EnglishNews | 2017.05.26Greetings, 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 to Expand Marine Call CenterOperations 170515-2 [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been operating the GyeonggiMarine Call Center, a seagoing vesselthatprovides comprehensive servicesto island residents. This year, the provincial government plans to add more such vessels to cover more islands. ▶Poong Island, Ansan City Poong Island is a quiet island off the coast of Ansan 안산 City with 120 residents; it is famous for wild flowers. This island is bustling with noise since today sees the monthly visit by young social workers. It also means that residents can enjoy food, music and exercise with their visitors. ▶Yang Chun-nan / Poong Island Resident “They brought us food that we haven’t heard of or tasted before and cooked for us. They made us feel great, and I feel as if I have had an endorphin surge.” Poong Island is connected to themain land via a ferry that runs only once a day. The Gyeonggi Marine Call Center is truly a welcome guest. ▶Free Transportation for Remote Island Residents The GyeonggiMarine Call Center provides free transportation, medical and cultural services as well as local development support services and even safety inspection services to residents of remote islands. ▶Park Dae-dong / Local Marketing Team, Gyeonggi Tourism Organization “This island with its beautiful natural environment has excellent economic potential. We are thereforegoing to launcha tour program on a trial basis to attract more tourists to this island.” ▶Gyeonggi to Add More Marine Call Centers Gyeonggi Province will invest KRW 4 billion this year to add more marine call centers so as to include more islands in the destinations of these service vessels. ▶Park Yeong-il / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Fishery Policy Team “We plan to extend marine call center vesseloperations from 30 days to more than 160 days this year so as to provide more diverse services including emergency patient transportation and volunteer service activities.” Launched in 2010, the Gyeonggi Marine Call Center has made nearly 1,000 visits to more than 12,000 island residents. ▶Gyeonggi Province Fishery Division ☎ 031-8008-4527 Those wishing to request the marine call center service may contact the Fishery Division of Gyeonggi Province. Article 2.Mobile Virtual/Augmented Reality Showroom 170515-1 [Anchor’s Headline]Gyeonggi Province is operating a mobile showroom on wheels that provides users with opportunities to experience virtual reality and augmented reality and to enjoy games that feature these technologies. ▶Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex In a virtual and augmented reality showroom installedat the Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex, youths wearing special gear are making joyful noises. [Sync]Something suddenly appears out of nowhere! ▶Virtual Reality with 360° Vision Virtual reality technology creates realistic scenes in a 360-degree field of vision. In virtual reality, users can feel as if they are actually moving in a scene;in this case,an abandoned mine. ▶Nam Tea-hyun / 5th Grader, YonginSinil Primary School “I never imagined I would collide with a train or a rock, but I could in a virtual reality. It was an enjoyable experience.” ▶Augmented Reality Experience Booth At another booth featuring augmented reality technology, a user in special headgear suddenly finds himself in space as soon as he touches a book. He then travelsthrough space,experiencing various situations such as being sucked into a star. ▶Lee Hong-hwa / Suwon City Resident “I could see the Moon and Sun just as if I am in space.” ▶VR/AR Showroom, ‘WOW Space’ Titled ‘WOW Space’, this mobile showroom was developed by Gyeonggi Province to promote the virtual and augmented reality industry. ▶4 Reality Scenarios Offered This showroom providesusers with opportunities to experience virtual reality and augmented realityin four different scenarios. ▶Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “This mobile showroom will circulate within the province for seven months to providevirtual and augmented reality experiences.” ▶‘WOW Space’ to Visit Paju 파주 City and Ilsan 일산 City in northern regions of the province. Its visiting schedule is available via the Gyeonggi Contents Agency homepage. Article 3.Gyeonggi’sCompany SOS Wins National Brand Award 170515-3 [Anchor’s Headline]Gyeonggi Province’s Total Business Support Program, more commonly known as the‘Company SOSProgram’, received the National Brand Award this year for the fifth consecutive year. ▶Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex April Weekly Provincial Policy Meeting Last month, a Gyeonggi provincial weekly policy meeting hosted a representative of a manufacturer of 3D LCDs for smart phones. He was there to present how he benefited from the province’s Company SOS Program in his application for factory expansion permission, which was initially denied due to regulations. ▶Kim Seong-hwan / CEO, JNTC “All six of our operations are located in Gyeonggi Province. We will continue to operate in the province and grow with the province.” ▶Company SOS Program for Industrial On-site Issues Launched in 2007, the Company SOS Program has been providing enterprises facing financial, technical and regulatory issues with customized consultation and administrative assistance on-site through official visits. [CG] In addition to the Company SOS Program, which is supported by a network of 94 organizations, Gyeonggi Province has also been operating three other on-site industrial support programs. ▶10,873 Issues Resolved In 2016 Last year, Gyeonggi Province’s Industrial SOS Program helped resolve 10,873 of 10,926 industrial issue cases. Such excellentresults wererecognized by this year’s National Brand Award in the Enterprise Support category. ▶Industrial SOS Wins National Brand Award for 5 Consecutive Years This marks the receipt of the same award for five consecutive years since 2013. ▶Kim Tae-su / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Total Business Support Team “We will go wherever we are wanted by industrial enterprises. Next year, we will also expand the industrial support programs that we pursue this year as well as other support programs.” Those enterprises wishing to requestCompany SOS services may do so via the Total Business Support Team of the local government office. Article 4.Groundbreaking for Sports Theme Park In GwangjuCity 170516-2 [Anchor’s Headline]On May 15, groundbreaking took place in Gyeonggi Provincefor a sports theme park titled ‘Team Up Campus’. Slated to open in March next year, this park will featurevarious sports facilities as well as baseball training programs conducted by professional players. This is an image of the completed Team Up Campus. There will be three baseball fields, a soccer field, a futsal ground and a campground as well as a two-story building that will house facilities for horseback riding, shooting, children’s sports and survival sports. ▶Comprehensive Sports Theme Park on 207,000 m2Site This will be a large sports theme park on a 200,000 square-meter site in Gonjiam 곤지암 in Gwangju 광주 City. ▶Lim No-byeong / Gwangju City Little Baseball Team Coach “We have been using any empty space that we could find to practice. I am very pleased that our children can now play on a proper ground.” The baseball training programs will feature well-known former and present professional players who will teach children and juveniles. ▶Lee Man-su / Former SK Wyverns Baseball Team Coach “This theme park itself is helping children have dreams. I hope that this park will produce many excellent national players in the future.” The Team Up Campus will have dual functions as sports-for-all facilities as well as a sports education campus. ▶Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “I hope that this place will become a place in which children plays fair and learn from great players.” Once completed next March, the Team Up Campus with facilities for both sports and education will become the largest complex of its kind in Korea. Article 5.Rental Rice Paddies Introduced in Gyeonggi Province170516-1 [Anchor’s Headline]Gyeonggi Province introduced rental rice paddies for urban consumersso as to promote rice consumption while helping rice farmers earn extra income. Users may rent small rice paddies for an annual fee of KRW 100,000 per unit and harvest their own rice for their families. ▶Jilulgoraesil Village, YangpyeongCounty In this rice field in Yangpyeong 양평 County, a farmer is busy plowing rice paddies for planting. Although the field is empty now, he is already picturing the field covered with golden plants heavy with ripened rice grains and enjoying rice he grew himself during a meal with his family. ▶GTV Reporter, Ku Yeong-seul “One rice paddy unit is available for an annual fee of KRW 100,000” ▶Gyeonggi Promotes Eco-friendly Farming on Rental Rice Paddies Devised by Gyeonggi Province to promote the consumption of rice among urban residents, this rice paddy rental program is open to urban users. Rice paddies can be rented in units of 66 square meters from farmers. Farmers provide instructions on eco-friendly rice farming and help with more professional tasks. ▶JeongYeong-ki /Eco-friendly Rental Rice Paddy Operator “I plan to have 30 urban families on my rental paddies and work togetherwith them planting, weeding and harvesting.” ▶Various Farm Experiences Also Available In addition to farming in the fields, users from the city can also experience other things that rice farmers do. ▶20 to 30 kg of Rice Harvested per 66 Square-Meter Unit A single rice paddy unit will produce 20 to 30 kilograms of rice, the amount a four-person family can consume in one or two months. ▶Song Ji-seon/ Director, Gyeonggi Agrofood Institute Agricultural Food Consulting Division “Urban users will participate in all harvesting processes. We will expand the program based this year’s results.” This year, the rental rice paddy program, which enables urban consumers to grow their own rice,is being operated on a trial base. Based on the results, Gyeonggi Province will expand the program to include more farmers. Article 6.Diseased Pine Nut Trees Reborn as Wood Composites 170516-3 [Anchor’s Headline]AGyeonggi institute developed a method of recycling pine nut trees killed by nematode infections into eco-friendly wood composites.Nematodes are parasites that inflict fatal damage on pine trees. Those pine nut trees killed by nematode infections are usually cut down and disposed of. ▶Fumigation Prevents Utilization of Wood Trees infected with nematodes are fumigated for several years to prevent spread of the disease. However, fumigation prevents the trees from being used as wood. ▶Gyeonggi Institute Develops Nematode-infected Pine Nut Tree Recycling Method For the first time in Korea, the Gyeonggi Forestry Environment Research Center developed a method of recycling nematode-infected pine nut trees. Instead of fumigation that renders the trees unusable, this method grinds the trees finely to eliminate the nematodes in the wood. ▶Hong Seung-hui / CEO, Jeyoung Industry Co., Ltd. “We thought we might be able to salvage the trees by grinding them down to 100 to 200 mesh. When we did that and made composites with the resulting powder and additives. The final products were satisfactory.” Since the pine nut tree powder is fine and dry, nematodes can no longer survive in it. ▶Eco-friendly Wood Composite Produced This institute found that this nematode-free pine nut tree powder could then be used to produce eco-friendly wood composites by addingpolyethyleneand pine nut byproducts that also used to be discarded. ▶Chae-jeong-woo / Research Official, Gyeonggi Forestry Environment Research Center “Producing eco-friendly wood compositesmakes this the first time thatdisposed trees were used to generate income.” ▶Eco-friendly Wood Composites Used to Build Decks in Gyeonggi Forest Park To test the wood composites made withrecycledpine nut trees, the research team that devised therecycling method built a trial strolling deck in a forest park in the province. The research institute now plans to apply for a patent for this method while working on aproposal for the promotion of the method. Article 7.Pyeongtaek Brain City to Host University Campus 170517-1 [Anchor’s Headline]On May 16, Gyeonggi Province, Pyeongtaek 평택 City andSungkyunkwan 성균관 University signed an agreement on the construction of a university campus in Pyeongtaek 평택 Brain City. ▶Doil-dong, Pyeongteak City The construction of this campus has been delayed for the past ten years due to financial reasons. However, development will finally take place on a 5 million square-meter site after the developer revises project plans as requested by Gyeonggi Province. ▶Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex May 16 Signing of Sungkyunkwan University Construction Agreement The signing of this agreement between the university and related authorities finally took place seven years after the conferral of provincial approval for the construction project in 2010. ▶JeongGyu-sang / Chancellor, Sungkyunkwan University “We will realize our plan to cultivate human resources for the advanced industries of the future and help promote such industries that generate high added values.” The science section of the campus, which will occupy more than a half million square meters, will house seven strategic projects that will lead the industrial revolution of the future. ▶Education and R&D Complex In addition to education facilities, the Brain City will also hostan R&D complex that will cost a total of KRW 2.4 trillion to construct. ▶Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “Gyeonggi Province will provide active administrative supportso that Sungkyunkwan University can participate in this project with positive efforts.” The signing of this construction agreement is also welcome news forlocal residents. ▶Lee Sang-gak / Local Resident “This project will create a good environment for our children. We all welcome the project and are optimistic.” The construction of the Brain City with a university campus to lead future technologies is slated forcompletion in the year 2021. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2017.05.18Greetings, 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 to Improve Transportation Convenience forDisabled 170508-1 [Anchor’s Headline]Gyeonggi Province announced the investment of KRW 22.8 billion in the improvement of transportation convenience this year in four categories of facilities and supporting temsfor individuals with limited mobility. ▶Call Taxi for Individuals with Severe Disabilities Call taxis for individuals with severe disabilities are equipped with special devices to accommodate special needs. ▶Lee Bok-hui / Individual with Severe Disabilities “There are many elements in the subway tem that makestravel for thosewho have severe disabilities unsafe. That is why I use these call taxis” Currently, there is one such call taxi for every 200 individuals with severe disabilities. ▶Gyeonggi to Double Call Taxi vs User Ratio GyeonggiProvince will spend KRW 10.7 billion this yearto double this ratio. ▶Investment Planned in 4 Facility Categories This is one of four improvement plans for individuals with limited mobility. ▶MoreCall Taxis for Individuals with Severe Disabilities and More Low-floor Buses ▶Establishment of Transportation Support System and Technical Support Center Other categories include morelow-floorbuses and the establishment of an area-wide transportation support tem as well asthe expansion of a technical support center. ▶KRW 11.2 Billion Earmarked for Low Floor Bus Operations For expanded low-floor bus operations,KRW 11.2billion was earmarked. ▶Area-wide Transportation Support System for Integrated Transportation Information Services The area-wide transportation support tem, in which KRW 700 million will be invested, will provide integrated transportation information services for individuals with limited mobility. ▶Technical Support Center for Continuous Improvement of Transportation Convenience Established in 2015, the technical support center will expand service conveniences such as Braille information and audio traffic signals. ▶Lee Gi-pyo / Director, Gyeonggi Universal Design Center Convenience Improvement Division “There are many facilities for individuals with limited mobility that are not effectively installed. We will also improve such facilities through on-site investigations…” In a national surveylast month, Gyeonggi Province was ratedas the local autonomy with the highest level of transportation convenience for individuals with limited physical mobility. This year’s provincial budget will further improve such convenience. Article 2.Gyeonggi’s‘Happy Car Share’After 1 Year of Operation170508-2 [Anchor’s Headline]A year ago, Gyeonggi Province introduced the‘Happy Car Share’ tem, a free provincial vehicle rental service available to residents during holidays and weekends. Over the past year, the total travel distance served by provincial vehicles has exceeded the equivalent of 9 times the circumference of Earth. To date, more than 7,400 residents have used Happy Car Share services. ▶7,400 Residents Used Happy Car Share Services That meansmore than 600 residents used Gyeonggi Province’s public vehicles per month on average for holiday travel. Some usershave even become regulars. ▶Ahn Dong-hyun / Happy Car Share User “I could undertakeimportant travel thanks to the car sharing services. Thiswouldn’t have been possible by public transportation. I think it is a noble idea to share public vehicles with residents.” The Happy Car Share services were launched on May 5 last year. ▶Range of Users Expanded Initially open to those in low income brackets, the servicesubjects were later expanded to single parents, multicultural families and families with more than one child. ▶GTV Reporter Ku Yeong-seul “Vehicles are available from 7 am on the first day of weekends or holidays to 7 pm on the last day for aperiodof two days to ten days.” The Happy Car Share services, whichutilize provincial vehicles on non-workingdays,were launched by Gyeonggi Province for the first time in Korea. ▶1,600+ Gyeonggi Provincial VehiclesServed To date, a total of more than 1,600 provincial vehicles have been used for these services. ▶Kim Seong-woo / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Vehicle Support Team “We will eventually expand the services to all 31 localities of the province. For now, we plan to expand these services to 14 localities in January of 2018.” Gyeonggi provincial vehicles in the Happy Car Share program are delivering happiness to all parts of the nation. Gyeonggi Province will continue to expand these services to so that more residents can benefit. Article 3.G-Fair Korea Slated for November 170508-3 [Anchor’s Headline]According to the organizers of Gyeonggi Province’s G-Fair Korea, the largest SME product exhibition in Korea, this year’s event will see its transformationinto an international event as well as the addition of the New Growth Engine Hall. Last year, G-Fair Korea featured the products of 1,101 enterprises at 1,305 booths, and attracted representatives of more than 600 overseas companies as well as326 local buyers. ▶2016 G-Fair Korea Achieved USD 482 Million in Exports and KRW 45.4 Billion in Local Sales During last year’s event, exports totaling USD 482 million as well as local contracts amounting to KRW 45.4 billion were realized. ▶New Growth Engine Hall This year, G-Fair Korea will see theexpansion of participating enterprises from manufacturers to those in all industrial fieldsthroughthe addition of the New Growth Engine Hall.With international exhibition certification, G-Fair Korea will also become one of the three largest international trade fairs in Asia. ▶Participation of 100 Overseas Enterprises Targeted The organizers also target the participation of 100 overseas enterprises through invitation. This will be a significant increase from 10 enterprises in previous events. ▶Lee So-chun / Director, Gyeonggi Province International Trade Division “We expect that there will be a significant decrease in the number of Chinese buyers this year. However, we will pursue participation from other Asian markets as well as from Europe through invitations.” G-Fair Korea, which marks itstwentieth occasion this year, is slated to open on November 1 for a four-day run at the KINTEX exhibition center in Goyang 고양 City. Article 4.GyeonggiBegins Pet Business Startup Support 170510-1 [Anchor’s Headline]With the pet market growing rapidly in Korea, Gyeonggi Province began providing business startup support to those who are preparing to open new businesses in pet industry fields. ▶Pet Product Manufacturing Enterprise, Dongducheon City This cat tower manufacturerand sales shop uses quality wood. Although the prices arehigher than those of plastic products, the products of this shop are more durable and have been gaining popularity via word of mouth. ▶Han Cho-heung / Cat Tower Shopper “I bought a cheap cat tower last time; it didn’t last long and smelled bad. I am now looking for an environment-friendly wooden cat tower.” Pet products are becoming more diverse and encompassing a new range of products such ashigh-quality furniture and nutritional supplements. This is partly because pets are increasingly being viewed as companions in Korea. ▶Jang Sun-hyuk / CEO, Pet Nutritional Supplement Enterprise “There are an increasing number of customers who used to only buy cat food and dog food,but who now buy food supplements for the healthier lives of their pets.” The size of the Korean pet and pet product market is estimated to be approximately KRW 2 trillion. ▶Gyeonggi Begins Pet Business Startup Support The pet industry has been seeing double-digit growth in recent years in Korea, and is expected to continue to grow. However, imported products still comprise a large proportion of this market. ▶Kim Yun-bok / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Business Startup Support Team “Gyeonggi Province is home to approximately 280,000 pets, nearly 30 percent of the national total. We launchedthis support since there is a growing need.” Provincialpet business startup support includes operational cost support of up to KRW 15 million per business as well as free business spaceif necessary.Gyeonggi Province expects that this support will have diverse effects increating new jobs, promoting domestic products and stimulatingthe local economy. Article 5.Gyeonggi SupportsFormer Japanese ReformatoryDetainees 170510-2 [Anchor’s Headline]In Gyeonggi Province, theSeongam 선감 Reformatorywas an institutionin which children and juveniles were subjected to violence and forced labor during and after the Japanese Occupation. Gyeonggi Provinceannounced a support program for theseformer detainees 35 years after the closure of the reformatory. ▶Gyeong-dong, Incheon City Kim 김춘근lived in this reformatory for 22 years from 1961. He still remembers the miserable days he spent there. ▶Kim Chun-geun / Former Seongam Reformatory Detainee “We used to be beaten with pickaxes or baseball bats. They were the fixtures in the room.” The Seongam 선감 Reformatory was located on the current site of the Gyeonggi Creation Center on Seongam 선감 Island. ▶Reformatory for Juvenile Vagrants Established by the Japanese in 1942, this detention center was a reformatory in name only. It was, in fact, a forced labor camp to which random childrenof 8 to 18 years of age were brought forcefully and where they were subjected to labor and constant violence. ▶Gyeonggi Launches Support Seongam Reformatory Victims Gyeonggi Province and the Gyeonggi Provincial Assemblyannounced the launch of a support program for Seongam Reformatory victims ▶Seongam Reformatory Victims Memorial Service Slated for May 27 The Seongam 선감 Reformatory Victims Memorial Committee, which was established under a related ordinance, plans to hold a memorial service on May 27. ▶JeongDae-yun / CXhairman, Seongam Reformatory Victims Memorial Committee “We will perform intensive investigations to reveal the truth. No more children and juveniles should suffer such a violation of human rights.” ▶Seongam Reformatory Case Investigation to Begin The reformatory victims support program will begin with the excavation of the remains of victims and the performance of a memorial service after the commissioning of investigations in November. Article 6.Gyeonggi Livestock FarmsEarn from Farm Tours 170510-3 [Anchor’s Headline]Gyeonggi Province has been promoting the diversification of farms into processing, salesand farm touroperationsfor development as a6th industry,a combination of the first, second and third industries. Recently, livestock farms that have beenoperating farm tourshave realized large amounts of additional income. ▶Livestock Farm, Paju City At this livestock farm, for the first time in their lives, young children marvel at feeding calves themselves. ▶Cho Gyeong-min Age 7 “The calfsucked milk hard when I fed him. That felt good.” This livestock farm offers farm tours to children to show them different stages of animal growth as well as milking and cheese-makingprocesses. ▶Moon Gyeong-a / Farm Tour Guide “We have groups that range from 20 to several hundred children. Most of them are from childcare center or kindergartens. We also have families during weekends.” ▶Gyeonggi Invested KRW 3.5 Billion in Livestock Farm Tour Operations Since 2007, Gyeonggi Provincehas provided livestock farms with support totaling KRW 3.5 billion for development asa6th industrywhile also helping farmers increase their income levels and competitiveness. ▶Gyeon Hong-su / Director, Gyeonggi Province Livestock Policy Division “Gyeonggi Province has helped 10 livestock farms create experience programs since 2007 so as to develop the 6th industry. These farms have160,000 visitors and additional income of KRW 2.3 billion annually.” Gyeonggi Province plans to provide four more livestock farmswith farm tour development supportthis year. Support will continue to include pig, chicken and beekeeping farms. Article 7.National Positioning Number Plates forCyclist Safety 170511-3 [Anchor’s Headline]With the number of cyclists exceeding 14 millionand bicycle accidentsincreasing,Gyeonggi Provinceplans asignificant increase in the number of national positioning number plates for emergency rescues on bicycle roads in the province. ▶Gyeonggi Province Disaster What is the national positioning number DaSa64461625. Okay, medics will be there right away.” Only two minutes after the caller gave the information requested, emergency rescuers arrive at the scene. ▶National Positioning Number Plates on Bicycle Roads Such a quick responsewas made possible by referencing anational positioning number plate installed alongside the bicycle road. ▶Jeong Yun-gi / Fire Officer, Gyeonggi ProvinceDisaster it is linked to emergency treatment information. ▶Cho Chang-hui / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Address Management Team “This year, Gyeonggi Province will install national positioning number plates at 229 locations on bicycle roads on riverbanks, and expand installationsthrough site surveys on an ongoing basis.” Over the past five years, the number of bicycle accident-related emergency rescue cases in Gyeonggi Provinceincreased by more than 3,000. ▶Response Time Improves throughCommon Use by Police, Fire and Forest Offices The common use of national positioning numbers by police, fire and forest officials helps improve response times to accident reports. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2017.05.12Greetings, 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.GyeonggiLaunches Consultation Services for Working Mothers 170501-2 [Anchor’s Headline]In Korea, pregnancy, childbirth and childnursing are the leading causes of career discontinuation among female workers.In order to help working women with these issues, Gyeonggi Provinceopened a consultation service desk that can be accessed easily by phone or online. ▶Kim Du-ri / Working Mother, Anyang City Kim 김두리 is working as a consultant at a local welfare center. She plans to apply for a parental leave. However, she finds it very difficult to broach the subjectsince she is one of only three staff members at her job, and more so since she went on maternity leave only a year ago. ▶Kim Du-ri / Working Mother “”I even worry if my position will still be there for me when I want to return to work, or if the replacement worker willbe preferred over me when I do.” ▶Gyeonggi Launches Consultation Servicesfor Working Women In Gyeonggi Province, 22.1 percent of married women in the workforce are forced to give up their jobs due to difficulties in managing childbirth or childcare while working. Gyeonggi Province opened this service desk to alleviate such difficulties through consultationswithlabor attorneysvia telephone or online. ▶Cho Hyun-min / Labor Attorney “We will provide guidance about how to express one’s wishes to their employers and how to get assistance. We can even provide assistance with legal processes if necessary.” Consultationsin person are also available free of charge for up to five visits. ▶Linkage with Related Services Users may be linked to related specialist services if necessary. ▶Lee Yeon-hui / Director, Gyeonggi Province Women Policy Division “We will provide support to women who face difficulties in pursuing both work and childcare so as to enable them to continue the development of their potential while maintaining happy home lives.” ▶Gyeonggi Province Working Mom Info: http://cafe.naver.com/ggworkingmom ▶Gyeonggi Province Home-n-Work Support Center ☎ 031-22-3909 Services can be accessed online via theGyeonggi Province Working Mom Information homepage or by phone throughthe Gyeonggi Province Home-n-Work Support Center Article 2.Gyeonggi Supports Youths Who Leave Child Welfare Institutions 170502-3 [Anchor’s Headline]Children who live inwelfare institutions should leave such facilities when they reach the age of 18. Despite initial living cost support, these youths often face difficulties making ends meet. Such youths will now be provided with monthly living cost support by Gyeonggi Province. ▶Child Welfare Institution, Dongducheon City Without a family, Kim 김민수 has been living in a child welfare institution. As a child, he dreamed of becoming a magician. However, he is deeply worried since he should soon leave the institution and pursue an independent life in real world. ▶Kim Min-su / Child Welfare Institution Resident “I haven’t got much time until I should leave. I am worried if I can do well. I am also worried about finding employment since I do not have many useful vocation certifications” Those who reach 18 years of age should leave their institutions regardless of their employment status. Initial living cost support of KRW 5 million is all they will have if they leave without employment. ▶Lee Myeong-seon / Director, Child Welfare Institution “There are programs that help resident children learn to pursue independent lives. However, they often find themselves in financial difficulties when they go out and start living independently.” ▶Gyeonggi to Provide Monthly Living Cost Support to Youths Leaving Institutions Monthly living cost support of KRW 420,000 will be provided in addition to the initial support. ▶Muhandolbom Welfare Support for Families in Critical Situations This monthly support program is part of the Muhandolbom 무한돌봄 welfare support tem for families in critical situations. Itincludessupport for employment searches and air-conditioning costs. ▶Park Sang-yong / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Muhandolbom Team “We expanded support for families in critical situations to include support for deposit payments and nursing costs.” Families with monthly income of less than KRW 3.5 million based on 4-person family are eligible to apply for this support. Article 3.Gyeonggi Finalizes Revised Supplementary Budget 170502-1 [Anchor’s Headline]Gyeonggi Provincecompleted this year’s first revised supplementary budget plan of KRW 22 trillion. This additional funding will be used primarily in fields relating to living including job creation for youths and transportation. ▶Revised Supplementary Budget KRW 22 Trillion With this revised supplementary budget, the original budget was increased by KRW 2.33 trillionto KRW 22 trillion. This supplementary budget was planned three months earlier than last year’s, which was planned in August. ▶Oh Byeong-gwon / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Planning Article 4.Gyeonggito Value Competency in Youth Employment Support 170501-1 [Anchor’s Headline]Starting this year, Gyeonggi Province will value the specialtiesof individuals more than certified qualifications in the selection of youth employment support recipients.This change of criteria stems from the need for competent personnel among employers. ▶Home Appliance Manufacturer, Hwaseong City The number of employees at this enterprise almost doubledin recent years. However, this company faces difficulties each time it recruits new personnel since job applicationsusually show excessive qualifications. ▶Cho Yun-mi / Manager, Home Appliance Enterprise “There are problems. New employees find it difficult to adjust in the jobs. Some even leave the company soon.” ▶Meeting on Gyeonggi Province’s Customized Employment SupportApril 28 These days, public offices and large enterprises employ new personnel based on the National Competency Standards, or NCS. ▶NCS Specifies 800+ Items Required for Job Performance NCS specifies more than 800 items in the categories of knowledge, techniques and attitudes that are required for job performance. Using NCS, employers can define personnel requirements that can be used by applicants in their preparations. ▶Gyeonggi Province to Use NCS in Youth Employment Support Programs Starting this year, Gyeonggi Province will operate youth employment support programs based on NCS. To this end, specialists will visit employers to identify their requirements, which can then be used to train, assess and recommend individuals. ▶320 Job Searchers and 100 Employers This year, the program targets an employment rate of 70 percent among 320 registered job searchers at 100 enterprises. ▶Choi Won-yong / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Employment Policy Bureau “Webelieve it is important to satisfy both employers and job searchers by enabling the employment of competent personnel for quality jobs.” Beginning with this program Gyeonggi Province plans to create competency-based employment tems that can minimize mismatches between employers and job searchers. Article 5.Gyeonggi Abounds with Good Holiday Destinations in May170502-2 [[Anchor’s Headline]In Korea, the month May this year is packed with holidays and is also deemed‘family month’. There are many good holiday destinations in Gyeonggi Provinceas well asdiscount events to enjoy during these holidays. ▶Byeolbaragi Village, Gapyeong County This village in Gapyeong 가평 County of Gyeonggi Provincefeatures a pine nut festival. Children are invited to create many things with pine cones and to experience pine-nut grinding with their parents. ▶Son Da-gyeom / Child from Hwaseong City “It was fun to make a pine nut pouch and to grind pine nuts. It was more fun because my mom and dad were with me.” ▶Tak Jong-hyeon / Parent from Seongnam City “It was wonderful to come and experience country life with my children and wife during these rare long holidays.” Overnight farm experience programs withentry fees discounted20 percent are currently being offered in nine villages in northern provincial regions until May 14. Participants can experience country life just like they can see in popular TV programs that feature similar experiences. ▶Yeoju, Icheonuntil May 28 Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale The cities of Yeoju 여주, Gwangju 광주 and Icheon 이천 are hosting the GyeonggiInternational Ceramic Biennale. This ceramic festival also features ‘Spring is for Travelling Parents’ program. This program offers discounts on admission fees to adult children who accompany their parents. Reservations can be made via the ceramic biennale homepage. ▶JeongHye-in / Visitor from Gwangju City “This is the first time I came to see the ceramic biennale. I wasn’t overly interested in visiting crowded places, but was impressed by the artistic beauty of Korean ceramics.” There are also a variety of holiday programs offered by local authorities. Suwon 수원 City offers free admission to tourist destinations as well as discounts on a Korean archery experience. There are prize-winning events at a traditional market in Bucheon 부천 City. Gimpo 김포 City offers pleasure boat rides for only KRW 1,000 to those who visit more than two tourist destinations in the city. Provincial museums also offer free admission during holidays in May. Article 6.Gyeonggi Trade Fair Results in Deals Totaling USD 76 Million 170501-3 [Anchor’s Headline]On April 27, a trade fair titled 2017 ASEAN DAY was held that featured theproducts of enterprises in Gyeonggi Province. During this event, participating enterprises secured deals totaling USD 76 million. ▶KINTEX Exhibition Center, Goyang City April 27 2017 ASEAN DAY This trade fair was organized by Gyeonggi Provincefor buyers from Asian countries including Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Indonesia. ▶Tan Kenchong / Buyer from Malaysia “I came here to look for some Korean suppliers because the quality of Korean productsis very good.” One of the participating enterprises was a coffee mix company that began exporting its products to Taiwan last year. ▶Hwang Oi-seon / Overseas Marketing Manager, Gaveon Co., Ltd. “Since we have just begun to export our products, it is important for us to meet as many buyers as possible.” The 2017 ASEAN DAY was an export promotional event for more than 280 SMEsoperating in fields that benefit from free trade agreements between Korea and ASEAN countries. ▶700+ Deals Totaled USD 76 Million During the event, more than 700 deals were realized totaling approximately USD 76 million. Many participating enterprises were able to launch their products in Asian countries for the first time through this event. Article 7.Gyeonggi Pursues Legalization of Food Bikes 170504-1 [Anchor’s Headline]Last month, for the first time in Korea, Gyeonggi Province introduced food bikesto the public at its cherry blossom festival. From the end of May, the provincial government will begin trial food bikeoperations while pursuing the process of their legalization. ▶GyeonggiSangsang Campus Jeong 정지수 and Lee 이은지, graduates in design, were experiencing difficulties finding employment. They were contemplating opening a business with design products when they heard about the food bike idea contest. ▶Food Bike Doubles Design Promotion Media Taking advantage of the environment-friendly image of food bikes, they chose to sell detoxifying drinks while promoting the eco bags and mats they designed. ▶Jeong Ji-su, Lee Eun-ji / Food Bike Idea Contestants “We were in need of a means of advertising our design products. We think our food bike can attract interest and serve that purpose.” Kim 김지훈, who has been developing an indoor cultivating tem, was another food bike idea contestant. ▶Food Bike Business Requires Small Investment Unlike other businesses, one can launch a food bike with only a small investment that typicallydoes not exceed KRW 1.5 million. ▶Kim Ji-hoon / Food Bike Idea Contestant “It is a good business form that can be launchedusing little capital. It is also very versatile in idea application.” ▶First Food Bikes Introduced at Cherry Blossom Festival The first food bikes were introduced during the cherry blossom festival at the Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex this past April. During the festival, the ten food bikes that were selected from among forty contestants drew considerableinterest from festival visitors. ▶Go Bong-tae / Director, Gyeonggi Province Regulatory Reform Division “We are pursuing the legalization of food bikes using the models introduced. We plan to operate these models in provincial localities from the end of May.” Gyeonggi Province plans to operate food bikes at a food truck festival that begins at the end of May for a 6-month run. Pursuit of the legalization process will follow based on the results. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2017.05.04Greetings, 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 1.2017 Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale Opens 170424-2 [Anchor’s Headline]On April 22, theGyeonggiInternational Ceramic Biennale openedfor a 37-day run at three venues in the cities of Yeoju 여주, Gwangju 광주 and Icheon 이천. With the ‘life 여주 Ceramic World that depict artists’ notions on life and death. ▶Jeong Han-ju / Curator, Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale, Yeoju “This exhibition will provide viewers with an opportunity to think about themselves as well as their loved ones and to value life from a new perspective.” ▶Gwangju Gobjiam Ceramic Park At the Gwangju 광주 event, the origin of modern life is pursued by reinterpreting historical items from around the world and connecting them with modern counterparts. ▶Eric Yan van der Kerl from Netherlands “Old is seen in a new way; that I like about. So, it’s new and old and combination of it…” This year’s international ceramic biennale features a portion of this year’s theme at each venue:‘life of the past’at Gwangju 광주 Ceramic Park, ‘modern life’ at Icheon 이천 Cerapia, and ‘death’ at Yeoju 여주 Ceramic World. ▶Jeon Seong-jae / Director, Cultural Projects, Korea Ceramic Foundation “These exhibitions are wonderful places at which viewers can appreciate and experience modern and traditional ceramics and hear about them from artists.” ▶Icheon Cerapia The Icheon 이천 venue hosts diverseinternational exhibitions that feature the works of invited artistsas well as a special exhibition of Neil Brownsword. There are also a variety of entertaining programs such as ceramic making and a clay battle for families and children. ▶Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale Continues until May 28 Marking its eighteenth occasion this year, the Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale will continue until May 28. Article 2.Gyeonggi Expands Financing for Low Credit Enterprises 170425-2 [Anchor’s Headline]Individuals with low credit ratings face difficulties borrowing money and often have to resort to quick loans at high interest rates.Gyeonggi Province announced that this year it will increase the budget for ‘Good Morning Loan’, a low-interest financing program for such individuals. ▶Lee Gap-ki / Anyang City Resident Lee 이갑기 started a franchise restaurant last year. When business slowed, he needed to borrow money to pay salaries and operational costs. However, all his loan applications were denied based on his low credit rating that resulted from his filing for rehabilitation six years ago when his previous business failed. He had to use expensive loans until he was relieved by the Good Morning Loans of Gyeonggi Province. ▶Lee Gap-ki / Good Morning Loan User “Individuals with low credit ratingsface severe discrimination in financialcircles. However, Good Morning Loanis granted on a long-term basis regardless of credit ratings and at a very low interest rate.” The Good Morning Loans are available to individuals with low credit ratings at an interest rate of 2 percent without the requirement of collateral. These provincial loans are also available to retirees, multicultural families, and singleparent families. This financial instrument even pays back 20 percent of the interest paid withon-time completion of repayment. ▶Gyeonggi to Expand Good Morning Loans The budget for the Good Morning Loans was increased to KRW 16 billion this year. ▶Kim Haeng-im / Deputy Director, Working-Class Loan Team “It is a 28 percent increase from last year and can cover more than a thousand contracts.” Last year, 727 individuals received Good Morning Loans totaling KRW 12.5 billion ▶Gyeonggi Credit Guarantee Foundation ☎ 1577-5900 Those wishing seeking more information or wishing to apply for a Good Morning Loan cancontact the Gyeonggi Credit Guarantee Foundation. Article 3.GyeonggiFosters Economic Ties with Singapore 170425-1 [Anchor’s Headline]Last week, Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pilvisited Singapore and Thailand to fostertrade opportunities in these emerging markets. He began his tour with a visit to the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce April 24 Meeting with Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce April 24 Signing of Investment MOUbetween Gyeonggi Province and Versum Materials In the afternoon, Governor Nam signed an investment agreement with Versum Materials, a global electronic materials company. ▶Investment of USD 35 Million to Create 400+ New Jobs This investment, which will amount to USD 35 million, will have the effect of creating more than 400 new jobs in Gyeonggi Province. The ensuing production of core semiconductor elements will also contribute to the local semiconductor material industry and exports. ▶Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “We will provide every possible support so this enterprise is encouraged to invest more.” After his visit to Singapore, Governor Nam headed to Thailand, an emerging distribution hub in Southeast Asia. Article 4.Gyeonggi Opens Desk for New Technologies 170424-1 [Anchor’s Headline]Gyeonggi Province opened a new desk to assist enterprises seeking to participate in public projects in new technology and patent matters. This desk will alleviate difficulties faced by these enterprises, especially after the introduction of the Bribery April 190 Gyeonggi Province New Technology Article 5.GyeonggiHelpsWomenReturn to Workforce 170424-3 [Anchor’s Headline]Gyeonggi Province has been providing women seeking to return to the workforce after marriage and childbirth with vocational educationin a variety of fields.Education courses include those relating to advanced technologyfields such as virtual reality, augmented reality and drones. ▶Seocheon Primary School, Yongin City Lee 이주현works as an after-school drone teacher at a primary school. Five years after she gave up work to become a full-time mother, she could easily find this job thanks to the provincial education program. ▶Lee Ju-hyun / Career Resuming Woman “I quit my previous job after childbirth. After receiving drone camera education, I could work again as a teacher and a freelance camerawoman while learning other related subjects.” ▶2,600+ GyeonggiWomen to Receive Vocational Education This Year This year, Gyeonggi Province plans to provide vocational education to more than 2,600 women who seek to return to the workforce. ▶123 Education Courses This year’s education program features 123 course subjects including an increased number of advanced technology fields as well as conventional professional education courses. ▶6 High Added Value Courses Also included for first time this year are six courses in fields that generate high added value. ▶Lee Yeon-hui / Director, Gyeonggi Province Women Policy Division “Education in high added value areas will be provided in linkage with local communities so as to provide career-interrupted women with quality education.” Gyeonggi Province’s vocational education program for career-resuming women has proven successful, achieving anemployment rate of nearly 70 percent among graduates. ▶Gyeonggi Province New Employment Center ☎1544-1199 Applications for education are being received by the Gyeonggi Province New Employment Center. Article 6.Gyeonggi’s Big Data Business Startup Support Effective 170426-2 [Anchor’s Headline]Gyeonggi Province’s big data business startup support provided last year has seen great results. The nine new enterprises that received provincial support have successfully secured investments totaling KRW 570 million. ▶Big Data Enterprise, Seoul An artificially intelligent robot generates articles about the stock market in an easy-to-read format by analyzinga large amount of stock market information. This 3-person ‘robot journalism’ technology enterprise was able to raise funds of KRW 200 million in only six month of itslaunch thanks to Gyeonggi Province’s big data business startup support program. This company is now well on its way to growth. ▶An Sang-seon / CEO of New Big Data Enterprise “We received business startup support as well as consultation services and information directly from those enterprises listed on the stock market. The recognition of our business by Gyeonggi Province led to our winning a contract amounting KRW 20 million.” Gyeonggi Province has been providing intensive support to the nine big data enterprises that were selected through a contestlast year. ▶Provincially Supported Big Data Businesses Secure Investments of KRW 570 Million The investments in these enterprises were realized through promotional events also supported by the province ▶Business Presentation Event and Mentoring Services These promotional events included business presentations in front of potential investors as well as one-on-one mentoring services and technical education. ▶Park Jong-seo / Director, Gyeonggi Province Big Data Division “We plan to improve the business selection method for this year’s contest so as to improve the results of provincial support.” Gyeonggi Province has been nurturing new businesses in big data fields and subsequently providing support so as to promote industry in these fields and lead the fourth industrialrevolution in Korea. Article 7.Old Bridge in DMZ Becomes Popular Tourist Spot 170426-3 [Anchor’s Headline]Last December, the remnant of a river bridge from the Korean Warin the Demilitarized Zone was opened to the public after restoration as anobservatoryfor tourists. It iscalled‘Sky Walk’. ▶Dokgae Bridge Sky Walk, Paju City This bridge is located beyond the Civilian Control Line and is the only place in the area above this line that civilians can visit without Ministry of Defense permission.Restored as a tourist attraction, this bridge offers panoramic views of the ironic scene of nature and war. ▶Ban Byeong-suk / Visitor from Hanam City “It is frustrating not to be able to cross the river. I wish that our country could be reunited and people on both sides of the rivercan cross the bridge freely. It is so sad that I almost feel like crying.” ▶Yu Sun-wol / Visitor from Hanam City “My father was born in Pyeongyang. Up until his death, he longed to go back home. I want to go and see his home town, too.” This bridge, which was part of the railroad that connected South and North Korea, was destroyedduring the Korean War. ▶14,000 Visitors within One Month of Opening The Sky Walk on this bridge has attracted more than 14,000 visitors within one month being transferred to a charged admission tem. This bridge was also nicknamed ‘The Train Whistle to Tomorrow’ by a Korean poet. ▶GTV Reporter Kim Tae-hui “From the second floor of the Sky Walk, visitors can still see the remainders of the bridge pillars that carry the scars of the war.” At the entrance to the bridge, a steam engine draws the attention of visitors with its interior restored and lined with photographs, together with aminiature replica of the entire bridge before the war. ▶Yu Chung-ho / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province DMZ Preservation Team “With national defense becoming a subject of major public concern, this place is ideal for children to study history. It can also provide special memories to families and love ones as well as those who miss home in the north.” With the nearby Imjingak 임진각 Marshland Park set toopen next year and the Ecology Tourism Support Center that opened last year,the Train Whistle to Tomorrow is expected to attract more visitors in the years to come. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2017.04.28Greetings, 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. Article 1.Gyeonggi Supports Youths InheritingFamily Businesses 170417-2 [Anchor’s Headline]There are youths who lead lives differently from others by choosing to inherita family business. Gyeonggi Province launched a support program for such youths since they oftenhave fewer sources of needed support. ▶ JangYong-hui / Kitchenware Manufacturer Jang 장용희 took over her mother’s kitchenware manufacturing business when she became ill. With a number of her mother’s clever ideas and inventions, the business outlook was promising. However, Jang needed to learn quickly in order to successfully lead the business. ▶ Small Family-owned Business Support Program of Gyeonggi Province Thanks to Gyeonggi provincialsupport for small family-owned businesses, Jang was able to learn and expand the business. ▶Jang Yong-hui / Gyeonggi ProvinceSmall Family-owned Business Support Beneficiary “I was inspired by the stories told by those who succeeded in inheriting family businesses. Their experience helped me overcome challenges.” Success story sharing was part of the education Jang received. ▶ Education, Financial Article 2.Gyeonggi’s Paju Hospital Opens Medical Checkup Center 170417-3 [Anchor’s Headline]The Paju 파주 Hospital of the Gyeonggi Medical Center recently opened a medical checkup center; its extensive medical facilities enable users to receive comprehensive checkupsat a single site without waiting. ▶Medical Checkup Center,Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center Paju Hospital Before the opening of this center, users had to visita number of different medical departments, each time waiting to be called. ▶Lee Jong-gyeong / Medical Checkup Center User “It used to take a whole day since each checkup item was handled by a different department. This center is much more efficient.” The construction of this medical checkup center, whichoccupies nearly one thousand squaremeters in a two-story building, cost KRW 2.6 billion. In addition to all basic health checkup facilities, this center also has facilities for dementia and stress tests. ▶ One-stop Medical Checkup Services Since this center is located separately from the rest of the hospital, users can receive one-stop servicesin one // ▶Kim Hyun-seung / Director, Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center Paju Hospital “We will operate this medical checkup center actively so as to protect our residents’ health.” The Paju Hospital receives nearly 20,000 patients monthly on average. With the new medical checkup center, the number of users is expected to increase, especially from nearby industrial areas. ▶Shin Nang-hyun / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Health 파주 Hospital so as to promote the hospital as a major medical service institute in northern provincial regions. Article 3.Gyeonggi Holds Auditions to Support New Enterprises170418-1 [Anchor’s Headline]On April 17, Gyeonggi Provincesigned an agreement with a provincial organization and private investment enterprises on expanded support for‘Up Creative Audition’, a business presentation event that identifiesnew enterprises with high growth potential. ▶‘Up Creative Audition’ This event, which began in 2015 in an audition format, alsoprovides participating enterprises with an opportunity to connect with investors. ▶16 Enterprises Secured Investment of KRW 2.6 Billion At the latestevent,16 enterprises were able to secure investment totalingKRW 2.6 billion from potential investors who acted as judges. ▶Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex April 17 Signing of Up Creative Audition Support Expansion Agreement The agreement was signed at the Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex. ▶Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “We have been trying to find ways in which to makeour support produce substantial results. I believe that we can achieve that by working together. Let us give our youths hope and help their businesses become new economic growth engines.” The enterprises selected at the audition event are provided with diverse provincial support. ▶Han Ui-nyung / Director, Gyeonggi ProvinceBusiness Article 4.Gyeonggi Libraries Feature Variety of Programs in April 170418-2 [Anchor’s Headline]During the month of April, public libraries in Gyeonggi Provincewill feature a variety of programs including performances, lectures and exhibitions for residents of all ages. Our reporter examined the details. ▶AnseongCity Iljuk Library At this library in Anseong 안성 City of Gyeonggi Province, young children burst out in laughter at the voices of the performers during a puppet show.The library was transformed into a performance hall. ▶Lee Ye-na aged 7 / Viewer “I like the m// and the pig. They are funny.” ▶Hwaseong City Taean Library At this library in Hwaseong 화성 City, the author of a bestseller was invited to tell the story about the book ata lecture that was organized to promote reading among adults. ▶200 Gyeonggi Public Libraries Feature Various Cultural Events The week from April 12 to 18 is Library Week in Korea. During this week, as well as other weeks during the month, more than 200 public libraries in Gyeonggi Provincewill feature a variety of cultural events. These will range from performances and experiential programs for children to liberal art lectures for adults aimed at the promotion of reading. Most events will run until the end of the month. ▶GwonMun-ju / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Library Policy Team “To create libraries that promise happy futures for everyone, we are operating a number of programs such as reading festivals, library service expansions and support for small libraries.” Anyone interested in participating in library programs this April shouldinquireatindividual libraries. Article 5.Gyeonggi Promotes Direct Sowing of Rice 170418-3 [Anchor’s Headline]For rice farming in Korea, the reduction of production costs is criticalas the competitive power of domestic rice keeps weakening.To help overcome this challenge, the Gyeonggi Agricultural Research or GARES - has been promoting direct rice sowing. ▶Gyeonggi Agricultural Research April 12 Direct Rice Sowing Education and Demonstration On April 12, GARES held a direct rice-sowing education and demonstration event. During the event, variousdirect sowing techniques as well as blight control techniques were introduced to rice farmers in the province. ▶Trial Rice Farm Operation Using Direct Sowing This year, GARES also plans to operate a trial 100-hectare rice farm using direct sowing. ▶Han Jae-su / Farming Instructor,Gyeonggi Agricultural Research Article 6.Seoul-Gyeonggi-Inchoen Transportation Organization 170419-1 [Anchor’s Headline]Transportation issues in Seoul and surrounding urban areasareoften extremely difficult to resolvesince each autonomous body involved has different policies. In order to resolve such issues on a fundamental level, a movement is being launchedto establish a common transportation organization. ▶Korean National Assembly April 14 Forum on Area Wide Transportation Organization Establishment On April 14, a forum was held to discuss the establishment of this organization. Present at the forum wererepresentatives of the Gyeonggi Research Institute, the Korea Transport Institute,and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure Article 7.GCGF Fosters Ties with 11 Economic Organizations 170420-2 [Anchor’s Headline]On April 17, the Gyeonggi Credit Guarantee Foundation signed agreements with 11 economic organizations in Gyeonggi Provinceregarding support for affiliatedSMEs and small businessesthat have business potential but lack financialresources. ▶Printing Enterprise, Suwon City Lee 이주석, the owner of a printing enterprise for nearly 30 years, had been wanting to replace hisequipment. However, he was unable to get a loan due to aninferior financial standing. He turned to the Gyeonggi Credit Guarantee Foundation and was granted a loan that solved his problem. ▶Lee Ju-seok / CEO of Printing Enterprise “I could replace the vehicle and purchase enough materials. I pay salaries to employees on time now.” ▶Gyeonggi Province Business April 17 Cooperation Agreement on SME& Small Business Support These agreements are aimed at enabling SMEs and small enterprises facing financial difficulties to realize their business potential and improve competitiveness. ▶Gong Ye-sun / Chairman, Women IT Entrepreneur Association Gyeonggi Branch “There are many small businesses in seriouslydifficult situations. I hope that these businesses can benefit from this agreement on interest rates even by 0.1%” ▶Kim Seong-yong / Vice Chairman, Gyeonggi SME Association “Funding is most important. I hope that, with this agreement, enterprises can receive financing when they need it.” According to these agreements, the Gyeonggi Credit Guarantee Foundation will provide the affiliated enterprises of the 11 organizations with financial guarantee examination services and feediscounts. ▶Kim Byeong-gi / President, Gyeonggi Credit Guarantee Foundation “We have 20 branches. Each branch has agreements with local branches of economic organizations and conducts monthly meetings to identify enterprises that need our support …” Over more than 20 years, the Gyeonggi Credit Guarantee Foundation has provided credit guarantee services to more than 150,000 enterprises. The number will further increase through these agreements. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2017.04.21Greetings, 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 Offices Open to Students for Career Experience 170410-3 [Anchor’s Headline] For the first time, Gyeonggi Province opened its offices to middle school students so as to provide them with a firsthand view of administration work in various fields. This program is geared to help young students with their future career decisions. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex Young middle school students in their uniforms visited the disaster control room at the Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex and listened to an official explain about the tasks performed there during disasters. ▶ Meteorological Policy Adviser “We provide real time analysis data necessary for the management of disaster situations.” Students may choose offices based on their fields of interest and enquire about policies as well as related applications. ▶ Yang Ji-hyun / 1st Year, Suwon Jeongcheon Middle School “It was a very good learning experience that changed the rigid image of public officials I used to have.” ▶ Students Visit Gyeonggi Offices during Free Term Student visits to Gyeonggi provincial offices are taking place during the free term. Free term is a special period introduced to middle schools in the province during which classes consist of discussions and experiences free from the pressure of final examinations. ▶ Ahn Seung-woo / 1st Year, Suwon Jeongcheon Middle School “I did not know much about public officials’ jobs until today. I had a glimpse of what they do and how they do them during this visit.” ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Offices Open for Career Experience This administrative career experience program for young students was organized by Gyeonggi Province and involves the provincial government complex as well as other provincial organizations. ▶ Park Jae-cheol / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Education Cooperation Bureau “This program provides students with opportunities to experience possible careers while enabling the province to determine policy demands for future generations.” Students who participate in this career experience program also have opportunities to converse with officials and share their experiences with other students. ▶ Applications: www.ggoomgil.go.kr Applications to participate in the career experience program are being received via the program homepage. Article 2. Tap Water Proven Most Drinkable at Tasting Event 170410-2 [Anchor’s Headline] On April 7, Gyeonggi Province conducted a public drinking water tasting event to promote the use of tap water. Members of the public were invited to take part in a blind tasting of tap water, bottled water and filtered tap water. Tap water scored highest. ▶ Sim Sang-seon / Gunpo City Resident Sim 심상선 uses a leased water purifier at home for drinking water and tea. He does not feel comfortable drinking tap water. He only uses tap water for washing and cleaning. ▶ Sim Sang-seon / Gunpo City Resident “I don’t consider tap water to be suitable for drinking because it contains large amounts of chemicals such as chloride and has antiseptic odors.” ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex April 7 Drinking Water Tasting Event This drinking water tasting event was held at the Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex so as to promote public awareness of the safety of tap water. Each participating individual chose their preferred water after a blind sampling of three types of water. ▶ Seo Gil-seon / Suwon City Resident "Water A was refreshing and even had a sweet taste to it.” ▶ Park Jeong-yun / Suwon City Resident “Water A tasted similar to the drinking water I get from the purifier at home.” “Water A is in fact tap water. What do you think” “Really Well, perhaps tap water is okay to drink after all.” At this event, tap water was preferred by most participants. ▶ 44.2% Rate Tap Water as Tastiest At the drinking water tasting events, held in 10 localities in the province since last September, tap water was preferred by 44.2 percent of the more than 6,000 participants. ▶ Oh Byeong-gwan / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Water Supply Management Team “Water taste depends on temperature and mineral content. Since tap water contains large amount of minerals, it tastes better than bottled water and filtered tap water, especially when it is cold.” With 60 water quality standard items being consistently controlled, the tap water of Gyeonggi Province maintains its superior quality as drinking water. The province will continue to promote tap water while replacing aged pipes that can affect water quality. Article 3. Gyeonggi Government Complex Cherry Blossom Festival 170410-1 [Anchor’s Headline] The Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex was the scene of a three-day cherry blossom festival from April 7. Accompanied by a variety of entertaining features, this year’s festival attracted more visitors than previous occasions. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex April 7 to 9 2017 Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex Cherry Blossom Festival This time of year, the provincial government complex is crowded with families and couples who come to admire cherry blossoms on hundreds of trees. ▶ Kim Hyo-jeong 170411-1 [Anchor’s Headline] On April 10, the 318th extraordinary session of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly began a five-day run. During this session, a total of 26 items were presented to and deliberated by the related standing committees of the assembly. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Chairman Jeong ki-yeol “I hereby declare the opening of the first general meeting of the 318 extraordinary session.” ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly April 10 1st General Meeting of 318th Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Extraordinary Session In his opening speech, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Chairman Jeong Ki-yeol 정기열 praised the administration for exemplifying the role of a local autonomy in connection with the upcoming presidential election. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Chairman Jeong Ki-yeol “The presence of a large number of local government heads voting for presidential candidates showed the maturity of the local autonomy and its true values in the present day.” In his speech, Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil disclosed the operational framework for provincial administration. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “The entire nation is looking at the changes that occur in Gyeonggi Province. Gyeonggi Province is the future of Korea, and I will always work together with the provincial assembly during the remainder of my term in office.” The items discussed during the session included ordinance proposals regarding working conditions for firefighters and job creation for individuals with disabilities. The first day also saw 5-minute speeches by assembly members. ▶ Lim Byeong-taek / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “There is an urgent need for the establishment of centers to realize ordinance provisions for 43,000 developmental disorder patients and their 130,000 family members.” ▶ Kim Yun-jin / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “I ask the administration to pay special attention to the security and allocation of special educators to ensure that students who need such education are guaranteed of their right to receive the education.” Assembly members also noted the necessity for a microdust education system and countermeasures to Chinese retaliation against the THAAD missile system. ▶ Extraordinary Session Ended on April 14 The 318th extraordinary session of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly ended on April 14 with the second general meeting. Article 5. 2017 Game Show ‘Play Expo’ Slated for May 170411-2 [Anchor’s Headline] With the ‘Play Expo’ show slated for May, a preliminary hands-on event for the newest games to be featured at the show took place at the KINTEX exhibition center in Goyang 고양 City. Our reporter was there. ▶ KINTEX, Goyang City In this realistic racing game, players turn steering wheels and accelerate just as they do with real automobiles. In another game, players in special gear experience dynamic movements in virtual reality. These are among the games that can be experienced at this preliminary event before they are showcased at Play Expo in May. ▶ Kim Min-ho / Seoul Resident “This game is very dynamic. It is very different from existing games since it uses virtual reality. I look forward to seeing many other games at Play Expo with my friends.” This preliminary game event, targeting males in their 20s and 30s, was held at the site of Seoul Motor Show which received more than a million visitors. ▶ 2017 Play Expo May 25 to 28 Representing the future of the Korean game industry, Play Expo will run for four days from May 25 to 28. ▶ Games with Newest Technologies to be Featured This show will feature exemplary games with the newest technologies as well as facilities that enable both consumers and industry professionals to experience the games. ▶ Jeong Hyun-a / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Contents Support Team “The Korean game industry is experiencing difficulties due to blockage of the Chinese market. This show will help the industry find overseas buyers. ▶ Game Audition Planned at Play Expo This year’s Play Expo will also feature indie game auditioning events in which members of the public will experience games and rate them using block chain technology. Free admission to Play Expo is possible if advance registration is made via the official homepage of the show no later than April 30. Article 6. Gyeonggi Supports ICT Business Startup by Youths 170411-3 [Anchor’s Headline] Since 2003, Gyeonggi Province has been engaging internationally in official development assistance, or ODA. This year’s ODA projects will begin with a business startup support program for youths seeking to launch ICT products in Southeast Asian markets. This year, Gyeonggi Province’s ODA projects will focus on the development of new export markets and youth ICT business startup support. ▶ Smart Classroom Project to be Implemented in Vietnam One example is a smart classroom project that will be implemented in Vietnam, Korea’s third largest export market. This project, which uses electronic boards and tablets for teacher-student communication, is a representative ODA project that has been implemented in Mongolia since 2014. This project will contribute to the promotion of the Korean Wave in Vietnam. ▶ ICT Business Startup Education of Foreign Youths Another project involves the invitation of youths from Indonesia and Myanmar, linking them with youths in Korea for ICT business startup education. This project aims to utilize the open platforms of the Startup Campus of Gyeonggi Province and promote technology and personnel exchanges. Gyeonggi Province also plans to promote cooperation with regions in Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar and Russia. ▶ Park No-geuk / Director, Gyeonggi Province Foreign Policy Division “We seek to develop and diversify export markets for enterprises in the province that are facing difficulties due to Chinese economic retaliation against THAAD missile system installations.” Gyeonggi Province is receiving applications for ODA project participation for the second half of this year from NGOs, universities and enterprises until April 19. Article 7. Gyeonggi Food Bikes Debut at Cherry Blossom Festival 170412-2 [Anchor’s Headline] Following the introduction of food trucks last year, this year Gyeonggi Province introduced food bikes, mobile food vendors on bicycles. The first ten food bikes made their debut during the cherry blossom festival at the Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex April 7 to 9 2017 Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex Cherry Blossom Festival A food bike displays colorful cereals to attract customers. The cereal of a customer’s choice is dispensed by turning a knob, making it visually engaging. The food bikes at this festival feature a variety of foods including exotic chocolate fondue and Spanish tapas. ▶ Oh Eun-sil / Visitor from Yongin City “I saw food bikes for the first time here. They offer a variety of fresh and delicious food. They occupy small spaces but are convenient for customers seeking to buy and eat food.” ▶ 10 Food Bikes Introduced as Trial Cases Before institutionally introducing food bikes, Gyeonggi Province selected 10 food bike business models as trial cases and provided each with support of KRW 3 million for design and construction. These food bikes started business at the cherry blossom festival and underwent onsite assessments by specialists and visiting residents. ▶ Food Bikes Rated Excellent Receive KRW 10 Million Prize Money The food bikes that were rated as excellent will receive prize money of KRW 10 million. Gyeonggi Province will continue its support for food bikes. ▶ Na Dae-gyun / Senior Official, Gyeonggi Province Regulatory Reform Team “Food bikes will be operated on a trial basis until December. We will then begin working on the institutionalization of food bikes based on the results with the aim of legalizing them by next year.” Since a food bike business can be launched with an investment of less than KRW 10 million, food bikes will potentially be a popular new job type for youths; those with new business ideas will continue to appear around Gyeonggi Province in the future. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2017.04.13Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Safety Learning Center Opens in Gyeonggi Province 170403-2 [Anchor’s Headline] A safety education center opened at the Everland amusement park in Yongin 용인 City of Gyeonggi Province. Safety education is provided through experiences in simulated disaster situations with the content provided free of charge by the Gyeonggi Province Disaster March 28 Simulated Experiential Facility Installation Agreement The free supply of simulation content was made possible through a cooperation agreement with Samsung C170403-1 [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced that it will spend a record amount this year to eradicate tuberculosis from the province. Although tuberculosis has become rare in the developed world, there are still approximately 6,000 new cases reported in Gyeonggi Province every year. Provincial efforts will focus both on the management of latent tuberculosis and the prevention of its spread. 2-1▶ Early Diagnosis Crucial for Latent Tuberculosis Although latent cases are not infectious, early diagnosis is still important since the disease may manifest in approximately 10 percent of cases. 2-2▶ Kim Nam-ok / Director of Childcare Center “Latent tuberculosis poses no threat to children. However, parents of infants are still concerned because their children are very young, and I believe all infant care center personnel need to take a diagnostic test for that reason.” 2-3▶ Approx. 100,000 Individuals Subject to Latent Tuberculosis Testing Tuberculosis in a latent state has not been the subject of compulsory diagnostic testing. However, Gyeonggi Province will also perform latent tuberculosis tests for personnel at medical institutes, childcare centers and facilities for individuals with disabilities this year. 2-4▶ Tuberculosis Management Strengthened in Areas with Large Foreign Populations More intense tuberculosis management will be performed in areas with high foreign patient rates such as the cities of Ansan 안산 and Siheung 시흥. Homeless individuals, foreign workers, and multicultural family members will be subject to regular diagnostic testing for disease prevention. 2-5▶ KRW 9.6 Billion Earmarked for TB Eradication Gyeonggi Province has earmarked KRW 9.6 billion for tuberculosis eradication. 2-6▶ Cho Seong-ok / Director, Gyeonggi Province Infectious Disease Control Division “We have targeted a 10 percent decrease in new tuberculosis cases this year. We will continue to do our utmost to completely eradicate tuberculosis in Gyeonggi Province.” In Gyeonggi Province, the new tuberculosis case rate was 55 out of every 100,000 in 2015. This year, the province plans to reduce that number to 50 thorough various efforts. Article 3. Korea’s First Luge Team Established in Gyeonggi Province 170404-1 [Anchor’s Headline] On April 3, a luge team was officially established by Gyeonggi Province. It is the first luge team in Korea and the third provincial winter sports team created for the Winter Olympic Games following the curling and cross country teams. Together with bobsled and skeleton, luge is a racing sled featured in the Olympic Games and is the fastest of all, reaching speeds of up to 150 kilometers per hour. 3-1▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex April 3 Gyeonggi Luge Team Inauguration Ceremony The birth of the Gyeonggi luge team is the result of cooperation between Gyeonggi Province and Gangwon 강원 Province, the host of the 2018 Pyeongchang 평창 Winter Olympic Games. 3-2▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “We are aware that our support is important for our team to practice in stable conditions, and we will provide just that.” 3-3▶ Third Gyeonggi Winter Sport Team Gyeonggi Province now has three winter sports teams in curling, cross country and luge. The luge team members include Eileen, a German who became a naturalized Korean citizen last year, and Park 박진용, who won a gold medal at the Asian Games in 2015. 3-4▶ Ju Segi / Coach, Gyeonggi Luge Team “I plan to have our team practice at the track in Pyeongchang at least a thousand times so we can take maximum advantage as a home team.” In preparation for the Winter Olympic Games, the Gyeonggi luge team will undertake a busy schedule starting with two months of training in Germany and Austria. 3-5▶ Eileen Christina / Gyeonggi Luge Team Member “I want to win a gold medal at the Pyeongchang Olympics.” 3-6▶ Park Jin-yong / Gyeonggi Luge Team Member “We need to improve the start part. Once we accomplish that, we will be good enough to win a medal.” Gyeonggi Province plans to promote Korean winter sports in which there are high possibilities of winning medals as well as less popular sports so as to promote the Pyeongchang 평창 Winter Olympics. Article 4. Spring Flower Festivals in Gyeonggi Province 170404-2 [Anchor’s Headline] The scent of spring permeates the air with daily temperatures reaching highs of 20 degrees Celsius in Korea. At this time of year, a number of festivals take place across Gyeonggi Province that showcase blossoms, the most popular of which are cherry blossoms. 4-1▶ Baeksa-myeon, Icheon City In Icheon 이천 City, the yellow blossoms of large colonies of cornus officianalis decorate mountain slopes and roadsides. These trees were originally planted six hundred years ago by retired officials and have since spread to five villages in the region. 4-2▶ Icheon Baeksa Sansuyu Festival April 7 to 9 Although the festival officially begins on April 7, tourists arrive early to enjoy the colorful scenes. 4-3▶ Park Ae-sun, Kim Yeong-mi, Park Yeong-hui / Tourists “We came early to avoid the crowds. It’s so beautiful here. And this spring scent. It’s nature at its best.” 4-4▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex Cherry Blossom Festival April 7 to 9 The Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex in Suwon 수원 City is one of the most popular cherry blossom festival sites in the province with more than 200 cherry trees creating floral passageways. 4-5▶ Paldal Mountain Trails with 3 Promenades The mountain trails that circle around Paldal 팔달 Mountain and three linked promenades offer scenes of colorful spring blossoms as well as a variety of entertaining events and eateries. 4-6▶ Cha Jeong-suk / Director, Gyeonggi Province General Administration Division “There will also be a beautiful concert for couples and friends. Come and make good memories with loved ones.” 4-7▶ Bucheon Wonmisan Azalea Festival April 8 The azalea festival at Wonmi 원미 Mountain in Bucheon 부천 City features various performances with a venue surrounded by more than 150,000 azalea trees in full bloom. 4-8▶ Gunpo Azalea Festival April 28 to 30 The azalea hill in Gunpo 군포 City offers spectacular scenes of azalea blossoms on more than a million trees. Article 5. Gyeonggi Launches Billboard Control Project 170405-1 [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced the launch of a billboard control project at a cost of KRW 2.4 billion this year. This project is geared to improve the appearance of roads and buildings by replacing unsightly billboards with improved designs. 5-1▶ Daecheon-dong, Anseong City The exteriors of buildings along this street in Anseong 안성 City are almost completely covered with billboards. Some businesses have installed more than three billboards. 5-2▶ ‘Streets with Beautiful Billboards’ Project Gyeonggi Province has been implementing the ‘Streets with Beautiful Billboards’ project since 2004 with the aim of eliminating disorderly billboards that mar urban scenery. The participating businesses are provided with provincial support and consultations for the replacement of their billboards with three dimensional LED signs and customized designs. 5-3▶ Kim Hong-gyun / Anseong City Resident “There used to be billboards that occupied part of the sidewalks that inconvenienced pedestrians. The streets look much better and cleaner now.” 5-4▶ 463 Businesses Targeted for Billboard Improvement This Year This year, Gyeonggi Province targeted the billboards of 463 businesses in eight urban areas for improvement under this project at a total cost of KRW 2.4 billion. Each new billboard will be designed to suit the needs of the associated business. 5-5▶ Kim Jeong-il / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Design Policy Team “We will involve advertizing enterprises in the design stage so as to create a pleasant street atmosphere with new billboards that have personality and beauty.” Since its launch, the billboard improvement project of Gyeonggi Province has significantly improved the street scenes of the province by replacing more than 34,000 billboards. Article 6. Mental Health Drama Festival Held by Gyeonggi Province 170405-2 [Anchor’s Headline] On April 4, Mental Health Day in Korea, the first performance of this year’s mental health drama festival tour took place in Seongnam 성남 City. Organized by Gyeonggi Province, this tour will visit 13 cities and counties of the province. 6-1▶ Seongnam Art Center April 4 Drama “Yuchupracachia’ This drama festival features a play based on the true story of Annie Sullivan, who suffered family tragedy and mental illness. She was also the teacher of Hellen Keller. 6-2[Sync] “Annie, You will soon realize that you are not alone either.” The play, titled ‘Yuchupracachia’ 유추프라카치아, describes how Annie, who had been suffering from a severe reactive attachment disorder, recovered from her condition through love. This play conveys the message that despair can be overcome by love. 6-3▶ Kim Hong-seop / Member of Audience “This play calms people emotionally and helps patients regain mental strength …” 6-4▶ G-Mind Mental Health Drama Festival This festival, titled G-Mind Mental Health Drama Festival, was launched in 2007 by Gyeonggi Province with the objective of promoting the importance of mental health and alleviating public prejudice against individuals with mental disorders. The Gyeonggi Province tour of the play will continue until June. 6-5▶ Lee Myeong-su / Director, Gyeonggi Province Mental Health Improvement Center “If you have to care for someone who is ill, you may easily become tired. However, if you give them more care, they will recover sooner and better.” The mental health play is open to all Gyeonggi Province residents free of charge. Article 7. GTV Witnesses Riccardo Muti’s Rehearsal 170405-3 [Anchor’s Headline] The conductor Riccardo Muti, a living legend, visited Gyeonggi Province for the second time in a two-year period. This time, he will only conduct works of the Italian composer Verdi, who is also known as the ‘King of Opera’. Our reporter attended Muti’s rehearsal. 7-1▶ Gyeonggi Arts Center April 4 Rehearsal, Muti’s Verdi Concert The beautiful notes of an aria flow from the dancing baton of the conductor and fill the auditorium. Today is a concert rehearsal conducted by Riccardo Muti. The concert program was chosen by Muti exclusively from among Verdi’s operas, marking a first in Korea. Muti is known as the successor of Verdi. 7-2▶ Riccardo Muti / Conductor “Verdi’s operas are not performed properly in many places in Korea. I want to properly convey Verdi’s music as I learned through my experience.” Capable of a perfect interpretation of Verdi, Muti is even referred to as a living Verdi. 7-3▶ Riccardo Muti, the Master of Verdi’s Music For this concert, the Korean soprano Yeo Ji-won 여지원 was specially invited from Austria where she is currently performing in the Salzburg Festival, an international festival of classical music. 7-4▶ Yeo Ji-won / Soprano “This will be a performance that cannot easily be seen in Korea. By listening to Verdi’s music played under the direction of Muti himself, the audience will be able to appreciate music that is alive instead of the usual music as we have known it.” This concert was organized by the Gyeonggi Arts Center, and is part of the center’s concert programs that feature world-renowned musicians. 7-5▶ Cho Yeon-ju / Manager, Gyeonggi Arts Center Performance Planning Team “We have been organizing concerts by world-renowned artists. Our programs receive favorable responses from classical music lovers who show growing interest in upcoming concerts.” 7-6▶ Muti’s Verdi Concert April 6 The Verdi concerts conducted by Riccardo Muti took place at the Gyeonggi Arts Center on April 6 and the Lotte Concert Hall on April 7. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2017.04.06Greetings, 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. Sewol Ferry Memorial Exhibition 170327-1 [Anchor’s Headline] Three years after the Sewol Ferry disaster that took the lives of many young Korean students, the ill-fated ship has finally been recovered from the bottom of the sea. In Gyeonggi Province, a Sewol Ferry memorial exhibition opened to commemorate this tragic accident that shocked the world. 1▶ Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art until May 7 Sewol Ferry 3rd Anniversary Memorial Exhibition Kim 김시연, one of the students who perished in the accident, used to say her hope was to run a tangerine orchard on Jeju 제주 Island. With tears in her eyes, her mother wrote a letter with an image of tangerines and a girl in a white dress made of flower petals to commemorate her daughter. She created the image of her daughter at twenty years of age, the age she would have been if she were still alive. Visitors’ eyes well up as they read the letter and learn about the girl’s hope. 2▶ Lee Ho-jung / Visitor “I saw the pictures of students at the memorial alter. Here, I feel even closer to them and felt as though the letter had been written to me by my mother.” This exhibition, which first opened in April last year and has since been circulating around country, is based on a statement made by a member of a victim’s family to the effect that their loved ones will return as flowers when spring comes. 3▶ Kim Mina / Member of Surviving Family “I hope that viewers will not see our children in a sad light but instead see them as pretty girls with bright images.” 4▶ 150 Sewol Ferry Memorial Art Pieces This exhibition features more than 150 art pieces created with flower petals. The pieces include letters, a lantern that carries the name of the deceased youths, and one dedicated to a scuba diver who also perished while attempting to rescue the youths trapped in the sinking vessel. 5▶ GTV Reporter, Kim Ch-rong “This exhibition that showcases the art pieces depict the minds of deceased youths with real flower petals will run until May 7 at the Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art.” Article 2. Groundbreaking for Suwon Automobile Complex 170327-2 [Anchor’s Headline] The Suwon Automobile Complex has made a successful start with a large number of related local businesses applying for residence. This automobile complex, the largest of its kind in Korea, is an exemplary case of cooperation between a large enterprise and small businesses. 1▶ Groundbreaking for Suwon Automobile Complex Took Place Last December Groundbreaking for this complex took place in December last year on a 27 hectare site in Suwon City. The complex will house showrooms with the capacity for more than 12,000 new and used cars, a service center, and amenities. Recently, an invitation for residence applications was met with responses from a large number of businesses. 2▶ Yang Chun-geun / Automobile Trader “Upscale is beneficial for small businesses because clients who are initially interested in certain cars have more choices by looking around the shops.” 3▶ Priority Given to Suwon Automobile Trader Association Members Deutsch Motors, the host of the Suwon Automobile Complex, decided to give residence priority to members of the Suwon Automobile Traders Association and invited them to apply. Positive responses were received from 259 association members, exceeding the space allocated for them. 4▶ Lee Su-jin / President, Suwon Automobile Trader Association “We can sell approximately 14,000 cars per month and provide excellent warrantee services to earn consumer trust.” This complex will provide reliable one-stop services to consumers by relocating dispersed local automobile traders to a single site. 5▶ Kim Jin-mun / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Service Industry Inducement Team “Since all required permissions and licenses have been cleared, construction work will begin in May and be completed by the end of next year.” When complete, the Suwon Automobile Complex will generate more than 7,000 new jobs and attract more than 5 billion visitors annually.. Article 3. Gyeonggi Countermeasures to China’s Korea Ban 170327-3 [Anchor’s Headline] With Chinese economic retaliation against the Korean installation of the THAAD system escalating, Gyeonggi Province has announced countermeasures to alleviate damage to its tourism industry. 1▶ Imjingak, Paju City Imjingak is a popular Chinese tourist destination in Korea. However, this place has become quiet since the Chinese government implemented a ‘Korea Ban’ order among Chinese tourism enterprises. 2▶ Kim Yeong-cheol / Tourism Enterprise Representative “Within 4 to 5 days of the Chinese ban, tour buses for Chinese visitors disappeared completely. We have now seen customer numbers decrease by 85 to 95 percent.” 3▶ Restaurants Near Korea Folk Village Restaurants around tourist destinations are also suffering seriously. In addition, the number of Chinese students in Korea has decreased significantly. 4▶ Gwak Yun-gui / Restaurant Owner “We can manage to survive for a couple months. However, if the situation continues indefinitely, we will have to close…” 5▶ Gyeonggi to Release KRW 10 Billion in Support for Tourism Industry While the situation continues, Gyeonggi Province decided to release special guarantee support funds of KRW 10 billion for the tourism industry as a countermeasure. 6▶ Special Guarantee Fees Lowered to 0.8% This special guarantee support will be provided to a wider range of tourism-related businesses at amounts of up to KRW 200 million per business with guarantee fees lowered from 1 percent to 0.8 percent. 7▶ Han Seung-min / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Tourism Marketing Team “We decided to release special guarantee support funds since we recognized the necessity for emergency operating cost support from our meetings with industry representatives.” Small businesses such as restaurants and lodgings can borrow up to KRW 30 million without collateral. 8▶ Special Operation Financing for SMEs SMEs can also apply for special operation financing for which Gyeonggi Province will provide interest payment support of up to 2 percent. 9▶ Gyeonggi Credit Guarantee Foundation ☎ 1577-5900 Those enterprises that require support may place an enquiry or submit applications to the Gyeonggi Credit Guarantee Foundation. Article 4. Gyeonggi South Trauma Center Achieves Great Results 170328-1 [Anchor’s Headline] The Gyeonggi South Trauma Center is achieving great results in providing emergency medical services to serious trauma patients. Improved results were realized by personnel and equipment on call 24/7 in the form of average pre-operation time being reduced to less than half. 1▶ Gyeonggi South Trauma Center, Ajou University Hospital Recently, Jeon 전수미 had both her legs severed in an accident and required an emergency operation. Although she lost a large amount of blood, she survived since she could have the operation immediately. 2▶ Jeon Su-mi / Serious Trauma Patient “I was really lucky because the trauma center was not far from the scene of the accident.” Such an immediate response was possible because medical personnel are available 24 hours a day. The average time taken for the Gyeonggi South Trauma Center to transport patients to the hospital and begin operations is just slightly over one hour. 3▶ Average Pre-operation Time Reduced by 73% This average pre-operation time has been reduced by up to 73 percent and is approximately one fourth the national average. This could be achieved by placing all testing equipment in one place and being ready to operate before patients arrive. 4▶ Lee Guk-jong / Director, Gyeonggi South Trauma Center “Since our facilities are specifically for the treatment of trauma patients, we can respond quickly throughout the process that begins from outside the hospital.” 5▶ Gyeonggi Province to Establish North Trauma Center Gyeonggi Province plans to establish a north trauma center in January next year. 6▶ Ryu Jeong-cheol / Director, Gyeonggi Province Health Policy Division “The province will provide support of KRW 5 billion for the establishment of a north trauma center and will also continue to provide administrative support so as to make it a leading trauma center.” The average pre-operation time in Korea is four hours. The trauma centers of Gyeonggi Province will elevate the performance of trauma treatment by reducing the time between accidents and operations. Article 5. Gyeonggi Launches Young Merchant Support 170328-2 [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been operating a young traditional market merchant support program by providing youths with opportunities to open their own businesses in markets. 5-1▶ Munsan Jayu Market, Paju City Kang 강우 opened a hair salon in a traditional market. She has many young clients who are attracted to the elegant atmosphere of the place she created with support from Gyeonggi Province. 5-2▶ Kang Wu / Provincial Young Merchant Support Recipient “I also received rent support for six months. Clients are usually surprised when they first enter the salon. Some say it looks like a caf…” The atmosphere of this traditional market became much brighter after being joined by several young merchants. 5-3▶ Young Traditional market Merchant Support Program of Gyeonggi Province Approximately one fifth of the traditional markets in Gyeonggi Province have more than five percent of their shop space vacant. Gyeonggi Province launched this support program with the aim of promoting traditional markets while creating jobs for youths. 5-4▶ Business Startup Support Support is provided for the initial costs of business establishment including interior design and marketing as well as rent for the first six months. 5-5▶ Kang Hyun-seok / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Traditional Market Support Team “The greatest change we expect is increased interest in traditional markets among young consumers. We will expand this program to continue the promotion of traditional markets and participation by youths.” This program has supported 44 youths over the past three years. Gyeonggi Province plans to support 17 youths this year. This program will aid in revitalizing traditional markets while helping youths realize their dreams of opening their own businesses. Article 6. Gyeonggi to Establish Agricultural Food Distribution Institute 170328-3 [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province’s proposal for the establishment of the Gyeonggi Agricultural Food Distribution Promotion Institute was passed by the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly. The previous Gyeonggi Green 170329-1 [Anchor’s Headline] In order to provide seniors with opportunities to work, Gyeonggi Province launched a project that helps seniors work as car washers at steam car washing services. The province plans to expand the project in a trial operation. 7-1▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Human Resources Development Institute The trial operation of the senior steam car washer project is taking place at a car wash set up next to the Gyeonggi Provincial Human Resources Development Institute. The seniors work deftly with steam washers and are happy to work again years after their retirement. 7-2▶Kim Cho-yong Age 69 / Senior Steam Car Washer “Although we are not making much money, we can earn enough not to rely on our children. It also makes me feel proud.” 7-3▶ Gyeonggi Creates New Jobs for Seniors The senior steam car washer project was devised to create jobs for seniors. Through this project, Gyeonggi Province provides space and equipment while senior clubs undertake recruitment, education and operation. At each steam car wash, six seniors work in teams of two every other day during weekdays. Washing seven cars daily on average, each senior receives a monthly salary of approximately KRW 350,000. 7-4▶ Kang Yun-ku / Director, Gyeonggi Province Social Job Opportunities Division “This project sees seniors as part of the available workforce instead of those who need protection. It also helps seniors to work as members of society and gain self-respect.” After trial operation, Gyeonggi Province will increase the number of senior steam car washers and expand their service areas. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.