EnglishNews | 2017.04.28Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1.Gyeonggi Supports Youths InheritingFamily Businesses (170417-2) [Anchor’s Headline]There are youths who lead lives differently from others by choosing to inherita family business. Gyeonggi Province launched a support program for such youths since they oftenhave fewer sources of needed support. ▶ JangYong-hui / Kitchenware Manufacturer Jang (장용희) took over her mother’s kitchenware manufacturing business when she became ill. With a number of her mother’s clever ideas and inventions, the business outlook was promising. However, Jang needed to learn quickly in order to successfully lead the business. ▶ Small Family-owned Business Support Program of Gyeonggi Province Thanks to Gyeonggi provincialsupport for small family-owned businesses, Jang was able to learn and expand the business. ▶Jang Yong-hui / Gyeonggi ProvinceSmall Family-owned Business Support Beneficiary “I was inspired by the stories told by those who succeeded in inheriting family businesses. Their experience helped me overcome challenges.” Success story sharing was part of the education Jang received. ▶ Education, Financial & Marketing Support Provincial support recipients who exhibit excellent business performance are provided with Family Business Successor Certification as well as educational, financial and marketing support. ▶Kim Hye-jin / Manager, Small Business Support Center, GBSA “This year, we plan to select 50 competitive family business successors and provide them with support to help with the long-term growth of their businesses.” ▶Applications: www.egbiz.or.kr This provincial support for family business successors is provided through a provincial organization, the Gyeonggi Province Business & Science Accelerator,to small family-owned businesses with more than three operational years. Applications are being received via Gyeonggi Province’s SME support portal site, www.egbiz.or.kr. Article 2.Gyeonggi’s Paju Hospital Opens Medical Checkup Center (170417-3) [Anchor’s Headline]The Paju (파주) Hospital of the Gyeonggi Medical Center recently opened a medical checkup center; its extensive medical facilities enable users to receive comprehensive checkupsat a single site without waiting. ▶Medical Checkup Center,Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center Paju Hospital Before the opening of this center, users had to visita number of different medical departments, each time waiting to be called. ▶Lee Jong-gyeong / Medical Checkup Center User “It used to take a whole day since each checkup item was handled by a different department. This center is much more efficient.” The construction of this medical checkup center, whichoccupies nearly one thousand squaremeters in a two-story building, cost KRW 2.6 billion. In addition to all basic health checkup facilities, this center also has facilities for dementia and stress tests. ▶ One-stop Medical Checkup Services Since this center is located separately from the rest of the hospital, users can receive one-stop servicesin one // ▶Kim Hyun-seung / Director, Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center Paju Hospital “We will operate this medical checkup center actively so as to protect our residents’ health.” The Paju Hospital receives nearly 20,000 patients monthly on average. With the new medical checkup center, the number of users is expected to increase, especially from nearby industrial areas. ▶Shin Nang-hyun / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Health & Welfare Bureau “Local residents can now receive high-calibermedical checkup services without having to travel far.” Gyeonggi Province plans to continue to expand and improve the services of the Paju (파주) Hospital so as to promote the hospital as a major medical service institute in northern provincial regions. Article 3.Gyeonggi Holds Auditions to Support New Enterprises(170418-1) [Anchor’s Headline]On April 17, Gyeonggi Provincesigned an agreement with a provincial organization and private investment enterprises on expanded support for‘Up Creative Audition’, a business presentation event that identifiesnew enterprises with high growth potential. ▶‘Up Creative Audition’ This event, which began in 2015 in an audition format, alsoprovides participating enterprises with an opportunity to connect with investors. ▶16 Enterprises Secured Investment of KRW 2.6 Billion At the latestevent,16 enterprises were able to secure investment totalingKRW 2.6 billion from potential investors who acted as judges. ▶Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (April 17) Signing of Up Creative Audition Support Expansion Agreement The agreement was signed at the Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex. ▶Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “We have been trying to find ways in which to makeour support produce substantial results. I believe that we can achieve that by working together. Let us give our youths hope and help their businesses become new economic growth engines.” The enterprises selected at the audition event are provided with diverse provincial support. ▶Han Ui-nyung / Director, Gyeonggi ProvinceBusiness & Science Accelerator “We will make continuous, multifaceted efforts to help new enterprises with technical potential to grow into global enterprises.” The three private investment enterprises that participated in this agreement will also provide business operation support. ▶Lee Seong-hak / Vice President, Go Venture Forum “Since we have our own information service network, we will help this support program in that area.” The selected enterprises will also be provided with comprehensive business support rangingfrom design development to marketing by Korea Gyeonggi Province Incorporated. The Up Creative Audition is slated to be held four times this year. Article 4.Gyeonggi Libraries Feature Variety of Programs in April (170418-2) [Anchor’s Headline]During the month of April, public libraries in Gyeonggi Provincewill feature a variety of programs including performances, lectures and exhibitions for residents of all ages. Our reporter examined the details. ▶AnseongCity Iljuk Library At this library in Anseong (안성) City of Gyeonggi Province, young children burst out in laughter at the voices of the performers during a puppet show.The library was transformed into a performance hall. ▶Lee Ye-na (aged 7) / Viewer “I like the m// and the pig. They are funny.” ▶Hwaseong City Taean Library At this library in Hwaseong (화성) City, the author of a bestseller was invited to tell the story about the book ata lecture that was organized to promote reading among adults. ▶200 Gyeonggi Public Libraries Feature Various Cultural Events The week from April 12 to 18 is Library Week in Korea. During this week, as well as other weeks during the month, more than 200 public libraries in Gyeonggi Provincewill feature a variety of cultural events. These will range from performances and experiential programs for children to liberal art lectures for adults aimed at the promotion of reading. Most events will run until the end of the month. ▶GwonMun-ju / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Library Policy Team “To create libraries that promise happy futures for everyone, we are operating a number of programs such as reading festivals, library service expansions and support for small libraries.” Anyone interested in participating in library programs this April shouldinquireatindividual libraries. Article 5.Gyeonggi Promotes Direct Sowing of Rice (170418-3) [Anchor’s Headline]For rice farming in Korea, the reduction of production costs is criticalas the competitive power of domestic rice keeps weakening.To help overcome this challenge, the Gyeonggi Agricultural Research & Extension Services– or GARES - has been promoting direct rice sowing. ▶Gyeonggi Agricultural Research & Extension Services With direct sowing, production costs can be reduced significantly since the processes for sprouting via seedbeds and transplanting are not necessary. Direct sowing can be done by usingaplanterthatsows rice seeds at high speed and automatically covers the seeds with soil to protect them from birds. ▶Direct Sowing Reduces Labor Cost 65% and Production Cost 15% Compared with transplanting, direct sowing can reduce labor costs by up to 65 percent and production costs by more than 15 percent. ▶Hwang In-ho / Rice Farmer “Advantages include labor cost reduction. Women can do the work.Direct sowing is aninevitable option for production cost reduction and competitiveness.” ▶Gyeonggi Agricultural Research & Extension Services (April 12) Direct Rice Sowing Education and Demonstration On April 12, GARES held a direct rice-sowing education and demonstration event. During the event, variousdirect sowing techniques as well as blight control techniques were introduced to rice farmers in the province. ▶Trial Rice Farm Operation Using Direct Sowing This year, GARES also plans to operate a trial 100-hectare rice farm using direct sowing. ▶Han Jae-su / Farming Instructor,Gyeonggi Agricultural Research & Extension Services “A reduction in production costsmeans an increase in farmer income. We will continue to promote direct sowing to improve the competitiveness of Gyeonggi rice farmers.” The total cultivated area that sawdirect sowing in Gyeonggi Provincelast year was 1,810 hectares. GARES plans to increase the area to 1,900 hectares this year and to 3,000 hectares by the year 2023. Article 6.Seoul-Gyeonggi-Inchoen Transportation Organization (170419-1) [Anchor’s Headline]Transportation issues in Seoul and surrounding urban areasareoften extremely difficult to resolvesince each autonomous body involved has different policies. In order to resolve such issues on a fundamental level, a movement is being launchedto establish a common transportation organization. ▶Korean National Assembly (April 14) Forum on Area Wide Transportation Organization Establishment On April 14, a forum was held to discuss the establishment of this organization. Present at the forum wererepresentatives of the Gyeonggi Research Institute, the Korea Transport Institute,and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure & Transportas well as scholars. All participantsagreed on the necessity for an organization that will oversee transportation affairs as an integrated control tower encompassing Seoul, Gyeonggi Province and Incheon. ▶Kim Geun-yeong / Professor, Kangnam University “It’s time a control body was established to handle transportation in these areas on a broader level. I believe that will provide a breakthrough.” During the forum, the management power of this organization also became a subject of hot debate. Some viewed that, if the central government has the power, it will work against decentralization. A management committee as proposed as an alternative. ▶Mo Chang-hwan / Research Officer, Korean Transport Institute “I propose that the central government create an area-wide transportation office and transfer its management power to autonomous bodies.” The discussion subjects included budget issues as they pertain to area-wide transportation. ▶Park Dae-sun / Director, Urban Area Wide Transportation Division, LIT Ministry “It is true that budgets for urban area-wide transportation have not been sufficient. This has to be changed.” This forum was organized jointly by institutes of the three localities. ▶Cho Eung-rae / Research Official, Gyeonggi Research Institute “We will propose our organizationalternative through dialogues with residents and local governments” Gyeonggi Province will continue to pursue the establishment of an area-wide transportation organization for these three localities through in-depth discussions with related research institutes and groups. Article 7.GCGF Fosters Ties with 11 Economic Organizations (170420-2) [Anchor’s Headline]On April 17, the Gyeonggi Credit Guarantee Foundation signed agreements with 11 economic organizations in Gyeonggi Provinceregarding support for affiliatedSMEs and small businessesthat have business potential but lack financialresources. ▶Printing Enterprise, Suwon City Lee (이주석), the owner of a printing enterprise for nearly 30 years, had been wanting to replace hisequipment. However, he was unable to get a loan due to aninferior financial standing. He turned to the Gyeonggi Credit Guarantee Foundation and was granted a loan that solved his problem. ▶Lee Ju-seok / CEO of Printing Enterprise “I could replace the vehicle and purchase enough materials. I pay salaries to employees on time now.” ▶Gyeonggi Province Business & Science Accelerator(April 17) Cooperation Agreement on SME& Small Business Support These agreements are aimed at enabling SMEs and small enterprises facing financial difficulties to realize their business potential and improve competitiveness. ▶Gong Ye-sun / Chairman, Women IT Entrepreneur Association Gyeonggi Branch “There are many small businesses in seriouslydifficult situations. I hope that these businesses can benefit from this agreement on interest rates even by 0.1%” ▶Kim Seong-yong / Vice Chairman, Gyeonggi SME Association “Funding is most important. I hope that, with this agreement, enterprises can receive financing when they need it.” According to these agreements, the Gyeonggi Credit Guarantee Foundation will provide the affiliated enterprises of the 11 organizations with financial guarantee examination services and feediscounts. ▶Kim Byeong-gi / President, Gyeonggi Credit Guarantee Foundation “We have 20 branches. Each branch has agreements with local branches of economic organizations and conducts monthly meetings to identify enterprises that need our support …” Over more than 20 years, the Gyeonggi Credit Guarantee Foundation has provided credit guarantee services to more than 150,000 enterprises. The number will further increase through these agreements. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2017.04.21Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Gyeonggi Offices Open to Students for Career Experience (170410-3) [Anchor’s Headline] For the first time, Gyeonggi Province opened its offices to middle school students so as to provide them with a firsthand view of administration work in various fields. This program is geared to help young students with their future career decisions. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex Young middle school students in their uniforms visited the disaster control room at the Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex and listened to an official explain about the tasks performed there during disasters. ▶ Meteorological Policy Adviser “We provide real time analysis data necessary for the management of disaster situations.” Students may choose offices based on their fields of interest and enquire about policies as well as related applications. ▶ Yang Ji-hyun / 1st Year, Suwon Jeongcheon Middle School “It was a very good learning experience that changed the rigid image of public officials I used to have.” ▶ Students Visit Gyeonggi Offices during Free Term Student visits to Gyeonggi provincial offices are taking place during the free term. Free term is a special period introduced to middle schools in the province during which classes consist of discussions and experiences free from the pressure of final examinations. ▶ Ahn Seung-woo / 1st Year, Suwon Jeongcheon Middle School “I did not know much about public officials’ jobs until today. I had a glimpse of what they do and how they do them during this visit.” ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Offices Open for Career Experience This administrative career experience program for young students was organized by Gyeonggi Province and involves the provincial government complex as well as other provincial organizations. ▶ Park Jae-cheol / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Education Cooperation Bureau “This program provides students with opportunities to experience possible careers while enabling the province to determine policy demands for future generations.” Students who participate in this career experience program also have opportunities to converse with officials and share their experiences with other students. ▶ Applications: www.ggoomgil.go.kr Applications to participate in the career experience program are being received via the program homepage. Article 2. Tap Water Proven Most Drinkable at Tasting Event (170410-2) [Anchor’s Headline] On April 7, Gyeonggi Province conducted a public drinking water tasting event to promote the use of tap water. Members of the public were invited to take part in a blind tasting of tap water, bottled water and filtered tap water. Tap water scored highest. ▶ Sim Sang-seon / Gunpo City Resident Sim (심상선) uses a leased water purifier at home for drinking water and tea. He does not feel comfortable drinking tap water. He only uses tap water for washing and cleaning. ▶ Sim Sang-seon / Gunpo City Resident “I don’t consider tap water to be suitable for drinking because it contains large amounts of chemicals such as chloride and has antiseptic odors.” ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (April 7) Drinking Water Tasting Event This drinking water tasting event was held at the Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex so as to promote public awareness of the safety of tap water. Each participating individual chose their preferred water after a blind sampling of three types of water. ▶ Seo Gil-seon / Suwon City Resident "Water A was refreshing and even had a sweet taste to it.” ▶ Park Jeong-yun / Suwon City Resident “Water A tasted similar to the drinking water I get from the purifier at home.” “Water A is in fact tap water. What do you think?” “Really? Well, perhaps tap water is okay to drink after all.” At this event, tap water was preferred by most participants. ▶ 44.2% Rate Tap Water as Tastiest At the drinking water tasting events, held in 10 localities in the province since last September, tap water was preferred by 44.2 percent of the more than 6,000 participants. ▶ Oh Byeong-gwan / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Water Supply Management Team “Water taste depends on temperature and mineral content. Since tap water contains large amount of minerals, it tastes better than bottled water and filtered tap water, especially when it is cold.” With 60 water quality standard items being consistently controlled, the tap water of Gyeonggi Province maintains its superior quality as drinking water. The province will continue to promote tap water while replacing aged pipes that can affect water quality. Article 3. Gyeonggi Government Complex Cherry Blossom Festival (170410-1) [Anchor’s Headline] The Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex was the scene of a three-day cherry blossom festival from April 7. Accompanied by a variety of entertaining features, this year’s festival attracted more visitors than previous occasions. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (April 7 to 9) 2017 Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex Cherry Blossom Festival This time of year, the provincial government complex is crowded with families and couples who come to admire cherry blossoms on hundreds of trees. ▶ Kim Hyo-jeong & Yoon Hye-jin / Suwon City Residents “The weather is excellent, and there are lots of people and good food. I took several beautiful pictures. It’s a great day.” Cherry blossoms created picturesque spring scenery here at the Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex. ▶ Amusement Facilities and Performances This festival featured a large number of amusement facilities for children as well as a stage for various performances including hip hop, jazz and rock music. ▶ Food Trucks & Food Bikes The festival site also featured thirty-one food trucks and ten food bikes that offered a variety of choices for visitors of all ages. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “The happy faces of families and couples are infectious. I hope many more residents will come to enjoy spring at our festival.” During this three-day festival, approximately 280,000 visitors enjoyed the spring atmosphere among the cherry blossoms that lined the promenades and pathways around the complex. Article 4. 318th Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Extraordinary Session (170411-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On April 10, the 318th extraordinary session of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly began a five-day run. During this session, a total of 26 items were presented to and deliberated by the related standing committees of the assembly. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Chairman Jeong ki-yeol “I hereby declare the opening of the first general meeting of the 318 extraordinary session.” ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (April 10) 1st General Meeting of 318th Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Extraordinary Session In his opening speech, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Chairman Jeong Ki-yeol (정기열) praised the administration for exemplifying the role of a local autonomy in connection with the upcoming presidential election. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Chairman Jeong Ki-yeol “The presence of a large number of local government heads voting for presidential candidates showed the maturity of the local autonomy and its true values in the present day.” In his speech, Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil disclosed the operational framework for provincial administration. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “The entire nation is looking at the changes that occur in Gyeonggi Province. Gyeonggi Province is the future of Korea, and I will always work together with the provincial assembly during the remainder of my term in office.” The items discussed during the session included ordinance proposals regarding working conditions for firefighters and job creation for individuals with disabilities. The first day also saw 5-minute speeches by assembly members. ▶ Lim Byeong-taek / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “There is an urgent need for the establishment of centers to realize ordinance provisions for 43,000 developmental disorder patients and their 130,000 family members.” ▶ Kim Yun-jin / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “I ask the administration to pay special attention to the security and allocation of special educators to ensure that students who need such education are guaranteed of their right to receive the education.” Assembly members also noted the necessity for a microdust education system and countermeasures to Chinese retaliation against the THAAD missile system. ▶ Extraordinary Session Ended on April 14 The 318th extraordinary session of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly ended on April 14 with the second general meeting. Article 5. 2017 Game Show ‘Play Expo’ Slated for May (170411-2) [Anchor’s Headline] With the ‘Play Expo’ show slated for May, a preliminary hands-on event for the newest games to be featured at the show took place at the KINTEX exhibition center in Goyang (고양) City. Our reporter was there. ▶ KINTEX, Goyang City In this realistic racing game, players turn steering wheels and accelerate just as they do with real automobiles. In another game, players in special gear experience dynamic movements in virtual reality. These are among the games that can be experienced at this preliminary event before they are showcased at Play Expo in May. ▶ Kim Min-ho / Seoul Resident “This game is very dynamic. It is very different (from existing games) since it uses virtual reality. I look forward to seeing many other games at Play Expo with my friends.” This preliminary game event, targeting males in their 20s and 30s, was held at the site of Seoul Motor Show which received more than a million visitors. ▶ 2017 Play Expo (May 25 to 28) Representing the future of the Korean game industry, Play Expo will run for four days from May 25 to 28. ▶ Games with Newest Technologies to be Featured This show will feature exemplary games with the newest technologies as well as facilities that enable both consumers and industry professionals to experience the games. ▶ Jeong Hyun-a / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Contents Support Team “The Korean game industry is experiencing difficulties due to blockage of the Chinese market. This show will help the industry find overseas buyers. ▶ Game Audition Planned at Play Expo This year’s Play Expo will also feature indie game auditioning events in which members of the public will experience games and rate them using block chain technology. Free admission to Play Expo is possible if advance registration is made via the official homepage of the show no later than April 30. Article 6. Gyeonggi Supports ICT Business Startup by Youths (170411-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Since 2003, Gyeonggi Province has been engaging internationally in official development assistance, or ODA. This year’s ODA projects will begin with a business startup support program for youths seeking to launch ICT products in Southeast Asian markets. This year, Gyeonggi Province’s ODA projects will focus on the development of new export markets and youth ICT business startup support. ▶ Smart Classroom Project to be Implemented in Vietnam One example is a smart classroom project that will be implemented in Vietnam, Korea’s third largest export market. This project, which uses electronic boards and tablets for teacher-student communication, is a representative ODA project that has been implemented in Mongolia since 2014. This project will contribute to the promotion of the Korean Wave in Vietnam. ▶ ICT Business Startup Education of Foreign Youths Another project involves the invitation of youths from Indonesia and Myanmar, linking them with youths in Korea for ICT business startup education. This project aims to utilize the open platforms of the Startup Campus of Gyeonggi Province and promote technology and personnel exchanges. Gyeonggi Province also plans to promote cooperation with regions in Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar and Russia. ▶ Park No-geuk / Director, Gyeonggi Province Foreign Policy Division “We seek to develop and diversify export markets for enterprises in the province that are facing difficulties due to Chinese economic retaliation against THAAD missile system installations.” Gyeonggi Province is receiving applications for ODA project participation for the second half of this year from NGOs, universities and enterprises until April 19. Article 7. Gyeonggi Food Bikes Debut at Cherry Blossom Festival (170412-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Following the introduction of food trucks last year, this year Gyeonggi Province introduced food bikes, mobile food vendors on bicycles. The first ten food bikes made their debut during the cherry blossom festival at the Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (April 7 to 9) 2017 Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex Cherry Blossom Festival A food bike displays colorful cereals to attract customers. The cereal of a customer’s choice is dispensed by turning a knob, making it visually engaging. The food bikes at this festival feature a variety of foods including exotic chocolate fondue and Spanish tapas. ▶ Oh Eun-sil / Visitor from Yongin City “I saw food bikes for the first time here. They offer a variety of fresh and delicious food. They occupy small spaces but are convenient for customers seeking to buy and eat food.” ▶ 10 Food Bikes Introduced as Trial Cases Before institutionally introducing food bikes, Gyeonggi Province selected 10 food bike business models as trial cases and provided each with support of KRW 3 million for design and construction. These food bikes started business at the cherry blossom festival and underwent onsite assessments by specialists and visiting residents. ▶ Food Bikes Rated Excellent Receive KRW 10 Million Prize Money The food bikes that were rated as excellent will receive prize money of KRW 10 million. Gyeonggi Province will continue its support for food bikes. ▶ Na Dae-gyun / Senior Official, Gyeonggi Province Regulatory Reform Team “Food bikes will be operated on a trial basis until December. We will then begin working on the institutionalization of food bikes based on the results with the aim of legalizing them by next year.” Since a food bike business can be launched with an investment of less than KRW 10 million, food bikes will potentially be a popular new job type for youths; those with new business ideas will continue to appear around Gyeonggi Province in the future. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2017.04.13Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Safety Learning Center Opens in Gyeonggi Province (170403-2) [Anchor’s Headline] A safety education center opened at the Everland amusement park in Yongin (용인) City of Gyeonggi Province. Safety education is provided through experiences in simulated disaster situations with the content provided free of charge by the Gyeonggi Province Disaster & Safety Headquarters. 1-1▶ Safety Experience Center, Everland, Yongin City At this center, children are confused while groping to find their way in an attempt to evacuate a building filled with smoke. 1-2[Sync] “Keep low!” Guided by instructions from speakers, children emerge from the building one by one. At this center, children learn how to act safely in simulated disaster situations such as this. 1-3▶ Kim Ha-na / 6th Grade, Sinchang Primary School, Hanam City “This was different from what we learned from the book. It was more real and easier to learn.” 1-4▶ 4 Simulated Disaster Types This safety education center provides experiential education programs in artificially created situations for four disaster types including earthquakes, fires, emergency rescue, and evacuation. 1-5▶ Yu Yang-gon / Director, Content Group, Samsung C&T Corporation “This safety education center provides experiential programs for disaster situations that are most closely related to our daily lives such as fires and earthquakes.” 1-6▶ Gyeonggi Province Disaster & Safety Headquarters (March 28) Simulated Experiential Facility Installation Agreement The free supply of simulation content was made possible through a cooperation agreement with Samsung C&T Corporation. Gyeonggi Province plans to expand this safety education service to desktop computers and mobile phones this year. 1-6▶ Yu Ji-yeong / Director, 119 Safety Center, Guri Fire Station “The range of safety education methods and content that can be used is very limited. That is why we developed simulation content that can be utilized in disaster safety education.” This experience-based safety education method is expected to be more effective in improving the disaster response capabilities of Gyeonggi residents. Article 2. Gyeonggi Moves to Eradicate Tuberculosis (170403-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced that it will spend a record amount this year to eradicate tuberculosis from the province. Although tuberculosis has become rare in the developed world, there are still approximately 6,000 new cases reported in Gyeonggi Province every year. Provincial efforts will focus both on the management of latent tuberculosis and the prevention of its spread. 2-1▶ Early Diagnosis Crucial for Latent Tuberculosis Although latent cases are not infectious, early diagnosis is still important since the disease may manifest in approximately 10 percent of cases. 2-2▶ Kim Nam-ok / Director of Childcare Center “Latent tuberculosis poses no threat to children. However, parents of infants are still concerned because their children are very young, and I believe all infant care center personnel need to take a diagnostic test for that reason.” 2-3▶ Approx. 100,000 Individuals Subject to Latent Tuberculosis Testing Tuberculosis in a latent state has not been the subject of compulsory diagnostic testing. However, Gyeonggi Province will also perform latent tuberculosis tests for personnel at medical institutes, childcare centers and facilities for individuals with disabilities this year. 2-4▶ Tuberculosis Management Strengthened in Areas with Large Foreign Populations More intense tuberculosis management will be performed in areas with high foreign patient rates such as the cities of Ansan (안산) and Siheung (시흥). Homeless individuals, foreign workers, and multicultural family members will be subject to regular diagnostic testing for disease prevention. 2-5▶ KRW 9.6 Billion Earmarked for TB Eradication Gyeonggi Province has earmarked KRW 9.6 billion for tuberculosis eradication. 2-6▶ Cho Seong-ok / Director, Gyeonggi Province Infectious Disease Control Division “We have targeted a 10 percent decrease in new tuberculosis cases this year. We will continue to do our utmost to completely eradicate tuberculosis in Gyeonggi Province.” In Gyeonggi Province, the new tuberculosis case rate was 55 out of every 100,000 in 2015. This year, the province plans to reduce that number to 50 thorough various efforts. Article 3. Korea’s First Luge Team Established in Gyeonggi Province (170404-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On April 3, a luge team was officially established by Gyeonggi Province. It is the first luge team in Korea and the third provincial winter sports team created for the Winter Olympic Games following the curling and cross country teams. Together with bobsled and skeleton, luge is a racing sled featured in the Olympic Games and is the fastest of all, reaching speeds of up to 150 kilometers per hour. 3-1▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (April 3) Gyeonggi Luge Team Inauguration Ceremony The birth of the Gyeonggi luge team is the result of cooperation between Gyeonggi Province and Gangwon (강원) Province, the host of the 2018 Pyeongchang (평창) Winter Olympic Games. 3-2▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “We are aware that our support is important for our team to practice in stable conditions, and we will provide just that.” 3-3▶ Third Gyeonggi Winter Sport Team Gyeonggi Province now has three winter sports teams in curling, cross country and luge. The luge team members include Eileen, a German who became a naturalized Korean citizen last year, and Park (박진용), who won a gold medal at the Asian Games in 2015. 3-4▶ Ju Segi / Coach, Gyeonggi Luge Team “I plan to have our team practice at the track in Pyeongchang at least a thousand times so we can take maximum advantage as a home team.” In preparation for the Winter Olympic Games, the Gyeonggi luge team will undertake a busy schedule starting with two months of training in Germany and Austria. 3-5▶ Eileen Christina / Gyeonggi Luge Team Member “I want to win a gold medal at the Pyeongchang Olympics.” 3-6▶ Park Jin-yong / Gyeonggi Luge Team Member “We need to improve the start part. Once we accomplish that, we will be good enough to win a medal.” Gyeonggi Province plans to promote Korean winter sports in which there are high possibilities of winning medals as well as less popular sports so as to promote the Pyeongchang (평창) Winter Olympics. Article 4. Spring Flower Festivals in Gyeonggi Province (170404-2) [Anchor’s Headline] The scent of spring permeates the air with daily temperatures reaching highs of 20 degrees Celsius in Korea. At this time of year, a number of festivals take place across Gyeonggi Province that showcase blossoms, the most popular of which are cherry blossoms. 4-1▶ Baeksa-myeon, Icheon City In Icheon (이천) City, the yellow blossoms of large colonies of cornus officianalis decorate mountain slopes and roadsides. These trees were originally planted six hundred years ago by retired officials and have since spread to five villages in the region. 4-2▶ Icheon Baeksa Sansuyu Festival (April 7 to 9) Although the festival officially begins on April 7, tourists arrive early to enjoy the colorful scenes. 4-3▶ Park Ae-sun, Kim Yeong-mi, Park Yeong-hui / Tourists “We came early to avoid the crowds. It’s so beautiful here. And this spring scent. It’s nature at its best.” 4-4▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex Cherry Blossom Festival (April 7 to 9) The Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex in Suwon (수원) City is one of the most popular cherry blossom festival sites in the province with more than 200 cherry trees creating floral passageways. 4-5▶ Paldal Mountain Trails with 3 Promenades The mountain trails that circle around Paldal (팔달) Mountain and three linked promenades offer scenes of colorful spring blossoms as well as a variety of entertaining events and eateries. 4-6▶ Cha Jeong-suk / Director, Gyeonggi Province General Administration Division “There will also be a beautiful concert for couples and friends. Come and make good memories with loved ones.” 4-7▶ Bucheon Wonmisan Azalea Festival (April 8 & 9) The azalea festival at Wonmi (원미) Mountain in Bucheon (부천) City features various performances with a venue surrounded by more than 150,000 azalea trees in full bloom. 4-8▶ Gunpo Azalea Festival (April 28 to 30) The azalea hill in Gunpo (군포) City offers spectacular scenes of azalea blossoms on more than a million trees. Article 5. Gyeonggi Launches Billboard Control Project (170405-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced the launch of a billboard control project at a cost of KRW 2.4 billion this year. This project is geared to improve the appearance of roads and buildings by replacing unsightly billboards with improved designs. 5-1▶ Daecheon-dong, Anseong City The exteriors of buildings along this street in Anseong (안성) City are almost completely covered with billboards. Some businesses have installed more than three billboards. 5-2▶ ‘Streets with Beautiful Billboards’ Project Gyeonggi Province has been implementing the ‘Streets with Beautiful Billboards’ project since 2004 with the aim of eliminating disorderly billboards that mar urban scenery. The participating businesses are provided with provincial support and consultations for the replacement of their billboards with three dimensional LED signs and customized designs. 5-3▶ Kim Hong-gyun / Anseong City Resident “There used to be billboards that occupied part of the sidewalks that inconvenienced pedestrians. The streets look much better and cleaner now.” 5-4▶ 463 Businesses Targeted for Billboard Improvement This Year This year, Gyeonggi Province targeted the billboards of 463 businesses in eight urban areas for improvement under this project at a total cost of KRW 2.4 billion. Each new billboard will be designed to suit the needs of the associated business. 5-5▶ Kim Jeong-il / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Design Policy Team “We will involve advertizing enterprises in the design stage so as to create a pleasant street atmosphere with new billboards that have personality and beauty.” Since its launch, the billboard improvement project of Gyeonggi Province has significantly improved the street scenes of the province by replacing more than 34,000 billboards. Article 6. Mental Health Drama Festival Held by Gyeonggi Province (170405-2) [Anchor’s Headline] On April 4, Mental Health Day in Korea, the first performance of this year’s mental health drama festival tour took place in Seongnam (성남) City. Organized by Gyeonggi Province, this tour will visit 13 cities and counties of the province. 6-1▶ Seongnam Art Center (April 4) Drama “Yuchupracachia’ This drama festival features a play based on the true story of Annie Sullivan, who suffered family tragedy and mental illness. She was also the teacher of Hellen Keller. 6-2[Sync] “Annie, You will soon realize that you are not alone either.” The play, titled ‘Yuchupracachia’ (유추프라카치아), describes how Annie, who had been suffering from a severe reactive attachment disorder, recovered from her condition through love. This play conveys the message that despair can be overcome by love. 6-3▶ Kim Hong-seop / Member of Audience “This play calms people emotionally and helps patients regain mental strength …” 6-4▶ G-Mind Mental Health Drama Festival This festival, titled G-Mind Mental Health Drama Festival, was launched in 2007 by Gyeonggi Province with the objective of promoting the importance of mental health and alleviating public prejudice against individuals with mental disorders. The Gyeonggi Province tour of the play will continue until June. 6-5▶ Lee Myeong-su / Director, Gyeonggi Province Mental Health Improvement Center “If you have to care for someone who is ill, you may easily become tired. However, if you give them more care, they will recover sooner and better.” The mental health play is open to all Gyeonggi Province residents free of charge. Article 7. GTV Witnesses Riccardo Muti’s Rehearsal (170405-3) [Anchor’s Headline] The conductor Riccardo Muti, a living legend, visited Gyeonggi Province for the second time in a two-year period. This time, he will only conduct works of the Italian composer Verdi, who is also known as the ‘King of Opera’. Our reporter attended Muti’s rehearsal. 7-1▶ Gyeonggi Arts Center (April 4) Rehearsal, Muti’s Verdi Concert The beautiful notes of an aria flow from the dancing baton of the conductor and fill the auditorium. Today is a concert rehearsal conducted by Riccardo Muti. The concert program was chosen by Muti exclusively from among Verdi’s operas, marking a first in Korea. Muti is known as the successor of Verdi. 7-2▶ Riccardo Muti / Conductor “Verdi’s operas are not performed properly in many places in Korea. I want to properly convey Verdi’s music as I learned through my experience.” Capable of a perfect interpretation of Verdi, Muti is even referred to as a living Verdi. 7-3▶ Riccardo Muti, the Master of Verdi’s Music For this concert, the Korean soprano Yeo Ji-won (여지원) was specially invited from Austria where she is currently performing in the Salzburg Festival, an international festival of classical music. 7-4▶ Yeo Ji-won / Soprano “This will be a performance that cannot easily be seen in Korea. By listening to Verdi’s music played under the direction of Muti himself, the audience will be able to appreciate music that is alive instead of the usual music as we have known it.” This concert was organized by the Gyeonggi Arts Center, and is part of the center’s concert programs that feature world-renowned musicians. 7-5▶ Cho Yeon-ju / Manager, Gyeonggi Arts Center Performance Planning Team “We have been organizing concerts by world-renowned artists. Our programs receive favorable responses from classical music lovers who show growing interest in upcoming concerts.” 7-6▶ Muti’s Verdi Concert (April 6 & 7) The Verdi concerts conducted by Riccardo Muti took place at the Gyeonggi Arts Center on April 6 and the Lotte Concert Hall on April 7. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2017.04.06Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Sewol Ferry Memorial Exhibition (170327-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Three years after the Sewol Ferry disaster that took the lives of many young Korean students, the ill-fated ship has finally been recovered from the bottom of the sea. In Gyeonggi Province, a Sewol Ferry memorial exhibition opened to commemorate this tragic accident that shocked the world. 1▶ Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art (until May 7) Sewol Ferry 3rd Anniversary Memorial Exhibition Kim (김시연), one of the students who perished in the accident, used to say her hope was to run a tangerine orchard on Jeju (제주) Island. With tears in her eyes, her mother wrote a letter with an image of tangerines and a girl in a white dress made of flower petals to commemorate her daughter. She created the image of her daughter at twenty years of age, the age she would have been if she were still alive. Visitors’ eyes well up as they read the letter and learn about the girl’s hope. 2▶ Lee Ho-jung / Visitor “I saw the pictures of students at the memorial alter. Here, I feel even closer to them and felt as though the letter had been written to me by my mother.” This exhibition, which first opened in April last year and has since been circulating around country, is based on a statement made by a member of a victim’s family to the effect that their loved ones will return as flowers when spring comes. 3▶ Kim Mina / Member of Surviving Family “I hope that viewers will not see our children in a sad light but instead see them as pretty girls with bright images.” 4▶ 150 Sewol Ferry Memorial Art Pieces This exhibition features more than 150 art pieces created with flower petals. The pieces include letters, a lantern that carries the name of the deceased youths, and one dedicated to a scuba diver who also perished while attempting to rescue the youths trapped in the sinking vessel. 5▶ GTV Reporter, Kim Ch-rong “This exhibition that showcases the art pieces depict the minds of deceased youths with real flower petals will run until May 7 at the Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art.” Article 2. Groundbreaking for Suwon Automobile Complex (170327-2) [Anchor’s Headline] The Suwon Automobile Complex has made a successful start with a large number of related local businesses applying for residence. This automobile complex, the largest of its kind in Korea, is an exemplary case of cooperation between a large enterprise and small businesses. 1▶ Groundbreaking for Suwon Automobile Complex Took Place Last December Groundbreaking for this complex took place in December last year on a 27 hectare site in Suwon City. The complex will house showrooms with the capacity for more than 12,000 new and used cars, a service center, and amenities. Recently, an invitation for residence applications was met with responses from a large number of businesses. 2▶ Yang Chun-geun / Automobile Trader “Upscale is beneficial for small businesses because clients who are initially interested in certain cars have more choices by looking around the shops.” 3▶ Priority Given to Suwon Automobile Trader Association Members Deutsch Motors, the host of the Suwon Automobile Complex, decided to give residence priority to members of the Suwon Automobile Traders Association and invited them to apply. Positive responses were received from 259 association members, exceeding the space allocated for them. 4▶ Lee Su-jin / President, Suwon Automobile Trader Association “We can sell approximately 14,000 cars per month and provide excellent warrantee services to earn consumer trust.” This complex will provide reliable one-stop services to consumers by relocating dispersed local automobile traders to a single site. 5▶ Kim Jin-mun / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Service Industry Inducement Team “Since all required permissions and licenses have been cleared, construction work will begin in May and be completed by the end of next year.” When complete, the Suwon Automobile Complex will generate more than 7,000 new jobs and attract more than 5 billion visitors annually.. Article 3. Gyeonggi Countermeasures to China’s Korea Ban (170327-3) [Anchor’s Headline] With Chinese economic retaliation against the Korean installation of the THAAD system escalating, Gyeonggi Province has announced countermeasures to alleviate damage to its tourism industry. 1▶ Imjingak, Paju City Imjingak is a popular Chinese tourist destination in Korea. However, this place has become quiet since the Chinese government implemented a ‘Korea Ban’ order among Chinese tourism enterprises. 2▶ Kim Yeong-cheol / Tourism Enterprise Representative “Within 4 to 5 days of the Chinese ban, tour buses for Chinese visitors disappeared completely. We have now seen customer numbers decrease by 85 to 95 percent.” 3▶ Restaurants Near Korea Folk Village Restaurants around tourist destinations are also suffering seriously. In addition, the number of Chinese students in Korea has decreased significantly. 4▶ Gwak Yun-gui / Restaurant Owner “We can manage to survive for a couple months. However, if the situation continues indefinitely, we will have to close…” 5▶ Gyeonggi to Release KRW 10 Billion in Support for Tourism Industry While the situation continues, Gyeonggi Province decided to release special guarantee support funds of KRW 10 billion for the tourism industry as a countermeasure. 6▶ Special Guarantee Fees Lowered to 0.8% This special guarantee support will be provided to a wider range of tourism-related businesses at amounts of up to KRW 200 million per business with guarantee fees lowered from 1 percent to 0.8 percent. 7▶ Han Seung-min / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Tourism Marketing Team “We decided to release special guarantee support funds since we recognized the necessity for emergency operating cost support from our meetings with industry representatives.” Small businesses such as restaurants and lodgings can borrow up to KRW 30 million without collateral. 8▶ Special Operation Financing for SMEs SMEs can also apply for special operation financing for which Gyeonggi Province will provide interest payment support of up to 2 percent. 9▶ Gyeonggi Credit Guarantee Foundation (☎ 1577-5900) Those enterprises that require support may place an enquiry or submit applications to the Gyeonggi Credit Guarantee Foundation. Article 4. Gyeonggi South Trauma Center Achieves Great Results (170328-1) [Anchor’s Headline] The Gyeonggi South Trauma Center is achieving great results in providing emergency medical services to serious trauma patients. Improved results were realized by personnel and equipment on call 24/7 in the form of average pre-operation time being reduced to less than half. 1▶ Gyeonggi South Trauma Center, Ajou University Hospital Recently, Jeon (전수미) had both her legs severed in an accident and required an emergency operation. Although she lost a large amount of blood, she survived since she could have the operation immediately. 2▶ Jeon Su-mi / Serious Trauma Patient “I was really lucky because the trauma center was not far from the scene of the accident.” Such an immediate response was possible because medical personnel are available 24 hours a day. The average time taken for the Gyeonggi South Trauma Center to transport patients to the hospital and begin operations is just slightly over one hour. 3▶ Average Pre-operation Time Reduced by 73% This average pre-operation time has been reduced by up to 73 percent and is approximately one fourth the national average. This could be achieved by placing all testing equipment in one place and being ready to operate before patients arrive. 4▶ Lee Guk-jong / Director, Gyeonggi South Trauma Center “Since our facilities are specifically for the treatment of trauma patients, we can respond quickly throughout the process that begins from outside the hospital.” 5▶ Gyeonggi Province to Establish North Trauma Center Gyeonggi Province plans to establish a north trauma center in January next year. 6▶ Ryu Jeong-cheol / Director, Gyeonggi Province Health Policy Division “The province will provide support of KRW 5 billion for the establishment of a north trauma center and will also continue to provide administrative support so as to make it a leading trauma center.” The average pre-operation time in Korea is four hours. The trauma centers of Gyeonggi Province will elevate the performance of trauma treatment by reducing the time between accidents and operations. Article 5. Gyeonggi Launches Young Merchant Support (170328-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been operating a young traditional market merchant support program by providing youths with opportunities to open their own businesses in markets. 5-1▶ Munsan Jayu Market, Paju City Kang (강우) opened a hair salon in a traditional market. She has many young clients who are attracted to the elegant atmosphere of the place she created with support from Gyeonggi Province. 5-2▶ Kang Wu / Provincial Young Merchant Support Recipient “I also received rent support for six months. Clients are usually surprised when they first enter the salon. Some say it looks like a café…” The atmosphere of this traditional market became much brighter after being joined by several young merchants. 5-3▶ Young Traditional market Merchant Support Program of Gyeonggi Province Approximately one fifth of the traditional markets in Gyeonggi Province have more than five percent of their shop space vacant. Gyeonggi Province launched this support program with the aim of promoting traditional markets while creating jobs for youths. 5-4▶ Business Startup Support Support is provided for the initial costs of business establishment including interior design and marketing as well as rent for the first six months. 5-5▶ Kang Hyun-seok / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Traditional Market Support Team “The greatest change we expect is increased interest in traditional markets among young consumers. We will expand this program to continue the promotion of traditional markets and participation by youths.” This program has supported 44 youths over the past three years. Gyeonggi Province plans to support 17 youths this year. This program will aid in revitalizing traditional markets while helping youths realize their dreams of opening their own businesses. Article 6. Gyeonggi to Establish Agricultural Food Distribution Institute (170328-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province’s proposal for the establishment of the Gyeonggi Agricultural Food Distribution Promotion Institute was passed by the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly. The previous Gyeonggi Green & Agriculture Foundation will be absorbed by this new institute. 6-1▶ Gyeonggi Agricultural Food Distribution Promotion Institute This new organization will undertake agricultural food distribution matters in the province with the initial target of achieving agricultural food sales of KRW 200 billion by the year 2020. 6-2▶ Yeom Dong-sik / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “The purpose is to reorganize and expand the agricultural food distribution support system so as to adapt to changing agricultural environments and distribution paradigms.” 6-3▶ Inauguration Slated for April 12 The official inauguration of the Gyeonggi Agricultural Food Distribution Promotion Institute will take place on April 12. This new institute will also oversee matters regarding school meals and Gyeonggi Cyber Market operations. 6-4▶ Gyeonggi Cyber Market Operation to be Transferred by 2018 The management of the Gyeonggi Cyber Market, a provincial online agricultural food shopping mall established in 2001, will be transferred to the new institute by next year. 6-5▶ Trial Operation of Permanent Direct Market After a trial operation of a permanent direct market this year, Gyeonggi Province will open four such markets next year by transforming local seasonal direct markets, and will also transfer the management of these markets to this new institute. 6-6▶ Kim Ho-won / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Distribution Policy Team “For farm income increase, sales are as important as production. This initiative is meaningful in that the province provides direct support to enable farmers to sell their prices at good prices.” Gyeonggi Province has targeted an increase in provincial agricultural food sales from KRW 110 billion last year to KRW 130 billion this year, and eventually to KRW 200 billion by the year 2020. Article 7. Gyeonggi Introduces Senior Steam Car Washers (170329-1) [Anchor’s Headline] In order to provide seniors with opportunities to work, Gyeonggi Province launched a project that helps seniors work as car washers at steam car washing services. The province plans to expand the project in a trial operation. 7-1▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Human Resources Development Institute The trial operation of the senior steam car washer project is taking place at a car wash set up next to the Gyeonggi Provincial Human Resources Development Institute. The seniors work deftly with steam washers and are happy to work again years after their retirement. 7-2▶Kim Cho-yong (Age 69) / Senior Steam Car Washer “Although we are not making much money, we can earn enough not to rely on our children. It also makes me feel proud.” 7-3▶ Gyeonggi Creates New Jobs for Seniors The senior steam car washer project was devised to create jobs for seniors. Through this project, Gyeonggi Province provides space and equipment while senior clubs undertake recruitment, education and operation. At each steam car wash, six seniors work in teams of two every other day during weekdays. Washing seven cars daily on average, each senior receives a monthly salary of approximately KRW 350,000. 7-4▶ Kang Yun-ku / Director, Gyeonggi Province Social Job Opportunities Division “This project sees seniors as part of the available workforce instead of those who need protection. It also helps seniors to work as members of society and gain self-respect.” After trial operation, Gyeonggi Province will increase the number of senior steam car washers and expand their service areas. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2017.03.30Greetings, 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. 2nd Gyeonggi Political Coalition Committee Meeting (170320-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On March 17, the second political coalition committee meeting of Gyeonggi Province took place at the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly. The primary agenda for this meeting included social safety infrastructure and microdust issues. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (March 17) 2nd Gyeonggi Province Political Coalition Committee Meeting Under the unstable political circumstances of Korea, which faces a presidential election, members of the meeting agreed on bipartisan unity in their efforts to realize the decentralization of autonomy. ▶ Kim Jong-seok / Member of Assembly, Deputy Representative of Democratic Party "If we tackle the issues of autonomy and decentralization as our mission, I believe we can achieve good results.” ▶ Choi Ho / Member of Assembly, Representative of Liberty Korea Party “This political coalition committee meeting is taking place at an important time when political stability is necessary for economic promotion.” The second political coalition meeting saw the review of results of the first meeting as well as of issues pertaining to the development of social safety infrastructure. ▶ Welfare for Low-Income, One-Person Households The committee reviewed special welfare improvement programs for low-income, one-person households such as solitary seniors with dementia and previously institutionalized children. ▶ Trial Operation of Public Commercial Rental Units The trial operation of low-cost public commercial rental units for small businesses and youths who start new ventures was also one of the topics discussed. ▶ Microdust Preventive Measures Also discussed during the meeting was the ‘Alps Project’ that aims to reduce microdust and foster clean air. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Political Coalition Kang Deuk-gu “I hope that the Political Coalition Committee of Gyeonggi Province will be the birthplace of many good policies that can appeal to and benefit our residents.” Other issues discussed included the operation of a public organization management rationalization committee, environmental organizational reform, and the development of Eco Farm Land. . Article 2. Sihwa Landfill to be Developed as Park (170320-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Last August, Gyeonggi Province announced the development of the Sihwa (시화) Landfill into a world-caliber garden park. On March 17, this project took the first step toward realization with Gyeonggi Province holding an initiation meeting. ▶ Sihwa Landfill, Ansan City Sihwa (시화) Landfill has been left unused since 1995 when this facility was closed by court order. Gyeonggi Province has been planning to transform the space into a garden park and gave it the tentative name of ‘World Garden Gyeonggi Garden’. When complete, it will be the largest garden park in Korea, covering an area of more than 130 hectares including the nearby marshland. ▶ Ansan City Hall (March 17) ‘World Gardens Gyeonggi Garden’ Initiation Meeting During the meeting, Gyeonggi Province adopted a development framework that requires minimum artificial features as recommended by the advisory committee of gardening specialists the province formulated for this purpose. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Administrative Affairs “We are open to the opinions of local residents and specialists as well as to the philosophy and ideas of world gardens.” Ansan (안산) City expects the creation of large-scale leisure facilities that encompass this garden park and marshland, which currently attracts approximately one million visitors annually. ▶ Ansan City Mayor Je Jong-gil “This park will become an important ecological space in combination with other green spaces next to it. These will become important tourist destinations as well as healing places for local residents.” This garden park will also house the ‘Gyeonggi Garden Center’ with garden industry research facilities as well as production, distribution and sales facilities for gardening products. ▶ Groundbreaking Slated for 2019 Gyeonggi Province will proceed with the commissioning of development planning for completion by October this year. Groundbreaking is slated for 2019. Article 3. Gyeonggi Adopts Universal Designs through Site Visits (170320-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been introducing universal designs to public places for individuals with physical limitations. Designs are determined by officials who visit and experience inconveniences at individual sites. ▶ Yongin City Cultural Center Officials in special gear that simulates the physical difficulties of seniors attempt to climb steps at the Yongin (용인) City Cultural Center. Another official pushes a stroller while wearing an apparatus that weighs 5 kilograms to mimic pregnancy. This official experiences considerable inconvenience even while walking alone and using a toilet. ▶ Gang Jong-su / Jukjeon 2-dong Resident Center Welfare Official “I was unaware of such inconveniences until I experienced them, and realized that a short slope can be a great obstacle for persons with physical difficulties.” ▶ Gyeonggi Officials Visit Sites for Universal Designs Since 2014, Gyeonggi Province has been providing public design officials and representatives of related private organizations with opportunities to experience inconveniences at public facilities so as to promote an awareness of the necessity for universal designs. After experiencing difficulties wearing special gear, these officials and individuals sought effective solutions through discussion. Over the past three years, more than 2,300 related officials and individuals have participated in the universal design site experiential program ▶ Universal Designed Actively Adopted at Local Public Facilities Such experiences helped local administrations actively adopt appropriate universal designs for public facilities such as the Yongin (용인) City Cultural Center. ▶ Kim Woo-chan / Gyeonggi Province Public Design Team Official “We will promote the active introduction of universal design through universal design experiential program so as to create convenient environments for those with physical limitations.” Gyeonggi Province’s universal design site experiential program for officials is creating a Gyeonggi Province with public facilities that are convenient for everyone. Article 4. Gyeonggi Announces 71 Development Strategies (170321-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On March 20, Gyeonggi Province announced 71 national development strategies for adoption by presidential candidates. These strategies include a large number of local issues. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (March 20) Announcement of National Development Strategies These strategies are proposed as campaign pledges to be adopted by the Korean presidential candidates who face a national election in seven weeks. By proposing these strategies, Gyeonggi Province seeks to resolve related local issues in such fields as industrial leadership, job creation, welfare, and regional competitiveness. ▶ Oh Byeong-gwon / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Planning & Coordination Office “We believe that national issues are the issues of Gyeonggi Province with its 13 million residents. We announced the national strategies so as to resolve such issues.” ▶ Industrial Leadership & Job Creation Strategies for industrial leadership and job creation include the development of the Dongtan (동탄) Contents Valley, increased living wages, and the establishment of a polytechnic campus in the northern region of the province. ▶ Warm Welfare Community Creation For warm welfare community creation, 21 strategies were proposed including social economy specialist education and a youth health checkup system. ▶ Creation of Foundation for National Reunification Gyeonggi Province suggested its northern regions as a special economic zone to create a foundation for national reunification. ▶ Improvement of Global Competitiveness of Gyeonggi Regions ▶ Decentralization of Autonomy System Other strategies include those pertaining to the global competitiveness of Gyeonggi regions and the decentralization of the national autonomy system. Gyeonggi Province plans to offer these strategies to the presidential candidates. Article 5. Gyeonggi’s L & SM Enterprise Cooperation Program (170321-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been promoting cooperation between large enterprises and SMEs for mutual benefit and growth. This is done with large enterprises transferring their technologies to SMEs to reduce development costs and SMEs securing business by selling the end products back to them. ▶ Packaging Material Manufacturing Enterprise, Anseong City This medicine package manufacturing enterprise had been facing difficulties in expanding its business due to limited technological capabilities. However, being designated as a large enterprise cooperation subject by Gyeonggi Province, this company was able to receive technological knowhow from a large enterprise and sell new products back to that enterprise. This company is now well on its way to business expansion. ▶ Kim Sang-woo / CEO of Medicine Package Manufacturing Enterprise “After we began supplying our products to a large enterprise, our company image improved and export opportunities opened. We now have a foundation for sales to global enterprises.” For large enterprises, the utilization of SMEs for supply is more economical than operating the production processes themselves. ▶ Gyeonggi Province’s L & SM Enterprise Coexistence & Cooperation Program Launched last year, Gyeonggi Province’s large enterprise and SME coexistence & cooperation program helps SMEs receive technical cooperation from large enterprises and sell the end products back to them ▶ Gyeonggi Provides Max. KRW 150 Million Support to Each SME Gyeonggi Province also provides each participating SME with technology development support of up to KRW 150 million. ▶ Cho Jang-seok / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Coexistence & Cooperation Team “We will study the requirements of SMEs to help these enterprises develop technologies and products while expanding their markets…” Gyeonggi Province will continue to identify model enterprises that can benefit from this coexistence and cooperation program that covers the entire process range from technological development to end product sales. Article 6. Gyeonggi Supports Agricultural Food Business Startups (170321-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province launched an agricultural food business startup support program that will cover all business processes from product planning to marketing. Agricultural food businesses are considered difficult to start due to high ingredient costs and complicated processing procedures. ▶ Agricultural Food Processing Enterprise, Icheon City Four years ago, Kim (김민) started an agricultural food business based on knowledge he acquired during his work as a nutritionist. He developed instant porridge products using brown rice and colorful ingredients. He is now about to realize his first shipments to Japan. ▶ Kim Min / Founder of Agricultural Food Enterprise “It is extremely difficult to find an overseas market with new products, especially because there are numerous ways in which to use each ingredients but no manuals or standards for finished food.” Among the approximately 200 enterprises that took up residence at business startup support facilities of Gyeonggi Province last year, there were none in agricultural food fields. ▶ Gyeonggi Promotes Agricultural Food Business Startups This program provides customized agricultural food business startup support. ▶ Recipients Can Choose Support Programs Any enterprise with less than 5 years in operation or anyone seeking to start an agricultural food business in Gyeonggi Province is eligible for a provincial support of up to KRW 25 million. Recipients can also choose support programs as needed in a range of activities including intellectual property applications, pilot product production, design development, and promotional video production. ▶ Han Tae-hui / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province New Growth Agriculture Team “When recipients apply for support in the fields they need, we provide comprehensive support in those fields so they can realize sustainable growth.” Gyeonggi Province plans to provide support to a total of 40 enterprises by the year 2020, beginning with 10 enterprises this year. Article 7. Gyeonggi Province’s Cancer Policies (170322-2) [Anchor’s Headline] March 21 was Cancer Prevention Day in Korea. In Gyeonggi Province, there are diverse provincial programs provided to cancer patients and healthy residents for the prevention and treatment of cancer. ▶ 1Gyeonggi Cancer Center, Ajou University This exercise class for cancer patients is one such program in which physiotherapists teach students about exercises that are good for cancer prevention and rehabilitation after surgery. ▶ Go Ok-ja / Exercise Class Attendant “I learned how to use a rubber band to exercise, which I hadn’t been able to do due to pain in the affected area.” This exercise class is provided by Gyeonggi Province to both healthy residents and cancer patients. ▶ Variety of Cancer-related Events Held in Gyeonggi Province in March During March, Gyeonggi Province held a variety of cancer-related programs and campaigns so as to promote early diagnosis and provide useful information for the prevention and management of cancer. ▶ Jeong Dong-gyu / Gyeonggi Resident “After learning about the 10 cancer prevention rules, I became more vigilant. I will follow the rules carefully.” Gyeonggi Province is operating a variety of year-round programs to promote awareness, prevention, and the better management of cancer among members of the public as well as cancer patients. ▶ Seo Geun-ik / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Health Policy Team “We establish cancer prevention policies based on the regional characteristics of Gyeonggi Province. We also provide diagnosis and treatment cost support to those facing economic difficulties.” ▶ 21 Free Cancer Education to be Provided during First Half of Year During the first half of this year, 21 free cancer education classes including those about breast cancer prevention and new treatments will open at regional cancer centers in Gyeonggi Province. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2017.03.24Greetings, 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, Seoul & Incheon Join in Fight against Infectious Diseases (170313-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On March 10, Gyeonggi Province, Seoul and Incheon signed an agreement for the establishment of a joint committee on infectious disease control. These areas comprise the most populated regions in Korea with heavy domestic and international traffic, and are thus highly susceptible to the spread of infectious diseases. ▶ 91 MERS Cases Occurred in Korea In 2015, the first MERS patient in Korea was found at a general hospital in Pyeongtaek (평택) City of Gyeonggi Province. This disease from the Middle East quickly spread throughout the nation, resulting in 91 cases of infection. Last year, 63 percent of all infectious disease cases from overseas occurred in these regions. ▶ Seoul City Hall (March 10) Signing of Gyeonggi-Seoul-Incheon Infectious Disease Joint Committee Agreement According to this agreement, these three second-tier governments will establish a joint committee through which to cooperate in the prevention and early isolation of new and recurring infectious diseases. ▶ Na Baek-ju / Director General, Seoul City Public Health Bureau “The role of the central government is also important. The capabilities of autonomous bodies, especially those of area wide autonomous bodies, should be strengthened on a much larger scale.” ▶ Park Pan-sun / Director General, Incheon City Heal & Welfare Bureau “There have been limitations in a number of areas. However, we can achieve success for all through joint efforts.” ▶ Cooperation in Monitoring, Control and Education The three governments agreed on cooperation in infectious disease monitoring, control and education as well as in the sharing of related resources. ▶ Shin Nang-hyun / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Health & Welfare Bureau “I think we can overcome any type of difficulty through cooperation, regular meetings and networking among us.” The Infectious Disease Joint Committee of the three governments will convene regularly twice a year. Article 2. Gyeonggi Seeks Solutions for Chinese Economic Retaliations to THAAD (170313-2) [Anchor’s Headline] With Chinese economic retaliations against Korea for the installation of the THAAD missile system escalating, Gyeonggi Province convened an emergency meeting to discuss ways in which to mitigate damage in exports to China. ▶ Toothbrush Manufacturing Enterprise, Yongin City This toothbrush manufacturing enterprise relies on exports to China for half its sales. Recently, however, orders from all Chinese buyers were suddenly and indefinitely suspended. The company now faces bankruptcy. ▶ Lee Haeng-gu / CEO, Toothbrush Manufacturing Enterprise “Everything stopped when we were ready to make shipments. A small enterprise like our company cannot afford to wait indefinitely with our resources tied up…” There are also many cases of suspension in export clearance at Korean ports as well as denial of import clearance at Chinese ports. ▶ Northern Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (March 8) Gyeonggi Province Emergency Trade Meeting This emergency provincial meeting was held on March 8. ▶ Short-term Measure 1: Customized Support for Exporting Enterprises Gyeonggi Province will form a task force of specialists from related organizations to identify affected enterprises and provide them with customized support. ▶ Short-term Measure 2: Export Insurance Cost Support Gyeonggi Province will address strengthened Chinese customs regulations by expanding export insurance cost support to twice current levels. ▶ Short-term Measure 3: Special Operating Cost Support Gyeonggi Province will also release special operating support funds of approximately KRW 10 billion to affected export and tourism enterprises. ▶ Mid/Long-term Measure / Diversification of Export Markets For mid- and long-term measures, Gyeonggi Province will help enterprises with market diversification. ▶ Lee So-chun / Director, Gyeonggi Province International Trade Division “We will open three more overseas Gyeonggi Business Offices in Iran, Africa and Turkey this year and divert our Chinese marketing projects to other areas…” Gyeonggi Province will also seek to maintain stable relations with the eight provinces and cities of China with which it has formal relations through continuous dialogue. Article 3. Gyeonggi Uncovers Independence Movement Monuments (170314-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Aware of the existence of many undiscovered monuments from Korea’s independence movements before and during the Japanese occupation, Gyeonggi Province launched a new project to uncover such relics that deserve greater attention before they are lost and forgotten forever. ▶ Namgansanseong Namhansanseong (남한산성) in Gwangju (광주) City is known as a mountain fortress built during the Joseon (조선) Dynasty. However, few realize that this popular tourist destination that attracts more than 3 million visitors annually was also the scene of an independence movement in which hundreds of patriotic militiamen fought against and defeated invading Japanese soldiers in the late 19th century. ▶ Sin Chang-jui / Senior Researcher, Gyeonggi Cultural Foundation “Not many people know that there was an important anti-Japan movement event there. We can create books and install information boards that tell the story.” ▶ Birthplace of Patriot Sin Ik-hui This village is the birthplace of Shin Ik-hui (신익희), a prominent patriot. He was one of the leaders of the Korean independence movement during the Japanese occupation, and later became a presidential candidate of the Independent Korea Democratic Party. Although this village has a number features that commemorate him, it is not well known. ▶ Lee Ji-hun / Senior Researcher, Gyeonggi Cultural Foundation “Shin’s birthplace has been well preserved as a provincial monument. It is also an exemplary historical monument.” There are many forgotten relics and monuments from independence movements that have been lost with the passage of time. ▶ Gyeonggi Uncovers 7,700 Independence Movement Relics and Monuments In order to preserve the legacy of independence movements, Gyeonggi Province has been conducting investigations since last October and discovered a total of 7,700 relics and monuments. The province will develop plans to preserve and promote these historic items by August through site investigations. Article 4. Gyeonggi’s Restaurant Business Consultation Services (170314-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been providing restaurant business consultation services to aspiring restaurateurs. This service program was launched with the aim of improving the success rate of new restaurants, which is currently very poor at less than 50 percent within the first three years. ▶ Restaurant in Suwon City Only several months ago, this restaurant in Suwon (수원) City with common menu items was quiet with few customers. However, its business began to thrive and sales almost doubled after receiving Gyeonggi Province’s on-site restaurant consultation services ▶ Sin Hyun-hui / Restaurant Owner “A Gyeonggi Province official visited us with specialists who advised us on how to better adapt to changing culinary trends.” A high-end hotel chef and a professor provided instruction on healthy cooking with reduced sodium content and helped develop more appealing menu items. In Korea, restaurants are the most popular new businesses, accounting for more than 60 percent of all business startups. However, their success rate is notoriously low. ▶ On-site Consultation and Culinary Education Gyeonggi Province’s restaurant business consultation services include onsite business consultation as well as culinary education. Culinary lessons are also provided free of charge to multicultural wives. ▶ Pamminka / Multicultural Wife “I didn’t know how to cook Korean foods at all when I came to Korea. After I learned and cooked my first Korean foods, my husband said they were good.” The culinary education consists of five intensive short-term courses including catering and communal foodservices. On-site consultation services are provided by specialists who visit small new restaurants to provide customized consultation on interiors, menus and ingredient management. ▶ Hong Yong-gun / Director, Gyeonggi Province Food Safety Division “Gyeonggi Province will continue to help residents with restaurant business startups through culinary education and business consultations.” Last year, a total of 138 individuals who completed culinary courses successfully started restaurants or obtained cooking-related certifications, and 30 restaurants received consultation services. Article 5. 7th Gyeonggi College of Agriculture Induction Ceremony (170314-3) [Anchor’s Headline] On March 8, the seventh Gyeonggi College of Agriculture induction ceremony was held at the Gyeonggi Agricultural Research & Extension Services to welcome 100 new students. ▶ Gyeonggi Agricultural Research & Extension Services (March 8) 7th Gyeonggi College of Agriculture Induction Ceremony The new students include those from agriculture-related professions as well as those who plan to start new careers in agriculture. ▶ Han Hye-gyeong / New Student, Gyeonggi College of Agriculture “I run an insect farm and came here to learn how to improve the quality of my insect experiential programs.” The Gyeonggi College of Agriculture was opened in 2011 with the aim of improving the convenience, income and status of agriculture, the three traditional agricultural principles. The college consists of four academic departments: Insect Industry, Smart Agriculture, Agricultural Instructor Education, and Agricultural Experience Specialist Education. These programs encompass the first, second and third industrial fields of agricultural production, processing and services that can be applied in agricultural practices ▶ Choi Mi-yong / Director, Supervision Policy Division, GARES “One hundred new students entered the four departments of Insect Industry, Smart Agriculture, Agricultural Instructor Education, and Agricultural Experience Specialist Education today.” Since its establishment in 2011, the Gyeonggi College of Agriculture, one of the lifelong educational institutes of Gyeonggi Province, has produced more than 600 graduates. Article 6. 317th Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Extraordinary Session Begins (170315-3) [Anchor’s Headline] On March 14, the 317th extraordinary session of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly began. A consensual atmosphere characterized the opening with members of the assembly agreeing on bipartisan cooperation for a successful session. ▶ [Sync] “The first general meeting of the 317th extraordinary session is hereby opened.” ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (March 14) 317th Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Extraordinary Session In his opening speech, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Chairman Jeong Gi-yeol (정기열) mentioned the current political instability of Korea. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Chairman Jeong Gi-yeol “What we need most at this time is harmony and unity. I hope that we can create a new Korea and a new Gyeonggi Province through harmony and unity.” Chairman Jeong (정기열) then announced the main agenda items, which pertain to current political issues of the nation. ▶ Park Seung-won / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “Under circumstances where China’s THAAD retaliation is intensifying, I propose the formation of a task force led by the Planning & Coordination Office and the Economy Office of the administration to...” ▶ Choi Ho / Member of Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly “We are in a really critical situation. Gyeonggi Province’s responsibility is important under the current domestic and overseas crises. We should unite to overcome these crises through bipartisan efforts.” During the extraordinary session, the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly will deliberate more than 60 items including a Solicitation & Bribery Prohibition Act revision proposal and an ordinance draft regarding employment condition improvement for long-term nursing staff. The 317th extraordinary session of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly will begin with questioning of the administration on March 15 and 16 and end with a general meeting on March 23. Article 7. Planthopper Alert in Gyeonggi Province (170315-2) [Anchor’s Headline] The winter survival rate of planthopper eggs marked a record high due to warmer winter temperatures this year. Gyeonggi Province plans to move quickly to prevent damage stemming from this fruit-eating vermin from overseas. ▶ Vineyard, Pocheon City For the past 40 years, Kim (김창길) has been growing grapevines. He is deeply worried about planthopper damage because he saw many more planthopper eggs than usual this year. ▶ Kim Chang-gil / Grape Farmer “I saw especially large number of planthoppers that came down from the mountain before the first frost. The number has been growing in recent years.” ▶ Planthopper Egg Survival Rate 88.9% According to the Gyeonggi Agricultural Research & Extension Services, which conducted inspections of six provincial regions, the survival rate of planthopper eggs was 88.9 percent, which is 20 percent higher than the annual average. ▶ GTV Reporter Choi Chang-sun “Surviving eggs will hatch in May, and the planthoppers will begin eating fruit and leaving droppings, thereby damaging fruit.” ▶ Hatching Expected to Begin 2-3 Days Earlier When temperatures remain warm, the hatching of planthoppers as well as other insects is expected to begin two or three days earlier than usual. It is important to exterminate these insects in their early stages. ▶ Lee Yeong-su / Researcher, Gyeonggi Agricultural Research & Extension Services “When eggs hatch in early May, wait for two weeks and begin spraying insecticide all at once for best results.” The Gyeonggi institute will begin supplying environment-friendly insecticides to farmers and operate a vermin control team when hatching begins. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2017.03.17Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Gyeonggi Province Youth Intern Program (010306-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been operating an internship program for youths to help them improve their career opportunities as public officials through practical experience. Unlike typical internships, this program also provides personal mentoring for effective learning. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Disaster & Safety Headquarters Since graduating from college this past February, Kim (김재순) has been looking for an internship position in a public organization to learn administration work with the hope of starting his career as a public official. Kim joined Gyeonggi Province’s youth internship program and was assigned to the Disaster & Safety Headquarters this March. ▶ Kim Jae-sun / Gyeonggi Youth Internship Program Participant “Administration work experience will be beneficial for my future career at a public office as well as for other employment positions.” This year, more than 160 interns, who were selected from among more than 1,600 applicants, will learn public office work at Gyeonggi provincial offices for four months. ▶ Gyeonggi Province’s Youth Internship Program Gyeonggi Province’s youth internship program was launched in 2015 to help youths improve their employment capabilities through work experience. ▶ 1:1 Mentoring Interns receive a monthly salary of approximately KRW 1.8 million as well as one-on-one supervision from mentors. ▶ Additional Employment Capability Improvement Programs Offered Interns are also provided with additional employment capability improvement opportunities through various support programs. ▶ Lee Chun-min / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Employment Support Team “The objective of this program is to alleviate youth unemployment issues by helping youths improve their capabilities. Their fresh ideas are also beneficial for provincial policy formulation.” To date, more than 2,000 youths have experienced work at Gyeonggi provincial organizations through the internship program. Gyeonggi Province will continue to operate the program so as to better prepare more youths for their job searches. Article 2. Gyeonggi Improves Residential Area Environments (170306-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Since 2014, Gyeonggi Province has been implementing residential environment improvement projects in rundown areas in cooperation with local residents so as to help prevent crime. This year, the province selected five areas for improvement projects. ▶ Multi-family Housing Area, Seongnam City This multi-family housing area in Seongnam (성남) City is home to more than 7,600 households. Streets in this area are narrow and sinister, especially at night, with little lighting and few safety cameras. ▶ Ju Yeong-hui / Local Resident “Mugging is frequent in this area since there are no CCTVs. I feel very scared when there is a man behind me walking in the same direction.” Gyeonggi Province’s residential environment improvement projects have improved the appearance and safety of six areas such as this through the installation of closed-circuit TV tems and emergency alarms as well as other safety features. ▶ Crime Rates Reduced by 28% After the application of crime prevention designs and features, the crime rates in these areas have been reduced by 28 percent on average. ▶ Kim Jae-ki / Police Sergeant, Goyang Police Office “Thefts have decreased to less than half the usual number and sexual assault has been completely eliminated. Although we have no specific data, other crimes such as those committed by adolescents have also decreased significantly.” ▶ 5 Urban Areas Selected for Improvement The five urban areas selected for this year’s residential environment improvement include old towns as well as those with high concentrations of one-room apartments. ▶ Yun Tae-ho / Director, Gyeonggi Province Architecture & Design Division “This year, we will involve local residents in all processes from design to installation work so as to achieve high levels of project completeness and effectiveness.” In addition to the installation of crime prevention features, Gyeonggi Province will also develop more parks and communal facilities in these areas. To this end, the provincial government has earmarked a 40 percent increase in the related budget this year. Article 3. Gyeonggi Realizes Year-round Strawberry Farming (170306-3) [Anchor’s Headline] The Gyeonggi Agricultural Research & Extension Services – or GARES – has been developing a year-round strawberry farming technique so as to help strawberry farmers meet international demand as well as seasonal domestic demand. ▶ Gyeonggi Strawberry Farm Area Increased 60% in 5 Years In Gyeonggi Province, strawberry farming has grown rapidly, increasing more than 60 percent over the past five years. ▶ Year-round Strawberry Farming Technique Recently, GARES announced that it has developed a technique that enables year-round strawberry production. ▶ Mist Spray-Type Hydroponic Method This new technique uses a mist spray-type hydroponic method that supplies liquid fertilizer directly to exposed strawberry roots under a constant temperature. ▶ Use of Special Pots and Medium Increase Production With this technique, production can also increase through the use of special pots with a mesh and a pearlite medium that prevents contamination. ▶ Park Ju-hyun / Farming Technology Developer, GARES "Even while using the mist spray-type hydroponic method, we achieved 20 percent greater production by using the artificially formulated medium.” GARES plans to introduce this technique to farmers while continuing its current strawberry farming technique development. ▶ Park In-tae / Director, Research & Development Bureau, GARES “We will transfer this technology to farmers so they can meet strawberry demand in the Middle East and Southeast Asia as well as domestic markets.” The application of the mist spray-type hydroponic method requires greenhouses with advanced facilities for light, water, temperature and humidity control. Article 4. Green Light for Gyeonggi Metropolitan Transportation Projects (170307-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Area wide transportation projects of Gyeonggi Province received the green light as 33 provincial projects were included in the recently announced third national metropolitan transportation project plan. ▶ Hanam Railroad Line Construction This means that these projects, including the double-track Hanam (하남) Subway Line project, will receive national investment totaling KRW 2.9 trillion. The construction of the Hanam (하남) Subway Line is currently 34 percent finished and well on the way to its scheduled completion in 2020. ▶ Ju Myeong-gu / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Construction Team II “There are many heavily trafficked surface transportation sections on this route. This subway line will make commuting to Seoul much easier for residents in these areas.” Transportation has been one of the most serious issues of living in Seoul metropolitan areas. ▶ 3rd Korean Metropolitan Transportation Plan Includes KRW 2.9 Trillion Investments in Gyeonggi According to the plan announced by the Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure & Transport, national investment will be made through to the year 2020. ▶ 12 Metropolitan Railroad Projects The 33 transportation projects of Gyeonggi Province that are subject to national investment include twelve metropolitan railroad projects. ▶ 9 Metropolitan Road Projects The third national plan also includes nine provincial road construction projects that connect to Incheon (인천) and Seoul. ▶ 12 Express Bus and Transfer Facility Projects National investment will also be made in 12 express bus tems and transfer facility projects of the province. ▶ Jang Yeong-geun / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Transportation Bureau “This national plan will be uted until the year 2020. In cooperation with the ministry and local governments, we will do our utmost to realize all these projects as scheduled.” The expected effects of these provincial transportation projects include a 2.3 percent increase in public transportation usage and a 4 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Article 5. Gyeonggi Selects Good Women Employers (170307-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province began receiving applications for this year’s Good Women Employer certification. Applying enterprises must offer good employment conditions for women that enable them to pursue both jobs and family lives. Certified enterprises are entitled to various incentives and benefits. ▶ Kimchi Enterprise, Hwaseong City, Good Women Employer Eleven of the 15 employees of this kimchi-producing enterprise in Hwaseong (화성) City are women. These women, including Bang (방정숙) who is currently working part time, are highly satisfied with the considerate working and welfare conditions offered to women by the company. ▶ Park Jeong-suk / Kimchi Enterprise Employee “It is good to have time to prepare my children for school and do housework in the morning. I also have time to cook for children and talk with them when I return home.” The benefits provided to Good Women Employer-certified enterprises include customized consultation and support regarding women employment issues as well as priority treatment in financial applications. ▶ Won Eun-ran / Manager of Kimchi Enterprise “Good employment conditions lead to improved work performance, high job satisfaction and low employment turnover. They also have positive effects for the company in terms of competitiveness and corporate culture.” ▶ Gyeonggi to Select 60 Good Women Employers in 2017 This year, Gyeonggi Province will select 60 Good Women Employers from among those with more than 3 years of operation and ten regular employees. ▶ An Chi-gwon / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Women’s Jobs Team “We will continue to identify good workplaces for women so as to promote women employment, prevent career discontinuation among women, and create environments in which women can continue working.” Certification is granted based on assessments of working conditions for women. ▶ Applications Received Until March 31 Applications for certification are being received at the Gyeonggi Province Family & Women`s Research Institute until March 31. Article 6. Anti-Atopy/Asthma Children Facilities to Increase in Gyeonggi (170307-3) [Anchor’s Headline] In Gyeonggi Province, there are childcare centers and schools that practice allergic disease management to prevent atopy and asthma among children. Designated by Gyeonggi Province as Anti-Atopy/Asthma Schools, these facilities will be increased this year among those without healthcare professionals. ▶ ‘Anti-Atopy/Asthma School’ Childcare Center, Yongin City At this childcare center in Yongin (용인) City, children use special soap with low acidity when they wash their hands and special moisturizing lotion afterwards. The soap and lotion are supplied by an atopy institute. ▶ Jeong Hyun-ja / Parent “They use a moisturizing lotion for atopy treatment. The teacher applies it to my child. I do not worry much when I go to work since my child’s atopy condition has improved significantly.” There is also equipment within easy reach for the emergency treatment of children suffering asthma attacks. ▶ Anti-Atopy/Asthma Schools Managed by Related Health Institutes The anti-atopy/asthma schools are specially managed by related clinical institutes including local public health centers to professionally prevent and treat these allergic diseases. There are 533 anti-atopy/asthma schools among kindergartens, childcare centers and primary schools in Gyeonggi Province. ▶ Gyeonggi to Designate More Anti-Atopy/Asthma Schools Gyeonggi Province plans to increase the number of these schools to 700 this year. ▶ Oh Se-hwa / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Regional Public Health Team “We will increase the number of designated facilities, especially among those that have no in-house healthcare staff.” In Korea, the prevalence of atopy and asthma among young children is very high at 20 percent. Gyeonggi Province will continue to increase the number of anti-atopy/asthma schools to better control these allergic diseases. Article 7. Gyeonggi to Introduce Food Bikes (170308-3) [Anchor’s Headline] This May, mobile snack bars on converted bicycles and motorcycles will appear in parks and at public organizations in Gyeonggi Province. Titled ‘food bikes’, these licensed mobile eateries will be the first of their kind in Korea. ▶ Gyeonggi to Introduce ‘Food Bikes’ Following the successful introduction of ‘food trucks’ that sell beverages and simple meals, Gyeonggi Province devised a similar business; this time on bikes. Food bikes are expected to become popular business items among youths since they require little capital to start. ▶ Versatility in Location and Food Items One can start a food bike business with less than KRW 10 million and operate in any public place, even in narrow alleys. The business has versatility in food choice as well as in design. For these reasons, food bikes are popular in other countries such as the United States and Canada. ▶ Ha Eun-hye / Aspiring Food Bike Operator “A food bike can be both a business and a means of transportation. I can think of a range of potential applications such as a mobile vegetable garden. It’s worth trying since it requires a small investment.” ▶ Food Bike Business Model Contest Recently, Gyeonggi Province held a food bike business model contest to identify potential. ▶ Trial Operation of 10 Food Bikes Planned in April Gyeonggi Province selected 10 teams from among the contestants for trial operation at the cherry blossom festival at the Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex in April. ▶ In Chi-gwon / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Regulatory Reform Team “Competition was high at a ratio of 4 to 1. Such great public interest indicates that there will be a lot of people seeking to start food bike businesses once they become institutionalized.” Based on the results of the trial operation of the selected food bike teams undertaken in cooperation with local governments, Gyeonggi Province will begin working on legislation for the institutionalization of food bikes. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2017.03.10Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Certified Tree Doctors to be Introduced in Korea (170227-1) [Anchor’s Headline] According to a recent amendment of the Forest Protection Act, a certification system for ‘tree doctors’ will be introduced in Korea next year for the management of tree health in natural forests as well as parks and roadsides. ▶ Tree Chemical Applications in Urban Areas With an abundance of forests and parks and hence high tree care demand, Gyeonggi Province has already launched an education program for aspiring tree doctors, a new profession. These tree care professionals will also take over the regular treatment of trees in urban areas from the current ad hoc non-specialists. ▶ Lee Geun-seop / Forest Protection Specialist “We plant trees to create a better environment, then often use tree chemicals recklessly, ironically endangering the environment as well as human health.” ▶ All Trees in Human Habitation Must Be Managed by Tree Doctors from June 2018 From June next year, when the amendment enters into effect, all trees in areas of human habitation – including parks, schools and apartment complexes as well as roadsides – must be managed only by certified tree doctors. ▶ Diagnosis and Treatment of Tree Diseases and Pests These certified tree doctors, who have attended the education program and passed an exam prescribed by the Korea Forest Service, will be responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of trees in these areas. ▶ Gyeonggi Began Tree Doctor Education Requiring a large number of tree doctors, Gyeonggi Province began tree doctor education last year. ▶ Gwon Yeong-dae / Gyeonggi Forest Environment Research Center Official “Since we have high demand for tree doctors, we began education and on-site training last year and will produce 90 professionals this year.” Gyeonggi Province plans to establish a separate educational organization for independent tree doctor education so as to ensure a stable supply of certified tree management professionals. Article 2. New Big Data Business Demonstrations Held in Gyeonggi (170227-2) [Anchor’s Headline] On February 24, a business presentation event was held in Gyeonggi Province with support from the provincial government to promote financing for big data processing enterprises in their startup stages. There are more and more areas in which big data processing is being applied in Korea. ▶ Pangyo Startup Campus (February 24) ‘New Big Data Businesses Demo Day’ In front of potential investors, the aspiring entrepreneurs demonstrated product and service ideas that utilize the processing of a large amount of data, commonly known as big data. They described how big data is used to produce information required by users such as analyzing a large amount of traffic data for safe driving. ▶ [Sync] “Then we have to determine which of the analysis results to include and in what order…” ▶ Fundraising for New Big Data Enterprises This presentation event was organized by the Gyeonggi Contents Agency with the aim of inducing investments in big data processing businesses. All nine participating teams, which were selected through a contest held last year, have completed a six-month preliminary business startup support program at the agency. More than 140 potential private and corporate investors as well as the representatives of related organizations were also present at this event. ▶ Park Jong-seo / Director, Gyeonggi Province Big Data Division “The businesses that depend on data usually face great difficulties. They can benefit from support and consultation services. We are providing such support to businesses that utilize big data.” Gyeonggi Province has increased the budget this year to provide active support to new big data enterprises. Article 3. Koreans Celebrate March 1 Independence Movement Day (170227-3) [Anchor’s Headline] March 1 is a Korean national holiday known as ‘31 Movement Day’; it commemorates the day in 1919 during the Japanese occupation when Korean patriots declared national independence and people all over the nation acted in concert by rallying on the streets and shouting ‘Mansei (만세) - or Long Live - Independent Korea’. ▶ Anseong 31 Movement Memorial These street rallies, also known as the Mansei (만세) Movements, were more intense in some cities including Anseong (안성) City, as shown on this Mansei (만세) Movement Map of Gyeonggi Province. The anti-Japanese sabotage that ensued involved more than 6,000 Anseong (안성) citizens. ▶ ‘Independence Movement as Part of Korean History’ Exhibition (until March 31) Memorabilia from that time can be found at the Anseong (안성) 31 Movement Memorial. ▶ National Flag Used during 31 Movement Day The Korean national flag that was created for independence declaration differs little from the current flag. ▶ List of Prisoners A list of prisoners bears names of the patriots who participated in the independence movements and were imprisoned by Japanese authorities. ▶ Hwang Jin-seop (aged 79) / Anseong City Resident “Such a dark, tragic history of living under persecution and oppression should not be repeated…” ▶ 31 Movement Exhibition Held at 4 Memorials Relics relating to the independence movements can also be found at three other memorial houses including a former prison in Seoul and two preserved houses of patriots in Gyeonggi Province. ▶ Wunhyunmaengjil (Written Oath) The written oath of a famous patriot and his comrades describes their willingness to sacrifice their lives for the country. ▶ Prison Rice Bowls The prison rice bowls differ in size for prisoners at different punishment levels. ▶ Kim Dae-yong / Anseong City Culture & Tourism Department Official “I hope that viewers will see the independence movements not simply as historical events but as the foundation upon which the national entity of Korea is based.” The relics from the independence movements in the early 20th century will remind Koreans of those who perished while fighting for national sovereignty. (3.1운동을 전혀 모를 대다수 외국인들을 위해 앵커맨트 부분에 3.1운동이 무엇인지를 간략히 덧붙였습니다. 그러다 보니 약간 길어졌지만 그 다음 소제목 부분을 짧게 하여 상쇄되므로 앵커와 비디오 시간은 결국 맞을 것입니다.) –w- Article 4. Employment Support to Replace Basic Livelihood Payments (170228-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced a new welfare program for Basic Livelihood Benefit – or BLB – recipients. This program, officially titled the ‘Let’s Try’ Project, will provide individuals with customized employment support and job opportunities in privately invested, profit-generating public projects. The number of BLB recipients in Gyeonggi Province has been increasing each year, marking 263,000 last year. This program aims to reduce that number by facilitating their economic independence. ▶ ‘Let’s Try’ Projects – Public Projects with Private Investments The private investors will redeem their investments based on project performances. Gyeonggi Province will initially operate the program for 400 BLB recipients annually. ▶ Park Jeong-hwan / Executive Director of Interim Organization, Let’s Try “We will provide BLB recipients with customized employment services with the aim of realizing their economic independence.” ▶ Private Investments of KRW 1.55 Billion Secured Gyeonggi Province has already secured private investments of KRW 1.55 billion for project operations. ▶ Lee Cheol-yeong / Private Investor “Instead of giving out welfare payments, this program operates profit-making projects that will benefit investors while helping welfare recipients find jobs.” ▶ Gyeonggi Small & Medium Business Center (February 24) ‘Let’s Try’ Project Launching Ceremony When the targeted 20 percent of participants becomes BLB free, BLB budget expenses of more than KRW 900 million will be reduced after deducting project operation costs. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Administrative Affairs Lee Jae-yul “We will do our utmost to become the best in Korea in successfully realizing innovative policies such as this program.” The Let’s Try Project organizers will select program participants from among BLB recipients and begin their employment education this March. Article 5. Gyeonggi Discusses Youth Issues with College Students (170228-2) [Anchor’s Headline] A recent weekly policy meeting of Gyeonggi provincial officials featured college students. The suggestions made by these students on youth-related issues were regarded as useful for provincial policy formulation. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (February 24) Gyeonggi Province Weekly Policy Meeting The weekly policy meetings of Gyeonggi Province, chaired by Governor Nam Kyung-pil (남경필), have been a vehicle for officials to present ideas and a birthplace of many new policies. ▶ Public Housing Shared as Dormitory - Suggested by Youths The students who were invited to the meeting spoke about shared housing as a means to alleviate accommodation problems among youths. ▶ Han Ji-hye / Senior, Kyung Hee University Housing & Interior Design Department “Youth housing issues have been in existence all the time. If we utilize existing housing facilities by sharing, we will be able to give more choices to students and others in society.” For shared housing, students suggested that local authorities secure long-term lease contracts for rental housing units near universities and entrust their management to universities. Universities may also employ students as housing managers. ▶ Baek Won-kuk / Director General. Gyeonggi Province Urban Housing Office “It was a very novel idea. It is worth consideration.” Governor Nam himself also suggested the formation of a project team for this idea. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “I would suggest our Urban Housing Office and Education Cooperation Bureau help these students formulate a project team in which they work autonomously with support from us.” Gyeonggi Province assured the students that shared housing for youths would be positively considered in policy and that the province would continue to work with youths. Article 6. Master Violinist Cho-Liang Lin Visits Gyeonggi Province (170228-3) [Anchor’s Headline] World-renowned violinist Cho-Liang Lin arrived in Gyeonggi Province at the invitation of the Gyeonggi Arts Center. This 57-year-old master violinist is first in the line-up for the ‘World’s Top Player Series’, one of the programs at the art center this year. Before his main performances, Lin gave personal lessons to aspiring young Korean violinists. ▶ Gyeonggi Arts Center (February 27) Cho-Liang Lin Master Class Titled ‘Cho-Liang Lin Master Class’, the lesson was open to the public. Standing on the same stage with their revered master violinist, the young violinists began to play. From time to time, Lin gave them instructions with demonstrations. [Sync] “Listen to this. Hold the bow longer!” ▶ Cho-Liang Lin Gives Violin Lessons to Talented Korean Children Cho-Liang Lin is a Taiwanese American and one of the few Asian violinists globally recognized as a master. The Gyeonggi Arts Center organizes the Master Class, an open lesson for young Korean music students, that is conducted by visiting musicians. ▶ Go So-hyun / Master Class Participant “He is the musician I respect and have dreamed of meeting. It was a happy moment for me to receive a lesson from him personally.” Audience members enjoyed his performance during the lesson as much as at concerts. ▶ Je Jeong-Seon / Member of Audience from Gwangju City “We can sometimes see masters give music lessons in black and white videos. It was exactly the same atmosphere as I saw in old films.” These master classes are open to the public and have the aim of promoting classical music while inspiring young artists. More than 50 members of the public stayed through today’s lesson by a master that was given to three violin students. During his stay in Korea, Cho-Liang Lin will perform with the Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra and make his debut in Korea as a conductor. ▶ Cho Lian Lin / Violinist “I have two concerts here this time. Two different programs. So, it is a wide range of programs for me, but I am so happy to perform here in Korea.” ▶ March 3: Cho-Liang Lin Duo Studio, Seongnam Arts Center ▶ March 4: Cho-Liang Lin with Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra, Gyeonggi Arts Center The main concerts by Cho-Liang Lin took place on March 3 at the Seongnam (성남) Arts Center and on March 4 with the Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra at the Gyeonggi Arts Center. Article 7. Imagination Campus Opens on Former SNU Campus Site (170302-2) [Anchor’s Headline] The former College of Agriculture and Life Sciences site of Seoul National University in Suwon City has been left vacant since the campus relocated to Seoul. On this site, Gyeonggi Province opened the Gyeonggi Imagination Campus for the public appreciation of new technologies. ▶ Gyeonggi Imagination Campus This campus also features workshops for aspiring young entrepreneurs who are developing creative business items using various technologies such as 3D printing as well as cultural and educational contents. ▶ Ha Seok-ho / 3D Printing Business Developer “This is a good location with an ideal natural environment. Our team specializes in education using 3D printers. People can come here to learn as well as to enjoy leisure.” Last year, Gyeonggi Province opened the Gyeonggi Imagination Campus by refurbishing the old Seoul National University buildings for public enjoyment. These facilities have now become a popular destination among local residents. ▶ Space and Education Programs Available for Business Startups by Youths These facilities also provide aspiring young entrepreneurs with work spaces and education programs for business startups at a low cost. ▶ Facilities for Relaxation and Experiences There are also exhibitions, a library and a playground for children as well as various experiential programs and leisure facilities for adults. In the one year since its opening, the Gyeonggi Imagination Campus has received more than 30,000 visitors and now has 29 resident business startup teams. Gyeonggi Province will expand the facilities to include more common workshops and exhibition spaces. ▶ Kim Gyu-sang / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Cultural Foundation Team “There are spaces for education, experiences and leisure for different age groups. We will continue to expand the facilities to add more features…” The Gyeonggi Imagination Campus began as a simple idea to transform unused spaces into something useful for residents. That idea has proven to be a great success. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.