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Auxiliary Programs Become Trend in Gyeonggi Forest Parks (160526-2) [Anchor’s Headline] In forest parks of Gyeonggi Province, it has become a trend to offer various auxiliary programs that are both entertaining and therapeutic. Our reporter examined the details. ▶ Green Pine Nut Tree Forest, Gapyeong County Most forest park visitors expect to spend their time walking through nature and dipping their feet in mountain steams. ▶ Cho Tae-bong, Visitor from Seoul “There is nothing more relaxing than resting in a valley with my feet in a stream after a long forest walk.” ▶ Therapeutic Painting & Psychological Consultations At this trail center, additional enjoyment awaits visitors who return from the forest. This is a therapeutic painting class with a psychological analysis service in a traditional house setting. ▶ [PIP] Kim Eun-gyeong, Visitor from Incheon “I didn’t expect to draw a picture here. It was as if I was brought back to childhood. I also had my painting psychologically analyzed by the instructor. I had a very good time.” ▶ Therapeutic Exercise Classes Additional programs currently being offered at forest parks include therapeutic painting as well as physical exercise classes such as chi exercise, forest yoga and meditation. These auxiliary programs are providing additional enjoyment to forest visitors. ▶ Kim Mi-ja, Forest Therapy Instructor “Health improvement activities such as chi exercises and meditation have become a trend. That is why we offer various therapeutic programs. The number of visitors to our park has gradually increased not only on weekends but during weekdays as well.” The auxiliary physical and psychological health programs are providing additional forest park benefits in Gyeonggi Province. Article 2. Communication Magnate Heads Gyeonggi’s Startup Campus (160527-2) [Anchor’s Headline] This past March, Gyeonggi Province established the Startup Campus, a business startup support facility. Recently, a Korean communication magnate was appointed head of the campus to lead the full-fledged operation of services. ▶ Pangyo Startup Campus Since its establishment, 21 organizations have become affiliated with the campus for participation in the support of new businesses. However, the campus has been lacking leadership in the effective coordination and utilization of the services offered by these organizations. ▶ Startup Campus Chancellor Inauguration Ceremony (May 26) The appointed chancellor, Kim Beom-soo (김범수), who started a venture enterprise himself, is the CEO of Korea’s largest mobile communications and online portal company, the Kakao Corporation. ▶ Kim Beom-soo / Chancellor, Startup Campus “We will help the campus residents grow, instead of simply by providing instructions, by allowing them to go through the process of inspiration, trial and error, and team work as well as collaboration with other teams …” ▶ Korea’s Largest Business Startup Support Services Led by a powerful private industrial leader, the Startup Campus is expected to soon become the largest business startup support facility in Korea. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “A place where resources from the public and private sectors are shared, where individuals can pursue their dreams using these resources, is another a model of the shared market economy that Gyeonggi Province is pursuing.” The comprehensive support resources of the Startup Campus combined with powerful leadership will have synergistic effects on the development and growth of new businesses of the future. Article 3. Sales Soar at Pangyo Techno Valley (160601-2) [Anchor’s Headline] The total annual sales of the enterprises in Pangyo (판교) Techno Valley exceeded KRW 70 trillion last year. What is more remarkable is that such an achievement was realized within only four years of the establishment of this business complex. ▶ Pangyo Techno Valley, Seongnam City It was in 2011 when the first high-tech enterprises began arriving in Pangyo (판교) Techno Valley, a newly developed business center. The area is now packed with high-rise buildings as well as business support facilities that provide an ideal business environment. ▶ Aggregate Annual Sales Surpassed KRW 70 Trillion in 2015 As of last year, there were more than 1,200 resident enterprises in Pangyo Techno Valley, and their total annual sales surpassed KRW 70 trillion. Twenty-three percent of the total annual production of Gyeonggi Province was generated here. ▶ GTV Reporter Han seon-ji [CG] “Compared with sales of KRW 5 trillion in the first year, the growth rate is almost explosive.” ▶ High-Tech Industrial Congregation Creates Synergic Effects The synergistic effect from exchanges among a range of resident high-tech industries is regarded as one of the key factors behind such growth. ▶ Han Jeong-gil / Director, Gyeonggi Province Science & Technology Division “Pangyo Techno Valley is a representative high-tech industrial cluster of Korea and is regarded as a Korean version of Silicon Valley. Information exchanges and technological competition among its resident enterprises are creating high added value.” In only four years since its opening in 2011, Pangyo Techno Valley has firmly established itself as the undisputed advanced technology center of Korea. Article 4. Bucheon Hosts Gyeonggi Employment Foundation HQ (0608-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been working on the creation of the Gyeonggi Employment Foundation so as to integrate the employment administrations and services of the currently dispersed provincial employment service organizations. ▶ Wonmi Borough Office Building of Bucheon City This new organization will be located in the former Wonmi (원미) Borough office building of Bucheon (부천) City. ▶ Headquarters for Regional Employment Service Agencies This foundation will be part of the provincial Administrative Welfare Center for which this building has been assigned. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Employment Foundation The main offices of the foundation, which will also act as the headquarters for regional employment service agencies, will be located on the 3rd floor of the building, while the more conveniently accessible first floor will be allocated to comprehensive employment consultation services. [CG] This new agency will provide one-stop employment services by integrating the ad hoc services created at six related provincial organizations. Such integration will enhance user convenience while maximizing functional employment service capabilities from research, consultation and career planning to vocational training and placement. ▶ Heo Seung-beom / Director, Gyeonggi Province Employment Policy Division “The public employment services of individual organizations will be integrated so as to provide comprehensive services. All provincial residents will then have the access to the same information, knowhow and other employment service resources that we have.” The Gyeonggi Employment Foundation is slated to begin full operations in August as soon as a president is appointed after personnel hearings that will take place this month. Article 5. Gyeonggi College Student Forum on Declining Birthrate (160601-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has held a series of public forums with members of different demographic groups so as to identify the causes of and possible solutions for the declining birthrate. The third and most recent forum took place with the participation of college students. In Korea, young adults are often metaphorically referred to as the ‘sampo (삼포)’, or ‘triple abandonment’, generation since they often give up dating, marriage and childbirth. At this forum, students explained why they feel they have to give up such things. ▶ Han Ji-su, Student (Aged 23) “I do want to have a happy family with a kind husband and children. But I cannot trust social systems to care for my children, and therefore I fear I may have to interrupt my career…” Jeong (정의진) returned from military service and is now busy preparing himself for employment. He complains that he simply cannot afford to waste time dating. ▶ Jeong Ui-jin, Student (Aged 25) “I would really like to have a girlfriend, but it’s unthinkable because I have too many things to do; I have to do extracurricular activities, study for foreign language tests, get vocational certificates, and so on…” ▶ Economic Reasons Jang (장하연), a female student, says that economic pressures such as student loan repayment and the cost of a wedding are the primary obstacles to the pursuit of a happy marriage. The general perception that homemaking and childrearing are the duties of women is also a constraint that prevents her from pursuing her dreams, she says. ▶ Jang Ha-yeon, Student (Aged 22) “If I pursue my dreams now, can I carry on with them after marriage? Even if so, what would happen if I have a baby? Will I still be able to carry on? These are the problems I think are associated with marriage.” ▶ “Marriage Fills What Lacks in Each Partner” To help youths perceive marriage more positively, Gyeonggi Province Social Integration Vice Governor Lee Ki-woo (이기우) advised that marriage should fill what lacks in each partner. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Social Integration Vice Governor Lee Gi-woo “We will carefully review what has been said today, continue dialogues with our youths, and develop programs that can produce substantial results.” Based on the information and opinions gathered at public forums, Gyeonggi Province plans to develop new programs to address low birthrate issues via senior official meetings by the end of next month. Article 6. Gyeonggi Launches On-site Credit Guarantee Services (160602-2) [Anchor’s Headline] On June 1, Gyeonggi Province established a team of On-site Credit Guarantee Supporters so as to help small businesses with financing by providing credit guarantee services at the site of their businesses. Our reporter examined the details. ▶ Jidong Market, Suwon City Market merchants often face problems in securing credit guarantees for loan applications that they are sometimes urgently required to make since they cannot leave their business premises. The objective of this team is to provide guarantee services for such small businesses on site. ▶ [PIP] Kim Gyeong-ja / Merchant of Jidong Market “I sometimes need money urgently, but cannot leave the shop (to apply for a loan). I am very grateful that they can come to us instead to help with applications.” ▶ On-Site Credit Guarantee Services The credit guarantee supporters provide one-stop services from financial consultations and evaluations to guarantee certificate issuance on site for small business owners. ▶ Gyeonggi Credit Guarantee Foundation (June 1) On-Site Credit Guarantee Supporters The 26 credit guarantee supporters designated by the Gyeonggi Credit Guarantee Foundation will circulate at least four times a week through areas where there are no branch offices and where credit guarantee service demand is high. ▶ Kim Byeong-gi / CEO, Gyeonggi Credit Guarantee Foundation “We visit markets and shops and provide credit guarantees on site so that merchants can maintain stable businesses without interruptions.” The Gyeonggi Credit Guarantee Foundation spokesperson said that the foundation will advertise low-interest guarantee products among small businesses so as to assist them with superior financial instruments. Article 7. Gyeonggi Organization Publishes Anti-aging Effects of Chocolate (160607-3) [Anchor’s Headline] According to the Advanced Institutes of Convergence Technology of Gyeonggi Province, chocolate is good for the skin since it reduces wrinkles and increases elasticity. These findings have been accepted and published by major scientific journals in the United States. Despite its irresistible aroma and sweet taste, chocolate has generally been considered an unhealthy food due to its high calorie content. This is also the reason that dark chocolate products with less sugar content are gaining popularity. ▶ Park Yeon-hwa, Seoul “I eat chocolate products predominantly as a snack. I usually eat dark chocolate with high cacao contents.” ▶ Chocolate Reduces Wrinkles and Improves Elasticity of Skin Institute scientists found that polyphenol in cocoa, a major ingredient of chocolate, reduces wrinkles and increases the elasticity of human skin. Such findings were based on experiments that involved artificially inducing wrinkles in rats and then feeding them cocoa. ▶ Lee gi-won / Professor, Advanced Institute of Convergence Technology “We found that polyphenol in cocoa inhibited the production of collagenase, an enzyme that destroys the collagen needed to maintain the elasticity of skin and prevent wrinkle formation.” Further experiments have also been carried out on 60 women by having them consume polyphenol extract from cocoa for six months. Results showed that wrinkles decreased 9% and skin elasticity improved by more than 8% ▶ Experiments Used Chocolate without Additives The researchers emphasized that such findings were based on experiments that used chocolate made with pure cocoa without sugar or coloring agents. The findings of this study were published in nutrition and dermatology journals in the Unites States. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2016.06.10Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Children’s Museum Opens in North Gyeonggi (0530-2) [Anchor’s Headline] A children’s museum opened in Dongducheon (동두천) City of Gyeonggi Province. This museum offers a variety of nature-study programs and is the first of its kind to be established in the northern regions of the province. ▶ North Gyeonggi Children’s Museum, Dongducheon City The brachiosaur model in the museum has become an exciting playground for children who climb this giant herbivorous dinosaur of the Jurassic period to explore its interior. ▶ [PiP] Shin Su-ah & Kim Ga-in “We learned new things about dinosaurs. I didn’t know dinosaurs ate stones to help digestion.” This museum features a simulated prehistoric jungle in which children encounter various dinosaurs. There are a number of experiential education sections in which children learn about various natural phenomena such as the circulation of air and water. ▶ [PiP] Kim Sin-bi “What I like most is that there are lots of things to play in. We didn’t have many places to go and play like this. I am glad we have this museum now.” ▶ 9 Forest Thematic Zones The construction of the North Gyeonggi Children’s Museum cost KRW 19.2 billion. Occupying a 12,000 square-meter-site, the museum is comprised of nine experience zones under the common theme of ‘Dreams from Forest”. There is also a separate zone for toddlers and preschoolers. ▶ [PiP] Kim Jae-heon / Director, North Gyeonggi Children’s Museum “We will develop a variety of exhibition and experiential programs for children and for parents as well. We also plan to develop permanent educational programs including afterschool programs.” The North Gyeonggi Children’s Museum will become a popular destination for children in northern Gyeonggi Province. Article 2. Gyeonggi Hears Youths on Declining Birthrates (160527-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Following the first public forum on declining birthrates held last month, Gyeonggi Province held a second forum this month so as to discuss factors and possible solutions for this critical nationwide problem that discourages youths from getting married and having children. ▶ Neowiz Tower, Pangyo The hearing was held at a business center at lunchtime for the convenience of attending young workers. ▶ Forum on Declining Birthrate (May 25) “Why People Delay Marriage? Are Work and Family Life Incompatible?” For an hour, youths spoke on why they delay marriage and cannot pursue work and family life concurrently. ▶ Lee Deok-ro, Web Designer, Bachelor “Have you ever seen a father nursing his baby? One of my friends is a single father, and he cannot take his baby out because there is no institutional help available for feeding babies. This makes getting married scarier…” ▶ Marriage Shunned for Economic Reasons & Fear of Child Rearing Lee (이덕로) admitted that he fears getting married not simply because of economic reasons but also because of the challenging tasks of child rearing. He argued that more nursing education must be made available to men, and was supported by many working men present. ▶ Wedding, Childrearing & Homemaking Costs A working mother said that a lack of childcare facilities during her working hours as well as wedding and homemaking costs are major factors constraining marriage. ▶ [PiP] Choi So-ra, Working Mother “I thought I could manage both work and homemaking, but the reality was very different once a baby arrived.” Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor Lee Ki-woo, who was also present at the forum, responded with suggestions based on provincial policies. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Social Integration Vice Governor Lee Ki-woo “There are talks about developing programs for and providing information about low-cost weddings. We will begin to work on this and open an online channel through which we can provide Ddabok Housing information, conduct surveys…” Gyeonggi Province will continue seeking solutions to low birthrates through various endeavors including public forums like this for direct dialogue with residents. Article 3. New Gyeonggi Office Site Opens as Park before Construction (160530-1) [Anchor’s Headline] The planned site for the new Gyeonggi provincial office complex has been transformed into a grain field to create a temporary park prior to the commencement of construction work. Featuring fully grown barley and rye, the park opened on May 27 with various events. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Office Complex Site, Suwon The empty space of the planned construction site is now covered with golden waves of barley and rye as well as yellow canola flowers sown last year. Promenades crisscross the field, creating a beautiful park for local residents. ▶ Kim Gyeong-il, Suwon Resident “Farm land has been transformed into a beautiful open space. It’s wonderful to have a place like this near my home. I am sure many people will come to enjoy the place.” ▶ Opening Events Held until June 3 The opening day featured a number of booths that offered various entertainments such as face painting for children, photo services, and mime performances, as well as a new office complex promotional booth. These events ran until June 3. ▶ GTV Reporter Lee Ye-sol “The empty space of the planned provincial office complex site has been transformed into a park that will stay open until construction work begins.” On the opening day, primary school students who participated in barley sowing came back to harvest the barley; this will be donated to livestock farms for use as feed. ▶ Kim Taek-hyun, 6th Grade, Shinpoong Primary School “It is nice to see the building forest of the Gwanggyo area of Suwon now has a beautiful park. Barley harvesting was an interesting experience.” Gyeonggi Province will continue to utilize the site for the public by opening a cosmos field this autumn and a sledding area in the winter until the commencement of construction work next year. ▶ Lee Gye-sam / Director, Gyeonggi Province Construction Headquarters “Construction work for the new Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex will begin in June next year. We welcome all residents to come and enjoy the site until then and to share thoughts about the new complex.” To visit the new provincial office complex site, it is best to use the Gwanggyo Central Station which is within walking distance of the site. Article 4. Gyeonggi Promotes Autonomous Student Education (160531-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province recently began promoting education methods that are based on autonomous classes operated by students. The provincial government recently secured agreement from related organizations for cooperation in creating future-orientated infrastructure for such education. ▶ Naru High School, Hwaseong City In this high school classroom, the class is led by students independently through free talking among themselves without the presence of a teacher. ▶ [Sync] “Step 3!” “Step 3? Make an increment table and find the value from it.” “Correct.” ▶ Autonomous Classes Led by Students Independently Students in this class take the initiative and conduct the class autonomously. Teachers only assist the students with class procedures and provide video materials in advance to help students prepare for the class. The entire class is then conducted independently by the students themselves through discussion and mutual learning. ▶ Park Jin-woo, Junior Student, Naru High School “It’s much easier to understand when classmates explain things from my perspective. I feel freer to make mistakes and to ask questions without being self-conscious.” ▶ Positive Effects on Concentration, Peer Relations and Participation This autonomous education method helped students familiarize themselves with study through active involvement in classes while improving their interrelationships. ▶ Cho Hye-rin, Junior Student, Naru High School “There used to be a few students who slept during classes. Now everyone is involved in the classes and often comes to me to ask questions, showing their active participation in the classes.” ▶ Autonomous Education Camp Established Gyeonggi Province established an Autonomous Education Camp utilizing facilities at the English Language Village in Paju (파주) City so as to provide teachers with support in the development of autonomous education programs for the future. ▶ [PiP] Yang Hyun-seok, Senior Student, Daegyeong Commercial High School “I only realized the inconvenience and could think of ideas to improve the situation when I was actually unable to use my hands.” ▶ Paju English Language Village (May 28) Signing of Cooperation Agreement for Future Education A cooperation agreement for such development endeavors was signed by Gyeonggi Province, the Korean Ministry of Education, and two private research foundations. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “Active involvement by students can be assured since the classes are run by students through mutual interactions. This is what is different. I hope that our youths will grow to become capable individuals with great personality and creativity (through autonomous education).” Gyeonggi Province will continue to promote autonomous education that is based on independent, creative study by students instead of on unidirectional teaching. Article 5. Gyeonggi to See Driverless Vehicles on the Road in 2018 (160523-3) [Anchor’s Headline] The Pangyo (판교) New Town in Seongnam (성남) City of Gyeonggi Province was designated by the Korean Ministry of Land, Transport and Tourism as a trial operation area for driverless vehicles. Gyeonggi Province will then be able to see driverless vehicles on the road by the year 2018. According to Korean law, driverless vehicle operation requires a license and is limited in designated areas. ▶ Pangyo Designated as Driverless Vehicle Trial Operation Area This designation provides an institutional ground for the implementation of the driverless vehicle experimental operation zone that the provincial government has planned. ▶ Driverless Vehicle Experimental Operation Zone Planned for 2018 The purpose of this experimental operation zone is to test the feasibility of operating driverless vehicles on roads that are also used by ordinary vehicles. ▶ Experimental Operations to Provide Driverless Vehicle Research Foundations Such experimental operations will provide foundations for driverless vehicle technology research. This zone will be comprised of a 4-kilometer section of 2- to 4-lane roads with a control center for real-time traffic monitoring and accident prevention. ▶ Won Beom-hui / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province High-Tech Complex Team “We will work with the central government so that driverless vehicle-related industries can perform various tests in an actual operation environment.” ▶ Gyeonggi Seeks Core Technology Partners Gyeonggi Province has begun contacting local and international auto manufacturers for core technology transfers so as to establish a sound technology base for driverless vehicle operations that the provincial government plans to begin in 2018. Article 6. Gyeonggi Begins Intensive Wastewater Treatment Inspections (160524-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Since warm weather arrived early this year, Gyeonggi Province began intensive inspections of wastewater treatment facilities so as to prevent algae blooms that, fed by contaminated water, occur during the summer. ▶ Golf Course Restaurant, Yongin City For businesses that produce large amounts of wastewater, the use of private wastewater treatment before releasing the water into the sewer is compulsory in Korea. The water is then processed again at water treatment plants before being released into local rivers. The insufficient elimination of contaminants at their source is a primary cause of water pollution and algae blooms. ▶ Hwang Ui-tae / Environmental Control Specialist “Algae blooms are most serious during warm seasons. Environmental control personnel work hardest during these seasons to prevent algae blooms.” ▶ 882 Wastewater Treatment Facilities Tested Gyeonggi Province officials performed intensive tests at 882 wastewater treatment facilities in the province. ▶ Violations Found at 97 Facilities The 97 facilities that fell below permissible water quality standards were fined or given administrative orders for correction. ▶ An Yong-gi / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Sewage Management Team “We will endeavor to minimize the influx of contaminants that trigger algae blooms into rivers and to preserve water source quality so as to supply clean water to our residents.” Inspections will be performed on an on-going basis including smaller but water system-adjacent facilities such as those at camping grounds. Article 7. Gyeonggi Establishes Youth Business Startup Camp (160525-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Following last year’s introduction of the Base Camp, a business startup platform for aspiring entrepreneurs, Gyeonggi Province opened a new business startup support center in the same building, this time for college students with business ideas. ▶ Advanced Institute of Convergence Technology, Suwon City Business Startup Support Center for College Students The residents of this center have been selected from among students who have business ideas with good prospects and decided to start their own businesses. At this center, these students share ideas and information with each other. ▶ Ryu Su-yeon / College Student, Business Startup Support Center Resident “I have a business idea, but I needed the guidance of specialists as well as financial support, so I decided to apply for this support program.” ▶ Use of Advanced Institute of Convergence Technology Resources The resident students are provided with work spaces as well as access to the institute’s academic resources and research facilities. Students are also motivated with monetary support of differentiated amounts for each stage of progress. ▶ Lee Sang-guk / Graduate Student, Business Startup Support Center Resident “My imminent goal is to develop glasses that display dialogues like subtitles for individuals with hearing impairments. My ultimate goal, however, is to develop technologies that will help the currently separated society of those with hearing impairments merge into the society of all people. In spite of the high failure rate among business startups by youths, this support center will serve as an effective base camp for future success. ▶ Park Tae-hyun / Director, Advanced Institute of Convergence Technology “I am very hopeful that our students will work hard, as if to conquer a mountain, and become future Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.” Gyeonggi Province aims to support these students in the transformation of their superior ideas into tangible realities by the end of the year. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2016.06.08Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Gyeonggi Campaigns for Public Alertness for Child Abuse (160517-2) [Anchor’s Headline] In the Family Month of May, Gyeonggi Province launched a street campaign under the name of “Respond to Signals from Children” so as to promote active public involvement in the prevention of child abuse. ▶ Suwon Station Plaza (May 16) Campaigners wearing the catch phrase of the campaign explain to passing members of the public the necessity for active reaction to signals that suggest child abuse in their neighborhoods. People are also invited to join in support programs for abused children. ▶ Seo Eun-ha / Osan City Resident “I haven’t given much thought about child abuse. I didn’t know the situation was that serious... I will be alert from now on.” ▶ “Pay Attention and Report”, Campaigners Urge More than 100 personnel from child protection organizations and Gyeonggi police agencies took to the streets to encourage the public to pay attention to and actively report child abuse cases. ▶ Lee Eun-mi / Police Sergeant, South Gyeonggi Provincial Police Agency “Displays of nervousness and defensive behavior by children can be the first signs of abuse. (When you encounter such children), do not hesitate to call 112. We will do our utmost to convey these children from darkness to a brighter world.” Although identifying child abuse cases is not easy, especially since most abusers are parents, it is the general public sentiment that child abuse is the problem of others that prevents people from reporting such cases. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Social Integration Vice Governor Lee Ki-woo “It is important that people around abused children pay attention and be aware that it is their duty to report cases. We are using various methods to promote public involvement in child protection.” In addition to outdoor campaigns, promotional methods will also include video productions regarding the rights of children and the responsibilities of the public. Article 2. Eastern Gyeonggi Children Dietary Education Center Opens (160520-3) [Anchor’s Headline] There are a number of dietary education centers in Gyeonggi Province that promote good dietary habits and food safety awareness among children. However, all such centers are located far from eastern provincial regions. ▶ Dietary Education Center for Children, Anyang City These centers provide education from the perspective of children through various experiential programs that help children associate health and food safety with good dietary habits and encourage them to change unhealthy behaviors. ▶ All Centers Located outside of Eastern Gyeonggi Province In order to address high demand for the services of such centers, as evidenced by 68,000 visits by children last year, Gyeonggi Province plans to establish an additional center, this time in an eastern region. ▶ [PiP] Han Yeong-hui / Director, Icheon City Public Health Center “Children in the eastern provincial regions have had to travel more than an hour to use any of the four dietary education centers.” ▶ New Center to be Established in Icheon City Icheon (이천) City, therefore, has been selected as the host of the new center. ▶ Icheon Environmental Education Center (May 19) ▶ Public Meeting for Steering of Dietary Education Centers for Children For effective operation of the new center, Gyeonggi Province invited specialists in related fields to a preliminary public meeting and gathered their opinions. Since this center will be located within the Icheon (이천) Environmental Education Center, specialists agreed that the new center will benefit from existing educational facilities. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Social Integration Vice Governor Lee Ki-woo “I think experiential programs are important for the dietary education of children. We will develop systematic education programs from the perspective of children.” The Icheon (이천) Dietary Education Center for Children is slated to open in October this year. Article 3. Gyeonggi Arranges SME Product Promotion at Large Supermarkets (160519-3) [Anchor’s Headline] With cooperation from a large supermarket chain, Gyeonggi Province arranged for SMEs run by women entrepreneurs to promote their products at supermarkets, providing an excellent opportunity for these enterprises to connect with consumers. ▶ XX Supermarket, Yongin City At this crowded supermarket, an unusual SME product display attracts the attention of shoppers. Many shoppers stop to examine summer baby clothes made with rayon and are impressed by the softness. The salespersons are busy answering questions. ▶ [PIP] Kim Chang-hwan / Shopper “Baby products these days have good functionality and come in various designs. Having two children myself, I’ll take this opportunity to get some good products.” ▶ Free Use of Large Supermarket Floors This event, which was arranged by the Gyeonggi Women’s Development Center, is also an opportunity for SMEs to showcase their products at large supermarkets free of rental fees. Considering the extreme difficulties faced by SMEs in marketing through large supermarkets, this is also a golden opportunity that can lead to regular business transactions with supermarkets. ▶ Jin Ji-yeong / SME Representative “This event enables us to know where we stand through interactions with consumers and event organizers. It also gives us an opportunity to secure business transactions with supermarkets.” This SME product promotion event began this past February and will run again in August and November. ▶ [PiP] Cho Jeong-ok / Director, Gyeonggi Women’s Development Center “We will expand these events for women entrepreneurs by involving more large supermarkets. We will also expand our on-site business education services for more women entrepreneurs.” Product promotion at large supermarkets will serve as a starting point in securing new market channels for SMEs with relatively limited marketing capabilities. Article 4. Gyeonggi Institute Releases 500 Endangered Golden Frogs (160520-2) [Anchor’s Headline] After a number of failed attempts, the Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services eventually succeeded in breeding endangered golden frogs and recently released 500 young frogs into the environment. ▶ Imjin Riverside Peace Swamp (May 13) These 500 frogs were released in an undisturbed wetland area north of the Civilian Control Line. Golden frogs used to be one of the most common frogs in Korea. However, these indigenous frogs have almost disappeared and are now on the verge of extinction, primarily due to development and agricultural chemical use. ▶ Han Myeong-hui / Income Resource Research Center, GARES “We began golden frog breeding program using an artificial environment, since their natural habitat has been completely destroyed.” The golden frogs are hard to breed artificially since they require precise breeding conditions. ▶ GARES Succeeds in Breeding Golden Frogs After three years of repeated failures, the institute finally succeeded in breeding golden frogs by creating an environment with precisely the same conditions as their natural habitat. ▶ [PiP] Lee Jin-gu / Research Official, GARES “We added a large amount of aquatic plants in the artificial habitat. At first, we faced great difficulties since tadpoles didn’t eat any ordinary tadpole feed. Thanks to guidance from Professor Park of Kangwon University, however, we could find a formula that worked.” The 500 young golden frogs that had been successfully bred were released in a remote wetland after a two-week wildlife adaptation period. ▶ [PiP] Park Dae-sik / Professor, Kangwon University “The fact that the golden frogs have found this swamp habitable is meaningful in that they can now play a role in creating ecological foundations for other species in the area.” According to specialists, the golden frogs may be the key to the ecological recovery of the environment in which they live. ▶ GTV Reporter Lee Ye-sol “Let us hope that the 500 golden frogs released today will become the first generation of their species that will thrive around the Peace Swamp of the Imjin River. Gyeonggi GTV, Lee Ye-sol.” Article 5. 2016 Korea International Boat Show Opens (160520-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On May 19, the Korea International Boat Show, one of the top three boat shows in Asia, opened simultaneously at two venues - a marina and an inland exhibition site - in Gyeonggi Province. Our reporter witnessed the events at both venues. ▶ Marine Exhibition Site, Gimpo Ara Marina The Ara Marina In Gimpo (김포) City is lined with state-of-the-art leisure boats of all shapes and sizes. Visitors board the vessels and are impressed by the comfortable and elegant interiors. Some boats carry viewers through the waves at full speed to showcase their capabilities. ▶ Kim Nam-guk / Viewer from Seoul “It was an exhilarating ride with an open view and refreshing winds. It was a superb boat that was as comfortable as an expensive car…” ▶ Boat-Riding and Martine Leisure Experiences Some viewers lose themselves in luxurious vessels, admiring their interiors, trying out sun-beds and taking photographs, while others forget the unusual warmth of the day and enjoy marine leisure with friends and sweethearts. ▶ KINTEX Exhibition Center, Goyang City At the KINTEX exhibition center 15 minutes away, a wide variety of marine products were being showcased at more than 1,500 booths. There are also experiential and learning opportunities offered by the exhibitors. ▶ [PiP] Baek Du-nam / Viewer from Goyang City “I never imagined having a boat-riding experience indoors. It was really enjoyable. It worked exactly like the real boat. My children also enjoyed it.” ▶ Ilsan KINTEX, Goyang City (May 19) ▶ 2016 Korea International Boat Show Opening Ceremony Marking its ninth occasion this year, the Korea International Boat Show has firmly established itself as an annual festival for the international marine industry as well as for the public. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “I think our marine leisure industry can become one of the growth engines of Korea. Please continue your support for our boat show and its continued advancement.” ▶ Korea International Boat Show, One of 3 Major Asian Boat Shows Along with the Dubai and Shanghai boat shows, Gyeonggi Province’s Korea International Boat Show has grown to become one of top three boat shows in Asia. ▶ GTV Reporter Lee Ye-sol “The Korean International Boat Show will run for four days at Gimpo Marina and Ilsan KINTEX until May 22. Gyeonggi GTV, Lee Ye-sol.” Article 6. Russian Doctors Benchmark Gyeonggi’s Medical Technologies (160524-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Russian doctors from Khabarovsk Krai arrived in Gyeonggi Province to study advanced medical technologies of the province. After a short adaptation period, the doctors were allocated to different hospitals for comprehensive studies. ▶ Wiltse Memorial Hospital At 8 o’clock in the morning, a day’s work begins with a medical staff meeting at this hospital. Dr. Danyl Baev, a neurosurgeon from Khabarovsk, Russia, is a new face at today’s meeting. He is one of the Russian medical team members who came to study medical technologies under an agreement between Gyeonggi Province and Khabarovsk Krai. ▶ Danyl Baev M.D., Neurosurgeon, Khabarovsk Hospital II “I have noticed that this hospital is capable of performing highly technical operations and its staff have a lot of experience in minimally invasive surgery. The experience I gather at this hospital will be very helpful in my practice back in Russia.” ▶ Study in IT, Surgical Methods and Medical Service Systems During their 4-week stay in Gyeonggi Province, the Russian doctors will study medical IT, surgical methods and medical service systems being used at hospitals in the province. ▶ Park Chun-geun / Director, Wiltse Memorial Hospital “These doctors will stay with us and learn about everything we do including advanced surgery techniques.” ▶ 370 Medical Specialists from 10 nations Visited Gyeonggi Province since 2011 Since 2011, 370 medical specialists from 10 nations including Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, China and Indonesia have visited Gyeonggi Province under medical exchange agreements. ▶ [PiP] Lee Song-mi / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province International Medical Service Team “This program has multiple beneficial effects. It helps advertise our advanced medical standards internationally and induce patients to us. The range of medical exchanges will gradually be expanded farther than the current Central Asia, China and Russia.” The international medical specialist training program of Gyeonggi Province ultimately aims to establish an international medical exchange network through which the province’s advanced medical technologies are promoted as well as exported. Article 7. Gyeonggi to Expand Electric Car Charging Infra (0525-2) [Anchor’s Headline] While the number of electric cars has been increasing steadily in Korea, there is a significant lack of charging facilities. Gyeonggi Province, therefore, plans to establish more charging stations. Since Seo (서현종) switched to an electric car two years ago, he has saved considerably in terms of fuel costs. However, traveling a long distance is not an option since he can face a dire situation if the battery dies en route. ▶ Seo Hyun-jong / Electric car Owner “I don’t have charging station maps nor can I make one myself. The possibility of the car stopping in the middle of a journey always is a big worry, and I would still do not know where the nearest charging station is if that happens.” Such inconvenience stems from the improvement rate of charging service availability failing to keep pace with increasing demand. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Establishes Fast-Charge Stations Gyeonggi Province will establish additional fast-charging facilities so as to alleviate this imbalance. ▶ GTV Reporter Choi Ji-hyun “With a normal charger, it takes 5 hours to fully charge a car battery. However, a fast charger will supply energy enough for a 100-km journey in just 20 minutes.” ▶ Suwon & Seongnam Chosen for Initial Fast Charger Installations For initial installations, a number of public sites in the cities of Suwon (수원) and Seongnam (성남) have been chosen since these areas provide easy access in all directions. ▶ Oh Jae-yeong / Director, Gyeonggi Province Climate & Air Quality Management Division “We plan to install 10 fast chargers in strategic locations in Suwon and Seongnam with operations targeted from August.” Gyeonggi Province will continue establishing fast-charging stations in more areas after these initial installations. There are 56 fast chargers – all installed by the Ministry of Environment – currently operating in the province. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2016.05.27Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Gyeonggi Province to Nurture International Trade Experts (0516-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced the launch of an international trade specialist education program. This project aims to assist SMEs with overseas sales through the provision of qualified personnel while also giving job opportunities to youths who are proficient in foreign languages. ▶ Automobile Part Manufacturing Enterprise This auto part-manufacturing enterprise has been struggling with overseas marketing due to a lack of personnel with international trade expertise as well as foreign language capabilities. It took a long time for this enterprise to develop such personnel. This company now has customers in more than 10 countries. Its annual exports currently amount to over USD10 million. ▶ Yu Tae-seung / CEO, Wheel Corp. “It is very important to have personnel who are proficient in English and capable of handling international business. Product knowledge can be acquired later. If Gyeonggi Province can provide such personnel, the international business establishment process would be greatly shortened.” ▶ ‘Gyeonggi Young Trade Manager Education Program’ There is high demand for qualified international business personnel among SMEs. ▶ Youths with Foreign Language Capabilities This program is open to any youths who are proficient foreign languages, including foreign students, and available for employment immediately after the education course. ▶ Jang Dong-jin, Job Searcher “This education program seems to be about trade practices. I think it will be really helpful in finding employment.” The 230 attendees selected this month will receive free education starting from next month. Graduates with good results will be provided with internship or employment opportunities. ▶ Park Geun-gyun / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Export Strategy Team “From the second half of this year, we will utilize trade manager education attendees for business consultations or promotion activities in actual trade promotion events.” This trade manager nurturing program of Gyeonggi Province will eventually contribute to exports by SMEs lacking international trade personnel while assisting youths in finding superior employment opportunities. Article 2. Gyeonggi Determined to Eradicate Food Crimes (160512-2) [Anchor’s Headline] From June, the Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police will stage intensive crackdowns on illegal food production and trade, beginning with delivery foods. This time, the judicial police are determined to completely eradicate the criminal food trade. ▶ [Top Screen] Source: Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police ▶ Illegal Eel Processor (October 2015) Last year, this food processing factory was raided by the judicial police while processing eels in extremely unhygienic conditions. ▶ Illegal Rice Cookie Producer (January 2016) This past January, this rice cookie producer was found to be using expired ingredients and product labels with falsified country-of-origin information. [Sync] Scene of Inspection ▶ “Sir, why are these expired products here?” ▶ “We failed to sell them in time. These are those I could check but...” ▶ Briefing Room, Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (May 11) ▶ Announcement of Food Crime Eradication Plan Gyeonggi Province announced that these efforts will continue until illegal foods are completely eradicated. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Administrative Affairs Lee Jae-yul “From June 1, we will exercise maximum administrative power to completely eradicate food crimes” ▶ Intensive Control for Individual Food Types A greater number of personnel will now be involved in the continuous and intensive control of individual food types. ▶ Stronger Punishments In addition to fines and other administrative penalties, offenders will be subject to stricter prosecution and criminal punishment processes. ▶ Violators to be Publicly Disclosed A list of offenders and their violations will be publicly disclosed on provincial homepages. The intensive food crime control will begin on June 1 with a crackdown on delivery foods, followed by crackdowns on expressway rest stop restaurants, school meals and gift food products. Article 3. May Festivals Peak in Gyeonggi Province (160513-3) [Anchor’s Headline] The month of May is a peak season for festivals in Gyeonggi Province. There are diverse festivals for families and friends currently underway. Our reporter visited some of the more popular sites. This time each year, a riverside park in Guri (구리) City is crowded with families and couples enjoying yellow canola flowers that cover a large field. ▶ Gwon Yeong-ae / Visitor from Seoul “Canola flowers are really beautiful. You don’t have to go to Jeju Island to see them. I am very glad I came.” ▶ Guri Han River Park (May 13 – 15) ▶ Guri Canola Festival The Canola Festival ran for three days from May 13 at the Guri (구리) Han River Park ▶ GTV Reporter Han Seon-ji “This yellow sea of canola flowers is but one of many festive events taking place this time of year in Gyeonggi Province.” ▶ Gwangmyeong Cave (Until September 4) ▶ Lascaux Cave Painting Exhibition For those who seek something rare and special, Gwangmyeong (광명) Cave in Gwangmyeong (광명) City is hosting the Paleolithic Lascaux Cave Painting exhibition from France, the first event of its kind in Asia. ▶ KINTEX & Kimpo Marina (May 19 – 22) ▶ Korea International Boat Show The Korea International Boat Show that began in May 19 features exciting marine leisure exhibitions and experiential programs including those for sailing, kayaking, sea fishing, and camping. ▶ Hong Seong-pyo / President, Gyeonggi Tourism Organization “There are diverse interesting festivals currently being held in Gyeonggi Province during the month May. I hope that many residents enjoy these festivals and have happy memories.” ▶ Gyeonggi Tour Portal: ggtour.or.kr Detailed information about spring festivals in Gyeonggi Province can be found online at the Gyeonggi Tour Portal. Article 4. Gyeonggi’s Solitary Senior Visiting Care Services (160516-03) [Anchor’s Headline] The number of seniors living alone has been increasing by 15,000 each year in Korea. In order to address the personal care needs of these solitary seniors, Gyeonggi Province has been providing visiting care services. These services have proven effective, especially in terms of medical costs and results. Park (박종순) has been living alone for the past 35 years except on traditional holidays when her five children from across the nation come to visit her. ▶ Park Jong-soon / Hwaseong City Resident “I feel lonely not just in the quiet of the night but during the day as well. When I eat, for instance, it’s me alone, and I don’t care much about how I eat…” ▶ Nurses Visit Solitary Senior Homes In Gyeonggi Province, these seniors are looked after by nurses who visit their homes. ▶ Physical, Emotional Care Visiting nurses not only provide basic medical care through blood pressure and blood sugar monitoring, dietary advice and various educational efforts, they also help seniors emotionally through personal interaction. ▶ Choi Ok-seon / Solitary Senior Visiting Nurse “Seeing them regularly, I gain more confidence from them and I see them become much brighter. In fact, their depression level and hospital visits decrease significantly, saving a lot of medical costs.” [CG] Since beginning in 2012, solitary senior visits by nurses have resulted in the reduction of medical costs by 43 percent as well as a considerable decrease in depression levels. ▶ Kim Yang-suk / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Regional Public Health Team “We will continue to locate solitary seniors who need help and provide them with personal care through nurse visits as well as more neighbor involvement.” For neighbor involvement, Gyeonggi Province plans to provide support for such community activities through local public health centers. Article 5. Carcinogen-Generating Fire Wood Dealer Uncovered (160516-1) [Anchor’s Headline] The Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police recently uncovered a fire wood dealer who sold wood waste containing carcinogenic adhesives and paints. For six years, this company has been selling wood waste collected from construction sites and furniture manufacturers. ▶ Fabric Dying Factory, Yeoncheon County At this fabric dying factory in Yeoncheon (연천) County, a large amount of wood waste is unloaded and sent directly to the boiler room. Use of processed wood from construction or furniture-making as a fuel is prohibited in Korea since it can emit carcinogens during combustion. This company has been using such wood since it is cheaper than standard fuels. [Sync] Scene of Inspection ▶ “Since when have you used this?” ▶ “It’s been quite a while. We needed urgent supplies” ▶ Over 60,000 tons Sold Past 6 Years This fire wood dealer has collected and illegally sold more than 60,000 tons of wood waste over the past six years. ▶ Wood Waste Producers Paid for Disposal This dealer received money from waste wood-generating enterprises for disposal on their behalf. He then resold the waste to industries as fuel instead of sending it to waste disposal companies. ▶ Park Seong-nam / Chief, Gyeonggi Special Judicial Police “By arresting the illegal wood waste dealer, we were able to sever the connection between wood waste generating enterprise and wood waste users. It also led to legal disposal practices and legal use of fuels.” The Gyeonggi Special Judicial Police will prosecute the enterprises that used illegal wood waste as a fuel as well as the wood waste dealer so as to eradicate the illegal combustion of prohibited materials. Article 6. Gyeonggi Supplies More Rental Housing to Young Couples (160518-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Many young couples in Korea postpone or entirely give up plans for marriage and children due to difficulties in finding homes. In order to alleviate the burden of housing costs and therefore promote childbirth, Gyeonggi Province plans to construct 10,000 rental housing units for provision to young couples at very low rental rates. Together with difficulties finding employment, soaring housing costs are a major obstacle preventing young couples from creating a stable home and starting their own families in Korea. ▶ Cho An-na / Suwon City Resident “Housing costs are too high in Korea. We cannot plan childbirth as part of a normal process of life. Instead, we are forced to postpone or change our plans for such things based on economic situations.” ▶ Gyeonggi to Supply 10,000 Ddabok Houses by 2020 Gyeonggi Province plans to complete the construction of these rental housing units, titled ‘Ddabok (따복) Houses’, for young married couples by the year 2020. ▶ Low Rentals with Deposit Finance Support Gyeonggi Province will apply rental rates for these housing units that are 80 percent below market rates while providing support for 40 percent of interest payments on deposit finances. Rental rates and deposit amounts will further decrease as the number of children increases; those with two or more children need not pay any deposit. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “We will provide relatively spacious homes at lower costs that are ideal for rearing children and creating families.” ▶ 22% More Space than Happy Housing In order to provide enough space for child rearing, the relative size of a two-room apartment, for example, will be 22% greater than that of an ordinary apartment. This additional space will mean an additional cost of KRW 300 billion for Gyeonggi Province. Residents of these apartments will also receive provincial Ddadok (따복) Community Project support for various community programs. Article 7. Gyeonggi’s Coalition Policy Discussed at Korean Assembly Forum (160517-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On May 16, Korean National Assembly members held a forum to discuss Gyeonggi Province’s coalition policy and the adoption of dialogue-based political cooperation policy within the National Assembly. Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil was a guest speaker at the forum. ▶ National Assembly Members Hall (May 16) ▶ Forum: Is Political Cooperation Possible within the 20th National Assembly? Political cooperation is fast becoming a popular term in the Korean political arena. This term is currently used to signify dialogue that has conceptual similarity with Gyeonggi Province’s coalition policy, hence the presence of Governor Nam at this forum that included over 100 National Assembly members and scholars. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “Youth unemployment, low birthrates, low economic growth… These are the challenges that we may not be able to overcome even with collective efforts. However, there will be no hope if we are divided.” Governor Nam went on to disclose the second phase of the coalition policy that includes the establishment of honorary local ministries and a local parliamentary system. ▶ Professor Kim Ui-young: “Gyeonggi Province’s coalition policy is inspiring” Professor Kim (김의영) of Seoul National University stated that Gyeonggi Province’s coalition policy is a good example of political cooperation in that it pursues multi-level cooperation from that among local governments to community level cooperation. Professor Park (박명호) suggested the long-term pursuit of both political coalition and political cooperation as a means of success. ▶ Park Myeon-ho / Professor, Dongguk University “I think togetherness can be achieved through the resolution of procedural issues as well as the identification of mutually beneficial elements. Multi-channel, multi-level dialogues will be necessary to achieve that.” Professor Kim (김용복) asserted that diverse coalition models of local governments should be the starting point for coalition on a larger scale. ▶ Kim Yong-bok / Professor, Kyungnam University “If we experimentally develop various local-level coalition and cooperation models and spread them to establish coalition culture, then this culture will further spread in central politics.” At this forum, the members of a 7-person academic panel discussed possibilities, institutional limitations and methodologies for political coalition and cooperation in the central political arena. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2016.05.20Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article1.Gyeonggi Ceramic Festival Begins (160504-3) [Anchor’s Headline] In May each year,Gyeonggi Province organizes ceramic festivals concurrentlyat three venues in regions with strong ceramic traditions, each witha different theme. Our reporter visited some of theseevents. Gonjiam Ceramic Park (Until May 15) Gwangju Royal Ceramic Festival This year’s festivalin Gwangju (광주) Cityfeatures an exhibition ofroyal ceramics created by seven modern-day royal ceramic s. The captivatingpieces on display assertboth elegance and artistic beauty. Park Mu-won / 1st‘Royal Ceramic Master’ “The artistic world of royal ceramic s forms aseparate category of its own ceramic cultural tradition.” Seolbong Park (Until May 22) Icheon Ceramic Festival The venue in Icheon (이천) City features a ceramic history exhibition that showcases replicas of diversetraditional pottery and earthenware. The heritage of traditional pottery hadbeen on the verge of extinction during the Japanese occupation of the nation. Sim Chae-woo / Visitor from Icheon City “We wanted to go somewhere special for our date today. We are glad we came here because there are lots of things to see and enjoy including beautiful ceramics.” Exhibition and Experiential Programs In addition to the exhibition, the festival here also features a ceramic workshop in which visitors of all ages can experience ceramic making. [PIP]Lee Si-yun / Child from Icheon City “I made my own ceramic pieces today, and it was fun.” At the ceramic festival inYeocheon (여천) City, popular events includea dish-smashing contest. Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “Please come and enjoy our spring festivals and be happy!” The ceramic festivals are an ideal destination for families, especially during the Family Month of May. Article2.Gyeonggi Expands Public Vehicle Sharing with Residents (160509-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Following the successful results of public-vehicle sharing with residents during the past Lunar New Year holiday, Gyeonggi Province began expanded operations of these services on weekends and public holidays. Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex Jeong (정경순),a social worker, wanted to takeher children ona therapeutic family camping trip. She almost gave up her plan, however, due to car rental costs. Then she heard about the free vehicle rental services of Gyeonggi Province. [PiP]JeongGyeong-sun / Yongin City Resident “With all my children and luggage, we needed a large vehicle. We are lucky to be able to use exactly what we needed. I am very grateful. My children will benefit greatly from this trip.” ‘Happy Car Share’– Free Use of Public Vehicles while Not in Use Titled ‘Happy Car Share’ services, the full operation of these free public vehicle rental services for residents began on May 5. For these services, 100 vehicles were made available on weekends and public holidayswhen they are not being used for official purposes. Users are also provided with freeadmissiontoprovincial museums and other public tourist facilities. Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Administrative Affairs Lee Jae-yul “In addition to families with more than one child, we also plan to expand the service to include multicultural families and North Korean defectors through ordinance amendment.” ‘Happy Car Share’ to be Expanded to 31 Localities Upon amendment of the related ordinances, the 31 regional administrations of the province will join in local operations of the Happy Car Share services. Article3.Gyeonggi Province’s “SME with Good Prospects” Designation (160510-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province’s “SME with Good Prospects” designation tem and the associated support programs have proven effective in helping the designated enterprises strengthen their foundations for growth. Electric Heater Manufacturer, Gwangju City This enterprise,which specializes in electric heating tems, was designated as an“SME with Good Prospects” by Gyeonggi Province in 2010. Since then, this company has achieved remarkable results in international marketing. Lim Han-bok / CEO of “SME with Good Prospects” “As an SME with Good Prospects, we were able to secure the extremely competitive American marketing support of Gyeonggi Province. We have been successful ever since and have now opened an American branch.” Sales Increased 50% with Heightened Brand Imaging The “SME with Good Prospects” designation hasprovided significant advantages in marketing and enhanced the image of this enterprise. Its sales haveincreased 50% since designation, which is the precisepurpose of this tem. Hwang Jong-il / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Enterprise Policy Team “There will be 200 new designations this year. We will continue to identify promising SMEs and provide them with intensive support.” 33 Incentives Provided to SMEs with Good Prospects Those enterprises designated as SMEs with Good Prospects are provided with 33 types of benefitsincluding priority treatment in financial applications andother business supports. Such incentives help the receivingenterprises establishfoundations for further growth. Article4.Gyeonggi Hosts International Game Show‘PlayX4’(0512-3) [Anchor’s Headline] On May 19, the international game show‘PlayX4’ is slated to open at KINTEX of Gyeonggi Province for a four-day run. This expo will feature the newest developments in the game industry as well as a large number of industry representatives from around the world. Previously named ‘Good Game Show Korea’, this show attracted more than 350 game enterprises from 16 nations as well asover 66,000 visitors last year. Futuristic Game Expo `PlayX4` This year, the show has changed its name to the futuristic ‘PlayX4’. [PIP]Park Gi-cheol / Manager, KINTEX Exhibition Team II “This will be a comprehensive show comprised of online and video games as well as arcade games. We plan to develop the show into a world-calibergame show.” Comprehensive Next Generation Game Show While previous events focused primarily on functional games, this year’s event will be a more comprehensive, international-scale, next-generation expothat showcases a variety of new technologies such as virtual reality and augmented reality. It will also include many entertaining programs for families and individuals of all ages. Number Business Representatives Double This show is also a bigger businessevent than was previously the case with the number of overseas buyers and game distributor representatives doubling from 110 last year to over 200 this year. 4 Iranian Computer & Video Game Association Members to Participate For the first time, this year’s show will see the participation of four Iranian game enterprises. Iranian enterprises can engage in international business activities now that economic sanctions have been lifted. There will also be many other major game enterprises from China, Japan and Europe participatingin this year’s show. Gyeonggi Province plans to develop PlayX4 into a leading game show in Korea as well as a primary game industry marketplacein Asia. 2016 PlayX4 at KINTEX(May 19 - 22) Showcasinggames and technologies of the future,PlayX4 will run from May 19 to 22 at KINTEX in Goyang (고양) City. Article5.Gyeonggi Launches Home CleanerGroup (160503-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province recently launched a home-cleaner group, titled Ggalggeumi (깔끄미), for individuals with serious disabilities and those in low-income brackets.The members of this group are themselvesusers of the rehabilitation service. Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (April 29) Gyeonggi ProvinceGgalggeumi Group Inauguration Ceremony This project has the dual purpose of assisting physically challengedindividuals with home-cleaning tasks while providing job opportunities to those who are registered at rehabilitation centers but capable of working. These workers will be accompanied by home-cleaning mentors during their first year of apprenticeship. Lee Wook-ja / Ggalggeumi Group Mentor “We will teach every aspectof home cleaning such as the use of cleaning agents, equipment and methods as well as how to achieve cleanliness more effectively and quickly.” Employment and Economic Independence of Workers Through this project, the workers are provided with employment opportunitieswhile they hone cleaning skills that can be used later for their economic independence as professional cleaners. Gang Tae-yeon / Ggalggeumi Group Member “I am happy with this project. It helps me organize myself, too,which is what is really rewarding.” This year, the home-cleaning project will start with 127 cleaners. More than 2,000 homes will benefit from their work. [PIP]Gan Yun-gu / Director, Gyeonggi Province Social Job Opportunities Division “The purpose of this project is to improve the living environments of service recipients while enabling the workers to learn new skills for future employment or self-employment.” Those households that require home-cleaner group services may submit their requests to a local rehabilitation center. Article6.Gyeonggi Museum Opens ‘The Little Prince’ Exhibition (160509-3) [Anchor’s Headline] As a commemorative event for the 130th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Korea and France, Gyeonggi Provinceis hosting anexhibitionof ‘The Little Prince’that showcases memorabilia of its creator,Saint Exupéry (생텍쥐페리),as well as visual depictions of this famous novel. ‘The Little Prince’ Exhibition / Gyeonggi Provincial Museum Such visual depictions includereproductions of the stars to which the Little Prince traveled and other celestial residences of characters in the novel. Visitors are transported into the world of the novel as they pass eachplace,listening to the story in each // Jang Sang-min / Visitor from Suncheon City “I appreciatedthis exhibition more than my children did. It becomes more difficult to internally visualize my thoughts as I grew older, but this exhibition made it easy and I felt as if I was inside the novel. I liked it a lot.” 130thAnniversary Event for Korea-France Relations In addition to photos and personal keepsakes of Saint Exupéry, this exhibition also features a model of the airplane that he was flying duringthe last moments of his life and a special space that showcases the life of this French novelist. OlivieDaguet / Saint Exupéry’s Grand Grandson (Saint Exupéry Foundation Chairman) “So, it’s for very large public, large audience. I am sure everybody will love it. So, I wish that we could travel through the country and go to different cities and a lot of people will be able to find nice emotion. I think this is the mission.” Special Corner for Visitors with Visual Impairments There is another corner specially designed for visitors with visual impairments. This corner, whichfeatures plaques in brailleas well astouchable objects, was meant to honor the words of the Little Prince: “What you see is not all that is.” Jeon Bo-sam / Director, Gyeonggi Provincial Museum “This is the first time we held an exhibition for both the general public and those with visual impairments, and the first time to showcase a novel and its creator. You can appreciate all these without having to go to Paris.” ‘The Little Prince’ exhibition of the Saint Exupéry Foundation will continue until September at the Gyeonggi Provincial Museum. Article7.Gyeonggi ProvinceForges Ties with South Cheolla Province (160510-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On May 9, Gyeonggi Province and South Cheolla (전라) Province entered a general cooperation agreement. South Cheolla (전라) Province became the third second-tier government of Koreato sign suchan agreement with Gyeonggi Province. Pangyo Startup Campus(May 9) Gyeonggi Province–Gyeonggi Province General Cooperation Agreement Under this agreement, which was signed atthe Pangyo (판교) Startup Campusby the governors of both provinces, nine joint projects were initially selected for cooperative endeavors. Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “I am very pleased that we entered this cooperation agreement for mutual benefits. On behalf of Gyeonggi residents, I promise to do our utmost to work with South Cheolla Province to realize the advancement of both provinces.” Solar Power Plant Project One notable project is the construction of a solar power plant in Gyeonggi Province. This plant will alleviate the province’s reliance on energy fromSouth Cheolla (전라) Province. DdabokDormitary for Students fromSouth Cheolla Province [CG]Other joint projects include dormitoryconstruction for South Cheolla (전라) students, joint overseas office establishments, the sharing of commercial research resources,and the utilization of South Cheolla (전라) farm products in school meals. South Cheolla Province Governor Lee Nak-hyeon “I am particularly interested in the projects for dormitory construction for our students, youth exchanges,and SME technology development. I hope our cooperative relationscan expand continuously.” Gyeonggi Province will continue forging cooperative relations with other second-tier governments. Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “We only included items that can be realized in the agreements. We will work hard to realize the projects that we already have (with Gangwon and Jejuprovinces) and those that we will have in the future,” Such cooperation in mutually beneficial projects will have synergistic effects forthe development of both provinces. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2016.05.13Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Gyeonggi Offers Nutrition Education for Expectant Moms (160426-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been operating a nutrition education program for pregnant women. This program, titled “Good Dietary Habits of Pregnant Women”, is being provided at a number of public health centers free of charge on an application basis. When Kim (김지은) entered her fourth week of pregnancy, she became more conscious about nutrition. However, she had no idea what dietary habits would be good for her baby and how she should modify her food preparation. ▶ Kim Ji-eun / Expecting Mother from Suwon “I wanted to change to a healthier diet, but I didn’t know how. I didn’t know if my usual diet was too salty or too sweet or if my daily nutrient intakes were appropriate…” ▶ ‘Good Dietary Habits of Pregnant Women’ Program This education program is comprised of four sessions that cover healthy daily nutrient intakes, especially the use of salt and sugar, as well as healthy ingredients and cooking. ▶ Self-Assessment of Personal Tastes Education also includes blind self-assessments of personal tastes and follow-up consultation with the instructor based on results. ▶ [PiP] Kim Min-ae / Expectant Mother from Suwon “My taste was found to be on the salty side. This education enabled me to know my personal tastes more specifically and to become aware of the points that I need to keep watching.” ▶ Healthy Diet Promotion for Pregnant Women There are also other healthy diet promotional events for pregnant women being organized by Gyeonggi Province that showcase healthy dishes. ▶ Ji Jae-seong / Director, Gyeonggi Province Food Safety Division “Nutritional conditions and dietary habits of expectant mothers are critical for the health of unborn babies. Good dietary habits are essential for both babies and mothers.” ▶ Education Open at Public Health Centers Applications for the Good Dietary Habits of Pregnant Women education program are currently being received for the second session at three public health centers in Gyeonggi Province. Article 2. Gyeonggi’s Indoor Vegetable Hydroponics Tested at Cafe (160427-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Indoor hydroponic vegetable beds that were developed in Gyeonggi Province have been installed at a café in Seoul and have become popular with its patrons. These furniture-type vegetable beds occupy little space and have flexible, elegant designs to suit the indoor conditions. ▶ Café Namuneyo, Seoul Customers who enter this café are immediately surrounded by greens and feel as if they are in an exotic botanical garden. When a customer orders a salad, the server goes directly to the vegetable beds and harvests the vegetables while the customer watches in fascination. ▶ [PiP] Yoo Hae-ju / Customer “The best thing was that the salad was being prepared with the vegetables harvested in front of me, which was most unusual. I felt healthier when I left the place. With all those plants, the air also felt fresher.” These vegetable beds are built-in hydroponic beds with customized space-saving designs. ▶ LEDs Supplement Illumination Required Being indoor facilities, illumination and air supply are supplemented with LEDs and fans. Temperature and humidity as well as nutrient supply are controlled automatically. ▶ Jeong Su-gyeong / Owner of Café Namuneyo “Sales actually increased after the installation of the hydroponic beds. Customers appreciate being in this café as they appreciate both watching and eating greens...” ▶ Built-in Indoor Hydroponic Beds Developed by GARES These hydroponic vegetable beds, developed by the Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services, can be installed as wall units and even as drawers hidden inside the wall. ▶ Sim Sang-yeon / Urban Horticulture Research Official, GARES “These products can be designed as furniture or showcases to maximize space usage. They also have environmental controls for the healthy growth of plants.” The Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services now plans to introduce these indoor hydroponic vegetable beds to homes. Article 3. Forest Parks in Gyeonggi Province (160429-2) [Anchor’s Headline] The month May is Family Month in Korea. It is also the month during which most family outings occur. Gyeonggi Province abounds with good family travel destinations including some of the best forest parks in the nation that offer relaxation as well as entertaining experiences. ▶ Jangheung Jaseang Forest Park, Yangju City When our reporter visited one such park in a northern provincial region, many families were already enjoying being in natural environment with loved ones. ▶ [PiP] Kim Myeong-jin / Visitor from Goyang City “We are having a wonderful time picnicking in a forest and listening to birds singing with a swing nearby. Being in nature itself makes us happy. Even the smiles on my kid’s face look different.” Armed with magnifying glasses and stethoscopes, children follow forest guides and are entertained by explanations and interesting stories about trees and flowers. ▶ [Sync] “Can you hear it?” / “Wow!” There is also an animal farm with various animals, plants and insects, as well as a workshop in which children can make their own souvenirs. ▶ [PiP] Park Jun-hui / Child Visitor from Pocheon City “I made my own souvenir, had a walk in the forest, and learned about many flowers. I want to travel with my family doing these things again.” There are 17 registered forest parks in Gyeonggi Province. ▶ Ecological Park, Bucheon: Tulip Show & Outdoor Cinema Deokpyeong Dinosaur Forest Park, Icheon: Dinosaur Park with Botanic Garden Mulhyanggi Forest Park, Osan: Swamp with Aquatic Botanic Garden The ecological park in Bucheon (부천) City currently features a tulip show and an outdoor cinema, and a dinosaur forest park in Icheon (이천) City is popular among children, while a provincial forest park in Osan (오산) City offers quiet relaxation in a natural wetland environment. During the past long weekend that included Children’s Day, many children and their families ventured out to forest parks in Gyeonggi Province. Article 4. Gyeonggi Introduces Rice Dish Recipes (160503-3) [Anchor’s Headline] The Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services opened rice cooking classes so as to introduce recipes that the institute has developed using rice as a primary ingredient. ▶ Institute of Traditional Korean Food These recipes are currently being introduced at cooking classes offered by the institute. ▶ Rice Dish Cooking Classes Under the guidance of a renowned cooking instructor, attendees learn how to prepare snacks, delicacies and dishes using rice or rice powder. ▶ [PiP] Cho Yeong-soon / Class Attendee from Gapyeong County “I learned how to make rice snacks. I think I will make them often at home.” ▶ Recipes for Rice Delicacies, Rice Vinegar and Steamed Rice Variants More than twenty rice recipes that can easily be made at home are being introduced including those for natural rice vinegar and nutritious steamed rice variants. ▶ [PiP] Lee Hwa-suk / Class Attendee from Yongin City “These recipes look healthy because they use natural ingredients without chemical additives.” The classes also include a visit to the Rice Museum so as to provide a better understanding of the benefits of rice. These classes are part of Gyeonggi Province’s rice promotion programs. ▶ [PiP] Choi Mi-yong / Chief Official, Support Planning Division, GARES “The Western influence in our diet is causing decreased rice consumption. We designed these classes so as to promote the use of rice through various recipes.” ▶ Rice Cooking Education Targets Rural Women Leaders The attendees of these classes are women leaders from rural areas in Gyeonggi Province. After completing the classes, these women will transfer what they have learned to more than 10,000 members of regional women societies. Meanwhile, GARES will continue to develop new rice recipes. Article 5. Gyeonggi Gubernatorial Residence Remodeled as Guest House (160427-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Remodeling work on the Gyeonggi gubernatorial residence, which has served provincial governors for the past 47 years, was finally completed. The place has now reopened as a guest house complete with a café and cultural facilities for public use. ▶ ‘Good Morning House’ Opening Ceremony (April 26) Titled ‘Good Morning House’, this guest house that neighbors a new, downsized governor’s residence is located in a natural environment at the foot of Paldal (팔달) Mountain. This house also features displays of provincial relics and memorabilia of former governors that reflect the history of Gyeonggi Province. ▶ [PiP] Lee Eun-suk / Visitor from Suwon City “It is a picturesque house. I am glad we have such beautiful place for all to use and enjoy.” ▶ Outdoor Weddings and Cultural Events This house has a large lawn that can be used for cultural events and performances as well as outdoor weddings. ▶ [PiP] Kim Hae-eun / Musician (Cellist) “Come to our concert if you wish to have a special time outdoors in a lovely environment instead of being a member of serious audience.” The café across from the guest house serves foods made with Gyeonggi farm products and is operated by a social enterprise. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “This place was originally meant for the governor’s use only. However, I decided to share it with our residents. I hope many residents will come and have a good time here.” The Good Morning House, with its cultural, historic and artistic offerings, will quickly become a popular destination among Gyeonggi Province residents. Article 6. Gyeonggi to Upgrade Data Services through Integration (160428-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced the improvement of its public information services through the integration of data sources. This initiative will greatly enhance the convenience and usability of information currently available to the public. Instead of having to log in to different public organizations for particular data types, users will now be able to access necessary information from difference sources, such as land transaction and construction permit data, via a single channel. ▶ Lee In-suk / Certified Realtor “It has been extremely tedious and time-consuming to gather data from difference sources; I often didn’t even know where to get the information I needed...” ▶ Integrated Information Services Such inconvenience will be eliminated when integrated data services open. In addition to integrated information provision in 24 categories, ranging from demographic and commercial statistics to social information, these services will also have add-on features such as information availability notification services and visual data presentations. ▶ Hong Seong-deok / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Statistical Analysis Team “We expect that these services will better satisfy the public’s right to know while enabling easier and more convenient access to information.” ▶ Gyeonggi Province Homepage (www.gg.go.kr) Gyeonggi Province Statistics Homepage (stat.gg.go.kr) Information can be accessed via the homepages of Gyeonggi Province and will be updated on a monthly basis. Gyeonggi Province plans to expand these information services by adding national information from central government agencies. Article 7. Gyeonggi Establishes Smart Production Research Center (160502-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Following the recent awarding of Korean government support for smart production research services, Gyeonggi Province now plans to establish a research center for the customized development of smart production processes for manufacturing enterprises. ▶ Auto Part Enterprise, Hwaseong City At this auto part plant, a robot issues process approval based on automatic molten steel temperature measurements. Progress at each production step is controlled and recorded by a designated computer based on set values. Every finished product is traceable throughout the process. ▶ Smart Manufacturing Technologies This smart manufacturing plant was established six years ago by combining original production processes with information and communication technologies. ▶ Hong Sun-gyeong / Auto Part Enterprise CEO “Since we switched to smart manufacturing, production quality improved significantly while defect ratios decreased greatly. Our sales also increased 50% over the past 5 years.” ▶ Gyeonggi Province to Establish Smart Production Research Center With central government support, Gyeonggi Province will establish smart production research facilities so as to promote smart production processes among manufacturing enterprises. These research facilities will undertake customized development and test operations of smart production processes. ▶ Hong Hyeon-pyo / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Intellectual Property Team “Pre-installation test operations will minimize errors and ensure the effectiveness of the processes in terms of both workability and productivity improvement.” Through smart production support, Gyeonggi Province will help industries to localize production technologies and grow. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. We look forward to seeing you again next week.