EnglishNews | 2018.11.02Greetings, 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. Small Textile Enterprise Support Facilities Established in Yangju (181022-2) [Anchor’s Headline] In cooperation with the Ministry of SMEs & Startups and Yangju (양주) City, Gyeonggi Province recently established a specialized small textile enterprise support center in the textile industry district of Yangju (양주) City. ► Textile Industrial District, Yangju (양주) City This district is home to more than 140 small fabric-producing, knitting, dyeing and processing enterprises. ► Korea High Tech Textile Research Institute (October 17) Textile Industrial Infrastructure & Specialized Small Business Support Center Opening Ceremony Located at the Korea High Tech Textile Research Institute, this support center, established at a total cost of KRW 2.3 billion, will provide these enterprises with specialized tematic support through technical, educational and infrastructural services. ► Cho Seong-Hyeon / President, Yangju Small Textile Enterprise Association “We expect great benefits from this center in terms of technical matters and test analyses. It will also have the effect of promoting information sharing, which is seriously lacking here.” ► Free Equipment and Consultation Services Support will include free use of advanced equipment as well as consultation, education and marketing support services. ► Chae Gang-tae / Director, Korea High Tech Textile Research Institute “We will make our equipment available to small enterprises free of charge. We will also provide them with support using our knowhow so as to help them grow into SMEs…” ► Hazardous Textile Industrial Material Laboratory Opens The Korea High Tech Textile Research Institute also established a laboratory for hazardous material testing. This laboratory will have the effect of reducing product safety approval costs for small enterprises. Article 2. 331st Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Extraordinary Session Ends (181023-1) [Anchor’s Headline] The 331st extraordinary session of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly ended after the passage of 57 items including ordinance drafts for youth benefits, regional vouchers and post-childbirth payments. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (October 23) 2nd General Meeting of 331st Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Extraordinary Session This extraordinary session, which ran for 8 days, ended with the final general meeting on October 23. Of the 57 items that were passed during the extraordinary session, 24 had been proposed by Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명). A large proportion of these items pertain to policies pledged by the governor. ► Kim Jung-sik / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “… to support the establishment of regional voucher implementation infrastructure and the use of regional vouchers so as to promote traditional markets and backstreet businesses to help small businesses increase income…” ► Benefits for Youths and Newborns to be Implemented from Next Year Under the new ordinances, youths 24 years of age will receive living cost support of KRW 1 million while families with newborns will be paid KRW 500,000 for post-childbirth care from next year. These benefits will be paid in regional vouchers. ► Wang Seong-ok / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “(The youth benefit ordinance) pertains to payments that are intended to improve welfare for youths, help stabilize their living conditions, and contribute to the local economy…” The passed items also include approval for new provincial investments in Happy Home construction projects. The last day of the session ended with 5-munite speeches by assembly members. ► Bae Su-moon / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “I ask the administration to readjust and collate existing anti-heat wave measures and establish comprehensive long-term plans and to implement these plans in coordination with anti-climate change measures so as to improve the effectiveness of these measures…” ► Kim Jik-ran / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “Since parking problems are directly related to people’s lives and one of the greatest causes of inconvenience, more effective parking solutions needs to be implemented…” The next extraordinary session of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly, which will see discussions about next year’s budgets and administrative audits, is slated for November 11. Article 3. Rural Multicultural Housewives Learn Korean Homemaking from Local Women (181024-1) [Anchor’s Headline] In Gyeonggi Province, a mentoring program is in operation for multicultural housewives who face difficulties managing Korean homes. In this program, marriage-based immigrant women learn traditional Korean cooking and homemaking from experienced Korean women. ► Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services Organized by the Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services, this cooking class is filled with multicultural women who are learning how make gochujang (고추장), Korean red pepper paste, from veteran Korean housewives. [Sync] “What is the best way of using it?” “When you cook at home, you may also add squid and pork…” ► Homemaking Mentoring Program for Multicultural Women The instructors in this program are Korean volunteers with decades of homemaking experience. ► Practical Living Skills Transferred to Rural Multicultural Families Primarily targeting multicultural housewives in rural areas, this program is receiving positive responses since it teaches practical skills. ► Tuci Jjanta from Hwaseong City / Marriage-based Immigrant Woman from Cambodia “Without experience in Korean cooking, I was struggling alone at home. I am glad I could learn (Korean cooking) easily here.” ► From Customs to Choosing Good Vegetables This program covers a wide range of subjects from Korean customs and cooking to choosing good fruits and vegetables. ► Lee Jun-bae / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services Human Resource Development Team “Living in rural areas is not easy (for multicultural housewives). It is difficult even for Koreans. The purpose of this program is to help multicultural housewives settle comfortably in Korean society as Korean citizens…” The multicultural housewife mentoring program is helping marriage-based immigrant women from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds with their adaption to Korean rural life. Article 4. Gyeonggi to Establish Employment and Startup Centers for Youths (1022-1) [Anchor’s Headline] As pledged by Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명), the province announced two Youth Space construction projects. The Youth Spaces are activity centers for youths preparing for employment or business startups. ► Youth Support Center, Suwon City This existing youth activity center in Suwon City consists of a variety of functional spaces including study rooms, seminar rooms and meeting rooms. These spaces are available to youths free of charge via online application. ► Cha Ho-seon / Youth (Aged 28) Preparing for Employment “The biggest advantage is that it costs so little, which is important for those who are preparing for employment with little money to spare.” In addition to activity spaces, facilities like these also provide related education as well as linkage with potential employers. ► Jin Jun-hyeok / Director, Suwon Youth Support Center “They can benefit from exchanging, communicating and networking with others in similar situations…” The Youth Space projects aim to alleviate employment problems for youths. ► A Solution to Youth Unemployment These centers will enable youths to prepare themselves for entry into the workforce. They are also representative of the youth policies of Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명). ► GTV Reporter Choi Chang-sun “Gyeonggi Province’s Youth Spaces offer comprehensive facilities for study, creative activities and seminars as well as socializing. These facilities will also operate a variety of programs including employment consultations, education and mentoring, as well as psychological and financial consultations.” ► Kim Hong-bae / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Youth Employment Team “I believe that the mismatch between job demand and supply is the greatest cause of youth unemployment. Such mismatch stems from difference in perspectives. In that sense, the biggest advantage (of the Youth Spaces) is the availability of customized information…” ► Anyang City and Yangju City Selected as Youth Space Locations Gyeonggi Province has selected the cities of Anyang (안양) and Yangju (양주) as locations for the new Youth Spaces. The province plans to establish two more such centers next year. Article 5. Gyeonggi Raises Livelihood Benefits for Former Japanese Military Sex Slaves (1023-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced a significant increase in the monthly livelihood support amount paid to sexual slavery victims of the Japanese military. There are ten such women still surviving in the province, having lived their lives with memories of horror. ► Lee Ok-seon (Aged 92), Gwangju Home of Sharing After more than 80 years, the memories still haunt Lee (이옥선) who was forced away from her home in 1942 to be abused as a military sex slave for 3 years. ► Lee Ok-seon / Japanese Military Sex Slavery Victim “They took our country and took our daughters to brothels for their imperial army in China. These brothels were not fit for human beings, they were like slaughterhouses…” From next year, the monthly livelihood support amount for sexual slavery victims of the Japanese military will increase from the current KRW 2 million to KRW 2.9 million. ► Lee Ok-seon / Japanese Military Sex Slavery Victim “Though I don’t spend much myself, I do want to be help my two grandchildren financially.” ► Livelihood Benefit Increase for Former Japanese Sex Slaves Highest in Korea The monthly livelihood support amount for these women in Gyeonggi Province has now become the largest in Korea. ► Healthcare Support and Consolation Payment Added The additional amount consists of an equal payment of KRW 300,000 in healthcare support, which replaces case-based medical support, and a consolation payment of KRW 600,000. This increase was originally initiated by the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly. ► Lee Soon-neum / Director, Gyeonggi Province Women Policy Division “They experience more mental suffering than others. You may consider this increase to be an expression of the heartfelt regard in which they are held by residents.” Japanese sexual slavery will forever remain a painful episode in Korean history. ► GTV Reporter Choi Chang-sun “Gyeonggi Province is home to ten sexual slavery victims of the Japanese military, the largest number in Korea. Their average age is 92. This is Choi Chang-sun, Gyeonggi GTV.” Article 6. Showcase of ‘Winds’ Held at Gyeonggi Children’s Museum (1024-2) [Anchor’s Headline] The Gyeonggi Children’s Museum currently features an interesting exhibition that showcases the wind. This exhibition introduces the wind in various ways and through diverse media. - The Visible Wind This 4-meter-high wall is covered with thousands of metal pieces that flutter in moving air as if making the wind visible. - Purifying the Winds In this work, wind created by fans is purified in a garden of air-purifying plants. - Scenery Created by the Winds This work contains a birds-eye-view of representative nature scenes in Gyeonggi Province. These scenes seem to be alive with the winds blowing over them. - Orchestra of the Winds The winds in this work produce a variety of sounds such as ocean waves on the shore and wind chimes. There is also an experiential sound-mixing program for children using various wind sounds. ► Baek Ju-hyeon / Buseok Primary School Student, 4th Grade “The winds make pleasing sounds and refresh us. That is why winds are precious.” ► ‘The World of the Winds’ Exhibition, Gyeonggi Children’s Museum This exhibition, titled “The World of the Winds’, was organized by the Gyeonggi Children’s Museum in commemoration of its seventh anniversary. It was designed to enable children to experience and appreciate the value of winds in a variety of ways that are entertaining and often visually beautiful. ► Yang Won-mo / Director, Gyeonggi Children’s Museum “There are also 13 preparations in which children can experience the winds through crafting. Together with the works of artists, these experiential events present the world of the winds to children.” Being invisible, the winds are taken for granted. ► GTV Reporter Choi Chang-sun “The works of artists present varied perspectives of the winds and add to the depth of the exhibition. This is Choi Chang-sun, Gyeonggi GTV” Article 7. Gyeonggi’s Inter-Korean Exchange Projects Takeoff (181025-1) [Anchor’s Headline] The inter-Korean exchange projects of Gyeonggi Province are entering a new phase. Recently, Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Peace Lee Hwa-yeong (이화영) made his second visit to North Korea to confer on exchange projects he had discussed with North Korean officials during his first visit. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (October 25) Announcement of Results from 2nd Visit to N. Korea On October 25, Vice Governor Lee announced the results of this second visit to North Korea, which saw further discussions about projects that had been initially agreed upon during his first visit to North Korea earlier this month. ► Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Peace Lee Hwa-yeong “Inter-Korean exchanges and cooperation are the choice for peace and prosperity. These are the needs of the present to which we cannot object. We will do our utmost to make what was agreed upon a reality so as to enable Gyeonggi Province to become a leader of peace and prosperity.” ► N. Korean Officials to Attend International Academic Conference Hosted by Gyeonggi Top-level North Korean officials will visit Gyeonggi Province to attend an international academic conferenced hosted by the province next month and to discuss Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명)’s visit to North Korea. ► North Korean Restaurant to be Established in Gyeonggi The establishment of a North Korean restaurant in Gyeonggi Province will also be pursued through relevant communication channels. ► Trial Operation of Smart Farm in North Korea Gyeonggi Province also agreed to establish a comprehensive smart farm in North Korea. ► Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Peace Lee Hwa-yeong “We introduced a smart farm for trial agricultural and forestry operations as well as technologies of agricultural and livestock enterprises of the province…” There will also be continued talks with North Korea about diverse exchange initiatives including those in cultural, athletic and entertainment fields. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2018.10.26Greetings, 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 Garden Fair’ Held in Bucheon Central Park (181015-2) [Anchor’s Headline] The sixth Gyeonggi Garden Fair, featuring diverse garden designs including a community garden created by a resident group, ended after a successful three-day run. ► Bucheon Central Park (October 12-14) 6th Gyeonggi Garden Fair A local community design, titled ‘Way Home’, drew the interest of many viewers with decorative flowers and children’s poems adorning passageways through apartment buildings. ► Park Seo-hyeon / Primary School Student, Community Garden Project Participant “While creating a community garden, I got to plant flowers and take part in various activities, even cooking. It was so much fun. After we finished, this garden looks fascinating.” Working together, the community members have become much closer to each other. ► Song Hyeong-chang / Community Garden Project Participant “All members of our community, including children, youths and adults, worked together in unison to create this garden. We hope that you will be inspired to do the same for your local communities while appreciating our garden.” Another part of the fair site features beautiful gardens of diverse designs created by professional garden designers. Ideal weather added to the joy of viewers as they strolled through these gardens. ► Jin Eun-ha / Viewer from Bucheon City “These beautiful gardens offer a pleasant change from the previous scenery. They have healing effects while offering a superb background for photos.” Unlike previous occasions, this year’s Gyeonggi Garden Fair was held in Bucheon (부천) Central Park in the center of the city. ► 40 Gardens Created by Professionals, Students, Residents More than forty different garden designs created by designers, students and members of the public still remain at the fair site and can be appreciated after the end of the fair on October 14. Article 2. Samsung Electronics Charged with CO2 Leaks by Gyeonggi (181017-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Last month, a carbon dioxide leak occurred at Samsung Electronics’ Giheung (기흥) plant. After an emergency investigation, Gyeonggi Province pressed charges against Samsung for violations of fire facility law. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (October 17) Announcement of Samsung Electronics CO2 Leak Inspection Results On October 17, Gyeonggi Province announced results of its interim investigation report. ► Gas Alarm System Left Disabled The investigation revealed that the gas alarm tem at the plant had been left disabled during the period from August 30 until September 6. The leak occurred on September 4. Samsung is unable to provide justifiable reasons why the alarm tem had been left disabled during this period. ► Kim Yong / Gyeonggi Province Spokesperson “Seven minutes after the leak occurred, Samsung’s in-house firefighting squad arrived at the entrance to the leak site. However, determining the exact location of the leak and implementing emergency measures was delayed due to confusion regarding tem readings.” ► Reporting of Casualty Treatment Neglected Samsung also violated emergency response laws by neglecting to report the emergency treatment of victims. ► Fire Facility Inspection Reports Completed with False Information The direct cause of the leak was traced to be a wiring mistake made by an engineer who performed fire facility maintenance. Consequently, Samsung’s fire facility inspection reports contained incorrect component location information. Also accusing Samsung of not having participated in disaster control center activities, Gyeonggi Province plans to levy fines for related items of negligence. ► GTV Reporter Han Seon-ji “There is a disagreement between Samsung and Gyeonggi Province regarding whether the employer of the engineer in question is Samsung or the facility supplier. The final investigation results will be announced after a detailed examination of evidence. This is Han Seon-ji, GTV.” Article 3. Gyeonggi Millennium Exhibition ‘Gyeonggi Archive_Now’ (1015-1) [Anchor’s Headline] This year marks the 1000th anniversary of the naming of Gyeonggi. To commemorate this occasion, a special exhibition that showcases a millennium of history, arts and records of Gyeonggi Province is being held at the Gyeonggi Sangsang Campus. ► Gyeonggi Sangsang Campus (Until October 31) ‘Gyeonggi Archive_Now’ Exhibition Titled ‘Gyeonggi Archive_Now’, this exhibition features a wide range of material and artwork that reflects the millennium of Gyeonggi Province. ► 6,000+ Items Featured in 59 Showrooms More than 6,000 such items are on display in 59 showrooms of different subjects. ► Classical to Modern Works of Literature Literature rooms feature classical and modern works of writers of Gyeonggi Province while philosophy and ideology rooms present the calligraphy of famous scholars as well as a modern version of a crane invented by an innovative realist of the early 19th century. There are also displays of music and fine art created in Gyeonggi Province. Through these rooms, visitors can learn the province’s history. ► Exhibition in Combined Library, Archive, Museum Format The exhibition was organized in a unique format that combines library, archive and museum elements. ► Kim Su-cheol / Viewer from Suwon City “The exhibition contents as well as the format are wonderful and draw so much interest that I am visiting this exhibition for the second time. Its format is more attractive than most biennales.” Organized by Gyeonggi Province to commemorate a millennium of the name Gyeonggi, this exhibition encompasses a wide range of subjects including literature, visual art, cultural assets, academic materials, and records, all in a single venue. ► Kim Jong-gil / Chief Curator, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art “This exhibition tells us, at the present time, how we should remember and record the past millennium of Gyeonggi Province and how its future will be.” This exhibition, which marks the passage of one millennium of Gyeonggi Province as well as the coming of the next millennium, continues at the Gyeonggi Sangsang Campus until the end of October. Article 4. Gyeonggi Announces 5-Year Small Business Support Plans (1016-) [Anchor’s Headline] With many small businesses struggling to survive competition and low demand, Gyeonggi Province recently announced a set of measures to support small businesses in different development phases. ► Gyeonggi Province North Government Office Complex (October 16) Announcement of Small Business Support Measures Support totaling more than KRW 400 billion over five years will be provided to businesses in different phases from startup to restart after closure. ► Park Shin-hwan / Assistant Governor, Gyeonggi Province Economy & Labor Office “We plan to invest KRW 412 billion over five years. When successfully implemented, this is expected to have the effect of inducing financing equivalent to KRW 2.5 trillion for the small business sector.” ► Business Location Analysis Using Big Data for Startup Support Those preparing for business startup will be provided with business location analysis services via big data. ► Backstreet Commerce Managers For support in operational stages, regional backstreet commerce managers will be appointed to provide diagnostic and marketing support. ► Welfare Payments Using Regional Vouchers Regional vouchers totaling KRW 1.6 billion will be used for the payment of welfare benefits to youths and women after childbirth through to 2022. These vouchers are useable only within the small business sector. ► Business Closure Assistance Those closing their businesses will be provided with procedural consultation services as well as closing cost support. ► Support for Small Business Mutual Benefit Cooperative There will also be monthly support of KRW 10,000 for Small Business Mutual Benefit Cooperative subions. This support will be provided to more than 30,000 businesses for a span of twelve months. Business restart support will include technical, educational and financial components. ► Park Shin-hwan / Assistant Governor, Gyeonggi Province Economy & Labor Office “We will establish a fair trade tem to promote stable business environments and to protect small businesses. We will also promote a stable business space-leasing environment using the surplus spaces of public properties.” Gyeonggi Province’s small business support policies are in line with the Korean government’s income-orientated economic growth policies. Article 5. Diverse Events Held to Celebrate Millennium of ‘Gyeonggi’ (1017-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Exactly one thousand years ago, the name ‘Gyeonggi’ was first used to refer to the regions that surrounded the city now known as Seoul, then of the Goryeo (고려) Dynasty. Centrally located on the Korean Peninsula, these regions have been the social, economic and cultural heart of the nation. To commemorate the millennium of the naming of Gyeonggi, Gyeonggi Province has organized a number of events this year. ► Gyeonggi Millennium Special Exhibition, Pyeongchang County, Gangwon Province During the Pyeongchang (평창) Winter Olympic Games, Gyeonggi Province held the ‘Gyeonggi Millennium Special Exhibition’ near the Olympic venue, drawing considerable interest from foreign visitors to the games. ► Publication of Gyeonggi Province Cultural Asset Catalogue Recently, Gyeonggi Province published a complete catalogue of the province’s 693 registered cultural assets. Its contents can also be referenced via the Gyeonggi Province and Gyeonggi Cultural Foundation websites. ► Development Historical and Cultural Tour Courses Gyeonggi Province also plans to develop special millennium commemorative tour courses. ► GTV Reporter Choi Chang-sun "Gyeonggi Province is developing new historical and cultural tour courses that cover the entire province, encompassing a variety of regional tour resources. These courses will open before the end of the year.” ► Various Millennium Celebratory Exhibitions There have been various exhibitions related to the millennium of the name Gyeonggi including a hand axe exhibition at the Jeongok (전곡) Prehistory Museum and the Special Media Exhibition at the Gyeonggi Provincial Museum. ► Gyeonggi Millennium Festival / Gyeonggi Sangsang Campus (October 19-21) From October 19, the Gyeonggi Millennium Festival, featuring regional specialties of the province, took place for a three-day run at the Gyeonggi Sangsang (상상) Campus in Suwon (수원) City. ► Cho Byeong-taek / Cultural Project Team Manager, Gyeonggi Cultural Foundation “During the Gyeonggi Millennium Festival, 31 s of urban culture were identified and more than 200 existing s were introduced. There was also millennium dinner event at which visitors enjoyed various traditional foods.” The exhibition Gyeonggi Achive_Now is currently showcasing the literature, visual arts and records of the past thousand years of the province. This exhibition will run until the end of October. Article 6. Gyeonggi Declares October 18 to be Gyeonggi Residents’ Day (181018-1) [Anchor’s Headline] To commemorate the naming of Gyeonggi a thousand years ago in 1018, Gyeonggi Province designated October 18 as Gyeonggi Residents’ Day and held a ceremony to mark its first occasion. The name Gyeonggi was first used to refer to the twelve counties and prefectures that surrounded the capital city. ► Declaration of Gyeonggi Residents’ Day (December 2017) Last December, Gyeonggi Province declared October 18 to be Gyeonggi Residents’ Day so as to commemorate the millennium of the naming of Gyeonggi. ► Dongyang University North Seoul Campus, Dongducheon City (October 18) 1st Gyeonggi Residents Day Ceremony On October 18, the first Gyeonggi Residents’ Day ceremony was held with the participation of Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung and more than 1,500 provincial residents. [Sync] “Mankind is dignified. Among mankind, we are proud to be people of Gyeonggi Province in Korea.” ► Gyeonggi Resident Charter Recital and Gyeonggi Resident Award Presentation During the ceremony, a recital of the Gyeonggi Resident Charter took place. This was followed by the presentation of Gyeonggi Resident Awards. ► Heo Yong-lin / Gyeonggi Resident Award Recipient “Having lived for 42 years as a Gyeonggi resident, I feel today is very meaningful. Only today did I learn about the millennium of the name Gyeonggi. I now hope Gyeonggi Province will be blessed for another thousand years.” During the ceremony, a refuge from Burundi received honorary Gyeonggi Province citizenship. ► Dejire Duwamungu / Honorary Gyeonggi Resident “I congratulate Gyeonggi Province on having this great ceremony and for this great event. It’s my pleasure to say thanks to all Koreans…” Gyeonggi Province declared its vision for balance in both quality of life and regional development. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “Gyeonggi Province will pursue fairness as the foremost value and will grow as the center for inter-Korean exchanges and cooperation and as a Northeast Asian community of peace.” The Gyeonggi millennium ceremony was accompanied by a variety of other related events. From next year, Gyeonggi Province plans to organize the Gyeonggi Residents’ Day ceremony in conjunction with regional festivals. Article 7. Gyeonggi Expands Small Business Refurbishment Support (181018-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced detailed plans to expand its small business environment improvement support so as to help struggling small businesses with their operations. ► Sashimi Restaurant, Seongnam City The walls, floors and interior of this twelve-year-old sashimi restaurant in Seongnam (성남) City have been refurbished with support of KRW 3 million received from Gyeonggi Province this past July. ► Gyeonggi Expands Small Business Environment Improvement Support This support expansion is in line with pledges made by the Gyeonggi provincial administration at the beginning of its term for small business promotion. ► Additional KRW 5 Billion Budget Required This expansion will require an additional budget of KRW 5 billion ► Up to KRW 3 Million Provided per Business for Operational Environment Improvement This additional fund will be used to provide business environment improvement support of up to KRW 3 million per business. ► Cho Do-hyeon / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Small Business Support Team “Many small businesses face difficulties due to inferior operational environments. We will secure additional funds of KRW 5 billion for the support of their operational environment improvement through this year’s first revised supplementary budget.” ► Support Application Form Available Online (www.egbiz.or.kr) The application form for support can be downloaded from the websites of ezBiz, the Gyeonggi Province Small Business Support Center or the Gyeonggi Province Traditional Markets. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2018.10.18Greetings, 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. Groundbreaking for Youth Rental Housing in Pangyo (181008-2) [Anchor’s Headline] On October 8, groundbreaking for ‘Gyeonggi Happy Homes’, the first public housing model introduced for youths by the current Gyeonggi administration, took place in Pangyo (판교) New Town. ► Pangyo New Town Pangyo (판교) is home to more than 63,000 workers of the 1,200 enterprises located in Pangyo (판교) Techno Valley. ► ‘Gyeonggi Happy Homes’ Groundbreaking (October 8) Constructed on a 5,000 square-meter site, this housing complex will consist of an 8-story building with a total of 300 apartments for young workers. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “Gyeonggi will supply homes not as the subjects of investment but as spaces for daily living.” ► Amenities and Public Childcare Centers for Young Occupants This housing will be available at rates that are 20 to 40 percent lower than those of surrounding areas. It will feature common kitchens and a rooftop vegetable garden as well as amenities and a childcare center for young occupants. ► Occupation to Begin October 2020 The complex will begin receiving occupants in October of 2020 after construction is completed. ► Lim Sa-seong / Company Employee, Pangyo New Town “This housing is economical. It is also close to workplaces, saving us commuting time and energy.” The current Gyeonggi provincial administration has pledged to construct 200,000 long-term rental housing units by the year 2022. Article 2. Gyeonggi Governor’s National Land Occupation Tax Concept Discussed in National Assembly (1008-3) [Anchor’s Headline] As a means to prevent real estate speculation and address economic problems, Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) proposed the national land occupation tax as a basic public income source. This idea was recently discussed at a National Assembly forum. During this event, Governor Lee explained the rationale behind the national land occupation tax and made a strong case for its implementation. ► National Assembly Members Hall (October 8) National Assembly Forum on ‘National Land Occupation Tax as Basic Income Source’ Governor Lee also disclosed his plan to return the tax revenue to the public as basic income so as to address economic issues stemming from inequality and unemployment. ► Governor Lee Asserts Legality under Current Constitution Asserting the legality of the national land occupation tax under the current constitution, Governor Lee suggested detailed procedures for the enactment of the related law. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “Local governments including Gyeonggi Province may only be given opportunities to selectively implement the tax if it is not feasible to be implemented nationally.” The national assembly member who co-hosted the forum expressed his resolve to realize the enactment of the related law for national land occupation tax implementation. ► Jeong Seong-ho, National Assembly Member “Provided that the national land occupation tax is regarded as a viable subject of discussion and that its implementation is realized through national consensus, I believe that it can open the door to the resolution of basic problems.” The forum began with presentations by specialists on related subjects followed by open discussion. ► KRW 15.5 Trillion in Additional Tax Revenue for Income Distribution of KRW 300,000 per Person In his presentation, the director of the Institute of Land and Liberty proposed levying the national land occupation tax on all land in the nation and the return of revenue to all people of the nation as equal land dividends. According to his calculations, the additional revenue will amount to KRW 17.5 trillion, which equates to an annual per person payment of approximately KRW 300,000. ► Nam Gi-eop / Director, Institute of Land and Liberty “The concept of paying land dividends to all people is based on the idea that the ownership of all land of the nation belongs to all people of the nation and people of all ages have an equal right to that land.” Noting that there have been talks about harnessing land profits since land is an asset of the public, a professor of Hanshin (한신) University stated that returning such profits to the public as basic income will have a number of effects including middle income bracket expansion, inducement of low income brackets to the workforce, security of welfare resources and job creation. National land occupation tax implementation procedures and property tax revision were also discussed during the forum. Article 3. Gyeonggi’s School Uniform Support to Be Expanded to First-year High School Students (181010-1) [Anchor’s Headline] The Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly announced an ordinance amendment plan to expand provincial school uniform cost support to include first-year high school students. ► Ordinance for School Uniform Cost Support Passed by Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly This past September, the ordinance for school uniform cost support for first-year middle school students was passed by the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Begins Reviewing Support Expansion However, the provincial assembly has initiated the amendment of this ordinance to include first-year high school students as support recipients. ► Cho Gwang-hui / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Education Committee II Chairperson “After preliminary discussions with committee members, we will gather opinions about the expansion of school uniform cost support before placing the ordinance amendment draft before the provincial assembly…” ► Expanded Support Expected to Begin Next Year With cost sharing between Gyeonggi Province and local governments already having been discussed in detail, it is expected that, from next year, approximately 250,000 first-year high school students in the province will also benefit from Gyeonggi Province’s school uniform cost support. ► Park Jin-hwa / Parent of High School Student “High school students spend relatively more time in school uniforms that middle school students. Therefore, school uniform cost support should be considered for middle school and high school students on an equal basis.” Review of the ordinance amendment draft by the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly is slated for October 16. Article 4. Gyeonggi and Fair Trade Commission Unite in Collusion Eradication (181011-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On October 11, Gyeonggi Province and the Fair Trade Commission entered an agreement to eradicate unfair trade practices in commerce through joint monitoring and to cooperate in the protection of affected businesses. ► National Assembly Members Hall (October 11) Agreement for Collusion Eradication and Business Protection This agreement focuses on the establishment of a cooperative body for the monitoring and eradication of collusion, especially in the form of bid rigging, as well as for the protection of small and medium-sized businesses against such activities. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “We will do our utmost to eradicate unfair competition at least within Gyeonggi Province by cooperating with the Fair Trade Commission in maximizing its authority and rights…” ► Cooperation in Eradication of Unfair, One-sided Practices The ultimate purpose of this agreement is to eradicate unfair and one-sided trade practices at their origins. ► Gyeonggi to Undertake Dispute Conciliation for Mediation of Franchise-related Conflicts Under this agreement, Gyeonggi Province is now able to undertake franchise inspections in the province and oversee the mediation of related conflicts. ► Kim Sang-jo / Director, Fair Trade Commission “Being closer to market sites, local autonomies can better perform in controlling unfair trade practices.” Gyeonggi Province now plans to establish a Fair Trade Promotion Team so as to efficiently process complaints and damage relief. Article 5. 100 Days of Gyeonggi Administration (181008-1) [Anchor’s Headline] October 8 marked the 100th day of the seventh publicly elected local administrations of Korea. At the beginning of its term, the Gyeonggi provincial administration declared its pursuit of three core values: fairness, welfare and peace. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex Led by the newly inaugurated Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명), the seventh publicly elected Gyeonggi provincial administration introduced a number of new policies based on these values. ► Introduction of Regional Vouchers The introduction of regional vouchers is one policy that pursues fairness for small businesses. Regional vouchers are being introduced in phases until they are expanded to the entire province next year. ► Cheon Jeong-ja / Market Merchant “I believe that the introduction of regional vouchers will be helpful to us since these vouchers can attract more customers to traditional markets.” ► National Land Occupation Tax as Basic Income Source Utilizing national land occupation tax as a basic income source is a welfare policy that was proposed by the province recently to return land revenue to the public. ► Resumption of Inter-Korean Cooperation Projects Peace policies include inter-Korean cooperation projects that will resume after having been suspended for eight years. For this purpose, the Gyeonggi Provincial Government was reorganized with the addition of the Vice Governor for Peace. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “I think our most important role is to suppress the stronger and support the weaker. And I believe that politics and administration are all about reaching the hearts (of people).” When next year’s provincial budgets are finalized, more detailed plans for fairness, welfare and peace are expected to be announced by Gyeonggi Province. Article 6. Pyeongyang’s Ongnyugwan Restaurant to Open in Gyeonggi (181008-4) [Anchor’s Headline] With the Korean Peninsula enjoying a peaceful mood spurred by recent inter-Korean summits, Gyeonggi Province is ready to resume exchanges and cooperation with North Korea after an eight-year suspension of such activities. ► Inter-Korean Exchange and Cooperation Projects Briefing (October 7) During his recent visit to North Korea, Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Peace Lee Hwa-yeong (이화영) secured an agreement from North Korean authorities for exchanges and cooperation with the province. - Establishment of Ongnyugwan in Gyeonggi Province This includes an agreement to establish a Gyeonggi Province branch of Pyeongyang (평양)’s famous cold noodle restaurant, Ongnyugwan (옥류관). ► Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Peace Lee Hwa-yeong “I secured an agreement from North Korea to begin talks between related officials about the establishment of Ongnyugwan in Gyeonggi Province.” - North Korean Delegation to Attend Asia-Pacific International Conference for Peace & Prosperity From North Korea, a delegation will arrive in Gyeonggi Province next month to attend the Asia-Pacific International Conference for Peace and Prosperity and to visit the Peace Park in Imjingak (임진각). - Sports, Cultural, Tourism Events Gyeonggi Province will also pursue sports, culture and tourism exchanges with North Korea Including the formation of an Inter-Korean joint boxing team and the organization of a marathon that runs between South and North Korea. - Joint Epidemic Prevention Programs Gyeonggi Province also secured an agreement from North Korea regarding joint epidemic prevention programs and the trial operation of a smart farm in North Korea. - Resumption of Forestation Project There was also an agreement on the resumption of a forestation project that began in 2008 and the establishment of a body to oversee project cooperation. Gyeonggi Province also proposed the establishment of a peace park in the Demilitarized Zone to North Korean representatives. ► Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Peace Lee Hwa-yeong “We will not stop working to bring about the day when peace becomes as natural to everybody as breathing and prosperity permeates all of society.” In addition to already agreed-upon inter-Korean exchanges and cooperation, Gyeonggi Province seeks to arrange Governor Lee Jae-myung’s visit to North Korea before the end of the year. Article 7. Majority of Gyeonggi Residents Support Inter-Korean Cooperation (181010-2) [Anchor’s Headline] While Gyeonggi Province resumes its inter-Korean exchanges and cooperation initiatives, the majority of Gyeonggi residents have positive views on such projects. Such positive views on provincial projects for peace and cooperation with North Korea were revealed in a survey of Gyeonggi residents. ► Seok Wu-jin / Seongnam City Resident “With South and North Korean relations having significantly improved, the reopening of the Gaeseong Industrial Complex and the resumption of other peace and cooperation projects will position Gyeonggi Province at the center of peace.” ► 70% of Gyeonggi Residents Positive about Gyeonggi’s Inter-Korean Peace and Cooperation Projects This survey also revealed that 80 percent of respondents believe that these projects will contribute to the development of northern Gyeonggi Province. ► 80% Support Gyeonggi’s Participation in Special Unification Economic Zone Development In this survey, 80 percent of provincial residents indicated their support of Gyeonggi’s participation in Special Unification Economic Zone development. ► More than 50% Recommend Focusing on Transportation and Infrastructure More than 50 percent of respondents chose transportation and infrastructure development as the key fields for inter-Korean projects. ► Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Peace Lee Hwa-yeong “While Gyeonggi Province is the inter-Korean exchange and cooperation center, it is also the North East Asian peace and prosperity frontier. Therefore, we will promote inter-Korean exchange and cooperation projects and contribute to the peace and prosperity of the Korean Peninsula.” This year, Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) plans to visit North Korea with local government heads to discuss detailed plans for exchange and cooperation projects. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2018.10.12Greetings, 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. New Legislation Aids Gyeonggi’s Small Business Protection Policies (181001-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Welcoming the recent passage of an amendment to the Commercial Building Lease Protection Act by the National Assembly, Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) disclosed related provincial policies he plans for small businesses. ► Commercial Building Tenancy Protection Period Extended to 10 Years According to this amendment, tenancy in commercial buildings will be protected for up to ten years instead of five years. ► Legally Protected Premium Recovery Period Extended to 6 Months The legally protected period for premium recovery was also extended from three months to six months. ► Governor Lee Welcomes Passage of Law Amendment Governor Lee expressed his approval of the expansion of commercial building tenant protection and revealed similar provincial-level plans. ► Lease Dispute Mediation Committee Functions to Be Expanded One such plan is to expand the role of the Lease Dispute Mediation Committee to protect small businesses from damage inflicted by large distribution enterprises. ► Utilization of Public Organization Assets Gyeonggi Province is also reviewing the feasibility of leasing surplus public organization spaces to businesses that fail to survive rising rental rates in areas of gentrification. This new policy has a similar conceptual foundation as that of public rental housing and public building in-house businesses. ► Cho Do-hyeon / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Small Business Support Team “Once public building commercial leasing basic plans are established, we will be able to offer spaces to small businesses at prices lower than market levels.” Gyeonggi Province also plans to promote fair trade for small businesses through the establishment of new offices that will assume the role of a “Fair Trade Commission” as well as the expansion of provincial Unfair Trade Call Center services. Article 2. Gyeonggi Expands Bus Driver Training Program (1001-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province is operating a bus driver training program with the aim of creating new jobs while alleviating a bus driver shortage. This program is also in line with a provincial policy that focuses job creation initiatives primarily on public service-related jobs. ► Transportation Safety Education Center, Hwaseong City Consisting of a two-week course of intensive practice including road training, this bus driver training program is currently being operated by the Transportation Safety Education Center. Trainees are provided with provincial support for up to 80 percent of education fees and license fees as well as employment support. ► Bin Jung-hwan / Bus Driver Trainee “I hope that, after I finish this training, I will be able to find a job and work as a safe driver.” [CG] Since the program was launched last October, it has produced 461 graduates, of whom approximately 70 percent have successfully found employment. ► GTV Reporter Choi Chang-sun “In order to address the bus driver shortage following the amendment of the Labor Standards Act this past July, Gyeonggi Province has increased the bus driver training capacity” [CG] The enrollment volume has now been increased to 800 spaces from the previous 500. The minimum age limit for applicants was also lowered from over 35 years of age to over 20 years of age. This program has the dual purpose of alleviating a shortage of qualified bus drivers while also creating new jobs for residents. ► Park Rae-hyeok / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Bus Policy Team “Bus drivers are employees of private bus companies. However, they can be regarded as public service workers since they work for public transportation convenience. Gyeonggi Province will endeavor to create more such jobs that benefit the public.” Beginning with 800 graduates this year, Gyeonggi Province plans to train a total of 8,000 bus drivers by the year 2022. ► Enquiries: Transportation Safety Education Center (☎031-8053-9800, 9824) Enquiries about the bus driver training course can be directed to local transportation offices or directly to the Transportation Safety Education Center. Article 3. Korea Ceramic Foundation’s Collection Showcased in Gyeonggi (181002-2) [Anchor’s Headline] At the Icheon (이천) World Ceramic Center, the Korea Ceramic Foundation currently showcases a ceramic art collection that it has acquired in the nineteen years since its establishment. - Penryn by late Peter Voulkos Exhibited items include the only artwork that exists in Korea by the late Peter Voulkos, an iconic contemporary abstract ceramic artist who opened a new era for ceramics as fine art. - Peggy`s Jacket by Marilyn Levine There is also a piece created by Canadian hyperrealist Marilyn Levine who was renowned for her leather-like ceramic works. ► Kim Tae-hun / Visitor from Icheon City “I presumed that the exhibits would be traditional items and boring. However, I was impressed that they were refreshing with many modernistic elements…” ► Icheon Worlds Ceramic Center (Until October 31) 2018 Great Heritage: Past, Present, Future Titled ‘2018 Great Heritage: Past, Present, Future,’ this exhibition features a total of 580 pieces from the Korea Ceramic Foundation collection including prize winners from the first Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale. Featured pieces have been selected from among those with great artistic value. ► Oh Yu-gyeong / Curator, Korea Ceramic Foundation “Visitors can walk through the history of ceramic art in this exhibition since it features a large number of important artists in ceramic art history.” This exhibition also presents the newest artwork that incorporates multimedia images as well as items that reflect the history of the Korea Ceramic Foundation. Article 4. Young Ceramic Artists Work for Park Improvement Project (181001-3) [Anchor’s Headline] The Korea Ceramic Foundation launched an outdoor makeover project for facilities in three cities in Gyeonggi Province using ceramic artwork created by young artists. ► Icheon CERAPIA The obscure grey spaces between buildings and stone walls in Icheon (이천) CERAPIA were pleasantly improved by colorful ceramics and the sound of ceramic wind chimes. Visitors who are drawn to these ornamental features and walk through a tunnel of water pipes find themselves in a fascinating world of ceramic cuts that decorate the walls. The makeover project transformed these lifeless corners into delightful spaces. ► Outdoor Facility Spaces Improved with Ceramics This project is currently underway at three outdoor facilities: CERAPIA, Ceramic World, and Ceramic Park ► Kim Byeong-jae / Visitor, Icheon CERAPIA “Ceramic art pieces harmonize well with outdoor natural surroundings. I could appreciate them better.” ► ‘Young Ceramic Artwork 337’ Project Known as ‘Young Ceramic Artwork 337’, this project is changing the Korea Ceramic Foundation’s facility environment. ► 5 Young Ceramic Artists Participating That change is being realized by the work of five young ceramic artists. ► Park Ji-yeong / Ceramic Artist (Aged 29) “This project enables young ceramic artists with unstable income to work in stable conditions. The result is the transformation of deserted spaces in ceramic parks.” This year’s project will continue until November with the planned invitation of more artists next year. ► Seo Chang-won / Assistant Manager, Korea Ceramic Foundation Ceramic Promotion Team “This project involves the creation of artistic ceramic objects and structures for outdoor environmental improvement. It also provides young artists with support for their creative work.” Through this makeover project, the deserted corners of the Korea Ceramic Foundation’s facilities are being reborn as lively spaces with works by young artists. Article 5. Operating Room Monitoring System Introduced in Gyeonggi (181002-1) [Anchor’s Headline] For the first time in Korea, surveillance camera tems, also known as CCTV tems, were introduced in hospital operating rooms in Gyeonggi Province to prevent improprieties during operations. Recently, online videos that featured unprofessional operating room scenes, such as taking personal pictures, playing with prosthetics, and holding a birthday party while a patient was under anesthesia, have emerged as an issue in Korea. ► CCTV Systems Installed in Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center Operating Rooms These CCTV tems were installed on a trial basis in operating rooms at the Anseong (안성) Hospital of the Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center so as to prevent human rights violations and medical malpractice. ► Kim Cheol-seok / Patient at Anseong Hospital “This tem prevents operations by substitute doctors since everything id recorded. I was relieved of anxiety since I could watch a video of my operation and my family could also watch while outside the operating room.” ► CCTV Recording Requires Consent by Patient and Medical Staff According to privacy laws, CCTV recordings require consent from both patients and medical staff, and recorded data must be destroyed after 30 days. ► Kim Yong-suk / Director, Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center Anseong Hospital “The CCTV tem will guarantee the right-to-know of patients, enable patients to make decisions, and help build trust between medical staff and patients.” After trial operation at the Anseong (안성) Hospital, the operating room CCTV tem will be installed in all six Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center hospitals. Article 6. Gyeonggi Hears from Students Regarding Operating Room Monitoring (181004-2) [Anchor’s Headline] This month, Gyeonggi Province began trial operation of surveillance camera tems in operating rooms in the Anseong (안성) Hospital of the Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center. Shortly afterwards, representatives of the province met with student reporters of Dankook (단국) University to answer questions regarding this initiative. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center Anseong Hospital The purpose of installing these camera surveillance tems, or CCTVs, is to help prevent medical malpractice and human rights violations. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (October 4) Q&A Session with Student Reporters Regarding Operating Room CCTV System Operations During the meeting, which took place in the Gyeonggi Province spokesperson’s office at the Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex, students asked a range of questions. ► Sin Ji-hui / Student Reporter, Dankook University “Do you believe that a means of verification is necessary for things that happen in operating rooms?” ► Kim Yong / Gyeonggi Province Spokesperson “The real purpose is to protect the rights of patients and prevent possible medical malpractice rather than to verify medical operation processes…” There were also questions about the views of medical staff regarding the operating room CCTV tems. ► Sin Ji-hui / Student Reporter, Dankook University “I remember a news report that said there has been no agreement regarding the operating room CCTV tems and that related Gyeonggi Province officials stated that they would not install the tems should the medical association oppose it. It that true?” ► 91% of Gyeonggi Residents Support Operating Room CCTV Systems The spokesperson answered that the tem in the Anseong (안성) Hospital was installed with the consent of its medical staff and that 91 percent of provincial residents are positive about this policy. ► Kim Yong / Gyeonggi Province Spokesperson “It was a meaningful time to talk about the operating room CCTV tems with youths. Listening to their opinions, I became aware of the necessity to pursue the policy with more sincerity.” After trial operation at the Anseong (안성) Hospital, Gyeonggi Province plans to install the tem in six other Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center hospitals next year. Article 7. Businesses Selling Alcoholic Beverages and Cigarettes to Minors Uncovered (181005-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Recently, a number of businesses that sold alcoholic beverages and cigarettes to minors without checking ID were uncovered in Gyeonggi Province. There was also an internet café that hired underaged youths. ► Convenience Store At a convenience store in Gyeonggi Province, a shop clerk sells cigarettes to a boy without asking for ID. The boy is a high school student. ► Boy Regularly Purchases Cigarettes at Convenience Store He has been purchasing cigarettes at this shop on a regular basis. [Sync] “He said he had bought cigarettes here about eight times over the past two weeks.” ► Internet Cafe An internet café, a business type at which the employment of minors is prohibited, was apprehended for employing an 18-year-old. ► ID Check, Underaged Customer Screening Neglected There were even adult karaoke rooms that admitted primary school students. [Sync] “Do you have ID?” “No, I’m a 6th grader in primary school.” ► Gyeonggi Uncovers 16 Businesses Minors A total of 16 businesses that illegally employed, admitted or sold adult-only items to minors were apprehended by the Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police. ► Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police Superintendent Lee Byeong-wu “The majority of violators that were caught this time were those who neglected identification checks rather than being deceived by underaged customers.” Those apprehended were charged with violations of the Youth Protection Act and will also receive administrative punishments from local government authorities. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2018.10.04Greetings, 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. Singapore Enterprise to Invest USD 20 Million in Gyeonggi (180927-1) [Anchor’s Headline] A fledgling advanced technology enterprise, BTech in Osan City of Gyeonggi Province, recently secured an investment of USD 20 million from a Singaporean enterprise for planned facilities in the Pyeongtaek (평택) Business & Industry Complex. ► Yellow Sea Free Economic Zone Authority (September 27) Investment MOU Signing Since BTech applied for residency in this complex, Gyeonggi Province and the Yellow Sea Free Economic Zone Authority have been supporting the realization of its relocation through an active search for overseas investments on its behalf. ► Lee Hwa-sun / Director, Gyeonggi Province Yellow Sea Free Economic Zone Authority "While the goal of enterprises is to grow into global businesses, our objective is to provide such enterprises with assistance for their stable growth…” These efforts finally came to fruition with the Singaporean enterprise CUBIT, an international semiconductor parts distributor with annual sales of USD 14 billion, signing an investment MOU on September 27. ► Kim Sun-rae / Korean Representative, CUBIT "We will use our network in the United States, Europe, Singapore, Malaysia and China to help the company grow…” BTech is a fledgling enterprise specializing in new material precision processing. ► Combination of Korean Root Technologies and Overseas Capital This investment is an example of combining a Korean root technology enterprise and an overseas investor who has an established international sales network. ► Ha Jeong-hyeon / CEO, BTech “… to become the most successful enterprise among those in the Yellow Sea Free Economic Zone…” With the resources available, BTech is now able to relocate itself to the Pyeongtaek Business & Industry Complex in the Yellow Sea Free Economic Zone, actively pursue technological development, and achieve significant sales growth while creating many new jobs in the near future. Article 2. Gyeonggi Establishes Intellectual Property Startup Support Center (180927-3) [Anchor’s Headline] With the intellectual property industry growing, Gyeonggi Province recently established a special school that provides business startup and employment education in these fields. Park (박지수), a new employee of an electronic parts enterprise, is recognized as very capable in his patent work. He attributes this success to the employment education provided by Gyeonggi Province. ► Park Ji-su / Gyeonggi Intellectual Property Specialist Education Graduate “During the eight-week course, we were provided with professional-grade education in patents through classes that were divided into specialized subjects as well as common subjects.” ► Gyeonggi’s Intellectual Property Education Produces 380 Graduates Since 2014, Gyeonggi Province has been operating an intellectual property specialist education program. This program has produced a total 380 specialists with an employment rate of 77 percent. ► Gyeonggi Creative Economy Innovation Center (September 14) Opening of ‘Intellectual Property Startup & Employment Zone’ Recently, Gyeonggi Province opened a school titled “Intellectual Property Startup & Employment Zone.” ► One-Stop Support for Startup In addition to education, this school also encompasses one-stop support for startups in these fields. ► Education and Employment Support For those seeking jobs, the school also provides employment support through various promotional events. ► Park Sang-woo / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Intellectual Property Team “We are confident that the one-stop service tem will deliver ideas to startups as well as success and professionals to job creation.” The next employment education course as well as enrollment for the next startup course begins in October. ► Gyeonggi Intellectual Property Center (☎ 031-500-3048) Detailed course information can be obtained from the Gyeonggi Intellectual Property Center. Article 3. Gyeonggi Administrative Innovation Contest (180927-1) [Anchor’s Headline] In order to promote an innovative administration culture, Gyeonggi Province held a contest for cases that demonstrate administrative innovation in the categories of social value realization, participation and communication, and creative public service culture. ► Sosori Farm / Farm Share Program Operator, Namyangju City Workers on this farm in Namyangju (남양주) City are busy preparing for new experiential programs that include more diverse and entertaining events in addition to existing daily programs. This farm is one of the ‘farm share program’ operators supported by Gyeonggi Province. ► Seo Da-hye / Manager, Sosori Farm “I think this is an opportunity to change the common view of urban life, an opportunity that benefits producers while satisfying consumers …” ► Hanhwa Resorts, Yongin City (September 13) 2018 Gyeonggi Administrative Innovation Contest Of the 16 cases that were featured in the contest held on September 13 in the described administrative innovation categories, seven qualified for the finals. - Social Value Realization: Farm Share / Public Vehicle Share / Resource Recycling Town / Apartment Consultant Teams / Social Performance Compensation In the social value realization category, five administration programs were selected: Farm Share, Public Vehicle Share, Resource Recycling Town, Apartment Consultant Teams, and Social Performance Compensation. - Participation and Communication: Employment Big Data Analytics - Creative Public Service Culture: Real-time Fire Engine Information Service In the remaining two categories, Employment Big Data Analytics and the Real-time Fire Engine Information Service were selected. ► Farm Share Program Receives Top Prize Judged by specialists and audience members, the top prize went to the Farm Share Program. ► Han Tae-hui / Top Prize Winner (Gyeonggi Province New Growth Agriculture Team) “At Farm Share sites, farmers and consumers engage in joint economic activities. I think that gave the program winning points.” The top case will represent Gyeonggi Province in the upcoming national administrative innovation contest. ► Jeong Gu-won / Director, Gyeonggi Province Inspection & Evaluation Division “The purpose (of the contest) is to identify cases that improved administrative work so as to ultimately improve services for residents.” Gyeonggi Province will continue to promote administrative innovation through the identification of exemplary administration cases. Article 4. Gyeonggi Holds River Management Workshop (180920-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province hosted a river management workshop for officials from provincial and local governments as well as the Ministry of Environment to discuss measures to ensure effective responses to unpredictable weather phenomena. The role of rivers is important during extreme weather periods such as prolonged downpours and droughts. ► The MVL (Hotel), Goyang City (September 18) Gyeonggi Province River Management Workshop The purpose of this workshop was to identify ways in which to improve river safety in terms of natural disasters brought about by extreme weather. ► Advanced River Management Measures Sought for Effective Responses to Changing Weather With changes in river management policies anticipated since the Ministry of Environment’s assumption of national water management authority this year, ministry officials were also invited to participate in the workshop. ► Cities Share River Management Experiences During the workshop, the cities of Anyang (안양) and Shiheung (시흥) shared their river management experiences and ideas. There were also discussions on the management of local streams and tributaries. ► Park Yun-hak / Director, Gyeonggi Province River Division “We will do our utmost to safeguard Gyeonggi Province from natural disasters by establishing comprehensive water management plans based on detailed surveys of river basins and performing environment-friendly river management and maintenance.” ► 4 Local Rivers Selected for Flood Resistance Improvement Gyeonggi Province has already earmarked approximately KRW 110 billion to improve the flood resistance capabilities of four selected local rivers. Article 5. Smartphone-related Accident Prevention Ordinance Proposed (0928-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Recently, an interesting ordinance draft was proposed in the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly. This ordinance specifies safety regulations to prevent accidents that are related to the use of smartphones while walking on the street. The number of accidents involving individuals who use smartphones while walking on the street, oblivious to their surroundings, has been increasing. There are many who even cross the street with their eyes glued on their smartphones and earphones plugged in. ► Lee Seon-jae / Yongin City Resident “Many people use smartphones on the street when they are alone. They seem to be in greater danger because they do that despite being aware of the safety risks.” There is even a newly coined term, ‘smombie,’ that refers to smartphone users who walk in a zombie-like state. ► GTV Reporter Choi Chang-sun “The number of road accidents involving pedestrians using smartphones has been increasing each year. While most are minor incidents of bumping into other individuals, more serious accidents do frequently occur when they collide with bicycles, motorbikes and vehicles.” ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Proposes ‘Smombie’ Accident Prevention Ordinance This ordinance draft was proposed recently by members of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly. [CG] The ordinance draft specifies pedestrian safety measures and traffic rules for pedestrians as well as public education regarding the dangers of using smartphones on the street. ► Mun Gyeongt-hui / Member of Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “Improvement of road crossings may help. I am confident that various accidents suffered by pedestrians while using smartphones on the street can now be prevented.” This ordinance draft will be reviewed by the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly during the next extraordinary session in October. Article 6. Gyeonggi Announces Administrative Policy Idea Selection Results (180927-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced seven new policies, including medical facility establishment at expressway rest areas, selected from among policy ideas proposed by residents. ► Anseong Matchum Clinic This small private clinic at an expressway rest area, far from the nearest hospital, is used by many who require emergency treatment. ► Sin Sang-ho / Anseong Matchum Clinic User “As a frequent expressway traveler, I find this clinic extremely convenient to use when I need urgent medical care or emergency treatment.” It was the operator of this clinic who proposed the establishment of medical facilities at expressway rest areas. ► Yu Seung-il / Policy Proposer (Anseong Matchum Clinic Operator) “Expressways can be regarded as medical service blind spots. Many emergency cases occur while traveling on expressways but lack access immediate medical services. Such inconvenience led me to make this proposal to Gyeonggi Province.” ► Resident Policy Ideas Collected via Provincial Website Out of the 60 policy ideas selected from among those submitted via the New Gyeonggi Commission website, 7 were selected for adoption as actual provincial policies. ► 7 Ideas Selected for Adoption These ideas include medical facilities on expressways and free safety inspections of old buildings. ► Kim Jong-seok / Director, Gyeonggi Province Future Strategy Division “The policy ideas that we selected for adoption were developed by residents themselves. By communicating with and listening to residents, we can develop practical policies through which residents can feel benefits.” Gyeonggi Province will pay prize money of up to KRW 500,000 to each resident whose policy idea was adopted. ► Policy Selection Information Available via Gyeonggi Province Website (www.gg.go.kr) Detailed policy idea selection information is available via the ‘Policy Ideas Wanted’ page of the Gyeonggi Province website. Article 7. Gyeonggi Wins Tax Refund Lawsuit (180928-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Four years of legal disputes between Gyeonggi Province and the Korea Deposit Insurance Corporation over the return of overpaid local taxes have finally ended with the Supreme Court ruling in favor of the province. ► Korea Deposit Insurance Corporation Overpaid Local Tax Four years ago, the corporation erroneously paid property taxes at 2 percent of property values instead of the normal 1 percent. ► Lawsuit for Return of Overpaid Amount Recognizing its error, the corporation filed a lawsuit against Gyeonggi Province for the return of the overpaid amount. However, the fact that they had been voluntary payments adversely affected the outcome for the corporation. ► Supreme Court Ruled in Favor of Gyeonggi Province Finally, on September 13, the Supreme Court delivered a judgement against the corporation, stating that the tax payments cannot be construed as unjust gains because payer’s fault was critical and evident. As a result, Gyeonggi Province can retain KRW 3.9 billion in tax revenues. ► Lee Ju-hyeon / Suwon City Resident “I thought it strange to ask for the return (of tax payments) after all these years and, as a tax payer myself, I thought it wrong. I think it was a correct judgement, one that was very well done.” ► Gyeonggi Operates Tax Lawsuits Taskforce Gyeonggi Province handled the case through a dedicated task force and communication with other autonomous bodies. ► Choi Won-sam / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Tax Review Team “The corporation claimed that those were not valid payments despite the fact that they were voluntary payments and this was clearly a significant fault on its part. We responded to the lawsuit with resolve since the results of this case can set precedent.” This outcome is expected to influence eight other lawsuits against Gyeonggi Province for the return of local tax gains. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2018.09.28Greetings, 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 Absorbs Convergence Technology Institute (180917-2) [Anchor’s Headline] The Advanced Institute of Convergence Technology of Seoul National University recently became a Gyeonggi provincial organization. This institute will be dedicated to technology-based public service development. ► Advanced Institute of Convergence Technology Established in 2008 as an affiliate of Seoul National University with support from Gyeonggi Province, this institute also operates a technology startup support center. This institute was also the birth place of the recently introduced Zero Shuttle, Korea’s first autonomous vehicle. ► Advanced Institute of Convergence Technology (September 17) Inauguration of Korea’s First Joint Public-Academy Research Institute With the announcement made on September 17, this institute officially became the 25th Gyeonggi provincial organization. Seoul National University will continue to oversee its research activities. ► Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor Kim Hee-kyeum “I believe that, with Gyeonggi Province’s support and Seoul National University’s excellent knowledge base, we should be able to overcome challenging social problems one by one…” ► Development of Public Services in Advanced Technology Fields Operated jointly by these two public entities, this institute will undertake the development of administrative services in advanced technology fields using the academic resources of the university. ► Park Chan-wuk / Acting President, Seoul National University “We are confident that this institute will lead the advancement of convergence technologies through scientific and technological researches for mankind. ► Bridging Advanced Technologies with Public Services By combining science and technology with services using public data, the new Advanced Institute of Convergence Technology will help improve a range of public services including transportation, safety and welfare. Article 2. Temperature Safety Indicators Used on Meat Products for School Meals (180919-3) [Anchor’s Headline] In order to ensure the safety of food products that require refrigeration during distribution, such as meats and fish, temperature-sensitive labels were introduced in Gyeonggi Province, initially on a trial basis on meat products used in school meals. ► Livestock Product Enterprise, Anyang City In this meat factory, workers attach yellow labels on meat boxes before stacking them for delivery to schools. These labels contain a thermometer-shaped pictograph whose color changes to red at temperatures above acceptable levels. ► Jeong Tae-hui / Livestock Product Enterprise Using Temperature-sensitive Labels "Meat is sensitive to temperature. These labels ensure the safety of meat since they tell us whether the meat has been maintained at cold temperatures throughout distribution processes. Consumers can be reassured of product hygiene by checking these temperature-sensitive labels. ► Thermometer Pictograph Turns Red at Normal Temperatures When the label is exposed to normal temperatures for more than 3 hours, a red stripe will appear. ► Pictograph Contains Temperature Sensitive Substance This discoloration is the result of the reaction of a substance that melts and discolors at temperatures above 11 degree Celsius. ► GTV Reporter Han Seon-ji “The red discoloration is not reversible even if the package returns to a refrigerated state later. This means that the freshness of the products cannot be faked.” Gyeonggi Province plans to expand the use of the temperature safety indicator label after its initial introduction on certified G-mark products. ► Kim Seong-sik / Director, Gyeonggi Province Animal Quarantine Division "After the initial application of the labels on G-marked livestock products supplied to more than 1,800 schools, we will expand their use to G-marked products sold to general consumers.” In addition to effective date indication, this temperature safety indication will help improve the credibility of food products. Article 3. Gyeonggi Upgrades Provincial Building Custodian Lounges (180917-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Recognizing the inadequate state of the resting facilities available to the custodians who work at provincial buildings, Gyeonggi Province plans to significantly improve the custodian lounges in these buildings. ► Lee Gyeong-min (Aged 64) / Custodian, Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center At age 64, Lee (이경민), who works as a janitor at the Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center, climbs up and down stairs to use a tiny custodian room which, without proper cooling and heating tems, was created by crudely converting a toilet. ► Lee Gyeong-min / Custodian, Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center “Since it’s in the basement, it’s stuffy. There is no air conditioner. During the winter, an electric pad is the only heat source. The floor beyond the pad is so cold that we cannot sit on it.” ► Gyeonggi to Improve Janitor Lounges at Provincial Buildings As promised by Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명), the province will improve the working environments for custodians at provincial buildings. Twelve custodian rooms that were in basements or on rooftops will be relocated to above ground levels. Those without proper bathrooms will be provided with new shower rooms. Thirteen locations will be supplied with new household amenities including refrigerators, heaters and purified water dispensers. ► Gyeonggi Governor Promises Improvement of Working Conditions for Custodians The governor’s promise for the improvement of working conditions for custodians and guards at provincial buildings was made via social networking services on August 16. ► Cheon Byeong-mun / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Facility Management Team “It is true that workers at provincial buildings, including custodians and guards, have been working in poor conditions. The working environment improvement plans for these workers were based on on-site surveys of all related facilities.” These plans will be implemented in the near future beginning with the relocation of custodian rooms at the Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex to above ground levels on October. Article 4. 60% of Gyeonggi Residents Support Use of Regional Vouchers (180918-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced its plan to introduce regional vouchers next year. This announcement was based on the positive results of an opinion poll on the adoption of this alternative “currency” among small businesses. ► Minarigwang Market, Suwon City With most shoppers bound for large supermarkets and department stores, traditional markets are quiet even during the shopping season before the Korean holiday of Chuseok. ► Cheon Jeong-ja / Traditional Market Merchant “Consumers prefer large supermarkets and department stores. Our business is so slow that we have hard time making ends meet.” Proposed by Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) to revive business for small merchants, the regional vouchers are intended for use only in traditional markets and backstreet shops. ► Sin Min-ho / Suwon City Resident “The regional vouchers can be purchased at discounted prices, which is an advantage, and they may have motivating effects on small businesses.” ► 6 Out of 10 Gyeonggi Residents Support Use of Regional Vouchers. In the opinion poll conducted by Gyeonggi Province, six out of ten Gyeonggi residents agreed with regional voucher introduction. ► Cho Tae-hun / Director, Gyeonggi Province Small Business Division “We will make careful preparations for the implementation of regional vouchers, taking into account various opinions including those regarding the scope of benefits for small businesses and the use of regional vouchers in welfare benefit payments.” Gyeonggi Province targets the full implementation of regional vouchers by next April and expects positive effects for small businesses. Article 5. Air Pollutant-emitting Enterprises Uncovered in Industrial Complexes (0919-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Recently, Gyeonggi Province conducted air pollution inspections at industrial complexes in Pyeongtaek (평택) City and uncovered a number of enterprises that did not operate proper pollutant treatment facilities. ► Apartment Building, Pyeongtaek City The residents of this apartment building in Pyeongtaek (평택) City are afflicted by the incessant foul odors and microdust released from an industrial complex less than 100 meters away. They cannot even open their windows. ► Kim Yu-ri / Apartment Resident Near Segyo Industrial Complex “Even I, who have severe rhinitis, can smell the strong odors. I never needed headache pills before, but I have already used almost a whole bottle since I moved here.” [CG] The microdust levels of Pyeongtaek (평택) are significantly higher than environmental standards, remaining the highest or second highest among the 31 cities and counties of the province. ► Environment Pollution Inspections of Pyeongtaek Industrial Complexes These environmental inspections were conducted jointly by Gyeonggi Province and Pyeongtaek (평택) City at industrial complexes and housing development areas. ► 19 Enterprises Apprehended for Pollutant Emissions Out of 54 locations that were inspected, a total of 19 were found negligent in pollutant treatment, either by failure to operate existing treatment facilities or leaving faulty facilities unrepaired. ► Seo Jin-seok / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Industrial Complex Environment Management Office Team 3 “We felt that there was a significant lack of awareness regarding the importance of environmental facilities among industrial enterprises. To reduce pollution emissions, we will strengthen our industrial site management and pursue continuous consultations regarding the sites.” Those that were apprehended through inspections face either prosecution or administrative punishments. Using measurements and advanced equipment such as drones, Gyeonggi Province will continue pollutant emission control. Article 6. First Gyeonggi Local Government Heads Meeting Held (180918-3) [Anchor’s Headline] For the first time under the current administration, Gyeonggi Province and local government heads convened to discuss current provincial issues. ► Jungang-dong Administrative Welfare Center, Yongin City (September 18) September 2018 Regional Government Heads Meeting During the meeting, Gyeonggi Province focused on public service-related job creation. - Establishment of Delinquent Tax Management Teams Specifically, Gyeonggi Province plans to create public service jobs through the establishment of delinquent tax management teams with a total of 7,500 personnel by 2021 as well as local security teams titled Happy Town Keepers. ► Cha Jeong-suk / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Self-Governance Bureau “We tentatively decided the employment period (of the Delinquent Tax Management Teams) to be based on a fixed term and have already set targets for next year. Local governments may simply decide upon the number of required employees.” ► Ansan City Vice Mayor Lee Jin-su “Delinquent tax in our city totals approximately KRW 93 billion. The operating costs for delinquent tax management for three years are estimated to be KRW 6.8 billion with targeted collection of these taxes being estimated at KRW 18 billion.” - Happy Town Management Center in Old Downtown Areas Beginning with trial operations at five locations from October, the Happy Town Management Centers will be established in old urban residential areas to undertake public services such as security for women, solitary senior transportation support, and home repairs. ► Pocheon City Vice Mayor ark Chang-hwa “Although home to our city hall, there are areas around Sineup-dong have become severely dilapidated and underdeveloped. I hope that Sineup-dong of Pocheon City will be selected to showcase exemplary Happy Town Management Center operation.” - Promotion of Regional Vouchers Also discussed during the meeting was the promotion of regional vouchers to help revive small businesses while also contributing to the local economy and job creation. Gyeonggi Province plans to share operation costs equally with local governments and asked local governments to allocate organizational resources and personnel accordingly. During the meeting, Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor Kim Hee-kyeum urged local governments to prepare measures for Chuseok as well as for MERS outbreaks. ► Gyeonggi Province First Vice Governor Kim Hee-kyeum “In the event patients do occur, I ask you to manage the outbreak so to avoid the occurrence of fatalities.” Gyeonggi Province also asked local governments for support in the establishment of apartment auditor teams as well as emergency safety resources at local public service offices. Article 7. Rescued Young Flying Squirrel Returned to Nature (180920-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Recently, a flying squirrel that had been rescued and treated at the Gyeonggi Province Wild Animal Rescue Center was returned to nature. There are an increasing number of wild animals being rescued, of which four out of ten are returned to nature after their complete recovery. ► Gyeonggi Province Wild Animal Rescue Center This flying squirrel was of a Korean indigenous species designated as a natural monument. ► Rescued in Yangpyeong County in August. It had been rescued in exhausted state on a forest trail in Yangpyeong County. Korean flying squirrels have been designated as a class 2 endangered species with their numbers continuously declining. ► Kim Chang-hwan / Yangpyeong County Resident “I found two squirrels which seemed dead at first. So I inspected them carefully and felt faint tremor in one of them. It was in such a pitiful state.” ► Released after Full Recovery This squirrel was the only survivor of a litter of four. After receiving treatment and rehabilitation, it fully recovered and was released. It settled on a high pine nut tree not far from the location where it was rescued. ► Lee Eun-gyeong / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Wild Animal Rescue Team “Flying squirrels start independent lives eight to nine weeks after their birth. Since we released it at this period at the location where it was rescued, we expect that it will do well.” [CG] The number of rescued wild animals has been increasing continuously due to climate change and a shortage of food. More young animals are rescued in autumn, in particular, since it is a breeding season for many species. Of those rescued, 40 percent are returned to the wild after receiving treatment. If you find an animal in distress, please call 119 immediately. 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EnglishNews | 2018.09.21Greetings, 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. Road Safety Expo Held in Gyeonggi (180910-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been hosting an annual road safety showcase. This year’s event opened on September 5 at the KINTEX exhibition center and featured a variety of related experiential activities for public road safety education. ► KINTEX (September 5-6) Gyeonggi Province Road Safety Expo One such experiential event featured car accident simulations in which visitors experience the importance of wearing seat belts. ► Jin Hui-won / Visiting Child “It was scary but fun. (I now know) we should always wear seat belts.” Running for two days, this annual provincial event, titled Gyeonggi Province Road Safety Expo, featured a number of booths designed to foster awareness of road safety among members of the public, especially children, through experiences using various media. ► Kim Yong-jin / Visitor, Childcare Center Teacher “I have given road safety education to children using only instructions and images. Here, children could more vividly learn why they should wear seat belts and use road crossings through experiences.” ► 400+ Booths with New Technologies More than 100 related organizations showcased road safety items using various media technologies via more than 400 booths. This year’s event also featured demonstrations of upgraded autonomous vehicle operation as well as vehicles for individuals with disabilities. ► Kim Jun-tae / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Transportation Bureau “We focused more on communication through experience than on previous occasions. The ultimate purpose is to create advanced road safety culture and traffic order. Gyeonggi Province will continue to promote road safety through accident-prevention education programs. Article 2. Gyeonggi DMZ International Forum Draws Global Interest (180911-3) [Anchor’s Headline] On September 6, Gyeonggi Province held its first international forum on the future of the Demilitarized Zone, also known as the DMZ. Having remained a human exclusion zone for decades, the DMZ of the Korean Peninsula has become a biological haven. ► Uijeongbu Arts Center (September 6) 2018 DMZ International Forum Featuring more than 180 ecological specialists from around the world, this international forum saw discussions on ways in which to create a space for lives and peace in this symbolic zone of conflict. There was also a recommendation, agreed upon by a majority, that the DMZ be designated as a biological preserve. ► Kim Eun-yeong / Chairperson, UNESCO Korea Committee “The majority of participants seem to advocate the idea of preserving the value of the DMZ by protecting the area from economic development. I believe that biological preservation zone designation will serve the purpose exactly.” ► International Biological Preservation Cases Presented A scholar from South Africa shared a similar case of natural preservation along border areas, while the regional UNESCO representative from Beijing presented that organization’s biological preservation zone management in Asia. ► Marielsa Oliberia Ph.D. / UNESCO Beijing Office “…but we cannot also forget that (there are) several opportunities for collaboration between the two Koreas on the peninsula that will help to provide both sides with information and understanding about opportunities concerned and …” There was also a proposal for inter-Korean collaboration as well as a DMZ monitoring case presentation. ► Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Peace Lee Hwa-yeong “The DMZ in Gyeonggi Province is emerging as an area of peace and ecological importance that the world recognizes, instead of as an area of division and separation. I believe that the peace and prosperity of its future, therefore, depends on how we manage DMZ areas” The opinions gathered at the forum will be used for the development of sustainable DMZ policies. Other DMZ preservation projects currently pursued by the province include DMZ Peace Belt development and DMZ ecological map production. Article 3. Gyeonggi to Provide Primary School Children with Dental Service Support (180912-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced the province-wide launch of free dental services, known as the ‘Home Dentist’ program, for primary school children from next year. ► Dana Dental Clinic, Seongnam City The Home Dentist program, one of the election pledges of Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명), includes dental examinations and permanent teeth development checkups as well as fluorine treatments. ► Lim Su-jeong, Lim Sang-ho / Home Dentist Service Users "We used to visit dental clinics only when we had teeth troubles. However, it is nice to know my current dental condition.” ► Home Dentist Program Provides 4th Graders with Dental Examination Support The Home Dentist program targets primary school fourth graders since they are at an important stage in terms of dental development as they undergo the transition to permanent teeth. Subject children can receive free dental exams as well as dental health education close to their homes from local dentists who are registered as Home Dentists. ► Kim Jong-ae / Registered Home Dentist "Preventive treatment is most effective at this age when permanent teeth development is almost complete” ► Home Dentist Services to Cover Entire Province First introduced in Seongnam (성남) City when Governor Lee was mayor of that city, the effectiveness of this program has been verified through the positive responses of residents. With the passage of the related ordinance in the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly last week, this program will be expanded to the entire province, benefiting more than 120,000 children. Gyeonggi Province will allocate KRW 5.6 billion in the next provincial budget for this program. Article 4. Gyeonggi Holds Budget Policy Meeting with Ruling Party (0911-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province held a meeting with the ruling party to explain various provincial policies and request party support in securing national subsidies for the implementation of those policies. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (September 11) Democratic Party-Gyeonggi Province Budget Policy Meeting The key subjects of discussion were the introduction of land tax and the claiming of apartment premium profits for use in public rental housing projects, both proposed by Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “The key to resolving national economic problems and making it possible for people to have new dreams and hopes is, after all, reducing the windfall profits of real estate owners with public authorities retrieving such profits to use for the benefit of all people…” [CG] Governor Lee proposed that these policies can be realized by “imposing land tax based on the public concept of land ownership and using the entire amount returned to the people as a basic income. [CG] He also added that “…if public authorities claim apartment premium profits from owners and use the amount for public rental housing construction, it will be a real estate policy that will make everyone happy.” Affirming a favorable review of Governor Lee’s proposals, the Democratic Party also made its own proposals for the province. ► Lee Hae-chan / Democratic Party Leader “Since Gyeonggi Province is favored by many youths as a place for relocation, I think the province should pay special attention to housing policies for young people and respond effectively to the situation.” The Democratic Party leader asked Gyeonggi Province to lead in inter-Korean economic cooperation. During the meeting, Gyeonggi Province and the Democratic Party concurred on a number of issues. ► Kim Tae-nyeon / Chairperson, Democratic Party Policy Committee “Expansion of area wide transportation networks, inter-Korean exchange support in northern Gyeonggi Province, and balanced development of northern and southern Gyeonggi Province are also the core pledges of the party.” ► Cho Jeong-sik / Democratic Party Budget & Accounting Committee Secretary “A significant increase has been made in social overhead capital category of the national budget for the improvement of people’s quality of life. The regional governments, including Gyeonggi Province, will need to work hard (to make the most of it)…” ► Gyeonggi Requests KRW 1.86 Trillion in National Subsidies for 640 Projects Gyeonggi Province disclosed national subsidy requirements totaling KRW 1.86 trillion for 640 provincial projects in peace and unification, as well as infrastructure for living and microdust measures. In order to secure targeted national subsidies of KRW 12.5 trillion for the year 2019, Gyeonggi Province also plans to meet with National Assembly members in the near future. Article 5. Gyeonggi to Introduce Compulsory Production Environment Indication on Eggs (180910-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province recently developed and enforced a new egg marking tem. This new tem includes an additional number, known as ‘Production Environment Indication’, which identifies the environment in which the egg-laying hens were kept. ► Food Shop, Suwon City Last year, traces of insecticide were found in eggs, causing consumers nationwide to boycott domestically produced eggs. ► Kim Ji-yeong, Housewife, Suwon City “I check the markings on eggs when I buy them because, since I feed them to my family including my children, I cannot take chances.” ► Production Environment Indication on Egg Shells Enforced in Gyeonggi In order to reassure consumers of the safety of eggs, Gyeonggi Province enforced production environment indication marking on egg shells. This information is important because use of insecticides was practiced in henhouses densely packed with animals. ► Living Environment of Hens Indicated with Number 1 to 4 In addition to farm name and distribution date, egg markings must now include an additional number - 1, 2, 3 or 4 - to indicate the living area per hen. 1 - Outdoor Open Breeding 2 - Breeding in Area Specified by Livestock Industry Act 3 - 0.075 ㎡ per Hen 4 - 0.05㎡ per Hen Each number denotes the size of the living area of the hen that produced the egg and ranges from the number 1, unconfined outdoor breeding, to the number 4, 0.05 square meters per hen. From next year, the new indication tem will also include the date the egg was laid. ► Kim Seong-sik / Director, Gyeonggi Province Animal Quarantine Division “Use of insecticides and factory-style henhouses caused distrust among our residents. To improve the situation, we will regain consumer confidence through indication of the production environment that ranges from breeding in nature to breeding in henhouses or cages.” Those who fail to abide by production environment indication will be subject to imprisonment of up to one year or a fine of up to KRW 10 million. With the production environment indication tem, eggs will return to the dining table as a safe food item. Article 6. Gyeonggi Opens Financial Operation Details Website (180911-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province opened a website that discloses the financial status of the provincial government for reference by the public. Titled ‘Gyeonggi Province Household Accounts’, this site provides the public with details of provincial budgets and expenditures as well as contracts. ► Kim Min-ji / Suwon City Resident Kim (김민지), a local tax payer, uses this website to see how taxes were used by Gyeonggi Province. ► Kim Min-ji / Gyeonggi Province Household Accounts User “My trust for Gyeonggi Province was increased by being able to see where, when, and how taxes were used.” ► ‘Gyeonggi Province Household Accounts’ Opens Through this website, visitors can see financial details of Gyeonggi Province. ► Accessed via Gyeonggi Data Dream Website (data.gg.go.kr) Accessed via the Gyeonggi Data Dream website, which provides comprehensive provincial organization data, the Gyeonggi Province Household Accounts site is open to anyone interested in the financial management of the province. ► No Information Request Procedures Necessary Information can be accessed on the spot simply by clicking without going through complex disclosure request procedures. This website reflects Gyeonggi Province’s commitment to administrative transparency. ► Park Jong-seo / Director, Gyeonggi Province Big Data Division “Gyeonggi residents want to know how their tax payments are used. This website enables resident to review, download or analyze financial information of the province.” Following initial disclosure of financial information for the year 2017 and 2018, Gyeonggi Province will expand the disclosure range back to the year 2008 in phases. Article 7. Fake Luxury Item Dealers Uncovered in Gyeonggi (180912-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Recently, a number of fake luxury item dealers were uncovered in Gyeonggi Province. These dealers were found to stock fake items, such as watches and handbags, valued at more than KRW 300 million. ► Clothing Shop, Uijeongbu City At this clothing shop in Uijeongbu (의정부) City, inspectors discovered a large quantity of luxury brand clothes. Produced in China, all these items are imitations with fake logos. [Sync] Shop Proprietor: “Those are genuine brands.” Inspector 1: “Then why do you keep the logo tags separately?” Inspector 2: “Genuine items must have logo tags with them’ ► Clothing Shop, Goyang City In another store in a shopping mall in Goyang (고양) City, sparkling watches and luxury brand handbags were displayed in showcases. These items were also illegal copies of genuine brands. [Sync] Inspector: “The logos, such as those of Gucci and Chanel, are registered with the Patent Office. Selling or displaying the items with pirated logos construes…” Shop Proprietor: “But we only have a small quantity.” ► 30+ Fake Luxury Items Sold at 10% of Genuine Item Prices These dealers, who were apprehended by the Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police, have been selling fake items of more than 30 luxury brands at prices as low as 10 percent of genuine item prices. ► GTV Reporter Gu Yeong-seul “More than 700 illegal imitation items, including watches and handbags valued more than KRW 300 million, were confiscated.” This crackdown was the first of its kind since the coverage of the Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police was expanded by Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung. ► Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police Superintendent Lee Byeong-woo “We performed the imitation item trade crackdown since making money by illegal or unfair means inflicts damage on residents.” The 19 fake item dealers apprehended were charged with violation of trademark law. 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EnglishNews | 2018.09.14Greetings, 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 Introduce Address System within Large Parks (0903-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced its plan to introduce an address tem for roads and structures in large parks so as to facilitate position identification in wide open areas for enhanced public convenience and safety. ► Gwanggyo Lake Park, Suwon City This lake park in Gwanggyo (광교) New Town in Suwon (수원) City, with more than 2 million square meters encompassing a beautiful lake and surrounding greenery, is the largest urban park in Korea. It is also one of the most popular parks, attracting 3.4 million visitors annually. However, such a large area poses difficulties in locating persons and responding to emergency calls. ► Kim Jong-min / Visitor from Gwonseon-dong, Suwon City “It is easy to lose your bearings in this park. it is very difficult to find the right way without even knowing where you are.” ► Gyeonggi Studies in-park Location Information Alternatives Gyeonggi Province plans to study possible options to assign location information or addresses to areas within parks. Current options include a numbering tem using area grids or internal roads and an address tem using existing structures. ► New Location Addresses With the new address tem, locating a place will become much faster and easier. ► Cho Chang-hui / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Address Management Team “Based on study results, we will create a database of assigned location information or addresses for public use. If we have good application results, we will pursue nationwide expansion of the tem.” Gyeonggi Province will also release the urban park addresses to GPS and online mapping services. Article 2. Gyeonggi Leads Construction Cost Disclosure by Example (0904) [Anchor’s Headline] Following a vow by Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) to eradicate construction corruption, Gyeonggi Province is leading by example with the recent disclosure of construction costs incurred by the Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corporation. This declaration was made this past July by Governor Lee. [CG] Stating via Twitter that someone’s unjust profit means someone else’s unjust loss, Governor Lee affirmed that he would prevent such unfair income made through adherence to power. When the construction industry expressed opposition to this policy, Governor Lee responded that public construction costs should be disclosed since these projects use tax payer money. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (August) “Tax payers should be informed of how taxes are used in public construction projects. They should be informed of requested prices, unit prices, actual construction costs, land purchase costs, …” ► Provincial Construction Costs Disclosed on Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corporation Website The Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corporation’s construction cost disclosure was made via its website for a total of 58 public construction projects over KRW 1 billion in value ordered by the corporation since 2015. These projects, for which the total contract value amounts to KRW 974.5 billion, include general construction as well as public housing construction projects. Unlike previous limited disclosures, disclosed information now covers all construction costs. ► Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corporation Vice President Lee Hong-gyun “We will continue to disclose details of construction projects that are valued at more than KRW 1 billion so as to ensure operational transparency of the corporation and to honor the right-to-know of residents.” Beginning with disclosure by the Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corporation, Gyeonggi Province will continue to disclose construction costs implemented by other provincial bodies and organizations. Such disclosures will enhance public project transparency and reduce unnecessary budget wastes. Article 3. Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corp. Discloses Apartment Construction Costs (0905-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Following recent public construction cost disclosures, the Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corporation announced the expansion of disclosure ranges for its apartment construction projects. ► Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corporation Discloses Public Construction Costs On August 3, the Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corporation disclosed detailed costs for 58 general public construction projects as well as public housing construction projects that have been ordered by the corporation since 2015. ► Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corporation Vice President Lee Hong-gyun “It was a bold decision on our part that we made to ensure the transparency of construction costs and to honor the right-to-know of residents.” ► Apartment Construction Costs Also Disclosed from August 7 From August 7, the Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corporation expanded the disclosure range to apartment construction projects in accordance with a policy declared by Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명). The corporation also plans to disclose the costs of five apartment construction projects with a total value of KRW 770.4 billion that have been ordered by the corporation since 2015. [CG] This past August, Governor Lee stated via Facebook that cost disclosure will include apartment construction projects in which residents are most interested. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (August) “There is no problem disclosing general public construction costs. Then it would be also possible to disclose the costs for completed public housing construction projects…” Regarding the legality of cost disclosure for projects in which private constructors participated, Gyeonggi Province sought legal consultation in advance. [CG] Consultants decided that such disclosures would not violate related laws since they would not cause material damage to constructors and that public interest has priority over the interests of private constructors. In addition, Gyeonggi Province is also disclosing public construction costs implemented by other provincial bodies and organizations. Article 4. Gyeonggi Knit Fabric Promoted via Knitwear Showcase (180903-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On August 31, Gyeonggi Province held a knitwear fashion show, featuring Korean and overseas designers, to showcase and promote quality knit fabrics produced in the province. ► Gyeonggi Textile Marketing Center All clothes worn by models in this fashion show were made with knit fabrics produced in Gyeonggi Province. Models presented a variety of clothing from coarsely knit one-pieces to colorful two-pieces with retro design styles on a decorated runway while others displayed prim school uniforms in placid colors with comfortable designs. ► 2018 Gyeonggi Knit Fashion Show (August 31) Titled ‘Gyeonggi Knit Fashion Show’, this event has been held by Gyeonggi Province since 2014 to promote Gyeonggi knit fabrics. The clothes featured were created by famous designers in cooperation with fabric makers. ► Lee Jeong-rok, Designer “We used knit fabrics produced in Gyeonggi Province. They have excellent texture and luster. They are also excellent for color expression.” ► 1,500+ Spectators Watched the Show Marking its fifth occasion this year, the show attracted more than 1,500 spectators. ► Students from 10 Universities Participated in Student Fashion Show This year’s event included a student fashion show with clothes designed by university students as well as performances by popular singers. ► Park Sin-hwan / Assistant Governor, Gyeonggi Province Economy Office “Gyeonggi Province accounts for 56 percent of the national knit fabric industry. We organized this event to promote Gyeonggi knit fabrics nationally and internationally. Successful international introduction will increase the popularity of Gyeonggi knit fabrics overseas.” The clothes presented in this fashion show will be showcased again from September 5 until 7 at ‘Preview in Seoul’, the largest fabric and fashion show in Korea, which will also feature sales booths. Article 5. First Autonomous Vehicle Developed in Gyeonggi Begins Trial Operation (180904-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On September 4, the first autonomous vehicle developed by Gyeonggi Province, an 11-seater mini-bus known as Zero Shuttle, began operation on the road in Pangyo (판교) New Town. ► Pangyo Techno Valley II The unmanned Zero Shuttle successfully ran its course through downtown Pangyo (판교). This autonomous mini-bus automatically adjusted its course in response to the movements of other vehicles and recognized traffic signs correctly. ► Song Gyu-ye / Zero Shuttle Passenger “It was fascinating (to ride an autonomous vehicle). The bus operated reliably and soundly, shifting lanes and correctly following traffic signs, all the while surrounded by other vehicles.” ► First Autonomous Vehicle Begins Operation (September 4) This marked the first case of driverless vehicle operation on actual roads in Korea. The Zero Shuttle was created by Gyeonggi Province after three years of research. This was the first day of its trial operation, which will continue until October. ► Trial Operation on 5.5 km-Route at 25 km/hour Trial operation is taking place on a 5.5-kilometer route in Pangyo (판교) New Town at a speed of 25 kilometers per hour. ► Kim Jae-hwan / Advanced Institutes of Convergence Technology Autonomous Vehicle Research Division “Basic operation of the Zero Shuttle is based on on-board sensor readings. Other information about factors such as traffic signs and pedestrians is captured by the sensors in the supporting infrastructure and provided to the vehicle by the control center.” After trial operation, Gyeonggi Province plans to operate the bus for public use. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “Gyeonggi Province will provide active support (for the Zero Shuttle) to enable Pangyo of Gyeonggi Province to become a center of convergence technologies for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, of which autonomous vehicle technologies will be a part.” Once its operational stability is proven, the Zero Shuttle will lead future technologies of Gyeonggi Province. Article 6. Auto Repair Shops Caught Discharging Hazardous Coating Powder (180906-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Recently in Gyeonggi Province, a number of auto repair shops that operate vehicle painting services without proper facilities to contain vehicle coating powder were uncovered by the Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police. ► Auto Repair Shop, Suwon City In this auto repair shop in the middle of a residential area, the powder coating of a car is being performed without license. [Sync] “Are you aware that you must not perform car painting in this facility?” “Yes, I am.” Without proper containment facilities, a large portion of the coating powder is discharged into the air. ► Auto Repair Shop, Hwaseong City The situation is the same at this auto repair shop. An inspector discovers that the coating powder filter is clogged with amassed powder, rendering it useless. [Sync] “This filter is covered with accumulated dust. When was it last replaced?” “Well, it was some while ago…” ► Vehicle Coating Powder Contains Class 1 Carcinogens Vehicle coating powder contains volatile organic compounds that are class one carcinogens. When inhaled, the powder can cause respiratory and neurological diseases. ► 30 Vehicle Coating Powder-emitting Auto Repair Shops Uncovered More than thirty auto repair shops that operated vehicle painting services without air pollution-preventing facilities were uncovered. The primary reason for their violations was the reduction of operation costs. ► Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police Superintendent Lee Byeong-woo “We discovered large amounts of carcinogens such as benzene and toluene in coating powder products. The violators apprehended during this crackdown will be subject to imprisonment of 5 to 7 years or a penalty of up to KRW 50 million.” Of these violators, two will be given administrative punishments while others will be sent to prosecution. Article 7. Gyeonggi Promotes Handicraft Workshops (180906-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been operating a handicraft workshop promotion project so as to promote handicraft culture in people’s lives. The promotion subjects include workshops for household items created using a variety of materials. ► Manmul Woodcraft Workshop, Suwon City In this woodcraft workshop, students draw designs or use sandpaper on wood to create wooden cutting boards. ► Kim Myeong-sil / Woodcraft Student “I enrolled in this woodcraft class to create a special gift to my friend. I am creating a wooden cutting board of my own design. I am glad I can give a special gift since it will be the one and only such cutting board in the world.” Handicraft workshops are popular among those who like to make items with their own hands. ► Kang Hye-ran / Munmul Woodcraft Workshop Proprietor “People like to create items that reflect their own stories and preferences. The number of people interested in learning handicrafts is gradually increasing.” In handicraft workshops, participants can create everyday items using diverse materials. ► Gyeonggi Province’s Handicraft Promotion Project Gyeonggi Province aims to promote handicraft culture through handicraft workshop promotion. ► Visiting Gyeonggi Handicraft Workshops The handicraft workshop promotion project includes the Visiting Gyeonggi Handicraft Workshop for areas that lack such opportunities. ► Gyeonggi Handicraft Workshop School There is also the Gyeonggi Handicraft Workshop School for those who aspire to open workshops and the Gyeonggi Handicraft Workshop Club through which current and aspiring workshop owners can exchange information as well as the Gyeonggi Makers’ Platform website for handicraft workshop experiences. ► Lee Jeong-hwa / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Contents Policy Team “We launched this project with the aim of fostering public interest in handicraft using common materials, promoting creation culture through maker operation programs in linkage with regional workshops, and expanding the handicraft industrial base.” With Gyeonggi Province’s handicraft workshop promotion project, handicraft culture will advance further into the daily lives of people. 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