Weekly English news | 2019.03.22Greetings, 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. 1. Illegal Tattoo Parlors Apprehended in Gyeonggi Province (190311-2) The Gyeonggi Special Judicial Police uncovered a number of beauty businesses, including beauty salons and nail shops, that were illegally providing tattooing services without a license. ► Unlicensed Tattoo Parlor, Goyang City Apprehended locations typically featured an operation bed and a complete set of related medical equipment. [sync] “You are tattooing, aren’t you?” / “Yes, I am” This is one such illegal tattooing service // ► Eyebrow Tattooing at Nail Shop, Seongnam City At another location, a nail shop, investigators discovered a large quantity of medical supplies including anti-inflammatory drugs. [sync] “Are these used for eyebrow tattoo clients?” / “Yes.” ► 16 Unlicensed Tattooing Businesses Uncovered in Gyeonggi Out of 30 suspected businesses examined during the illegal tattooing service crackdown, 16 were found to have actually been operating illegally without a license or business registration. Securing clients through personal connections via social networking services, they operated on a prepaid reservation basis. ► Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police Superintendent Lee Byeong-woo “Clients are unable to claim compensation for damage due to adverse effects. Since tattooing is classified as a medical practice, it should never be performed by beauty services.” All 16 violators will be subject to criminal charges. The provincial judicial police also plan to expand investigations to the medical suppliers of these businesses. 2. Gyeonggi Provides SMEs with Home Shopping TV Access Support (190312-2) Gyeonggi Province has been operating various marketing support programs for SMEs. One such program offers public relations support via home shopping TV channels. Over the past 4 years, 50 enterprises have benefited from this program and achieved sales amounting to KRW 2.3 billion via broadcasts. [sync] “The package includes six large sizes. They don’t leave a white cast, nor do they cause stickiness or skin irritations.” “More calls are coming in as we go on. We just had the highest number of simultaneous calls.” During a single 30-minute broadcast on a shopping channel, this cosmetics company was able to sell one thousand products. In addition to generating a profit of KRW 38 million, this broadcast enabled the company to secure sales space at duty-free shops and department stores. ► Jeong Bong-gyu, CEO of Cosmetics Enterprise “We were able to deliver our brand image while selling the products through home shopping TV. That also helped us connect with duty-free shops and department stores…” Home shopping channels usually feature the products of established brands. ► Gyeonggi Provides SMEs with Product Launch through Home Shopping Channels However, since 2015, Gyeonggi Province has been providing SMEs featuring good products and growth potential with assistance in launching their products through home shopping channels. ► Lee Chung-rok, Director, Korea Federation of SMEs Gyeonggi Branch “They only have to pay 8 percent of their sales in fees to the home shopping operators. That is significantly lower than usual 30 to 40 percent…” Annually, Gyeonggi Province has been selecting 15 SMEs with high growth potential and helping them with market launches via home shopping channels. 3. Gyeonggi Governor Asks Democratic Party for Help in Nationwide Regional Voucher Promotion (0311) On March 8, Gyeonggi Province attended the second budget policy meeting with Korea’s ruling Democratic Party and asked party leaders for their cooperation in pursuing provincial budget policies. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (March 8) 2nd Democratic Party-Gyeonggi Province Budget Policy Meeting Among the policies discussed, the first raised by Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) was regional vouchers. ► Governor Lee Suggests Nationwide Use of Regional Vouchers for Economic Promotion Governor Lee asked the Democratic Party for their cooperation in the nationwide implementation of the regional voucher tem. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “I believe the regional voucher tem must be expanded nationwide as a means to revive local, backstreet commerce as well as local economies since it helps blood circulation through the capillaries.” ► Governor Lee Requests Adoption of Land Occupation Tax by DP as Party Policy Governor Lee also asked the Democratic Party to consider the realization of a land occupation tax tem as party policy, to which party leaders responded positively. ► Lee Hae-chan, Democratic Party of Korea Leader “The Party will cooperate with the implementation of the regional voucher tem. We will also study ways in which to realize the land occupation tax as a basic public income source.” Other provincial policy issues were also discussed. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Chairperson Song Han-jun “I ask the party to pay special attention to expanding free education to the high school level.” ► Kim Gyeong-hyeop, Gyeonggi Regional Head of DP “There is also the issue of changing the name the Seoul Beltway to the Seoul-Gyeonggi Beltway.” ► Seol Hun, Supreme Representative of DP “I sincerely hope that the regional voucher tem will have successful results in improving people’s livelihoods in Gyeonggi Province.” The regional voucher tem is slated to be launched throughout all of Gyeonggi Province in April. ► Gyeonggi Proposes Legislation for Expansion and Safety of Regional Vouchers Utilization Gyeonggi Province proposed legislation regarding the expansion and safety of regional voucher utilization. ► National Subsidies of KRW 3.15 Trillion Requested for 32 Provincial Projects During the meeting, Gyeonggi Province also requested Democratic Party cooperation in securing national subsidies of KRW 3.15 trillion for 32 social overhead capital projects and presented 18 policy proposals including those regarding unification economy special zone designation. 4. Uiwang City Launches ‘I Love Uiwang’ Vouchers with Successful Results (0312) In Uiwang (의왕) City, ‘I Love Uiwang’ vouchers issued by the city are gaining popularity among consumers. A type of regional voucher pursued by Gyeonggi Province, these vouchers can be used at affiliated shops just like gift certificates. ► ‘I Love Uiwang’ Vouchers Issued from January Introduced in January through Nonghyeop (농협) agricultural cooperative supermarkets, the I-Love-Uiwang vouchers come in two nominal values: KRW 5,000 and KRW 10,000. ► Sold at NongHyeop Mart for Purchases 6 to 10% Off Nominal Value These vouchers can be used for purchases at prices discounted by 6 to 10 percent during traditional holiday seasons. ► Hwang Gi-ja, Uiwang City Resident “These vouchers have as much as benefit as the discounted amount. That’s why I like using them.” Currently, the I-Love-Uiwang vouchers are being accepted as a form of alternative currency at more than 1,200 shops in traditional markets and backstreets. [sync] “Do you accept vouchers?” / “I-Love-Uiwang vouchers? Yes, we do.” ► Bugok Doggaebi Market, Uiwang City Redeemable at Nonghyeop (농협) supermarkets without an associated retailer fee like those of credit card sales, these vouchers are also welcome by shop owners. ► Lee Jun-hwan, Bugok Doggaebi Market Merchant “With the number of I-Love-Uiwang voucher users increasing, our business is picking up significantly.” Before these vouchers were issued, Uiwang City’s I-Love-Uiwang marketers had secured the participation of more than 1,000 shops, and the number will continue to increase while affiliated shops are closely managed. ► KRW 1 Billion in I-Love-Uiwang Vouchers Sold in February During February alone, the amount of voucher sales exceeded KRW 1 billion, more than a third of the total issued amount. ► Gwon Oh-jong, Director, Uiwang City Corporate Employment Division “We are hopeful that the I Love Uiwang vouchers will have promotional effects on local commerce including restaurants, retails shops and beauty shops.” The purpose of regional vouchers is to help revive local commerce through the promotion of local consumption while providing benefits to local residents. 5. Gyeonggi ‘Happy Town Guard House’ Receives Positive Resident Responses (0313) Last November, on a trial basis, Gyeonggi Province established five Happy Town Guard Houses in old urban areas primarily composed of older detached houses so as to provide the residents with services similar to those provided by apartment management offices. ► Happy Town Guards at Work, Ansan City Happy Town Guards wearing yellow vests visit the home of a solitary senior. After delivering rice and food donated by local residents, they perform various home repairs. Happy Town Guards regularly patrol the local community to aid anyone who requires assistance with necessary services. ► Jang Jeong-yeon, Ansan City Resident “While the number of solitary seniors is increasing, there are limitations in the extent to which their offspring can care for them. As a community member, I hope that these services are expanded for such neighbors.” ► Gyeonggi Happy Town Guard Houses Help Address Community Living Issues The objective of establishing the Happy Town Guard Houses is to provide living assistance and safety services in areas where community care services are lacking. Services provided include receiving deliveries and loaning household tools as well as improving living environments. This Happy Town Guard House receives dozens of assistance requests daily. ► Kim In-gyeong, Happy Town Guard “I feel greatly rewarded when seniors, who have been living in loneliness and isolation, realize that there are people who care about them and express their appreciation for our visits and services.” ► 5 Happy Town Guard Houses in Trial Operation The five Happy Town Guard Houses established on a trial basis are located in old urban areas in five cities of the province. ► 92% of Residents Satisfied with Services According to a survey conducted on the 100-day anniversary of their establishment, 92 percent of users expressed satisfaction with the services provided. ► Gwon Geum-seop, Director, Gyeonggi Province Self-Governance Division “We will continue to eliminate the inconveniences experienced by residents through the expansion of services.” Based on the performance results of the trial operation that will end in May, Gyeonggi Province plans to expand Happy Town Guard services throughout the province. 6. Gyeonggi Forum on ‘Returning Public Development Profits to Society’ (190314-1) On March 13, Gyeonggi Province held a public forum to discuss ways in which to implement a policy proposal for returning profits from public development projects to society in the form of reinvestment in other public facilities. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (March 13) Forum on Policy Idea: Returning Public Development Profits to Society This forum saw the participation of more than 100 specialists in related fields including representatives of the Gyeonggi Research Institute and private institutes. ► Reinvestment of Profits from Public Development Projects in Other Public Projects The forum began with a presentation of the concept and background of the policy, termed ‘Policy for Return of Public Development Profits to Society’. ► Lee Sang-gyeong, Professor in Urban Development, Gachon University “The profits gained by private developers from public development projects tend to be unreasonably high, especially from projects of high-quality standards. This can be a problem…” The presentation was followed by a panel discussion chaired by the president of the Korea Planners Association. The discussion topics included the prevention of real estate speculation and increasing Gyeonggi Province’s portion of third-phase new town development projects. ► Won Yong-hui, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “…which ensures that resale is allowed only to the public organization that originally sold the property and that profits are allowed at minimum…” ► Lee Jong-su, Assistant Governor, Gyeonggi Province Urban Housing Office “… will seek to formulate a cooperation committee with central and local government agencies to secure participation in a greater proportion of the projects and to enable development profits to be utilized for Gyeonggi Province.” The forum participants then proceeded to discuss ways in which to create jobs through public development projects. Last December, Gyeonggi Province commissioned studies on the ‘Policy for Return of Public Development Profits to Society’ with the announcement of results slated for June. 7. Pregnant Gyeonggi Officials Receive Practical White Day Gifts (190314-2) In Korea, March 14 is known as White Day, a day during which candy is usually given to women by loved ones. This White Day, however, pregnant officials of Gyeonggi Province received practical gifts. Originating from the promotional event of a Japanese confectionery company more than 40 years ago, White Day is celebrated in Korea and in a number of other Southeast Asian nations. ► Seo Geum-suk, Gwak Dae-hun, Gyeonggi Officials “I hoped to receive White Day gifts. I am very happy to receive this today.” In Korea, a variety of items are used as White Day gifts including candies, cookies, flowers and perfumes. ► Ansan Fire Station This White Day, expectant mothers among the officials of Gyeonggi Province received air-purifying plants. [sync] “They say this plant helps cleanse the air. Put it near you so you can work in a cleaner environment …” Placed on desks, these plants also improve office appearance. ► Gyeonggi Province Presents Flower Pots to Pregnant Officials on White Day These plants were presented by senior officials conveying best wishes for the health of pregnant officials, who invariably commented that it was the first time they received such White Day gifts. ► Jeong Tae-im, Gyeonggi Province Revenue Management Team Official “Watching and tending the plant has a calming effect on me. I can better concentrate on my work. It will also be good for my baby.” Practical gifts such as books and plants are deemed more suitable as White Day gifts since they reflect the caring minds of the givers. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. We look forward to seeing you again next week.
Weekly English news | 2019.03.15Greetings, 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. 1.Private Kindergartens’ Operation Suspension Alarms Gyeonggi (190304-1) A number of private kindergartens in Gyeonggi Province recently suspended reopening after winter vacation. Gyeonggi Province took action to provide the children at these kindergartens with supplementary education. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (March 4) Announcement of Supplementary Preschool Children Education Plans On March 4, the Gyeonggi provincial administration announced its plans for supplementary education facility provision that will be implemented in cooperation with provincial and local education authorities. ► Lee Yeon-hui / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Women & Family Bureau “Gyeonggi Province established a cooperation hotline with the Gyeonggi Provincial Office of Education to implement all the supplementary education support we can provide to these children.” Gyeonggi Province will make public kindergartens and childcare centers, as well as private facilities through negotiation, available to the children of those kindergartens that have temporarily or permanently closed this year. These facilities will be able to accommodate approximately 86,000 more children. ► Gyeonggi Seeks Ministry Permission for Application of Flexible Enrollment Limits To this end, Gyeonggi Province is seeking permission from the Ministry of Health and Welfare for such childcare facilities to accept up to three more children than their enrollment limits per class. These facilities also include those operated by local communities. 2.Gyeonggi Announces Monorail Construction between Imjingak and Panmunjeom (190306-1) The Gyeonggi Tourism Organization announced a plan for the construction of a tourist monorail from Imjingak (임진각) in Paju (파주) City to Panmunjeom (판문점) in the Joint Security Area, and eventually to Gaeseong (개성) City in North Korea. ► Imjingak, Paju City Established as a place of solace for those who had come from North Korea and were suffering homesickness, Imjingak (임진각) has now become a popular tourist park that sees more than 4 million visitors annually. ► Jeong Ho-seong, Jeong Sol-ip, Visitors from Seoul “Here, I feel the reality of national division more vividly and long for reunification more strongly.” ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (March 6) Announcement of Imjingak-Panmunjeom Monorail Construction Plan This monorail will feature hanging-type transparent carriages. Construction will progress in phases until the line is extended to Songak (송악) Mountain in Gaeseong (개성) City, North Korea. The pursuit of this monorail, tentatively titled ‘Peace Monorail’, will begin with a formal proposal of the plan to the central government. ► Yu Dong-gyu / President, Gyeonggi Tourism Organization “Once completed, it will draw interest from around the world. It will become a world-renowned tourist destination just like the Eiffel Tower.” This monorail will be a step forward in Demilitarized Zone development while also contributing to the local economy. 3.Gyeonggi’s Health Insurance Benefit Management Proves Effective (0305) Gyeonggi Province has been providing national health insurance beneficiaries who utilize the tem in inappropriate manners with managed personal medical services. GTV examined the details. ► Stroke Patient, Seongnam City Shim, a senior with right-side paralysis, has been visiting a hospital every other day. He always has a pile of medicine packets in a corner of his room. However, his routines changed after he met with a health insurance benefit manager. [Sync] “Since your left leg needs more muscular strength, exercise in this way to prevent the left leg from losing any more strength.” ► Homecare Services Shim also receives medical and rehabilitation services provided by a visiting specialist from a homecare service center. He no longer habitually utilizes health insurance services but now visits a hospital only twice a month. ► Park Hye-won / Health Insurance Benefit Manager “They utilize hospitals much more frequently than necessary since medical costs are not expensive. Such behavior may also be harmful to their health. What we are doing is the management of such cases …” ► Health Insurance Benefit Management Last year, more than 6,000 residents received health insurance benefit management services from Gyeonggi Province. ► Health Insurance Benefit Payments Reduced by KRW 20.8 Billion Through these services, a large portion of duplicate preions and the excessive use of medicines and medical equipment could be prevented. [CG] Last year, such expense reduction totaled KRW 20.8 billion in payments and 110,000 days in benefit-applied days. ► Han In-gyo, Director, Gyeonggi Province Welfare Policy Division “We will continue to reduce unnecessary health benefit payments this year though the provision of intensive case management services.” The health benefit payment reduction efforts of Gyeonggi Province will also include a survey of long-term inpatients as well as case management consultations and workshops. 4. Urban Forest Development Being Promoted in Gyeonggi (0306) For the first time among second-tier lawmakers in Korea, the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly enacted an ordinance for urban forest ecological remodeling support to promote forested urban environments as resident resting areas as well as for microdust reduction. ► Yeonmojae Park, Siheung City Located in the midst of an urban residential area, this park has changed significantly after unwanted features were removed and remodeled into an environment-friendly landscape. ► Artificial Fountain Removed, Turf Laid On the former site of a defunct artificial fountain, fresh turf has been laid. ► Residents Welcome Pleasant New Landscape Residents are pleased with the new and friendly environment that replaces messy wild vines with colorful azaleas. ► Han Jae-bok and Park Seon-jun, Ansan City Residents “I have long been a city dweller and I was pleasantly surprised to find new environments in my hometown after I returned. These new environments help restore my health. It’s good in every way.” Urban forests also excel in the reduction of atmospheric microdust. ► Urban Forests Remove Large Amounts of Contaminants One hectare of forest can remove approximately 168 kilograms of contaminants through absorption. ► Urban Forest Ecological Remodeling Support Ordinance Enacted This ordinance, known as the Urban Forest Ecological Remodeling Support Ordinance, pertains to provincial support for the creation and functional improvement of urban forests, parks and green spaces as well as for related supplies including trees and greenery. ► Receives Top Prize in Local Council Ordinance Awards This ordinance received the top prize in the Local Council Ordinance Awards. ► Jin Yong-bok, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “The objective of this ordinance is to reduce microdust while providing residents with resting areas for emotional cultivation.” Based on this ordinance, urban forest remodeling will be performed at 38 locations in 20 cities and counties of Gyeonggi Province to improve environments and expand resting areas for residents. 5.‘Gyeonggi Grand Tour’ Developed by Gyeonggi Tourism Organization (0307) The Gyeonggi Tourism Organization recently developed and introduced a tour course, titled Gyeonggi Grand Tour, that comprises a variety of historical, cultural and natural locations in the province. This course encompasses mountain and riverside resorts, marine ecology in western regions, history and culture in southern regions, and nature and peace tourism in northern regions of Gyeonggi Province. ► Comprehensive Gyeonggi Province Tour This is a complete tour circuit of Gyeonggi Province that presents the millennium of the province. ► 50 Stops in 22 Cities and Counties The course consists of 50 historical, cultural and natural destinations in 22 cities and counties of the province. ► 1,089 km Tour Course The total length of the course is 1,089 kilometers, longer than a round trip between Seoul and Busan. ► History, Culture, Nature & Peace The tour course destinations have been selected based on four thematic categories – history, culture, nature and peace – with a number of them featuring photo zones for tourists in their 20s and 30s. ► Gyeonggi Grand Tour Guidebook The Gyeonggi Tourism Organization published Gyeonggi Grand Tour guidebooks that contain, in addition to maps, detailed information about 50 primary and 147 associated destinations. These guidebooks will be distributed to overseas and domestic libraries and guest houses. ► Gyeonggi Tourism Portal (ggtour.or.kr) The contents of the guidebook can also be viewed online via the Gyeonggi tourism portal. ► Jeong Hyeon-a, Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Tourism Policy Team “What makes the Gyeonggi Grand Tour significant is that it introduces not only individual tourist destinations but also the province as a brand to tourists, especially foreign tourists who are not familiar with Gyeonggi Province.” Gyeonggi Province is also endeavoring to promote tourism through the development of historical and cultural tourism contents as well as museum and art programs. 6.Gyeonggi Announces Artist Support Policies (190307-2) On March 7, Gyeonggi Province announced artist support policies, amounting to KRW 13.2 billion over the span of four years, aimed at protecting the rights of artists. It is reported that sixty percent of artists in the province regularly work based on oral contracts that frequently lead to nonpayment and even copyright infringement. ► Jeong Seong-yong, Korean Traditional Percussion Artist, Suwon City In most cases, Jeong (정성용), a Korean traditional percussion artist with ten years of experience, receives job offers via phone without a contract. ► Jeong Seong-yong, Korean Traditional Percussion Artist “I have never worked based on a written contract. A simple phone call or a mobile message I receive is like a contract to me…” ► Survey by Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (as of 2015) 60.4% of Artists in Gyeonggi Regions Work without Written Contracts Without contracts, artists in Gyeonggi Province frequently fall victim to unfair dealings such as unilateral pay cuts and nonpayment. However, they have nowhere to turn for help. ► Jeong Seong-yong, Korean Traditional Percussion Artist “(We simply keep the matter to ourselves) because word will spread and backfire in this small world. If I express my complaints to someone, spreading word will damage my image…” ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (March 7) Gyeonggi Province Artist Support Policy Announcement The support policies announced by Gyeonggi Province will include a detailed survey of artist income and living standards, contract types, and art world practices for determination of support. ► Oh Who-seok, Director General, Gyeonggi Province Culture, Sports & Tourism Bureau “We will strengthen our preventive efforts against unfair practices through education about copyrights and contracts while employing specialists who will protect artists through consultations and advice, reports, lawsuits and mediation …” Support policies also include those for young artists. ► Support of up to KRW 3 Million to be Provided to Artists below Age 34 Annually, 200 young artists below 34 years of age will be provided with support of up to KRW 3 million for their creative work on an application basis. ► Support of up to KRW 8 Million to be Provided to 30 Artistic Workshops There will also be workshop rental support of up to KRW 8 million provided to 30 selected locations this year, as well as the expansion of available spaces in public buildings. 7.Delinquent Tax Team Inaugurated in Gyeonggi On March 8, the Gyeonggi Province Delinquent Tax Team was launched and began full-fledged operation. The mission of its members is to track down tax delinquents, secure payment of overdue taxes and, if necessary for those who are in financial difficulties, connect them with available welfare services. [Sync] “I declare the inauguration of the Gyeonggi Province Delinquent Tax Team” ► Seosuwon Chilbo Gymasium (March 8) Inauguration of Gyeonggi Province Delinquent Tax Team The delinquent tax team consists of 1,279 members selected from among diverse demographic groups ranging from job searchers to career-discontinued women and seniors. ► Field Survey of Delinquents These members will track down and perform a survey of tax delinquents through visits. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “Those who are unable to pay (overdue taxes) must be identified and treated accordingly. We must not treat them simply as debtors. Creating a world in which common sense and justice works, that’s what you are about to do.” ► Tax Collection Based on Survey Results Based on survey results, customized collection methods will be used for individual delinquents. Deliberate tax dodgers will be subject to forcible tax collection while those who have difficulties sustaining their livelihood will be referred to welfare services. Gyeonggi Province plans to mobilize 4,500 individuals over the span of three years to collect delinquent taxes totaling KRW 2.7 trillion. ► Baek In-suk, Delinquent Tax Team Member “We are going to collect taxes through continuous delinquent management while providing those in financially difficult situations with assistance through regular visits…” There are almost 5 million tax delinquents in Gyeonggi Province with delinquent taxes totaling KRW 2.4 trillion. The inauguration of the delinquent tax team not only provides new jobs but also helps identify those in welfare blind spots. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. We look forward to seeing you again next week.
Weekly English news | 2019.03.08Greetings, 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. 1-Gyeonggi to Invest KRW 82.4 Billion in Small Business Support (190226-2) This year, Gyeonggi Province plans to invest KRW 82.4 billion in small business support programs that cover a range of business phases from startup to restart. The province also plans to establish a special agency that will oversee the implementation of these programs. ► Organic Soap Manufacturing Enterprise, Namyangju City This non-irritant organic soap company was on the verge of closure just prior to participating in an overseas trade show supported by Gyeonggi Province. ► Company Revived through Export Support from Gyeonggi After three years of struggling since its establishment, the future of this company has now become positive through exports. ► Oh Yeong-ho, CEO of Organic Soap Manufacturing Enterprise “I simply believed that our products would sell well since they were good. Gyeonggi Province made me realize the importance of marketing and taught me ways in which to direct our sales efforts.” Gyeonggi to Implement Small Business and Traditional Market Support Programs The subjects of this support include small businesses such as backstreet shops and traditional market merchants who are experiencing difficulties. ▲ Startup Education ▲ Sales and Cost Reduction Assistance ▲ Business Operation, Closure and Restart Support Support programs include education for successful startup and guidance for sustainable business operation, as well as support for business closure and restart. ► Promotion of Small Business Communities One notable program, the first of its kind in Korea, is the establishment of 200 small business communities for mutual cooperation and information sharing. ► Park Seung-sam, Director, Gyeonggi Province Small Business Division “We will provide each community with customized support for marketing, environment improvement, and business management, as well as on-site experiential education. We will also seek to restrict rental rate increases through the promotion of agreements with landlords.” Designation of Commercial Promotion Zone The objective of Gyeonggi Province’s small business promotion policy is to regenerate local commerce through the implementation of recurring programs as well as the designation of commercial promotion zones. The new agency, tentatively titled ‘Gyeonggi Market Commerce Promotion Institute,’ will undertake the tematic management of the designated zones. ► Information: Gyeonggi Province (www.gg.go.kr) Gyeonggi Business & Science Accelerator (www.gbsa.or.kr) Gyeonggi Small Business Development Center (www.gsbdc.or.kr) Detailed information can be found on related Gyeonggi Province websites. 2-Gyeonggi to Survey Women Coned by Japan during WWII (190227-2) During the Second World War, a large number of Korean women were coned forcefully under the ‘Women Labor Service Order’ imposed by Japan. To recognize the hardships endured by these women, Gyeonggi Province plans to conduct a detailed survey to identify all surviving women who served as laborers. ► Kim Seong-ju (Aged 91), Anyang City In 1944, at 14 years of age, Kim (김성주) was recruited and sent to an airplane manufacturing plant in Nagoya, Japan. She had to work with little food and no salary. ► “One day, I had an accident in which my finger was severed. A Japanese overseer came and saw my detached finger fluttering as if it had a life of its own. He picked it up and took a great joy playing with it. I was mortified.” Survey of Women Labor Service Order Victims The purpose of this survey is to identify those such as Kim who were forced to work as women laborers by Japan under the Women Labor Service Order. Although Gyeonggi Province has been providing known victims of Japanese exploitation with living cost support, there is a need for detailed data about the victims of this historic tragedy. ► Kim Nam-su, Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Human Rights Protection Team “Since they are often mistaken as sexual slavery victims, many of those who served as women laborers frequently wish to hide the fact…” Gyeonggi Province will designate surveyors to record the details of the lives and services performed by such victims. ► Survey Results to be Used for History Education and Related Policy Development The results of the survey will be used as history education material and for related policy development. ► Kim Gyeong-hui, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “I hope that this survey will provide an opportunity for the victims to release their burdens and for the people to share their painful memories, while leading the Japanese to recognize their misdeeds.” Four years ago, the number of known surviving victims of the labor service order was 33. The number has since fallen to 22. 3-Gyeonggi to Hold Korea Basic Income Expo in April (0225) Gyeonggi Province announced its plan to hold an international basic income expo featuring an international conference, an exhibition and a variety of experiential programs designed to promote the ‘basic income’ concept pursued by the Gyeonggi provincial administration. This two-day expo, the 2019 Korea Basic Income Expo, will start on April 29 at the Suwon Convention Center. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (February 25) 2019 Korea Basic Income Expo Briefing The primary objective of this expo is to propagate the basic income concept nationwide. ► Kim Yong, Gyeonggi Province Spokesperson “We hope to be able to propagate basic income principles, examine the future of these principles, and identify issues and policy ideas through communication and exchanges during the event.” International Conference, Exhibitions and Experiential Programs During the expo, the basic income principle will be promoted through a variety of events. ► International Conference: ‘Basic Income, a New Paradigm for a Cooperation Age’ The international conference, which will be held under the theme of ‘Basic Income, a New Paradigm for a Cooperation Age’, will see presentations and discussions on basic income among Korean and overseas senior officials. Basic income will also be the theme of the exhibition. ► Exhibition to Showcase Various Basic Income Policies This exhibition will showcase various basic income policies being developed by Gyeonggi Province and other autonomous bodies. ► Regional Voucher Hall In addition, a separate hall will be set up to enable visitors to purchase regional vouchers instead of admission tickets and experience use of the vouchers. ► Kim Jong-seok, Director, Gyeonggi Province Future Strategy Division “The main feature of the expo will be an international conference. This expo as a whole can be seen as a presentation of basic income models being developed by Gyeonggi Province that are not simply welfare policies but means for income redistribution.” Gyeonggi Province seeks to draw more than 20,000 domestic and international specialists, including officials from Korean autonomous bodies and provincial residents, to this expo. 4-Yongin City of Gyeonggi Province to Host Semiconductor Industry Cluster (0226) Yongin (용인) City of Gyeonggi Province was selected by the Korean government as the location for the national semiconductor industry cluster development project. ► Wonsam-myeon, Yongin City This semiconductor industry complex will be the largest of its kind in the world, occupying a 4.5 million-square-meter site in Yongin (용인) City ► Production, Business and Education Facilities Costing a massive KRW 120 trillion to develop, this complex will house four large semiconductor plants of SK Hynix and more than 50 related enterprises as well as semiconductor technology education facilities. This complex is expected to have significant positive effects on the local economy and job creation. ► Son Sang-hun, Director, Yongin City Enterprise Support Division “We believe that the relocation of SK Hynix operations to this complex will lead to balanced development of eastern and western city regions while creating a large number of jobs…” Semiconductor Cluster Development Project Originates from Gyeonggi’s Proposal Since last year, Gyeonggi Province has recommended the development of a semiconductor industry cluster by the central government. ► Korean Government Announces Semiconductor Industry Cluster Development Project The Korean government adopted the idea and announced the project, which will cost a total of KRW 120 trillion over a span of ten years through to 2028. Location selection was also influenced by SK Hynix, the key player in the project, which preferred Yongin (용인) City for its new production facilities. ► Development Expected to Commence in 2022 Development is expected to commence in 2022 after National Assembly approval and subsequent administrative procedures. ► Park Sin-whoan, Gyeonggi Province Assistant Governor for Labor & Economy “We expect that this complex will be the birthplace of next-generation semiconductor technologies and, by the year 2025, will be home to related production and research facilities. Gyeonggi Province will do its utmost to realize that as early as possible.” In addition to semiconductor industry cluster development in Yongin (용인) City, Gyeonggi Province is also pursuing mutually beneficial development in neighboring cities as well as multifaceted efforts to enable residents to benefit from the development 5-Gyeonggi and Yangju to Cooperate for Yangju Techno Valley Development (0227) On February 26, Gyeonggi Province, Yangju (양주) City and the Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corporation signed a cooperation agreement for the development of the Yangju Techno Valley in northern Gyeonggi Province. ► Yanju Techno Valley Development Site Costing more than KRW 130 billion, the Yangju Techno Valley will be developed on a 300,000 square-meter-site in Yangju City and will house textile, fashion, electrical and electronic enterprises as well as new fabric and design industries. ► GTV Reporter Choi Chang-sun “Yangju Techno Valley will have significant effect on local economy promotion as well as job creation in the relatively less-developed northern Gyeonggi regions.” Signing of Cooperation Agreement for Yangju Techno Valley Development (February 26) According to this agreement, which specifies the scope of responsibilities and costs for each party, Gyeonggi Province will assume the role of overall project administrator, pursue necessary approvals and administrative procedures, and operate the project utive committee. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “With the completion of this techno valley, a large number of new jobs will be created and the local economy boosted. This techno valley will become an autonomous urban district with strengthened self-sustaining functions.” Yangju City will bear 37 percent of the project costs, process local approvals and administrative procedures, and undertake infrastructure construction. ► Yangju City Vice Major Kim Dae-sun “We will work hard to make the Yangju Techno Valley development project a success so that Yangju City can be reborn as a northern Gyeonggi Province center and self-sustainable, autonomous city.” The Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corporation, which will bear 63 percent of the project costs, will undertake actual design and construction. ► Lee Hyeon-uk, President, Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Cooperation “We will do our utmost to foster Yangju Techno Valley as a frontier of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and driver of northern Gyeonggi Province development.” After investment review by the central government and project approval by the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly, development work will commence in 2022 with industry occupation beginning in 2024. 6-Gyeonggi Acts to Help Resolve Conflicts over Officetel Management Fees (190228-1) With the number of public complaints and disputes about officetels, buildings with combined residential and commercial units, having increased fourfold over the past two years, Gyeonggi Province designated and began operating a support team to help resolve such conflicts. ► Number of Officetel-related Public Complaints Increases Rapidly Last year, Gyeonggi Province received 447 officetel-related public complaints and 41 mediation applications for disputes between officetel tenants and management, four times as many as only two years ago. Most cases involved management fees and building defects. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (February 27) Announcement of Unit Building Conflict Resolution Measure On February 27, Gyeonggi Province announced intervention in such conflicts to help with their resolution. ► Lee Jong-su, Assistant Governor, Gyeonggi Province Urban Housing Office “…in order to prevent unfair practices and to expand the role of public offices in the long run, although we have used minimum intervention to encourage autonomous management.” ► Dedicated Support Team to Perform On-site Inspections On behalf of tenants, this support team will perform inspections of accounting records as well as buildings on an application basis. ► Free Legal Consultation Service to be Expanded Gyeonggi Province also plans to increase the number of free legal consultation services for tenants to four times per month and to adjust policies to include officetels as subjects of management inspections. New residential officetels with more than 500 units will also be subject to building quality inspections. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. We look forward to seeing you again next week.
Weekly English news | 2019.02.28Greetings, 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. 1-Gyeonggi Acts to Induce National Semiconductor Industry Cluster Project (190218-1) Following the Korean government’s announcement of a semiconductor industry cluster development plan last month, Gyeonggi Province began actions to become the host of this national project. As the proposer of the project, the province has long been preparing for this massive undertaking that will cost KRW 120 trillion. This industry cluster development is slated for completion in 2028. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (February 18) Press Conference Regarding National Semiconductor Industry Cluster Development Plan With the selection of the project location drawing nationwide interest, Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) asserted at a press conference that Gyeonggi Province, home to 67 percent of the nation’s semiconductor industry, would be an ideal location that ensures synergy effects of new and existing resources. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “A location that is most preferred, best prepared, and ensures fastest growth must be selected. Gyeonggi Province is that place.” Despite Gyeonggi Province’s active pursuit of the nomination for the project site, Governor Lee was cautious when asked about candidate locations. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “Let us wait until the final decision is made by the central government.” ► Gyeonggi Discloses Own Semiconductor Industry Cluster Development Plans Gyeonggi Province also disclosed four of its own plans for semiconductor industry cluster development. These include: quality workforce supply plans aimed at improving the technological power of SMEs; startup and college student support plans for semiconductor industry environment cultivation; cultural and welfare facility establishment; and smart city construction for new residents. The project location will be selected through an economy-related ministers’ meeting. 2-Gyeonggi to Aid Tax Delinquents with Livelihood Difficulties Recently, two tragic incidents occurred consecutively in Seoul in which entire families, unable to endure the hardships of life, ended their lives. To help those struggling to make ends meet in welfare blind spots, Gyeonggi Province will defer tax collection for such families and instead provide them with welfare assistance. ► Lee Seong-un, Shoe Repairer, Seongnam City Lee (이성운), a shoe repairer with a tiny shop, had been unable to pay even small tax amounts. Discovering his financial predicament during a visit, a tax collector arranged financial relief measures for Lee. ► Lee Seong-un, Tax Delinquent Relief Recipient "I completely lost hope and didn’t want to live anymore. Meeting with him changed my life and gave me hope.” Gyeonggi Province has now established relief measures, such as those received by Lee, for other tax delinquents with livelihood difficulties. ► Tax Payment Deferment Plus Welfare Assistance From March, the Delinquent Tax Management Team will identify delinquents in difficult situations through visits. These individuals will be provided with employment support as well as living cost support. Tax delinquency will then be resolved through instalment payments after their financial situations improve. ► Lee Ui-hwan, Director, Gyeonggi Province Taxation Justice Division "The validity of imposed tax expires after five years for those who are considered financially incapable. We are prepared to apply this relief clause prematurely so as to help them with financial revival.” ► Disposition for Delinquency Postponed and Welfare Support Provided During the financial relief period, property seizure will also be postponed except for those who made false representations of property ownership. Of approximately four million tax delinquents in Gyeonggi Province, an estimated 60,000 are considered to have difficulties making ends meet. 3-Gyeonggi Installs Memorial Information Boards at Independence Movement Sites (0218) Since last year, Gyeonggi Province has been installing information boards at locations related to the Korean independence movement. There are a large number of such locations in the province, but many are unknown to the public. ► Patriot Choi Ik-hyeon’s Birthplace, Pocheon City A house once stood at this location that was the birthplace of a patriot who led anti-Japanese occupation activities during the closing period of the Joseon Dynasty. He remained active as a militiaman until he was 74. Only an information board, which was recently installed, tells the story of this old fighter. ► Former Naksaeng Myeon Office, March 1 Independence Movement Site, Seongnam City This high school stands on the former location of a local public office that was also one of the March 1 Independence Movement sites. In March of 1919, anti-Japanese occupation protesters of Gwangju (광주) County marched around the county proclaiming an independent Korea. When they reached this location, the number of protesters had grown to more than 3,000. ► Choi Ho-jun, 6th Grader, Bokjeong Primary School, Seongnam City “I am proud of them. If an event like the March 1 Independence Movement should arise again, I think I will participate in it for my country.” ► Information Boards Installed at Independence Movement Memorial Sites After surveys that began in 2017, Gyeonggi Province has been installing memorial information boards at independence movement sites. ► Information Boards Installed at 62 Sites Last Year Last year saw the installation of memorial information boards at 62 sites. ► Installation Planned at Additional 65 Sites This Year This year, information boards will be installed at an additional 65 sites. ► Lee Jar-bok, Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Cultural Heritage Policy Team “For the first time among autonomous bodies of Korea, Gyeonggi Province enacted an anti-Japanese occupation movement ordinance. Memorial information board installation is one of the projects based on this ordinance…” Gyeonggi Province also plans to conduct surveys of patriots and relics that were involved in the Korean independence movement. 4-333rd Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Extraordinary Session Ends (0219) On February 19, the 333rd extraordinary session of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly ended after completing reviews of 51 items including taxi fare adjustment and microdust-emitting vehicle restrictions. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (February 19) 2nd General Meeting of 333rd Gyeonggi Province Extraordinary Session The extraordinary session ended with the second general meeting. The proposal for taxi fare adjustment pertains to a request for the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly’s view on an increase of basic fares for Gyeonggi taxis. ► Mun Gyeong-hui, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “Among the alternatives for compromise proposed by the Gyeonggi provincial administration, we passed the one regarding standard fares for distance and time conditionally, taking into account the necessity for balancing with the fare tem used in Seoul.” ► Increased Tax Fares to Be Applied from April After a Consumer Policy Committee review, the increased taxi fares will be applied from April. ► Ordinance for Microdust-emitting Vehicle Operation Restrictions Passed An ordinance draft pertaining to restrictions on microdust-emitting vehicle operation during the issuance of emergency microdust reduction orders was also passed during this extraordinary session. ► Lee Chang-gyun, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “We passed the ordinance draft after adding references to related enforcement orders and indicating exempt vehicle types more specifically.” The final day of the session ended with 5-minute speeches by assembly members. ► Jeong Dae-yun, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “There is a necessity for the review of all public medical service policies of Gyeonggi Province as well as for the expansion of provincial medical center services in northern provincial regions.” ► Kim Tae-hyeong, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “Hydrogen economy is a new growth engine that will lead innovative growth. We must identify enterprises and research institutes that will lead hydrogen economy and organize a hydrogen economy cooperation body to induce their active participation.” ► Oh Gwang-deok, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “I propose that Gyeonggi Province establish a provincial official training center in beautiful natural surroundings, promote cultural activities among officials, and develop lodging-and-tour program for them that will also be beneficial for the local economy.” The next extraordinary session of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly is slated for a 10-day run from March 26 to April 4. 5-Gyeonggi to Ensure Uninterrupted Mobile Communication at Disaster Sites (0220) Gyeonggi Province announced its plan to ensure uninterrupted mobile communication at disaster sites through cooperation with mobile carriers. Communication interruptions at disaster sites due to power outages often interfere with rescue operations. ► Large Bus Terminal Fire in Goyang City (2014) A large fire that occurred at an intercity bus terminal in Goyang (고양) City in 2014 caused a large number of casualties, including 8 fatalities, as well as property damage of more than KRW 12 billion. One of the reasons for such grave losses was the delay in emergency calls due to a power outage that also disabled mobile repeaters at the site. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (February 20) Mobile Repeater Emergency Generator Installation Agreement On February 20, Gyeonggi Province, three mobile carriers and the Korea Radio Promotion Association signed an agreement for the installation of emergency generators for mobile repeaters at locations used by the public. [CG] With generators installed, the mobile repeaters will continue to operate without interruption even in the event of power failures. Under this agreement, Gyeonggi Province will undertake location selection and consent procurement from facility management. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “Damage can be significantly mitigated through timely contact with emergency rescuers. However, power failures disable such emergency contact.” ► 3 Mobile Communication Enterprises to Bear Installation Costs The total projected installation cost of almost KRW 800 million will be shared by the three mobile carriers. ► Ji Jeong-yong, Director, Network Operation Headquarters, KT “I believe that this project can substantially prevent damage from amplifying in the event of disaster.” The Korea Radio Promotion Association will undertake coordination with facility management as well as installation work. ► Jeong Jong-ki, Vice President, Korea Radio Promotion Association “We will play an active part as a bridge between Gyeonggi Province and mobile carriers so as to ensure that the project is implemented successfully as intended by the province and the mobile carriers.” ► Emergency Power Generator Installation at 531 Public-use Sites to be Completed This Year A total of 531 locations have already been selected for generator installation by the end of the year. ► GTV Reporter Choi Chang-sun “Gyeonggi Province plans to make an official recommendation regarding nationwide emergency generator installation for mobile repeaters to the National Fire Agency.” 6-Gyeonggi to Install Automatic Indoor Air Control Systems at Children’s Facilities (190221-1) Gyeonggi Province plans to install an automatic indoor air control tem at facilities used by those who are more vulnerable to microdust, such as childcare centers and medical facilities, with installation work beginning during the first half of the year. ► Gwangmyeong City Library This public library, which sees hundreds of visitors daily, features a microdust meter in one corner. This device ensures indoor air quality by measuring microdust levels and automatically operating an air purifier when necessary. ► Lee Mi-ju, Gwangmyeong City Library User “Ventilators does not help, especially in cold weather. Since this place is used by many children and seniors, it needs to have a tem that protects its users from microdust.” ► Automatic Indoor Air Control System This microdust meter automatically engages connected air purifiers and ventilators when microdust readings surpass certain levels. It is an advanced tem with a constant air quality monitoring sensor. ► Pyeongtaek University to Cooperate with Indoor Air Quality Data Support In cooperation with Pyeongtaek (평택) University, Gyeonggi Province plans to install this automatic indoor air control tem at 50 public childcare, medical care and postnatal care facilities on a trial basis. ► Kim Geon, Director General, Gyeonggi Province Environment Bureau “I believe that this tem will substantially improve indoor air quality and quality of life for residents in the future.” While the province undertakes the installation of the tem, Pyeongtaek (평택) University will perform resulting air quality analyses that can be used in developing microdust control measures. ► Kim Ho-hyeon, Director, Pyeongtaek University Industry-Academia Cooperation Team, “Data is obtained via network. The accumulated data can then be analyzed for different geographic ranges and time spans.” The installation of the automatic air control tem will begin during the first half of the year after the selection of a tem supplier through public tender. Gyeonggi Province’s microdust policies have now been extended to cover indoor air quality. 7-Berlin Wall Mural Artists Visit Gyeonggi and DMZ (190222-1) Last week, as part of efforts to develop the Demilitarized Zone, better known as the DMZ, as a space for art and peace, Gyeonggi Province invited German mural artists who participated in the creation of Berlin Wall murals. Lying between the two Koreas, the DMZ still bears scars from the Korean War. ► Paju City (February 20) Berlin Wall Mural Creators Visit Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) The world-famous Berlin Wall murals were created on a 1.3km-long undemolished span of the wall that had once divided Berlin into eastern and western halves. ► Kani Alabi, President, East Side Gallery GDR “Two months after the demolition of the Berlin Wall began, many artists arrived and left their paintings on the wall. These artists formed a group which still exists. Based on our experience, we will be able to work on a similar project in the DMZ. It will be a wonderful program.” While visiting the Imjingak (임진각) Peace Nuri Park and other tourist destinations within the DMZ, including the former Camp Greaves, these German artists derived inspiration for their artistic work. ► Gyeonggi to Seek German Mural Artists’ Cooperation for DMZ Tourism Development These artists promised to help Gyeonggi Province with the creation of the DMZ as an international tourist destination. ► Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Peace Lee Hwa-yung “They will work with us to produce outcomes of high caliber through the creation of murals on walls of the Joint Security Area as well as Dorasan Station while also utilizing remains such as barbed wire as part of the artworks.” Everyone is looking forward to seeing the new DMZ, which will be transformed with international artistic touches. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
Weekly English news | 2019.02.22Greetings, 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. 1 Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Moves to Protect Single Mothers (190212-2) There are more than 20,000 unmarried single mothers in Korea. Beyond the struggles they face rearing their children, often the hardest part of being a single mother is having to face unkind social perceptions. Recently, the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly began actions to protect single mothers. ► Jeong Su-jin, Single Mother, Suwon City "(I had put my child up for adoption) since I was scared first and thought I couldn’t live as a single mother. However, I missed my child so badly and worried about him so much that I took him back.” Jeong (정수진), a single mother, still faces difficulties enduring the harsh judgmental eyes of others. ► "I don’t want to lie to hide the truth, but I think I may have to for my child. I wonder if I have to lie to people that we are a weekend couple or that kid’s dad is on a business trip or has died…” ► More than 20,000 Single Mothers Still Live Bearing ‘Scarlet Letter’ According to Statistics Korea, the number of single mothers in the nation exceeded 20,000 in 2017. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Begins Actions to Prevent Social Isolation of Single Mothers To prevent the isolation of single mothers under social prejudice, the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly began actions with the holding of a related social forum last year. ► Jin Yong-bok, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “While the number of single mothers continues to increase, they receive relatively little attention under negative social recognition. I believe we need to provide them with an environment in which they can give birth to and raise their children without unnecessary pressure.” Currently, there are discussions within the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly regarding ways in which to support single mothers and their children. ► Lee Yeon-jin, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “The biggest problem is that these children are not receiving the social care that they deserve. We are currently discussing policies that can address the issue.” With outlying household types becoming more significant parts of society, social recognition of these families must change accordingly as exemplified by the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly. 2 Gyeonggi to Invest KRW 1.9 Trillion in Economic Revitalization (190214-1) In tandem with its recently announced policy to ute 64 percent of this year’s annual budgets during the first half of the year, Gyeonggi Province announced another policy to invest KRW 1.9 trillion in economic recovery as necessitated by negative economic indices such as the highest unemployment rate in nine years. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (February 13) Economic Revitalization Policy Announcement for 2019 This policy encompasses 88 projects in five categories funded by the provincial and local governments as well as by national subsidies. Gyeonggi Province will form a special task force led by the provincial governor to oversee the progress of these projects. ► Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor Kim Hee-kyeum “Not only office and bureau heads of the province but also the governor and vice governors will seek to identify the needs of SMEs, small businesses and young merchants as well as labor organizations through on-site dialogues, and will reflect the findings in provincial policy making” The primary objectives of these projects include the promotion of SMEs, small businesses and new industries, as well as the mitigation of regulations. ▲ Eliminate Illegal Trade Practices Such as Collusion and Paper Companies ▲ Introduce Small, Medium & Large Enterprises Result-Sharing System for Mutual Growth Illegal trade practices such as collusion and paper companies will be eliminated while a result-sharing tem among small, medium and large industries will be introduced for common growth. ▲ Expand SME Support through SME Promotion Fund Increase ▲ Expand Business Revival and Restart Support The SME Promotion Fund will see a significant increase of 20 percent. In addition, diverse business revival and restart support will also be expanded. ► Regional Vouchers to be Introduced in Entire Province in April In April, the issuance of regional vouchers as alternative forms of payment will begin throughout the province. ► Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor Kim Hee-kyeum “Issued as paper vouchers and cards as well as electronically for mobile use, the regional vouchers will play an important roll in reviving small businesses and backstreet commerce.” The projects for new industries focus primarily on deregulation. ▲ Accelerate 5 Techno Valley Development Projects ▲ Promote Industry-Academia-Research Cooperation for New Technology Development ▲ Establish Autonomous & Hydrogen Vehicle Infrastructure Gyeonggi Province also plans to accelerate the development of five techno valleys as well as autonomous and hydrogen vehicle infrastructure and will promote new technology development through cooperation with industry, academia and research institutes. ▲ Provide Social Economy Enterprises with Customized Support ▲ Strengthen Peach Policies Other projects include customized support for social economy enterprises and for combined peace and economy projects. 3 333rd Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Extraordinary Session Begins (190212-1) On February 12, this year’s first extraordinary session of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly began. During this session, 51 items, including an ordinance draft regarding vehicle emission control, will be discussed. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Chairperson Song Han-jun “I declare the opening of the 333rd Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Extraordinary Session.” ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (February 12) 333rd Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Extraordinary Session Opening This ordinance draft pertains to operation restrictions on old diesel and LPG-fueled vehicles imposed in conjunction with ‘emergency microdust reduction order’ issuances. Other items on the agenda include a presentation of a Gyeonggi taxi fare adjustment proposal. This Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Extraordinary session, the first of the year, will run for 8 days. ► 3 Special Committees Appointed On the first day of the session, the provincial assembly appointed three committees with special tasks including the investigation of the recent explosion at a Pocheon (포천) power plant. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Chairperson Song Han-jun “Rather than simply being cautious, I think it is more important to have a tem in place that ensures such accidents do not happen again. I ask the committee members to work hard for that end.” ► Governor Lee Discloses 2019 Administrative Objectives In his opening address, Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) disclosed this year’s administrative objectives including the realization of cooperative governance and basic income policies. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “We will do our utmost to implement these policies to create a new Gyeonggi Province and a fair society to the extent that our residents can feel the difference in their everyday lives.” The first day of the session ended with 5-minute speeches by assembly members. ► Heo Won, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “We should diversify and improve support for traditional markets through the development of continuous and customized support models for individual markets and trade types so as to enable them to realize self-sustainability.” ► Kim Yong-seong, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “I strongly ask you to find comprehensive solutions, including the formation of a body, that will oversee the eradication of sexual violence throughout the provincial administration as well as the establishment of a clean sports center.” ► Seong Su-seok, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “It’s time we discarded old regulations on capital city regions as has been done in advanced countries like Japan and the United Kingdom. If that takes a long time, then we should at least mitigate restrictions to enable managed growth in selected regions through legislative amendments.” The 333rd extraordinary session of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly will end on February 19 with the second general meeting. 4 First Gyeonggi Provincial Administration-Assembly Policy Council Meeting (0211) Following its creation last month, the Gyeonggi Provincial Administration-Assembly Policy Council held its first meeting on February 11. During the meeting, seven proposals were made and briefly discussed. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (February 11) 1st Gyeonggi Provincial Administration-Assembly Policy Council Meeting Chaired jointly by the Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Peace and the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Democratic Party Representative, the twelve members from the provincial administration and fourteen members from the provincial assembly discussed seven items at the opening meeting: three proposals made by the administration, three proposals made by the assembly, and a joint proposal regarding the operation of the council. ► 3 Proposals Made by Gyeonggi Provincial Administration The three proposals made by the Gyeonggi provincial administration include those pertaining to new town development, the Seoul Beltway name change and standard labor expenses. ► Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Peace Lee Hwa-young “We will seriously consider and address the matters discussed today.” ► 3 Proposals Made by Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly The Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly also made three proposals pertaining to public organization utive appointment hearings, provincial assembly office expansion and indoor school gymnasium construction. ► Yeom Jong-hyeon, Democratic Party Representative of Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly “If the administration and the assembly close the gap and work together, we will be able to offer hope to our 13 million residents.” The Gyeonggi Provincial Administration-Assembly Policy Council will meet in tandem with the current provincial assembly session and discuss policy proposals. 5 Gyeonggi Launches Government-in-Exile Centennial Projects (0215) This year marks the one hundredth anniversary of Korea’s March 1 Independence Movement and the establishment of the government-in-exile. In commemoration, Gyeonggi Province is organizing a number of events. ► Centennial Cultural and Art Events Organized under the theme of ‘From Past Centennial to Future Millennium,’ these events are organized in three categories: commemorate and memorize, introspect and prospect, and embrace and proceed. ▲ Commemorate and Memorize: 29 Cultural Events Jointly Organized with 21 Cities and Counties In the ‘commemorate and memorize’ category, 29 cultural events will be organized jointly with 21 cities and counties of the province ▲ Commemorate and Memorize: Information Boards at Independence Movement Sites This year, information boards will also be installed at 65 independence movement sites in addition to those already installed at 62 sites last year. ▲ Commemorate and Memorize: Special Exhibition at Gyeonggi Provincial Museum The Gyeonggi Provincial Museum will hold a special independence movement centennial exhibition from March 1 until the end of June. ► Lee Jee-hui, Curator, Gyeonggi Provincial Museum “It can be said that the simultaneous nationwide exclamation of ‘Long Live Korean Independence’ on March 1 in 1919 came to fruition when the declaration of a democratic republic was made in April, which eventually led to the existence of the present Republic of Korea…” ▲ Introspect and Prospect: Publications and Commemoration Projects In the ‘introspect and prospect’ category, Gyeonggi Province plans to publish related books and sponsor various private commemorative projects. ▲ Embrace and Proceed: Invitation of Overseas Koreans, Development of Thematic Tour Courses The projects in the ‘embrace and proceed’ category will include the invitation of overseas Koreans and the development of thematic tour courses. ▲ Embrace and Proceed: Descendants of Patriots Overseas to be Invited to Commemorative Events On April 11, the centennial anniversary of the establishment of the Korean government-in-exile, the descendants of patriots living overseas, including those in Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, will be invited to centennial events at Imjingak (임진각) Peace Nuri Park. ► Oh Who-seok, Director General, Gyeonggi Province Culturem, Sports & Tourism Bureau “We are preparing diverse programs in which our residents can participate and take pride in being Gyeonggi residents. I hope that many residents will show interest and participate in these programs.” The centennial events of the March 1 Independence Movement and government-in-exile establishment will inspire Gyeonggi residents with the history of Korean independence. 6 Korean Soy Condiment-Making Event Held in Gyeonggi for Foreign Students (190215-2) The Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services, or GARES, recently held a Korean condiment-making event for foreign students. The lunar month of January, which usually falls in February, is regarded as an ideal time during which to prepare Korean condiments. ► Korean Soy Sauce Making Event, Namyangju City Ganjang (간장), soy sauce, and gochujang (고추장), red chili paste, are two representative Korean condiments. At this event, foreign students wearing red bandanas learned the entire process of how these condiments are made and enjoyed a traditional January Full Moon Day meal made with them. ► Judahwa, Viese Student “I learned how to make gochujang. It was an interesting experience. I am going to eat barbecue with the gochujang I made.” ► Condiment-Making Event This condiment-making event was organized to introduce these Korean intangible assets to foreign students during the lunar month of January. ► Choi So-yeong, Deputy Director, Living Technology Team, GARES “We organized this event for foreigners so that they can learn our condiment-making techniques and share them when they return to their countries.” GARES has also been organizing traditional Korean culinary culture programs for multicultural families on an annual basis. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
Weekly English news | 2019.02.15Greetings, 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. 1- Gyeonggi to Launch Roadside Slope Management System (0201) [Anchor’s Headline] On January 29, Gyeonggi Province signed an agreement with central government agencies for utilization of the national roadside slope maintenance tem in the prevention of landslides in the province. Landslides can be deadly and cause massive damage such as those that occurred on Umyeon (우면) Mountain in Seoul in 2011 and in Taiwan in 2013. ► Roadside Slope in Pocheon City There are numerous roadside slopes in Gyeonggi Province. This tem will help ensure the safety of road traffic as well as areas adjacent to such locations. ► Agreement with Related Ministry and the Korea Infrastructure Safety Corporation This agreement was made with the related ministry and the national corporation that oversees the tem. ► Yang Yeong-hun / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Road Management Policy Team “The instability of roadside slopes is difficult to detect. Unstable slopes can fail without warning and can cause fatal accidents. Thus, the necessity for the effective management of roadside slopes.” The roadside slope maintenance tem helps prevent accidents through identification of potential landslide risks. ► Park Ji-yun / Ministry of Land, Infrastructure & Transport Road Management Division Official “This is an advanced tem that uses roadside slope data throughout the nation to evaluate collapse risks and enables reinforcement work to be performed to prevent possible accidents.” Under this agreement, Gyeonggi Province will be able to utilize this national tem and commission the national corporation for maintenance of the slopes in the province. ► Gyeonggi to Investigate All Roadside Slopes Gyeonggi Province now plans to conduct a provincewide roadside slope survey to update the related database. 2- Gyeonggi Public-Private Cooperative Governance Committee Inaugurated (0207) [Anchor’s Headline] On January 29, Gyeonggi Province inaugurated an advisory committee that will serve as a gateway to cooperative governance between the administration and residents. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (January 29) Official Inauguration of Gyeonggi Public-Private Cooperative Governance Committee Cooperative governance with resident involvement is an administration principle being pursued by the current Gyeonggi provincial administration. This advisory body, titled the Gyeonggi Public & Private Cooperative Governance Committee, consists of representatives of the administration and private citizens. ► Choi Sun-yeong / Vice Chairperson, Gyeonggi Public-Private Cooperative Governance Committee “We will be there with the Gyeonggi provincial administration not simply as nominal members of the council but as active participants in the formulation of policies that are practical, fair and undiscriminating for Gyeonggi residents.” ► Policy Opinion Gathering, Policy Review and Assessment Through this committee, Gyeonggi Province will gather opinions and advice on administrative policies, perform policy reviews and selections, and assess implementation results. The day of inauguration also saw the establishment of subcommittees. ► 4 Functional Subcommittees and 1 Special Subcommittee Subcommittees include those for committee operation, regulatory improvement, cooperative governance project selection, and administrative improvement as well as a special committee for the elimination of social malevolence. The work of this committee will form the basis for Gyeonggi Province’s pursuit of public-private cooperative governance. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “I sincerely hope that the Public-Private Cooperative Governance Committee will firmly establish itself as a useful channel through which resident opinions can be applied to provincial policies.” The committee will have regular biannual meetings with extraordinary meetings held as necessary. 3- Gyeonggi Pursues Company Doctor Program for Small Businesses (190207-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced its plan to launch a medical service program for small enterprise employees so as to provide them with services similar to those offered by company doctors in large enterprises. ► Machine Parts Manufacturing Enterprise, Hwaseong City The three workers of this machine parts manufacturing company, including its founder, can scarcely spare time even for regular health checkups. ► Kim Yeong-heung / CEO, Machine Parts Manufacturing Enterprise “Since we are a very small company, we cannot afford to take a leave of absence due to simple illnesses.” In Korea, the legal requirement for employee health management personnel only applies to workplaces with 50 or more employees. ► Gyeonggi Pursues Company Doctor Program This program, tentatively titled ‘Company Doctor Program’, targets workers at small enterprises with fewer than 50 employees as well as the self-employed. ► Health Center for Workers to be Established at 6 Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Centers The program service range includes on-site health checkups by visiting healthcare professionals, follow-up services provided at Worker Health Centers – which will be established at six Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Centers – and other medical services provided in conjunction with other public healthcare resources. ► Eom Won-ja / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Public Healthcare Team “Follow-up medical services will be provided as necessary based on health checkup results. Any necessary additional treatment will be provided in linkage with …” There are more than 800,000 workplaces with fewer than 50 employees in Gyeonggi Province, accounting for a total of more than 3 million workers. The related ordinance will be placed before the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly this March. 4- 2019 Play Expo Slated for May 9-12 (0208-2) [Anchor’s Headline] With this year’s Play Expo now three months away, its organizers revealed details of the event. This year, Play Expo will feature a wider variety of games and entertaining programs as well as business consultation events. ► 2019 Play Expo to Begin on May 9 at KINTEX, Goyang City Marking its eleventh occasion this year, Play Expo will begin a 4-day run on May 9 at the KINTEX exhibition complex in Goyang (고영) City. Hosted by Gyeonggi Province, this international game show doubles as a game export trade expo. ► International Hall for Asian Visitors This year’s Play Expo will feature an international hall for overseas businesspersons, especially those from China, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. In addition to desktop games, mobile games, arcade games and virtual reality games, online game contests are expected to draw considerable interest among game lovers. ► e-Sports Festival for Families and Amateur e-Sports Contests There will also be an e-sports festival for families and amateur e-sports contests as well as fan meetings with famous online game streamers. ► Cho Gwang-geun / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Contents Support Team “The term ‘e-sports’ stems from the perception of games as a sport and as a culture that all family members can enjoy. I think e-sports will provide our residents with good opportunities to enjoy new game genres.” An e-sports contest featuring famous streamers will also be broadcast in real time. ► Applications for Participation Received until February 28 Applications for participation by game enterprises in the 2019 Play Expo are being received via the Play Expo website until February 28. ► Early Applicants Entitled to Registration Fee and Booth Rental Discounts Those who apply early will receive a registration fee discount of 50 percent as well as a booth rental discount of KRW 100,000. 5- Online Marketer Emerges as Popular New Job for Seniors and Disabled (190208-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Korean online markets have been growing rapidly; the annual trade amount exceeded KRW 10.6 trillion last year, a 20 percent increase over the previous year. Online markets also provide seniors and the disabled with good job opportunities with half of the graduates of Gyeonggi Province’s online marketer education program having successfully established themselves as online marketers. ► Kim Chang-bok / Ansan City Resident with Disabilities Since Kim (김창복), an individual with disabilities, began working as an ‘open marketer’ two years ago, his life has changed completely. Using a computer and several monitors, he sells more than 100,000 household goods including electric appliances via major online shopping malls in Korea. ► Kim Chang-bok / Open Market Operator “Running your own business, you can have regular income, support your family, and prepare for retirement…” ► Open Market: Online Marketer’s Shop that Sells Products for Manufacturers and Wholesalers In Korea, the term ‘open market’ refers to commission-based online retail shops that connect the online shops of wholesalers and manufacturers with consumers through large e-commerce sites. ► Choi Ji-yun / Goyang City Resident, Immigrant from China Choi (최지윤), an immigrant from China, also started her open market with seed money of only KRW 1 million. She has since earned KRW 4 million per month over a span of just seven months. ► Choi Ji-yun / Open Market Operator, Immigrant “I can make money while working any time at my convenience without constraints on my working hours, so this is a job that I can continue to do for a long time…” Kim and Cho are both graduates of the online market education program of Gyeonggi Province. ► Half of Online Marketer Education Graduates become Online Marketers Out of 135 graduates of the online marketer education program that began in 2017 for the disabled, seniors and multicultural residents, approximately half have successfully started their own open markets. ► Oh Myeong-suk / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Information Culture Team “…is substantial for household economies, improves self-independence and helps to restore self-confidence…” Gyeonggi Province plans to include single parent families in online market education to expand the range of subjects who can benefit from the program. 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Weekly English news | 2019.02.08Greetings, 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. 2019 Gyeonggi Administration to Focus on People’s Economy (0128) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) announced that, this year, he will lead the administration with a primary focus on the improvement of the people’s economy. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (January 28) 2019 Gyeonggi Administration Policy Internal Briefing This announcement was made during an annual administration policy briefing delivered to more than 200 senior officials from Gyeonggi provincial offices and organizations last week. ► Governor Lee Reveals People’s Economy Promotion Policy Governor Lee stated that, having completed the establishment of the framework for his administration over the past six months, he would now focus on economic improvement for residents this year. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “This year, we may now simply implement the policies established on the administrative foundation that we built last year, with special focus on the economic life of residents.” Expanding on his points, Governor Lee asserted that the administration should protect the fair market economy and eliminate inappropriate policies and regulations that inhibit economic fairness. He also asked officials to support social economy activities. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “To someone, it may be important to participate in many bidding processes to earn money. However, what is really important is to enable everyone to live affluently.” ► Governor Lee Warns against Reverse Regional Discrimination by Central Government In addition, Governor Lee warned senior officials about possible reverse regional discrimination in the selection of feasibility study exclusion projects by the central government. Gyeonggi Province has applied for such exclusion for several railroad projects with the Presidential Committee for Balanced National Development. [CG] Regarding the Shinbundang (신분당) Subway Line extension project, Governor Lee mentioned the disadvantages inflicted on local residents through the delay of project commencement as promised by the central government. Regarding the Subway Line 7 extension project, he referred to a lack of rail service in areas of Pocheon (포천) City. Article 2. Gyeonggi Seaports Heavily Inflicted by Microdust from Large Vessels (0129) [Anchor’s Headline] Large ocean-going vessels are known to be a source of large amounts of microdust. In fact, the highest microdust concentrations in Gyeonggi Province are being observed at seaport areas. There is an urgent need for decisive measures to be taken to reduce microdust in these areas. ► Pyeongtaek Port A large cargo ship discharges thick black exhaust at Pyeongtaek (평택) Port. While at berth, large vessels continue to operate their generators since they have to keep critical facilities running at all times. ► Bunker C Oil for Vessels Contains 7 Times more Sulfide than Inland Fuels The low-quality fuel used by most of these vessels contains 7 times more sulfur than the oil used inland. ► Daily Microdust Emission by a Large Vessel Equates to Emissions by Thousands of Trucks The amount of microdust emitted by a large vessel at port equates to the amount emitted by thousands of trucks. ► Park Dong-sun / Pyeongtaek Port Official “There are four or five them docked at any given time while many other cargo ships are coming and going. Diesel-fueled vessels also cause us to worry when there are a large number of them.” ► 3,391 Vessels Used Pyeongtaek Port During January-October 2018 Pyeongtaek Port was used by more than 3,000 ships last year. ► 187 Enterprises in Poseung Industrial Complex Inspected for Pollutant Emissions Last year, Gyeonggi Province conducted pollutant emission inspections at 187 enterprise sites in an industrial complex in Pyeongtaek (평택) City and uncovered 42 violations. Despite multifaceted efforts including such a crackdown, the air quality in the Pyeongtaek (평택) area did not improve. ► Marine Emission Standards Nonexistent The primary reason is that there are no related regulations for ocean-going vessels. ► Seo Jin-seok / Gyeonggi Province Area Wide Environment Management Office Inspection Team III Official “We inspected much more extensively and actually achieved improvements in many of those locations. However, emission reductions by other sources is more critical.” GTV examined the situation at the ports of Incheon and Busan. ► Korea’s 1st Alternative Maritime Power (AMP) System Installed in Power Plant in Incheon For the first time in Korea, an alternative maritime power, or AMP, tem was installed at a berth at Incheon (인천) Port reserved for a power plant that receives large coal-carrying vessels 180 times annually. ► AMP Reduces Air Contamination by Ocean Vessels by 97% By supplying electricity to the moored vessels as an alternative power to bunker oil or diesel, AMP tems can reduce air pollution by large vessels by up to 97 percent. ► Kim Su-man / Director, Hankuk Dongnam Power Yeongheung Plant “Since it is a duty of public offices and those who are related to the environment to keep the air clean for the public, the use of AMP tem should be expanded as quickly as possible.” The Korean government is currently pursuing the installation of AMP tems in Busan and Incheon Ports. ► AMP System at Ports Compulsory in USA and EU The installation of AMP tems at seaports has been a legal requirement in the United States since the year 2000 and in the European Union since 2005. Article 3. Gyeonggi to Investigate Sexual Harassment among Sports Personnel (0130) [Anchor’s Headline] The recently publicized case of a skating athlete being sexually abused by her coach has raised social concern regarding human rights violations in sports. Accordingly, Gyeonggi Province plans to investigate all public team members in the province to see if there are other such incidents among them. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (January 29) Gyeonggi Province Sexual Crime Victim Investigation Plan Briefing The investigation will cover all registered athletes including those with disabilities. ► 4,674 Gyeonggi Athletes to be Included in Investigation This includes 4,674 athletes registered with Gyeonggi Province as well as with cities and counties of the province. ► Investigation to be Conducted Online to Prevent Secondary Infliction The investigation will be conducted via an online questionnaire, or in person if necessary, so as to prevent causing secondary infliction. ► Victims to Receive Free Legal Services, Perpetrators to be Permanently Expelled The sexual violence victims found will be provided with free legal services while those who inflicted such violence will be dealt with through strict measures including permanent expulsion from the team. ► Oh Who-seok / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Culture, Sports & Tourism Bureau “We will take active measures to prevent anyone in athletic circles from suffering human right violations.” ► Year-round Human Right Education to be Provided Gyeonggi Province also plans to operate year-round education programs for different types of human rights violations for sports personnel including team managers and coaches as well as for athletes so as to prevent such violations. Article 4. Korean Government to Adopt Gyeonggi’s Regional Voucher System (190131-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Following the Korean government’s announcement of its plan for the nationwide introduction of regional vouchers as initiated by Gyeonggi Province, a forum was held on January 31 among related authorities and private organizations to discuss effective implementation of this alternative payment tem. ► National Assembly Members’ Hall (January 31) Forum on Regional Voucher Promotion More than 100 representatives of Gyeonggi Province, the National Assembly, and the Korean government as well as small business associations who attended the forum sought ways in which to promote active use of regional vouchers. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “The most important role of regional vouchers is to transform government payments into consumption. I hope that regional vouchers will serve the realization of an economy of sustainable growth and rationality.” The attendees unanimously agreed upon the need for regional vouchers in the revival of backstreet commerce. ► In Tae-yeon / President Secretary for Self-employment “The primary purpose is to create a virtuous circle for local small businesses, the self-employed and the local economy. Its additional benefits can be extended to local economy promotion as well as to the formation of solidarity among many local economy participants…” The topics discussed during the forum included supporting environments and methods for effective use of regional vouchers. ► Lee Chung-hwan / President, Gyeonggi Province Merchants Association “We must create a structure in which regional vouchers can be used conveniently by consumers as well as by small businesses. That entails the necessity for education…” ► Kim Yeong-ung / Youth Dividend Recipient “Instead of handing out welfare benefits with regional vouchers at local public offices, a kind of registered card may be used for credits …” Also discussed were related topics such as a regional division range for voucher usage and additional benefits for voucher users. The issuance of regional vouchers is slated for the second half of this year in 116 regions of the nation. Article 5. Gyeonggi Launches Independence Merit Pension (190131-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced the launch of the monthly Independence Merit Pension for surviving individuals who strove for national freedom during the Japanese occupation. ► Lee Yeong-su / Suwon City Resident In 1944, Lee (이영수) joined the Independence Army at the age of 21. ► Receives Order of Merit for National Foundation In 1994, Lee received the Order of Merit for National Foundation for his service, which included military chest deliveries and the conciliation of student soldiers defecting from the Japanese Army. ► Lee Yeong-su / Individual with Independence Merit “The Japanese took everything, our nation and even the harvests of farmers. There was nothing we could do but to fight for independence.” ► Gyeonggi to Launch Gyeonggi Independence Merit Pension This pension will be provided separately from the National Patriot Benefit to eligible individuals who are living in the province. ► Monthly Payment of KRW 1 Million Payment will be made at a fixed amount of KRW 1 million per month retroactively from September last year. The launch of this pension is based on a related ordinance amendment effectuated this past October. ► Han In-gyo / Director, Gyeonggi Province Welfare Policy Division “I hope that the launch of this pension will remind the public of the patriots’ services and enable their families to know that their contributions to the nation are recognized.” There are 35 such patriots alive today, of which 9 live in Gyeonggi Province. Article 6. Pre-Lunar New Year Crackdown on Illegal Food Trade (190201-2) [Anchor’s Headline] The Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police recently staged a pre-Lunar New Year crackdown on illegal food trade and uncovered a large number of violations including false indication of effective dates and countries of origin. ► Food Enterprise, Hwaseong City At a food enterprise in Hwaseong (화성) City, a white board shows a list of numbers. [Sync] “What does ‘plus 6 days’ mean?” “That means to print the effective date six days from today.” In this company, inspectors found 1.5 tons of food products with effective dates falsely indicated as directed on the white board. ► Food Enterprise, Pocheon City Another company used cheaper ingredients to replace those indicated on the product labels. [Sync] “Did you use corn gemmule oil while indicating that you only use sesame oil?” “Yes.” ► Butcher Shop, Yongin City This butcher shop also faked its beef products. ► 76 Fraudulent Food Dealers Uncovered During the crackdown, 76 businesses were apprehended for fraudulent indication of effective dates and countries of origin. Despite a week’s prior notice of the crackdown, many violations were still committed without correction. ► Lee Byerong-wu / Superintendent, Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police “They only cared about making money for themselves, ignoring the fact that their actions could damage public health. They have stocked products with fraudulent indications and attempted to sell them during the Lunar New Year season as if clearing inventory…” Those apprehended were sent to criminal prosecution while all affected food items were confiscated. Article 7. Gyeonggi to Use Budgets Early and Increase Revised Supplementary Budgets (190201-1) [Anchor’s Headline] During a meeting of the deputy heads of its 31 local administrations, Gyeonggi Province revealed its plan to utilize this year’s budgets early and to compensate with increased revised supplementary budgets later. ► Anyang Creative Economy Conversion Center (January 31) January 2019 Gyeonggi City & County Vice Mayors Meeting During this meeting, which took place on January 31, Gyeonggi Province asked the local administrations for the early input of funds for job creation and social infrastructure projects. The province also asked local administrations to ute 55 percent of their annual budgets during the first half of the year through the operation of a task force for that purpose. ► Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Administrative Affairs Kim Hee-kyeum “I ask you to also pay special attention to the early ution of budgets.” ► Gyeonggi to Increase Budget Execution Targets for 1st Half of 2019 to 64.5% Gyeonggi Province plans to increase the budget ution target for the first half of the year to 64.5 percent. ► Requests Presented to Gyeonggi by Local Administrations During the meeting, local administrations also presented their requests to the provincial administration. Goyang (고양) City requested making land donations for Korea Land & Housing Corporation projects compulsory, while Bucheon (부천) City asked for support for the designation of area-wide districts, and Anyang (안양) City sought the resumption of national subsidies for child-nursing facilities. The meeting was followed by presentations of exemplary local project cases. ► Kang Jin-suk / Director, Upcycle Art Center, Gwangmyeong City “We have promoted upcycling through arts, culture and education. We now plan to develop cultural industry clusters so as to promote creative industry.” ► Autonomous Vehicle Operation Case Presented by Anyang City During a successful project presentation, Anyang (안양) City’s temporary operation of autonomous vehicles on existing roads attracted interest. This project involved the removal of regulations that limit autonomous vehicle testing on ordinary roads. ► Meeting Ends with Participants Shopping in Traditional Market with Regional Vouchers After the meeting, the administrators visited a traditional market and enjoyed shopping with regional vouchers while experiencing consumer prices first hand. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
Weekly English news | 2019.02.01Greetings, 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 Direct Local Food Markets Mark KRW 100 Billion in Sales (190121-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Over the past few years, local farm direct sales outlets, known as ‘direct local food markets’, have been gaining popularity among consumers in Korea. In Gyeonggi Province, the number of these markets as well as their total sales volume have increased significantly. ► Local Food Market, Gimpo City Opened in 2013, this direct local food market in Gimpo (김포) City recorded KRW 5.8 billion in sales last year, an increase of more than 10 times over 5 years. This market now attracts approximately 40,000 shoppers monthly on average. ► Mun Ju-eun / Shopper at Gimpo Local Food Outlet “Most of all, products are fresh, so they can be trusted. That what matters most.” ► Sales of 44 Direct Local Food Markets in Gyeonggi Surpassed KRW 100 Billion in 2018 Last year, the total annual sales of direct local food markets in Gyeonggi Province increased more than 30 percent over the previous year, surpassing KRW 100 billion. The number of these markets also increased from the initial 5 to 44 last year. Moreover, the number of participating farms increased 37 percent to almost 10,000. ► Kim Seon-du / Direct Local Food Market Participating Farmer “Every morning, I carefully prepare the harvested products so as to offer fresher and better products…” Gyeonggi Province has been promoting direct local food markets through various events and education programs as well as through support for locations close to consumers. ► Song Tae-seong / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Export Strategy Team “This year, Gyeonggi Province will invest KRW 8.5 billion in the establishment of 10 more direct local food markets and in the expansion of their distribution ranges…” Gyeonggi Province plans to increase the number of direct local food markets to 100 by the year 2022. Article 2. Personal Safety Alarms Installed at Public Toilets in Gyeonggi (190122-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Following a horrific homicide that occurred in a public toilet in Seoul two years ago, Gyeonggi Province has been installing emergency safety alarm tems in more than 1,500 public toilets in the province with the majority of residents welcoming such an initiative. ► Public Toilet in Jinjung-Ri, Namyangju City In addition to red alarm triggers, this safety alarm tem also features audio guidance. [Sync] “You are using a safe toilet with an emergency alarm.” Inside the toilet, alarm triggers are located at a number of places easily reachable in emergency situations. ► Park So-yeong / Namyangju City Resident “I found the safety alarm tem at many public toilets. With this tem, I felt safe, especially in these days of …” These safety alarm triggers are connected to the nearest police station. When activated, police officers will arrive at the site within minutes while a loud alarm sounds. ► Woo Seong-Yeong / Lieutenant, Namyangju Police Office “The fact that police officers will arrive in minutes can effectively deter violent crimes…” Since 2017, Gyeonggi Province and local administrations have installed emergency alarm tems in more than 1,500 public toilets in the province. ► 82.4% of Gyeonggi Residents Welcome Public Toilet Alarm Installation In a survey of Gyeonggi residents, the vast majority approved of this initiative with two out of every three being positive about its crime-deterring effects. ► Jeon Hwa-su / Gyeonggi Province Water Resources Management Headquarters Official “Gyeonggi Province launched this provincewide project via support for local administrations. We will continue to install emergency alarm tems in new public toilets selected according to necessity.” During the year 2016, approximately 2,000 public toilet crimes were recorded. Gyeonggi Province will continue to improve the safety of public toilets through various measures in addition to the installation of safety alarm tems. Article 3. Gyeonggi Develops Drought Forecasting System Using Big Data (190123-2) [Anchor’s Headline] With the central Korean Peninsula experiencing a drought for more than a month, Gyeonggi Province announced the development of a drought-forecasting tem. Using big data, this tem will enable authorities to take action against oncoming droughts in advance and minimize related damage. ► Rice Farm, Hwaseong City Kim (김성래), a rice farmer with 40 years of experience, is worried as spring approaches since his rice field dried out during the winter. ►Kim Seong-rae / Ricer Farmer, Hwaseong City “Normally at this time of year, rice stubble is covered by ice and snow 20 to 30 centimeters deep even without water supply. However, without rain or snow, the dry ground is exposed as you see.” Gyeonggi Province saw precipitation of only 2.1 centimeters this winter, mere 32 percent of average years. According to a meteorological agency, the severity of droughts may increase until the year 2025. ► Drought Forecasting Using Big Data This drought-forecasting tem uses big data, including meteorological data as well as water resource and soil condition information, and calculates regional drought probabilities so as to enable appropriate measures to be taken as necessary. ► Lee Eung-jun / Director, Gyeonggi Province Data Policy Division “This tem predicts drought in local regions by analyzing big data including meteorological agency data of the past 30 years and enables water supply plans to be prepared so as to minimize agricultural damage…” ► Drought Forecasting System to Operate in 5 Drought-prone Regions This tem will be operated initially in 5 of the most drought-prone regions of the province for the appropriate implementation of anti-drought measures based on local water resource and demand conditions. ► Lee Gang-hyeon / Anseong City Infrastructure Team Official “..will help us in the selection of subject regions for annual anti-drought plans and enable us to take appropriate measures where they are needed…” Gyeonggi Province plans to expand the tem application range to ten regions and will make the forecast information directly available to farmers later this year. Article 4. Gyeonggi to Invest KRW 10.5 Billion in Pedestrian Safety (0121) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced 4-year road improvement plans geared primarily to ensure the safety of pedestrians, especially in those areas more vulnerable to road accidents. ► 5-Lane Street in Suwon City Both sides of this 5-lane road between a park and a commercial area are crowded with illegally parked vehicles, including buses and trucks, posing a danger to pedestrians crossing the street by blocking their vision. ► Lim Jong-yeol / Local Resident “There are a large number of vehicles parked illegally on both sides of the road, making it very uncomfortable for pedestrians. I hope that the authorities will do something to improve the situation.” ► Street in School Zone in Yongin City Since the front of this primary school directly faces a road with busy traffic, the carelessness of children or drivers can potentially lead to serious accidents. ► Cho Jae-hyeon / Yongin City Traffic Improvement Team Official “There is a high risk of accidents when drivers ignore traffic signs or when children cross the road without looking booth ways.” ► Gyeonggi to Invest KRW 10.5 Billion in Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Gyeonggi Province’s pedestrian-friendly road improvement plans will cost a total of KRW 10.5 billion over four years. ► Road Facility Improvement for Pedestrians More Susceptible to Danger These plans include the installation of sidewalks, colored pavement and speed bumps as well as protective fences. ► Focused Primarily on Areas Dangerous for Pedestrians Plans also include the improvement of backstreets at locations with high pedestrian accident risks. ► Kim Yeong-ui / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Community Road Team “Through these plans, road improvement work will be performed at approximately 400 locations for vulnerable pedestrians and at 10 locations for general pedestrians.” Last year work began at 229 locations for vulnerable pedestrians and at 2 locations for general pedestrians. After the selection of locations through regional surveys, work on additional locations will commence in February. Article 5. Gyeonggi to Expand Environment-Friendly Vehicle Infrastructure (0122) [Anchor’s Headline] This year, as part of its efforts to reduce atmospheric microdust levels, Gyeonggi Province plans to further promote the use of environment-friendly vehicles such as electric cars and hydrogen cars. ► Sangam Hydrogen Refill Station, Seoul Hydrogen vehicles, which use hydrogen as fuel, are environment friendly, have excellent fuel efficiency, and require reduced charging times. While such advantages foster growing interest in hydrogen vehicles, the related infrastructure, including hydrogen stations, is still inadequate. ► Park Hui-jang / Hydrogen Car Owner, Seoul “It is difficult to plan long distance trips due to a lack of charging facilities. Although it has several economic advantages, I don’t feel comfortable using it for long journeys such as for family vacations and business trips.” ► Improvement of Transportation Conditions for Environment-Friendly Vehicles Gyeonggi Province plans to improve infrastructure for environment-friendly vehicles. ► Supply of 200 Hydrogen Cars with Establishment of 3 Hydrogen Refill Stations, These plans include the establishment of three hydrogen stations and the supply of 200 hydrogen vehicles. ► Increase Number of Hydrogen Cars to 3,000, Hydrogen Refill Stations to 27 by 2022 Gyeonggi Province also plans to increase the number of hydrogen stations to 27 and the number of hydrogen vehicles to 3,000 by the year 2022 ► Establishment of Battery Chargers at 100 Apartment Complexes In addition, the province also plans to increase the number of electric vehicle charging stations, including 100 mobile charging facilities at apartment complexes. ► Kim Geon / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Environment Bureau “Our future is moving from using vehicles with internal combustion engines including diesel-fueled vehicles to environment-friendly vehicles. We will do our utmost to create a clean environment with reduced mirodust levels for residents.” ► Diesel Buses to be Replaced with Electric Buses In addition, Gyeonggi Province also plans to replace all diesel buses with electric buses by the year 2027. Initially, the number of electric buses will increase from the current 40 to 569 by the year 2022 through the replacement of old diesel buses. Article 6. Gyeonggi Provincial-Local Government Policy Committee Launched (0123) [Anchor’s Headline] On January 22, the Gyeonggi Provincial and Local Administration Policy Committee was launched and had its first meeting. During that meeting, Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) introduced a ‘policy market’ concept for provincial policy adoption by local administrations. ► Ramada Plaza Suwon (January 22) 1st Gyeonggi Provincial-Local Government Policy Committee Meeting This committee was established as a permanent body for the two policy-making tiers of Gyeonggi Province. Its purpose is to discuss provincial and regional administrative policies and resolve regional conflicts through communication and cooperative governance. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Proposes Policy Market Concept Governor Lee’s policy market concept was proposed as a means for local governments to selectively adopt provincial policies. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “Recommendable good policies of Gyeonggi Province will be presented as in a market for selective adoption by local governments as necessary.” ► Gyeonggi Requests Local Government Support for Provincial Policies During the meeting, Governor Lee asked for the cooperation of local administrators in the realization of provincial policies including those regarding bus operator support, Helicopter Doctor operation, and changing the name of the Seoul Beltway to include Gyeonggi Province. ► Gyeonggi Province City and County Mayors Make Requests and Proposals Concurrently, city and county mayors, asked Governor Lee to transfer authority for the management of some administrative matters and provincial facilities as well as to increase the local administration portion of urban regeneration projects. ► Yeom Tae-yeong / Chairperson, Gyeonggi Province City & County Mayors Council “As you said you would consider, we have submitted a list of provincial projects that cities and counties wish to undertake.” Governor Lee offered assurances that the province will implement such transfers in phases in accordance with the authority decentralization policy of the central government. ► Committee Members Agree on Major Issues This meeting also saw agreement between the provincial and local administrations on cooperation in the pursuit of basic income policy, inter-Korean peace and cooperation, and the establishment of the Gyeonggi Education Advancement Council. Article 7. Fifth G-Hub (Content Startup Support Institute) Opens in Goyang City (190124-2) [Anchor’s Headline] On January 23, the fifth Gyeonggi Cultural Creation Hub, also known as G-Hub, opened in Goyang (고양) City. Its primary function is to support image content development startups through the provision of equipment and education services. Established by a group of former TV travel program producers, this resident enterprise of the Goyang G-Hub produces travel videos ► Nam Tae-jin / CEO of Goyang G-Hub Resident Enterprise (J Wonder) “Through cooperation with fellow resident enterprises and utilizing equipment in G-Hub, we will create new contents. We need to work harder as content creators of a new age.” This enterprise, that specializes in DIY kits for stylist training, is also a resident of the Goyang G-Hub. ► Yun Taek-in / Employee of Goyang G-Hub Resident Enterprise (Ddanjit Research Institute) “For image content creators, it is difficult to secure places for equipment and work. However, G-Hub offers excellent studios and equipment that enable us to do things that we couldn’t normally do and to realize our dreams.” ► Goyang G-Hub Opening Ceremony (January 23) The fields that the Goyang G-Hub supports include videos for broadcasting as well as new media contents. ► Office Space and Supporting Facilities for 10 Startups The Goyang G-Hub features office space for ten startups as well as a comprehensive range of equipment for video content development and creation. This institute also provides education services in content planning, production and distribution. ► 5th G-Hub Established in Gyeonggi This is the fifth Cultural Creation Hub established by Gyeonggi Province. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myeong “I hope that this place will provide many youths, who aspire to start business, with opportunities to use its facilities, create successful businesses, and achieve results beneficial for themselves as well as for society.” During the opening ceremony, Gyeonggi Province, Goyang City and an SNS service operator agreed to cooperate on image content promotion. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. We look forward to seeing you again next week.