EnglishNews | 2017.01.06Article 1. Gyeonggi Discloses Youth Rental Housing Designs (161226-1) [Anchor’s Headline] At the beginning of his term in office, Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil announced the development of low-cost rental housing known as Ddabok (따복) House for college students, career starters and young married couples. Gyeonggi Province plans to construct 10,000 Ddabok housing units by the year 2020. ▶ Ddabok House, Anyang City Gyeonggi Province has already been operating a pilot Ddabok (따복) housing complex in Anyang (안양) City with monthly rent and deposits that are approximately one third lower than local market rates. These apartment-style housing units consist of fully equipped rooms and kitchens as well as common facilities suitable for youths. ▶ Jeong Sa-rang, Ddabok House Resident “The rent is reasonable and the facilities are well supplied and very convenient for youths like myself who have just entered workforce.” ▶ Gyeonggi Province Disclosed Ddabok House Designs Gyeonggi Province recently disclosed detailed designs for these rental units. The disclosed Ddabok House designs encompass different housing types for young couples and single youths. ▶ Lee Jeong-eon / Director, Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corp. Ddabok Project Division “Since young couples and single persons have different lifestyle and require different types of housing…” ▶ Ddabok Housing Units for Young Couples Designed for Parenting and Community Relations The Ddabok housing units for young married couples were designed to facilitate childrearing and community relations. Communal facilities include childcare centers, vegetable gardens and libraries. [CG] New parents will be provided with prioritized deposit payment support and extended rental periods. ▶ Ddabok Housing Units for Single Youths Designed for Young Lifestyles The Ddabok housing units for single youths have more common facilities appropriate for the needs of younger individuals such as common kitchens and dining rooms as well as sports facilities and study rooms. ▶ 1st Announcement of Invitation for Applications Made on December 29 On December 29, public notification was made to invite residence applications for the first Ddabok (따복) housing complex that is being constructed based on these designs. Article 2. Gyeonggi Farm Product Corners Open in Large Supermarket Chain (161226-2) [Anchor’s Headline] The Korean supermarket chain Homeplus recently opened Gyeonggi Province farm product sections in their retail outlets in the province. The opening of these special sections that feature products supplied directly by Gyeonggi farmers was realized by the provincial government. ▶ Vegetable Farm, Namyangju City Workers at this eco-friendly vegetable farm in Namyangju (남양주) City are busy harvesting and packaging lettuce. This is one of the farms selected to supply the new Gyeonggi Province farm product sections at Homeplus. ▶ Hwang Bok-man / Vegetable Farmer, Namyangju City “Becoming a supplier to Homeplus ensures an increase in your income. All you have to do is to grow quality vegetables." ▶ North Suwon Homeplus Special Gyeonggi Province Agricultural Product Section Gyeonggi Province negotiated with Homeplus to secure a stable market for farmers. These special retail sections will feature fresh eco-friendly fruits and vegetables as well as G-mark processed foods produced in the province. ▶ Kim Seong-su / Vegetable Sales Manager, Homeplus “The primary purpose is to assist Gyeonggi farmers with their sales while providing consumers with quality farm products.” ▶ 10 Homeplus Outlets Feature Gyeonggi Farm Products Sections These special sections featuring products supplied by more than 40 Gyeonggi farmers opened at 10 Homeplus outlets in Seoul and Gyeonggi Province. They will operate for two years. ▶ [PiP] Mun Jae-yeol / Director, Gyeonggi Province Agricultural Product Distribution Division “We target each outlet’s annual sales of eco-friendly vegetables and certified G-mark products at KRW 200 million for a total of KRW 2 billion.” Gyeonggi Province will continue its efforts to establish Gyeonggi farm product sections at other agricultural retail markets in the province and Seoul. Article 3. Gyeonggi Successfully Aids New Businesses with Online Exports (161226-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Last year, Gyeonggi Province launched a business startup support program for online overseas direct sales enterprises established by youths. This new type of online international sales support program has proven beneficial for participating new businesses. ▶ Gyeonggi Small and Medium Business Center Lee (이병윤) is a 38-year-old online business founder who operates a one-person enterprise that sells domestic auto parts and home electrical appliances via overseas online shopping malls. After receiving international sales education as well as operational space and cost support for business startups from Gyeonggi Province, he was able to achieve sales of KRW 150 million in only eight months. ▶ Lee Byeong-wun / Online International Sales Business Founder “The rates of growth and profitability of an online business are much higher when it targets overseas customers compared to those selling domestically. With support from Gyeonggi Province, I have been able to maintain competitive prices and increase sales exponentially.“ ▶ Gyeonggi Province’s Online International Sales Business Startup Support Last year, 20 youths received online sales education and established businesses with support from the Gyeonggi Small & Medium Business Center. In only the six-month period since they began trading in July, they achieved sales totaling more than USD 750 thousand. Gyeonggi Province’s networks with renowned internet auction and shopping site operators also helped their success. ▶ Lee Hyung-gu / Gyeonggi Small & Medium Business Center Business Startup Team Official “We decided that this program has been successful and plan to increase the number of recipients next year.” [CG] Online international sales are growing rapidly and recently surpassed online domestic sales in Korea. Gyeonggi Province’s active support in this business field is achieving positive results in promoting both business startups and the export of domestic products. Article 4. Small Technology Business Support Program of Gyeonggi Province (161227-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been operating a technology-based small business startup support program. According to statistics in Korea, seven out of ten small businesses end up closing within five years of their launch. ▶ Safety Program Developer, Yongin City Established in 2014, this safety training program developer has been struggling to survive through the development of products that can be differentiated from those of competitors. ▶ Gyeonggi Province’s Technology-based Small Business Startup Support When this company had almost reached a dead-end, Gyeonggi Province’s life-giving support enabled it to develop new products for which the company is now receiving a steady flow of overseas orders. ▶ [PiP] Park Jong-min / Founder of Safety Program Enterprise “Small businesses are often unsure of the technologies they have. Gyeonggi Province’s support helped us regain confidence in our technology and enabled us to continue development.” Gyeonggi Province’s technology-based small business startup support program is aimed at revitalizing small businesses with high technical potential like this company. [CG-Small] In addition to product development and marketing support, this program assisted in 10 trademark and 6 patent registrations last year alone. [CG-Small] A total of 20 new businesses received provincial support, and the number is increasing each year. ▶ Lee Tae-yeong / Gyeonggi Small & Medium Business Center Small Business Support Team “We are providing support to small businesses with excellent technologies that should not be wasted and helping them to succeed. The collective power of their businesses should not be underestimated.” Gyeonggi Province will expand its support for technology-based small businesses including financial support that will be increased to KRW 10 million per enterprise. Article 5. Face Museum in Gyeonggi Province (161227-3) [Anchor’s Headline] In Gyeonggi Province, there is an unusual museum that features everything about faces. Titled ‘Face Museum’, this unlikely museum was established by a former theater actor and features a personal collection of thousands of human face depictions. From the face of mid-20th century Hollywood actress Marylyn Monroe to the facial expressions of musicians absorbed in playing instruments and the cigarette-smoking faces of a various personalities, the exhibits at this museum display an infinite variety of human emotions and inner worlds conveyed by facial expressions. ▶ [PiP] Choi Seon-yeong / Viewer from Gwangju City “Looking at the faces of many individuals made me look back into myself and even think about how I should live and accept getting old.” ▶ Face Museum, Gwangju City All items displayed at this museum have been collected personally by the curator himself over a span of 50 years. ▶ More Than 3,000 Face Depictions Displayed This museum has more than 3,000 human face depictions including stone engravings, wood carvings, ceramic dolls, masks, photographs and portraits. Most exhibits are displayed openly instead of being locked in showcases, making them more readily appreciated. ▶ Kim Jeong-ok / Director, Face Museum “I hope that, at this museum, viewers appreciate the exhibits in their own way following their thoughts, instead of simply reading the notes.” Coming out of the exhibition hall, viewers are led to the backyard of a traditional Korean tiled-roof home that was relocated from South Cheolla Province. Arrayed in this backyard are stone engravings and statues collected from all over the country including those of aristocrats, scholars and mischievous boys as well as totem poles, many of which have been weathered through centuries of exposure to the elements. Article 6. Gyeonggi Provincial Administration in 2016 (161227-1) [Anchor’s Headline] GTV looked back over the past year and summarized the important achievements of the Gyeonggi provincial administration in 2016. ▶ Gyeonggi Ranks 1st in National Autonomy Assessments Gyeonggi Province ranked first in national autonomy assessments, receiving the highest scores in six administration categories. ▶ Kim Yang-ho / Director, Gyeonggi Province Inspection & Evaluation Division “Although the local government bears massive administrative demand, we worked with and motivated local officials through education and consultation.” Gyeonggi Province realized notable achievements in job creation through multifaceted efforts. ▶ Variety of Job Creation Projects Launched [Multi-screen] These efforts included the creation of the Startup Campus, the Employment Foundation, and most recently, Korea Gyeonggi Province Incorporated. ▶ Kim Gyeong-ri / Director, Startup Campus Operation & Planning Headquarters “We endeavored to indentify what society really needs, what people want, and what people want to do.” A number of working-class support projects such as the Working Youth Account, Ddabok (따복) Childcare House, and Ddabok (따복) House projects were launched during the year ▶ ‘E-Seek’ Free Online Education Services Began with Positive Public Response The integrated free online education website ‘E-Seek’ received an enthusiastic public response as shown by more than 14,000 registrations within one month of its opening. Gyeonggi Province has also received the highest ratings in regional safety indices in Korea for two consecutive years. Last year, Gyeonggi Province announced 10-year development plans for northern Gyeonggi regions and entered the second half of its political coalition period. The key phrase for the provincial administration in 2017 as outlined by Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pi is ‘job creation’. Article 7. Groundbreaking for Rental Housing for Newlyweds (161228-2) [Anchor’s Headline] On December 27, the groundbreaking for the construction of rental housing for young married couples took place in Suwon (수원) City. Gyeonggi Province had announced the construction of 10,000 rental units for youths under the title of Ddabok (따복) House. ▶ Iui-dong, Suwon City (December 27) Suwon Gwangyo Ddabok House Groundbreaking This Ddabok housing complex, the first of its kind, will consist of 204 housing units in a 12-story building; 182 units are allocated for newly-wed couples and the remainder for unmarried youths who face difficulties in finding accommodations. ▶ Rents at 40 - 64% of Local Rates Ddabok housing units are available at only 40 to 64 percent of local rates. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “Young married couples face difficulties in having and rearing children due to high housing costs. That is why we are developing rental housing that is economical and suitable for child rearing.” ▶ Deposit Payment Support Provided upon Childbirth New parents will be provided with support for 60 percent of the deposit amount, and for the entire deposit amount upon the birth of their second child. [CG-Small] The maximum period of residence will also be extended up to 10 years depending on the number of childbirths. ▶ Jeong Yu-jin / Suwon City Resident “I think Ddabok House is good for young married couples since it is economical and they can stay for an extended period. I hope that many such housing units will be constructed in the future,” This Ddabok (따복) housing complex consists of two-room apartments of 36 to 44 square meters as well as common childcare facilities. ▶ Resident Occupation to Begin in April 2018 A public announcement inviting residence applications was made on December 29. Resident occupation is slated to begin in April of 2018. Ddabok (따복) House construction at other sites will follow through to the year 2020.
EnglishNews | 2016.12.29Greetings and salutations, everyone! 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. 315th Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Regular Session Closes (161219-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On December 16, the 315th Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly regular session ended with the sixth general meeting. This final session of the year saw the clearance of a number of important issues including the passage of next year’s provincial budget. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (December 16) 6th General Meeting of 315th Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Regular Session The final day of the session saw the passage of forty items. ▶ Lee Yeong-hui / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member (Saenuri Party) “There is a necessity for the establishment of a hospital for fire officials as well as for the development of services that are customized for their job types to them relieve job-related stress…” During the meeting, a provincial assembly member urged the establishment of a hospital exclusively for fire officials. ▶ Ordinance for School Meal Support Passed The passage of an ordinance for school meal support was also one of the issues resolved during the session. Based on this ordinance, Gyeonggi Province will establish school meal support plans by July next year followed by related budget plans for the following year. ▶ Revised Ordinance for Provincial Railway Projects Passed Another notable result from this regular session is the passage of a revised ordinance for provincial railway projects. This ordinance, which passed by unanimously, enables detailed urban railway projects to be completed in the year 2025. ▶ Cho Gwang-myung / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member (Minju Party) “Six ordinances were passed as original drafts including an amendment ordinance for the improvement of transportation convenience for those with physical limitations proposed by…” This regular session, which ran for 46 days, was the first in five years to have processed the subsequent year’s budget within the prescribed time limit. Article 2. Gyeonggi Announces General Winter Contingency Measures (161219-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced comprehensive measures with the aim of addressing possible winter disasters while helping those in difficult circumstances to get through the winter. These measures focus on effective responses to heavy snow storms and fires as well as the protection of those vulnerable to the cold. ▶ Special Snow Removal Period until March The period until March next year was designated for special snow removal work. More than 6,500 snowplows and trucks as well as more than 100,000 tons of deicing agents have already been secured and allocated to strategic locations. ▶ Increased Use of Snow Removal Equipment and Materials The quantity of snow removal equipment and deicing agents to be used has increased significantly this year. Gyeonggi Province will also intensify fire prevention and safety inspections during the winter when fires occur twice as frequently as in the summer. ▶ Gil Yeong-gwan / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Disaster Prevention Team “The number of fires increases as temperatures drop. We are distributing fire extinguishers and alarms while performing safety inspections in cooperation with the electricity and gas authorities, which will continue until February.” [CG] For those living in inferior heating conditions, Gyeonggi Province will provide heating cost support of up to KRW 116,000 per person until April. Families eligible for heating cost support include recipients of national basic livelihood benefits and medical cost benefits with family members of more than 65 years of age or less than 6 years of age as well as those who are pregnant or have disabilities. Gas billing and service suspension upon payment delinquency for these families will be deferred until May. Solitary seniors will receive daily assistance during snow storms and extremely cold weather. Article 3. Gyeonggi Supports Revival of Failed Business Startups (161219-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been operating a special financial support program for those who have attempted to start their own businesses but failed. This program has proved successful in aiding the revival of such failed business startups. ▶ Baby Goods Manufacturing Enterprise, Paju City When Ryu’s (류병무) baby goods manufacturing business failed and closed in 2006, his credit rating plummeted, and he has been unable to restart a business since all subsequent loan applications have been denied. However, he became the proud owner of design patents and is now on the road to success thanks to Gyeonggi Province’s Special Financial Benefit Program for Failed Businesses. ▶ Ryu Byeong-mu / Founder of Baby Goods Manufacturing Enterprise “I am very pleased to finally be able to fund my business. This will enable something to happen next year that will surprise everyone.” ▶ Gyeonggi Province’s Special Financial Benefit Program for Failed Businesses The Special Financial Benefit Program for Failed Businesses was launched in 2014 with the aim of providing another chance to those who had failed in their initial business startup attempts but still has high potential for revival. Each beneficiary is provided with financial support of up to KRW 100 million. ▶ Support of KRW 7.3 Billion Provided to 134 Enterprises To date, more than 130 businesses have been revived with the help of this provincial support. ▶ Wu Byeong-bae / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Policy Funds Team “We will provide failed business startups with active support to help them revive, provided they the excellent technological prowess and potential for success.” This special financial support by Gyeonggi Province, which has totaled KRW 7.3 billion to date, is providing renewed hope to those who once failed. Article 4. Provincial & Regional Governments Brainstorm AI Management (161220-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On December 19, Gyeonggi Province convened an emergency local administrators meeting to discuss the management of the bird flu outbreaks that are currently devastating poultry farms in Korea. In Gyeonggi Province, nearly nine million chickens and ducks have been culled over a period of one month alone, and the number is still increasing rapidly. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (December 16) AI Quarantine Emergency Video Meeting The meeting participants, who included the deputy heads of the 31 localities of the province and AI quarantine headquarters officials, discussed current issues, new ideas and requirements. ▶ Yeoju City Deputy Mayor Lee Seok-beom “Since it was difficult to find locations for animal burial, we immediately created burial sites in the mountains near the affected farms.” ▶ Yangju City Deputy Mayor Oh Hyun-suk “I would like to make a suggestion regarding compensation as living expense support for poultry farms whose animals have been culled…” A number of suggestions were made during the meeting including the installation of mobile sterilization equipment at large farms and GPS devices on vehicles for tracking. ▶ Temporary Quarantine Facilities to be Installed at Large Poultry Farms Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil accepted the suggestions for equipment at large farms. He also promised the installation of temporary quarantine facilities at entrances to farms with more than 100,000 animals and the provision of sterilizing equipment as needed. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil "Please make notes on what you think are fundamental solutions. We will then officially consolidate these solutions for further discussion later.” In addition to extensive field quarantine measures, Gyeonggi Province is making collective efforts to effectively manage AI outbreaks through brainstorming. Article 5. Continuity of Gyeonggi’s Coalition Policy Ensured by Ordinance (161220-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province officially announced the enforcement of an ordinance that provides a statutory foundation for the political coalition, the first of its kind in Korea, that the current provincial administration has been pursuing. With this ordinance in place, the continuity of political coalition is now ensured. The political coalition in Gyeonggi Province began with the sharing of the governor’s right to appoint a vice governor from the opposition party in the provincial assembly. This was followed by the introduction of an executive coalition committee, joint budget planning with the provincial assembly, and personnel hearings for provincial organization heads. ▶ Basic Ordinance for Public Life & Political Coalition Enforced With this ordinance, all these coalition procedures now have a legal foundation. ▶ Kim Jong-seok / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Operation Committee Chairman “This ordinance is important for power distribution in autonomy as well as for improving public quality of life.” This ordinance stipulates objectives and basic principles of political coalition as well as the responsibilities of the governor; the objectives are the promotion of the local economy and maximization of resident happiness through mutually beneficial cooperation. The ordinance also provides legal basis for the establishment of the executive coalition committee, the political coalition arbitration committee, and the executive committee for public organization management rationalization. ▶ Lee Wu-cheol / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Coalition Cooperation Bureau “The coalition committee will oversee the coordination and modification of project plans. There is also the resident arbitration committee in which residents can participate.” With the legal basis for political coalition in place, the province’s 288 coalition projects for next year will have greater driving power for implementation. Article 6. Gyeonggi Provincial Icheon Hospital Extension Work Begins (161221-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On December 14, extension work at Icheon (이천) Hospital of the Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center began. Icheon Hospital is the only general hospital in the combined regions of Icheon (이천), Yeoju (여주), and Yangpyeong (양평). ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center Icheon Hospital Constructed in 1982, Icheon Hospital has been suffering from aging facilities and a lack of space for proper services. Of the 600 patients who arrive daily from all over the eastern regions of the province, each has to wait for at least an hour to see a doctor. ▶ Han Seung-yeon / Icheon City Resident “I visit this hospital once or twice a month. It is so uncomfortable to walk through the narrow and crowded corridors here.” There has long been a need for the expansion of this hospital. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center Icheon Hospital (December 14) Hospital Extension Groundbreaking Ceremony When extension work is completed in February of 2019, Icheon Hospital will be reborn with a floor area of more than 36,000 square meters on six floors and two ground floors as well as 319 beds, more than twice the current number of beds. [CG] There will also be an expansion of medical services from the current 12 departments to 16 departments The cardiovascular center, rehabilitation center, and hospice wing will also be established or expanded. ▶ Continuous Medical Services will be Available With the addition of a rehabilitation department, patients will be able to receive continuous care after receiving treatment for conditions such as arthritis, which is common in these agriculture-intensive areas. ▶ Bae-su-yong / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Health & Welfare Bureau “It will become a large general hospital with more than 300 beds capable of providing comprehensive medical services to local residents.” Together with building and service expansion, the hospital will also have supplementary supplies of state-of-the-art medical equipment. Article 7. Gyeonggi Research Institute Hosts International Conference (161221-3) [Anchor’s Headline] For the first time in its history, the Gyeonggi Research Institute was the host of an international conference. It was a two-day conference on humans and regions in which representatives of research institutes from 6 nations participated. ▶ Gyeonggi Creative Economy Innovation Center (December 20-21) 2016 Gyeonggi Research Institute International Conference The objective of this conference, which took place at the Gyeonggi Creative Economy Innovation Center in Pangyo (판교), was to identify ways in which to develop human-friendly environments. ▶ Scholars and Researchers from 6 Nations Participated During the conference, participants from India, Russia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Vietnam and China discussed human-friendly urban development, cooperation in development, and closing the gaps between urban and rural environments. ▶ Lee Sang-hun / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Research Institute “The key words of discussions were; the diversity of cities, regional harmony, and cooperation.” For two days, more than 50 scholars and researchers discussed and presented topics that included urban environment, housing, city revival, human migration and multi-culturalism. ▶ Schbramaniam Shandrasekar / Professor, Indira Gandhi Development Institute “I think this conference will lead to good opportunities for India and Korea to maintain cooperative relationships and exchange investments.” ▶ Joint Political Research and Cultural Exchange to Increase This international conference is expected to help Gyeonggi Province promote joint political research and cultural exchanges with the six nations that participated. ▶ Lim Hae-gyub / Director, Gyeonggi Research Institute “We will seek to draw cooperation from political research institutes in these countries, build up confidence in each other, and develop mutually beneficial relations.” The Gyeonggi Research Institute plans to organize international conferences like this on an annual basis. Next year, an institute delegation will visit Russia and Mongolia for exchanges. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2016.12.21Greetings, 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. Bridge Destroyed During Korean War Opens for Tourists (161212-1) [Anchor’s Headline] In South Korea, the Civilian Control Line encloses a military-controlled civilian exclusion zone several kilometers south of the Demilitarized Zone. Recently, a bridge in this zone in Gyeonggi Province was partially restored as a skywalk for tourists. ▶ Dokgae Bridge over Imjin River The remaining se ction of the bridge still shows the devastation that it suffered during the war. [CG-Partial] This bridge was all but destroyed during the Korean War and had since been left untouched. ▶ Park Sang-hyeon, DMZ Tour Guide “This bridge couldn’t be used after it was destroyed during the Korean War. So, a temporary bridge had to be set up next to it to exchange prisoners after the war.” ▶ Only Facility in Civilian Exclusion Zone Accessible by Civilians without Permission This bridge crosses the Imjin (임진) River into the civilian exclusion zone; it will be the only facility within this zone that the public can access without permission. The skywalk was designed to simulate a train carriage with its northern tip widened to serve as an observatory for panoramic views as well as to oversee the remainder of devastated bridge. ▶ GTV Reporter Han Seon-ji “The second story terrace offers a panoramic view of the civilian exclusion zone and the remainder of the bridge as it was left from the time it was destroyed during the Korean War.” This bridge has been a symbol of the war and national division, but has now been reborn as a new tourist destination under the new name of ‘Bridge Skywalk’. ▶ Yu Chung-ho / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province DMZ Preservation Team “Combined with the nearby Ecological Tourism Support Center and Pyeonghwanuri Park, we expect this area will become a popular tourist destination in northern Gyeonggi Province and receive many visitors.” ▶Dokgae Bridge Skywalk to Open on December 21 The Bridge Skywalk on the Imjin (임진) River is slated to open on December 21. Article 2. Suseo Express Rail Begins Services (161212-2) [Anchor’s Headline] On December 8, high-speed rail service began between Suseo (수서) in Seoul and Jije (지제) in Pyeongtaek (평택) City of Gyeonggi Province via the Super Rapid Train, or SRT. ▶1 Suseo Station, Seoul (December 8) Suseo-Pyeongtaek High Speed Railway Opening Ceremony Operated by the private rail service enterprise Supreme Railway, the SRT – with a top speed of 300 kilometers per hour – will provide exclusive services on the Suseo-Pyeongtaek (수서-평택) line. [CG] SRT services will then continue on to southern regions of Korea via connections with the Gyeongbu (경부) and Honam (호남) high-speed rail lines. ▶2 Transportation Improved for Southeastern Gyeonggi After the construction rail lines and train stations over a five-year period, the opening of this high-speed railway will improve transportation for southeastern Gyeonggi Province. ▶3 Kim Yeong-su, Hwaseong City Resident “It took me 4 hours to travel to Jamsil in Seoul and back. With SRT, the travel time is reduced to half. It’s great!” ▶4First Competitive Principal Rail Services in Korea Provided by a private enterprise, the SRT high-speed rail services are the first of their kind on principal railroads in Korea in 117 years of rail transportation history. The SRT has already begun differentiated services. ▶ SRT Services Include Crew Services and Fairs 10% Lower than KTX The SRT offers travel fares that are 10 percent lower than those of KTX and, for the first time in Korea, provides crew services to passengers. ▶ Kang Hwa-gi, Hwaseong City Resident “Seats are very comfortable and spacious. I am satisfied with travelling (on the SRT).” With the launch of the SRT, the number of high-speed train departures increased 40 percent. This will significantly alleviate ticket-purchasing difficulties among weekend travelers. Article 3. Unhygienic Food Producers Uncovered in Gyeonggi Province (161212-3) [Anchor’s Headline] The special judicial police of Gyeonggi Province staged a crackdown on unhygienic food producers and uncovered food hygiene violations at more than a hundred production sites. ▶1 Salad Producer, Anseong City This salad producer has been indicating production dates on product labels with shipment dates. [Sync]2 “We understand that it should mean the dates products leave.” “No, it should be based on the dates of production, not delivery…” ▶3 Egg Processing Enterprise, Gwangju City At this egg processing enterprise, compulsory egg inspections have been neglected. While documents indicate no defective eggs, there are broken eggs in cartons. ▶4 Food Processing Enterprise, Namyangju City There is also a lunchbox supplier for schools and dormitories who used sauces that were more than three months past their expiration dates. ▶5 115 Unhygienic Food Producers Uncovered The crackdown, which was conducted this past November, targeted more than 1,400 businesses. Of these, food hygiene violations were found at 115 establishments. ▶6 Park Seong-nam / Chief of Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police “This month, we will also perform 10-day re-inspections on 1,200 previous violators so as to eliminate illegal practices." The special judicial police of Gyeonggi Province have transferred the violators to the prosecution as well as local authorities for administrative punishments. Article 4. Gyeonggi-Heilongjiang Agree on Environment Technology Exchanges (161213-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province and Heilongjiang Province of China agreed to cooperate in environmental preservation. This was the third such agreement with a Chinese province following those with the provinces of Jilin and Liaoning in 2012. ▶1 Gyeonggi Province Institute of Health & Environment The environment industry delegation from Heilongjiang Province, led by the head of the provincial environment protection office, visited Gyeonggi Province’s Institute of Health & Environment to view first-hand the facilities and technologies being employed. ▶2 Yi Pyong / Head of Heilongjiang Province Environment Protection Office “We came to benchmark the facilities of the Gyeonggi Province Institute of Health & Environment and were very impressed.” Gyeonggi Province has been pursuing environmental cooperation with Chinese local authorities. ▶3 Gyeonggi Provincial Human Resource Development Institute (December 12) Signing of Gyeonggi-Heilongjiang Environmental Cooperation Agreement This agreement completes the initial pursuit of such cooperation with three northeastern Chinese provinces. ▶4 Heilongjiang Province Environment Industry Valued at KRW 1.4 Trillion The agreement between the two provinces covers environment technology exchanges as well as exchanges in information, personnel and promotional events. Heilongjiang Province is home to more than 200 environmental enterprises with a market size valued at KRW 1.4 trillion. ▶5 Kim Gunn / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Environment Bureau “It does not end with the signing of an MOU. We will do our utmost to achieve practical and specific results through the agreement.” China has announced investment totaling KRW 3.9 quadrillion in environmental projects over the next five years. Such massive market potential in China will provide Korean enterprises with excellent opportunities to launch themselves in this market. Article 5. Gyeonggi-Gangwon-Seoul to Cooperate for 2018 Winter Olympics (161213-2) [Anchor’s Headline] On December 6, the heads of Gangwon (강원) Province, Gyeonggi Province and Seoul met to sign a cooperation agreement on joint marketing for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games to be held in Pyeongchang (평창) County of Gangwon (강원) Province. ▶1 Seoul City Hall (December 6) Gyeonggi-Gangwon-Seoul Joint Tourism Marketing Agreement The 2018 Winter Olympic Games are expected to attract more than 390,000 visitors from around the world. The three second-tier government heads agreed to work together in tourism marketing as well as for the success of this international sports event. ▶2 Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “The successful hosting of the Pyeongchang Olympics requires not only national efforts but also close cooperation among local governments.” The three government heads agreed to establish a working committee and funds of KRW 5 billion for marketing projects. [CG] These funds will be spent on projects in five marketing categories including TV and online advertisements and familiarization tours. Each government head will also personally visit overseas countries as part of marketing endeavors. ▶4 Seoul Mayor Park Won-sun “I hope that Korea will regain social stability soon and that everyone will participate in this regardless of their locality and political standing…” ▶5 Joint Development of Tourism Programs Such joint efforts, which will have the effect of reducing overall costs for event preparations, will also include the development of thematic tourism programs vested with the regional cultures of the three localities. The economic and tourism effects of the Pyeongchang (평창) Winter Olympics are estimated to be worth almost KRW 100 trillion. Art icle 6. Small Libraries Workshop Held in Gyeonggi Province (161213-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Libraries that serve small local communities are officially classified as ‘small libraries’ in Korea. In Gyeonggi Province, a workshop for small library operators took place for the improvement of their services. ▶1 Hotel Prumir, Hwaseong City (December 12) Small Libraries Workshop During the workshop, which featured more than 300 small library operators, participants shared book reading trends and knowhow for adapting operations to local characteristics. Participants also shared experiences in utilizing the library for cultural programs and socializing among residents. ▶2 Oh Hyun-jeong / Operator of Mansae Market Small Library, Hwaseong City “I organized evening human science group meetings. These meetings led to members contributing their spare time to the library while working in the market.” The enthusiasm of participants was greatest during the ‘Ten Years from Now’ session when they talked about ways in which to improve library operations. The attending Gyeonggi official promised provincial support. ▶3 Park Hae-myeong / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Small Library Team “We will continue to provide operation cost support as well as support for heating and air conditioning so as to ensure the comfort of small library users.” There are more than 1,300 small libraries in Gyeonggi Province. The provincial government has been providing support for various programs operated by these libraries. ▶4 Yu Su-gyeong / Operator of Small Library, The Genus, Goyang City “We received a lot of assistance through the mentoring program (of Gyeonggi Province) when planning for reading culture programs.” Small libraries and their operators are playing a part in enriching local societies through independent cultural activities and the dissemination of knowledge. Article 7. Gyeonggi Earmarks KRW 193 Billion for Education Projects (161214-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced a KRW 90 billion increase in the revised supplementary budget for joint education projects next year with the Gyeonggi Provincial Office of Education and the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly. ▶1 Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (December 13) Signing of Gyeonggi Province Joint Education Project Promotion Agreement This announcement followed the signing of an agreement on this increase by the three provincial authorities. ▶2 Total Budget for Joint Education Projects Increased to KRW 193.3 Billion With this additional amount, the total budget for joint education projects next year increased to KRW 193.3 billion, a 43 percent year-on-year increase. ▶3 Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “I am very pleased that Gyeonggi Provincial Office of Education Superintendent Lee Jae-jeong joined us in this. I will continue to talk with the education superintendent to identify possible areas of cooperation.” Upon consultation with the provincial government, the education office will execute individual budgets for joint education projects including support for education facility improvement, computer purchases, and childcare facilities. ▶4 Gyeonggi Provincial Office of Education Superintendent Lee Jae-jeong “I will work closely with Governor Nam Kyung-pil and Assembly Chairman Jeong Gi-yeol to create a Gyeonggi Province that leads the future of education.” This increased budget for joint education projects will also encourage the provincial education office to actively cooperate in other educational projects of Gyeonggi Province. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2016.12.16Greetings, 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. Bird Flu Outbreak Hits Korea (161205-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Korea is currently being hit hard by the country’s first outbreaks of the highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu virus; this same virus has also claimed at least ten human lives in China since 2014. Last month, this deadly avian influenza virus strain landed in Yangju (양주) City of Gyeonggi Province and is spreading rapidly. As of December 5, a number of confirmed and possible cases of bird flu have been reported at six cities and counties of the province, and the number is increasing. ▶ Human Infection Not Yet Reported in Korea Although no cases of human infection have been reported in Korea, intensive measures are underway to prevent human AI virus infections. ▶ Bird Flu Virus Causes Flu-like Symptoms in Humans In humans, the AI virus can cause flu-like symptoms such as fever and respiratory conditions that may develop into pneumonia. ▶ [PiP] Kim Jeong-yeon, M.D. / Gyeonggi Medical Center Suwon Hospital “There have been reports of human infections of the same virus strain in China, and some of them were fatal. Although no such cases have been reported in Korea, we must take preventive measures.” ▶ AI Prevention Similar with other Respiratory Diseases Bird flu virus infection can be prevented in the same way as we prevent common colds or influenza. Since the AI virus is transferred through the air, it helps to wear masks outdoors and to shield your mouth when coughing. It is also important to keep your hands clean. [CG] Although the AI virus is unlikely to be transferred via food, any existing viruses in food can be eliminated by cooking at temperatures higher than 75 degrees Celsius for more than 5 minutes. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Culls Infected Birds Gyeonggi Province is working hard through the close monitoring, diagnosis, and culling of infected animals and their eggs so as to ensure that no infected birds enter the market. ▶ Kim Seong-sik / Director, Gyeonggi Province Animal Quarantine Division “We are controlling traffic within 10 km of the affected poultry farms while prohibiting access to migrating bird habitats, inferior poultry distribution facilities, and hatching and slaughtering houses within quarantine areas…” Anyone who has been within the vicinity of a bird flu outbreak area is advised to maintain strict personal hygiene. Article 2. Gyeonggi Connects Youths with Investors (161206-2) [Anchor’s Headline] In order to help fledgling businesses with high potential established by college students find markets and investors, Gyeonggi Province invited venture capitalists and potential investors to a business presentation event for these youths. ▶ Advanced Institutes of Convergence Technology (December 5) Gyeonggi Province College Student Business Demo Day A senior computer science student presents a wireless model car designed for the treatment of behavioral and developmental disorders. This car moves in response to signals sent from brain wave sensors attached to the operator. [Sync] "Is mental concentration all that is needed to move the car?" "Yes, you can accelerate or decelerate the car simply by willing it.” "That is fascinating, really!” Another student presented vegetable mayonnaise made with black beans. He is seeking funds to expand his business through the development of other processed vegetable products. ▶ Yang Jae-sik / Founder of Black Bean Mayonnaise Company “I am thinking of developing other processed black bean foods that can replace conventional breads and patties and expand our market.” ▶ 100+ Venture Capitalists and Investors Attend More than 100 venture capitalists and potential investors attended the event to assess the ideas and products. ▶ [PiP] Choi In-gyu / Venture Capitalist “I think these items have business potential, especially because they are related to the study fields of their developers. I think the efforts of these teams are worth investing in…” ▶ College Student Business Support Program This student business presentation event was the first such occasion organized by Gyeonggi Province with the aim of assisting the participating youths in financing their businesses. A total of 40 student businesses participated in today’s event. ▶ Gyeonggi Province to Provide Additional Customized Support Based on today’s results, selected businesses will be provided with additional education and consultation support by Gyeonggi Province. ▶ Park Tae-hyun / President, Advanced Institutes of Convergence Technology “Those businesses that are chosen by investors will receive investment, while others will still have mentoring services for future opportunities…” In cooperation with the Advanced Institutes of Convergence Technology, Gyeonggi Province will expand the student business presentation event by including more businesses. Article 3. Gyeonggi to Install More CCTV Cameras (161205-2) [Anchor’s Headline] CCTVs play an import role in safeguarding the lives of residents and preventing crime as well as apprehending criminals in Korea. Gyeonggi Province announced the installation of an additional 800 high-quality CCTV cameras in areas more prone to crime by next year. ▶ Residential Area in Osan City This residential area in Osan (오산) City used to suffer from a high crime rate and had fewer pedestrians than other parts of the city. However, residents in this area feel much safer after a CCTV system was installed. ▶ Park Seon-ae / Osan City Resident “(Before the CCTV system was installed) we didn’t feel safe walking on the streets or letting our children play outside. I am not worried any more when our children are outside, and it is good to know that we no longer have thieves about.” Some CCTV cameras have additional emergency alarms that are directly connected to a safety control center. [Sync] “This is the Osan City Safety Control Center. How can I help you?” ▶ GTV Reporter Kim Cho-rong “If you press the alarm button below the CCTV camera in emergency situations, you can get help immediately.” ▶ 3200+ CCTV Cameras to be Added by 2017 There are more than 55,000 CCTV cameras currently installed at more than 19,000 locations in Gyeonggi Province. The provincial government will install an additional 3,200 cameras and more than 800 emergency alarms by next year, and 200 additional cameras annually thereafter. With high image resolution, these cameras will be able to identify human faces and vehicle plates from a distance of 100 meters. ▶ Kim Jeong-ho / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Video Information Team “Gyeonggi Province will continue to increase the number of CCTV camera installations until the year 2020 while establishing a system through which to respond effectively to incidents and accidents so as to create safe environments for residents.” The expansion of CCTV and emergency response systems will eventually eliminate crime blind spots and help create a safe Gyeonggi Province. Article 4. Gyeonggi Develops Successful Farmers’ Network (161206-1) [Anchor’s Headline] With the advent of free trade agreements, the farming environment in Korea has changed rapidly in recent years. More active farmers took this as an opportunity to change and achieved successful results. One example of such a successful transformation can be found at a mushroom farm. ▶ Mushroom Chocolate Producer, Pyeongtaek City Originally a medicinal mushroom farmer, Park (박순애) has developed healthy chocolate products with mushroom extracts. She now enjoys a thriving business. ▶ [PiP] Park Sun-ae / Medicinal Mushroom Farmer “My products have all the properties of chocolate while containing the mushroom extracts which are good for those with arthritis or gout. People love them.” In order to help ensure more success cases like Park’s, Gyeonggi Province has taken initiatives. ▶ Kim Tak-sun, Farmer in Yeongcheon County Finding a marketing opportunity in the internet, Kim (김탁순) focused on online sales. Using cyber shopping malls and real-time communication media, he deals directly with consumers and customizes production based on demand. His sales have soared to almost KRW 500 million annually. ▶ Kim Tak-sun / Rice Farmer "I could contact many consumers online. I produce based on what and how much they want, which led to a continuous increase in the number of clients.” ▶ Gyeonggi Province Creates Successful Farmers’ Network Gyeonggi Province’s initiatives for experience sharing include the establishment of networks among adaptive farmers in eight agricultural categories and the arrangement of their meetings as well as the publication of stories of farming cases successful in adapting to changing environments. ▶ Kim Chung-beom / Director, Gyeonggi Province Agricultural Policy Division “We will organize events in which young aspiring farmers can communicate with versatile agricultural practitioners and learn from their experiences and knowhow, and will establish necessary facilities.” The experiences of farmers who were successful in adapting to new agricultural circumstances are becoming models for farmers of the future in Gyeonggi Province. Article 5. Gyeonggi Province Announces Urban Railroad Projects (1205-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On December 1, Gyeonggi Province announced a 10-year plan for the construction of nine urban railroad lines including six tram lines for completion in 2025. ▶ 10-Year Master Plan for Urban Railroad Construction The announced plan is a modified version of the previous 10-year master plan that was established three years ago. This modified plan is based on studies commissioned to accommodate changes in situations such as the announcement of the national railroad plan. ▶ [PiP] Go Seong-yeong / Professor, Seoul National University “The volume of railroad network relative to the area in Gyeonggi Province is far from sufficient. It is very important to increase the usage of eco-friendly and efficient railroad services.” ▶ Suwon Education & Research Institute for Patriots & Veterans (December 1) Public Hearing on Gyeonggi Province Urban Railroad Network Construction This announcement was made during the public hearing on provincial urban railroad network construction. [CG] Covering 91 kilometers in total, the nine urban railroad lines to be constructed by the year 2025 will include the Dongtan (동탄) City Line, three subway lines in the cities of Suwon (수원) and Seongnam(성남), three extension lines in southern regions, and two inner-city lines in the cities of Incheon (인천) and Hanam (하남). Of these, six will be street tram lines that will be constructed at only one eighth the cost of subways lines. ▶ Tram Lines Cost 1/8 of Subway Lines During the public hearing, which featured more than 200 transportation specialists and residents, Gyeonggi Province gathered public opinions that will be considered in the final construction plans. ▶ Seo Sang-gyo / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Railroad Bureau “We will make necessary modifications of the plans and submit the plans to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure & Transport by the end of the year. The plans will be then finalized after the ministry review during the first half of next year.” When all nine railroad projects are completed in 2025, Gyeonggi Province will see the beginning of a new age in railroad transportation. Article 6. Gyeonggi Designates 10 Promising Environmental Enterprise (1206-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been operating an annual selection-and-support system for small environmental enterprises that have technological strength with potential for expansion into international markets. ▶1 Automatic Waste Sorting Work efficiency and safety have improved significantly at this waste processing enterprise in Siheung (시흥) City after the introduction of waste-sorting machines that automatically separate glass bottles, solid plastics and plastic sheets for recycling. ▶2 ACI Chemical Asia, Ansan City The manufacturer of these machines is an environment-related enterprise specializing in waste processing. With more than 20 employees and annual sales of KRW 40 billion, this enterprise hopes to find markets overseas. ▶3 Ji Ui-hyun / Director, ACI Chemical Asia “Solid waste sorting is difficult to mechanize and automate. It also requires consideration of the work environment improvement factor for workers..." ▶4 Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (December 1) Presentation of Promising Environmental Enterprise Certificates This year, Gyeonggi Province selected 10 enterprises operating in fields related to water, atmosphere, waste and soil, and presented them with Promising Environmental Enterprise certificates. ▶5 17 Incentives Provided to Certified Enterprises The certified enterprises will be provided with 17 incentives in the form of financial and marketing support. ▶6 Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor Lee Jae-yul “We should identify more businesses, provide intensive support for their international market development and job creation, and thus pursue the advancement of the environmental industry…” Since the introduction of the Promising Environmental Enterprise Certification System in 2013 for the promotion of the international competitiveness of the domestic environment industry, a total of 40 enterprises have received certification. Article 7. Korea Gyeonggi Province Inc. Opens First Sales Outlet [Anchor’s Headline] This year, Gyeonggi Province established Korea Gyeonggi Province Incorporated, or KGPI, a marketing and sales company for SMEs with products and technologies of high standards but limited marketing capabilities. KGPI opened its first store at the Design Plaza in Seoul. ▶1 Naturnic Inc., Goyang City This kitchenware manufacturer produces eco-friendly cutting boards and dish racks that received an international design award. However, this company is struggling to market its products and has been unable to enter department stores or large supermarket chains. ▶2 [PIP] Oh Dae-wum / President, Naturnic Inc. “Compared with large enterprises, SMEs have difficulties in entering department stores and large retail networks. There really is a necessity for effective retail networks for SMEs.” ▶3 Dongdaemun Design Plaza (December 9) Korea Gyeonggi Province Inc. Sales Outlet #1 Opening Ceremony On December 8, the first shop of Korea Gyeonggi Province Incorporated opened at the Design Plaza in central Seoul. Featuring more than 200 products made by 19 SMEs in Gyeonggi Province, this store functions as a retail shop for individual shoppers as well as a wholesaler with business consultation facilities. All products carry the common brand name of Korea Gyeonggi Province Inc. ▶ [PiP] Mun Jeong-min / Consumer “The name Gyeonggi Province tells us that the product is supported by Gyeonggi Province, its manufacturer can be trusted, and makes me want to buy it.” ▶ Payment Methods Made Easy and Costless Payment can be made by direct transfer via a QR code. Credit cards are accepted without fees. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “This is a new concept in business platforms through which SMEs can introduce products overseas without difficulties and sell them domestically at low prices, all under the name of Gyeonggi Province.” Korea Gyeonggi Province Incorporated is one of the key projects of the shared market economy policy initiated by Governor Nam Kyung-pil. Gyeonggi Province plans to open five such shops and at least 40 locations in large supermarkets by the year 2025. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2016.12.09Greetings, 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 Introduces Agricultural Enterprise Internship Program (1128-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Earlier this year, Gyeonggi Province introduced an internship program for those seeking career transfers to farming and agricultural enterprises that require additional personnel. ▶ Agricultural Enterprise, Hwaseong City At this agricultural enterprise that produces tomatoes for export, a youth is working alongside other employees in their 50s. He is a high school senior who is learning advanced farming techniques and also aspires to have his own farm in the future. ▶ Song Yu-seon / Senior Student, Suwon Agricultural High School “I am learning soilless culture techniques. I want to realize my dream of running my own hydroponic farm someday.” ▶ Aspiring & Returning Farmers Education Program Participants in this internship program, titled Aspiring & Returning Farmers Education Program, receive a monthly stipend of approximately KRW 1.5 million as well as regular insurance benefits during their internship. ▶ Interns Pursue Employment or Farm Startup After completing a 6-month internship, youths start their farming careers either as employees or as independent farmers. ▶ Kim Chung-beom / Director, Gyeonggi Province Agricultural Policy Division “We developed this program with the aim of nurturing farmers of the future through practical education at enterprises that have advanced farming technologies and successful marketing experiences.” The participating enterprises have also expressed satisfaction with this provincial program. ▶ Hwang Sun-ha / Managing Director, Agricultural Enterprise, Hwaseong City “Being located away from urban areas, we have difficulties in securing young employees. This program helps us train youths to become capable personnel.” Since its launch this year, nineteen interns have participated in this program, nurturing agricultural dreams at five enterprises. ▶ GTV Reporter Choi Chang-sun "This program will help youths gain confidence in farming and start their agricultural careers successfully. Gyeonggi GTV, Choi Chang-sun.” Article 2. Gyeonggi Honorary Environment Watchmen Workshop (1128-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Since 2003, Gyeonggi Province has been operating the Honorary Environment Watchmen designation system to protect the environment. Watchmen are selected from among members of the public who have knowledge and experience in environmental preservation. ▶ Distribution Center, Goyang City At a distribution facility in Goyang (고양) City, an environment watchman encounters the illegal burning of waste wood and other trash. He immediately interrupts the illegal practice and prepares a report. [Sync] “You can’t burn materials like this. It’s against waste disposal regulations…” Stream banks are covered by piles of trash thrown away illegally by those who ignore warning signs. ▶ Administrative Actions Follow Watchmen’s Reports One of the watchmen’s roles is to report such illegal practices with detailed records of evidence for administrative action. ▶ [PiP] Gwon Hae-won / Honorary Environment Watchman, Goyang City “Since all watchmen are local residents, we know the areas at high risk of environmental damage. That makes it much easier for us to monitor the environment and …” In Gyeonggi Province, more than 380 environmental violations have so far been reported by the environment watchmen, and most were resolved through administrative actions. There are more than 270 watchmen currently working in the province. ▶ Green Environment Center, Hwaseong City (November 25) Gyeonggi Honorary Environment Watchmen Workshop On November 25, Gyeonggi Province organized an educational Honorary Environment Watchmen Workshop. ▶ Kim Gun / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Environment Office “There exist differences in individual performance capabilities. This workshop aims to realize uniformity in the expertise of individuals as well as in related local administrative procedures.” The honorary environment watchmen are playing an important role in protecting the environment in Gyeonggi Province. Article 3. Gyeonggi to Host American Marine Resort (1129-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced the development of a marine resort on Seongam (선감) Island off the coast of Ansan (안산) City. The resort will house a variety of American-style amusement, cultural, and tourism facilities. ▶ Seongam Island, Ansan City Together with neighboring islands, this island is one of the most popular holiday destinations on the western coast of Gyeonggi Province. ▶ Island District Attracts 8.6 Million Visitors Annually Although this scenic island district is frequented by 8.6 million visitors annually, it suffers from a lack of accommodation facilities and other amenities. The development of a resort will help address such deficiencies in this district. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (November 28) Signing of Ansan Oceanberry Investment Agreement This announcement followed the signing of an investment agreement with an American enterprise. ▶ Ansan City Mayor Je Jong-gil “This is an ideal location in Korea. It also bodes well with Ansan City’s pursuit of changes.” The development of this resort, which will cover 77 acres on the island, is expected to cost KRW 180 billion. ▶ 5,000 New Jobs and Economic Ripple Effects of KRW 500 Billion The facilities that are planned for this marine resort include: a science park for children, a water park, a cultural center, and an aquarium. Constructed in an American style, this resort will also create more than 5,000 new jobs and generate economic ripple effects amounting to more than KRW 500 billion. It is also close to many other popular destinations including a forest park and youth training center. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “I expect that this resort will become part of a new concept in tourism infrastructure that combines education, tourism and future industries. Gyeonggi Province will provide maximum support for the success of this project.” This new island-based marine resort complex in Gyeonggi Province is slated to open in 2022. Construction work will begin in 2018. Article 4. Gyeonggi Overwater Solar Power Generation Project (1129-2) [Anchor’s Headline] This year, Gyeonggi Province launched a 10-year project for overwater solar power generation facilities on water bodies of the province. The total amount of energy that will be generated by these facilities will be twice as much as the energy demand for a large new town. ▶ Anseong Geumgwang Reservoir These solar power-generating modules were installed over a reservoir in Anseong (안성) City. The overwater installation method is up to twice as productive as fixed types that are used on buildings since aquatic installations enable the solar panels to constantly face the sun. This also helps prevent the proliferation of green algae. The 1,550 modules on this reservoir currently generate sufficient power for the year-round use of 190 households. ▶ Wu Do-yeong / Overwater Solar Panel Development Enterprise “We use a technology that enables easy rotation and thus maximize generation efficiency. These panels also absorb sunlight reflected from water surface throughout the day.” ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (August 3) Signing of MOU for Overwater Solar Power Generator Installations This past August, Gyeonggi Province signed an agreement with the Korea Rural Community Corporation for overwater solar power generation. ▶ 72 Gyeonggi Reservoirs Available for Solar Power Generation In Gyeonggi Province, there are 72 reservoirs – including the 70 covered by this agreement – that can accommodate solar power-generating modules. ▶ Kang Cheol-gu / Research Official, Gyeonggi Research Institute “We studied feasibility based on the reservoir requirements: water capacity of over 20,000 ton, no obstruction of sunlight by surrounding topological features, and no foreseeable opposition by local residents.” ▶ Electricity Generation Sufficient to Supply 540,000 Households Once completed, this project will generate up to 608 megawatts, which is equivalent to the amount of electricity consumed by 270,000 households over two years; this can replace more than half of a 1 gigawatt nuclear power generator. Gyeonggi Province plans to install overwater solar power generation facilities on 4 reservoirs next year. Article 5. Gyeonggi Province Exchanges Public Facilities with Suwon City (1129-3) [Anchor’s Headline] On November 28, Gyeonggi Province and Suwon (수원) City agreed to exchange stakes in the Suwon World Cup Stadium and the Gyeonggi Arts Center so as to rationalize their management for effective operations. ▶ Suwon World Cup Stadium The Suwon World Cup Stadium Management Foundation was established jointly by Gyeonggi Province and Suwon City in 1996. Since its establishment, this shared ownership has resulted in management inefficiencies. However, the problem will be resolved when Gyeonggi Province hands over part of its stake in the facilities to Suwon City. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (November 28) MOU for Management Rationalization of Suwon World Cup Stadium In exchange for this acquisition, Suwon City will transfer ownership of the land occupied by the Gyeonggi Arts Center to Gyeonggi Province. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “How wonderful it is to realize this exchange that is beneficial for both provincial and Suwon residents!” ▶ Suwon City Undertakes World Cup Stadium Management Rights In exchange for holding exclusive ownership of the Gyeonggi Arts Center, Gyeonggi Province will transfer 20 percent of its stake in the Suwon World Cup Stadium. This will make Suwon City the highest stakeholder in the stadium. ▶ Transaction Valued KRW 90.9 Billion Since the World Cup Stadium Management Foundation is worth KRW 491 billion and the land of the Gyeonggi Arts Center is valued KRW 90.9 billion, this transaction is approximately even for both authorities. The detailed transaction will be completed by March 2018 based on property appraisals and urban planning in the related areas. Suwon City will then be able to perform effective supervision and management of the stadium. Article 6. 4th Public Political Idea Contest Held in Gyeonggi Province (1130-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On November 29, the finals of the 4th public political idea contest organized by Gyeonggi Province took place. The latest contest saw the domination of virtual reality and augmented reality applications among the entries. ▶ ‘Suggestions & Creations Audition’ Finals [Sync] “I, King Jeongjo of the Joseon Dynasty, command my men to build the most advanced fortress in Suwon.” Noh (노성언) proposed a textbook that enables readers to experience the cultural heritage of Gyeonggi Province as a virtual reality character in historical settings. ▶ Gyeonggi Creative Economy Innovation Center (November 29) 4th Suggestions & Creations Audition Titled Suggestions & Creations Audition, this contest is held annually to identify exceptional public ideas that can be utilized for administrative purposes. ▶ Virtual Reality DMZ Exploration Idea Won Grand Prize The grand prize went to virtual reality Demilitarized Zone exploration content that can be used for education and tourism. The winner himself resides near the Demilitarized Zone. ▶ Lee Ho-gwon / Grand Prize Winner “I live where civilian traffic is controlled. I always wanted people to be able to see the beauty of the region. That led me to develop my idea of using virtual reality to show the region.” Today’s finals featured seven ideas including one useful for regulatory improvement and another for simplified weddings. ▶ Advanced Technologies Dominate Finalist Ideas More than half of the final ideas were based on virtual or augmented reality concepts, indicating public interest in advanced technologies. ▶ Oh Byeong-gwon / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Planning & Coordination Office "Virtual reality and augmented reality are among the most advanced fields. The suggestions from our residents that incorporate these technologies will also help with content industry development.” Since being introduced last year, the public administrative idea contests have seen a number of practical proposals by the members of the public, of which 15 have been adopted as actual administrative policies. Article 7. Gyeonggi Call Taxi Drivers for Disabled Receive Education (1130-2) [Anchor’s Headline] There are more than 500 call taxis for individuals with disabilities currently operated by Gyeonggi Province. The drivers of these call taxis, officially termed special vehicle drivers, are receiving education to improve services. These call taxis are equipped with special devices and fixtures designed to assist passengers with limited physical mobility. However, some individuals with disabilities are reluctant to use these taxis. ▶ Kim Suk-hui / Gyeonggi Resident with Disability Class II “Please don’t think you can ask people with disabilities any question you like. We want to be treated the same way as you treat others.” Kim’s statement vividly illustrates the reason why call taxi drivers for individuals with disabilities should understand their clients and their disabilities. Although the vast majority of the users of these taxis have severe disabilities, drivers as well as call operators have been permitted to begin work without appropriate education in service requirements. ▶ Education on Human Rights, Types of Disabilities, and Service Requirements The education subjects include the rights of individuals with disabilities as well as the types and service requirements of disabilities. ▶ Five 8-Hour Education Sessions This Year Each education session runs for 8 hours. This year, a total of five sessions were provided for drivers on different work shifts. Gyeonggi Province will continuously improve the quality of the education. ▶ Lee Chang-eun / Special Vehicle Driver “I learned that I have to better understand those with disabilities and exercise more care in serving them.” ▶ Kang Seung-ho / Director, Gyeonggi Province Transportation Policy Division “We will improve the quality of education to improve the quality of services; this is especially important because the number of vehicles will be increased 170 percent next year.” The education of special vehicle drivers is important because service quality depends on their understanding of the needs of those with disabilities. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2016.12.02Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. 8th Gyeonggi Creative Business Idea Contest (1121-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On November 18, the 8th Up Creation Audition took place at the Gyeonggi Creative Economy Innovation Center. Gyeonggi Province has been organizing this event regularly to help businesses with creative items and nascent potential connect with investors. ▶ Gyeonggi Creative Economy Innovation Center (November 18) Up Creation Audition Participants have been screened from among those in fields related to creative technology who have less than 7 years of operation experience. ▶ Baek Seung-tae / Audition Participant “This system reports real time information about the immediate driving environment as well as predictions about outside environments that are generated by an analysis engine constantly working on cloud information…” ▶ Presentations Judged by Potential Investors and Specialists Out of 54 participants, 6 were selected as today’s finalists. These finalists presented their business items in front of potential investors and specialists who provided assessment feedback as well as advice on site. ▶ Winners to Receive Support for Entrance to Crowdfunding Winners will also receive provincial support of KRW 1.5 million for the entrance to crowdfunding services, a means of online financing. ▶ Woo Jae-gyeong / Audition Winner “There are a large number of bio-signal interpretation technologies available, but most are very expensive. We developed a low-cost solution using microwaves for the first time. I think they gave us a high score for that.” ▶ This Year’s 7 Winners Secured Investments of KRW 2 Billion The seven winners of this year’s four preceding Up Creation Audition events have so far succeeded in securing investments totaling nearly KRW 2 million. ▶ Oh Byeong-gwon / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Planning & Coordination Office “We will develop an improved auditioning method so as to enable more promising new businesses to find investors and realize their potential.” The Up Creation Audition program of Gyeonggi Province is providing new creative businesses with an excellent opportunity to have their potential directly verified by potential investors while also securing their investment. Article 2. Gyeonggi Selects Best Farmhouse Restaurants (1121-2) [Anchor’s Headline] The Rural Development Administration of Korea operates a farmhouse restaurant designation system that seeks to preserve traditional Korean rural cuisine. The Gyeonggi arm of this national system recently designated additional farmhouse restaurants in the province. ▶ Farmhouse Restaurant, Icheon City This farmhouse restaurant in Icheon (이천) City specializes in dumplings based on a traditional local recipe. These dumplings use 13 ingredients including local vegetables and aged bean soy sauce. ▶ Byeoseom Mandu Known as ‘rice sag dumplings’ for their pillow-like shape, these dumplings were traditionally eaten in this region on the first full moon day of lunar January to convey wishes for a bountiful year. ▶ Park Jin-seok / Client from Osan City "I came with my mother. She said with tears that the food here reminded her of what her mother used to cook for her.” ▶ Farmhouse Restaurant, Yongin City This farmhouse restaurant in Yongin (용인) City offers a combination of pork, white kimchi and a special sauce in a food box with three compartments. ▶ Choi Yeon-tae / Client from Yongin City “This restaurant can offer what others can’t. This [farmhouse restaurant designation] will also help in the promotion of the region.” ▶ Experiential Programs Offered to Visitors Most farmhouse restaurants also offer experiential programs to visitors with the aim of promoting traditional cuisine. At this farmhouse restaurant, participants can learn how to make local specialty pancakes with seasonal vegetables. ▶ Kim Mal-ja / Farmhouse Restaurant Owner “It is not the same as the usual pancake making that anyone can do. I teach the entire process of cooking in a professional manner using good ingredients.” There are nine farmhouse restaurants designated in Gyeonggi Province. At these restaurants, visitors can enjoy long-forgotten tastes of traditional foods while also learning to make some of them. Article 3. Gyeonggi Meets Public in Open Talks on Provincial Millennium (1122-1) [Anchor’s Headline] The year 2018 marks the thousandth anniversary of the birth of Gyeonggi Province. To commemorate this occasion, Gyeonggi Province has begun developing millennium celebration projects, first through public meetings. ▶ Good Morning House (November 17) Talks about Gyeonggi Province The public meetings took place as five weekly sessions of open talks titled ‘Talks about Gyeonggi Province’ that ended on October 27. ▶ Kim A-rim / Yongin City Resident “Can you tell us why we should learn and have knowledge about history?” ▶ Kim Hoon / Novelist “Past history can tell us what our future will be.” ▶ Talks on Gyeonggi Province’s Past and Future Each weekly talk session was conducted on a different topic – including the foods, attractions, history and cultural heritages of the province – with the final session reserved for communication with youths. ▶ Kim Mi-ae / Seongnam City Resident “It was a very meaningful time for me and was a learning experience about the history of the province and good places to visit as well as the topics discussed by youths,” Organized jointly by Gyeonggi Province and the Gyeonggi Cultural Foundation, Talks about Gyeonggi Province revisited the past millennium of the province led by scholars and cultural leaders. It ended on November 23. ▶ Kim Gyu-sang / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Cultural Foundation Team “We organized these open talks so as to help us identify the areas that we should focus on in the formation of provincial visions for the next millennium.” The issues discussed during the five talk sessions will also be used as supporting data for the preparation of provincial millennium celebration projects. Article 4. Gyeonggi Museum Opens Joseon Dynasty Attire Exhibition (1122-3) [Anchor’s Headline] In commemoration of its twentieth anniversary, the Gyeonggi Provincial Museum opened an exhibition, ‘The Attire and Patterns of the Joseon (조선) Dynasty’, that showcases actual clothing and related relics from the Joseon Dynasty. ▶ Screen Painting of King Heonjong’s Post-Wedding Felicitation Ceremony (National Treasure 733-2) A screen painting of the formal felicitation ceremony after the royal wedding of King Hyeonjong (현종), the 24th king of Joseon Dynasty, shows court attire worn by the king and officials. ▶ Formal Attire and Court Apparel Worn in Ceremonial Occasions One of the notable items shown at the exhibition is a set of restored court apparel excavated from the tomb of a minister of the early Joseon (조선) Dynasty. It includes a kneelet with four beautiful patterns embroidered in gold representing good fortune, wisdom, compassion and harmony. ▶ Lee Hyun-a / Visitor from Seoul “This is the first time I saw the formal attire actually worn during the Joseon Dynasty. I was also interested in the excavated items shown in a separate section.” ▶ Formal Attire of Officers Also displayed was the formal attire of officials worn when they performed official duties such as meetings with foreign envoys. ▶ Formal Attire of Scholars The attire of scholars is characterized by their modest white yet solemn designs. ▶ Formal Attire of Ladies The formal apparel of noblewomen shows differences between early and later Joseon times. Green was the most revered color in both times. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Museum ‘The Attire and Patterns of Joseon Dynasty’ (Until March 5) This special exhibition showcasing more than 60 actual costumes of the Joseon (조선) Dynasty and many related items will run until March 5. ▶ Jeong Mi-suk / Curator, Gyeonggi Provincial Museum “This exhibition focuses on formal attire, among others, and the various patterns depicted on them. These patterns are especially elaborate on the chest and below the knees.” There are also less formal items such as waistcoats and vests. These are supplements worn while on travel, but their free style tells us more about the personal beauty sense of Korean ancestors. Article 5. Gyeonggi Supports Needy Neighbors during Winter (161123-2) [Anchor’s Headline] For those who are economically underprivileged and facing difficulties getting through the winter, Gyeonggi Province plans to provide seasonal assistance including living cost support. Kim (김민교) left an abusive home when he was a young child and has since been living alone, struggling to make ends meet. Now 22 years old, he serves as a commuting public service aide, an alternative to military service, and is in dire straits. ▶ Kim Min-gyo (alias) / Osan City Resident “With a public service aide salary of only KRW 200,000, I just don’t know how to get through the winter with all the costs of heating and living. I am in a horrible situation.” ▶ Gyeonggi Province Begins Identifying Individuals in Difficult Circumstances Gyeonggi Province began intensifying its search for individuals in need of support. This includes those who are unable to pay for national health insurance and utility services for prolonged periods of time and those who are contingently in difficult circumstances. ▶ Up to KRW 1,130,000 to be Paid in Winter Cost Support The amount of this winter cost support will be up to KRW 1,130,000 based on a 4-person household. ▶ Kim Mun-hwan / Director, Gyeonggi Province Welfare Policy Division “We will continue to identify those who are in welfare blind spots through to February and provide them with support for the cost of clothing, living and medical services for 3 to 6 months to help them get through the winter.” This monetary support will be provided in addition to welfare services. Gyeonggi Province will work in cooperation with the police and utility service organizations to identify individuals who need winter support. Article 6. Book Reading Promotion Events Tour Gyeonggi Province (1123-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province is operating a book-reading culture program that brings library services for those who are isolated from information. Our reporter followed this visiting library, known as the ‘Mobile Healing Library.’ Today, this mobile library visited individuals with intellectual disorders who, never having had the joy of experiencing reading, were deeply immersed in a story read by a narrator. ▶ Kim Bo-yeong / Book-reading Culture Program Participant “It is interesting, and it made me feel easier conversing with others.” ▶ Book-reading Culture Program Targets Those Isolated from Information The book-reading culture program provides on-site library services to those isolated from information such as individuals with intellectual disabilities, unmarried mothers and seniors with limited mobility ▶ Suwon Seongyeon Library (November 21) ‘Book Concert for Individuals Isolated from Information’ In addition to normal library services and narrations, this program also includes various classroom activities through which participants can enjoy writing, painting and the crafting of objects that are related to the stories they read. ▶ Lee Jeong-suk (aged 72) / Book-reading Culture Program Participant “I wrote what I wanted to say to my parents. Whenever I read it, my eyes well up with tears. During the class, I am so carried away with the story that I cry one minute and laugh the next.” At one such class, unmarried mothers created footwear for their babies. ▶ Park Gyeong-sukn / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Library Support Team “Next year, we will expand the program to include individuals with medical problems as well as youth rehabilitation school students.” The library services and associated programs of Gyeonggi Province’s Book-reading Culture Program are making a difference in the lives of those who are deprived of book-reading opportunities. Article 7. Employment Conditions of Gyeonggi Social Workers to Improve (161124-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced that, from next year, the range of social workers to which employment condition improvement, or ECI, payments are applied will undergo large-scale expansion. ▶ Suwon Welfare Center for Disabled This welfare center for individuals with disabilities in Suwon (수원) City has 37 visiting social workers who perform the same jobs and receive equal treatment, except for Hong (홍진화) who does not qualify for ECI payment. ▶ Hong Jin-hwa / Social Worker “I do the same jobs in the same place. I must admit that I sometimes feel excluded and lose motivation.” ▶ Recipients of ECI Payment to Increase 6-fold Introduced for the first time this year by Gyeonggi Province, ECI payments were only applied to social workers at welfare institutes of certain standards. This caused equality issues with those who did not qualify. ▶ Choi Byeong-gil / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Welfare Planning Team “From next year, social workers who are working at private facilities will also receive [the employment condition improvement payment].” Those who are employed on a contract basis will also be entitled to ECI payments. However, the monthly payment amount will be reduced from KRW 100,000 to KRW 50,000. ▶ 16,000+ Social Workers to Receive ECI Payments from Next Year As the result, the total number of social workers who receive ECI payments will increase to more than 16,000 next year. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2016.11.25Greetings, 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. Popularity of Gyeonggi Farmers’ Markets Surges (161114-1) [Anchor’s Headline] The popularity of farmers’ markets, more commonly referred to as ‘direct local food markets’ in Korea, has been increasing rapidly in Gyeonggi Province. Over the past four years, the sales of farmers’ markets have increased eleven-fold. ▶ Icheon Direct Local Food Market At this farmers’ market in Icheon (이천) City, each shop displays farm information, and all the products are labeled with contact information as well as production dates. Vegetables are harvested and sold on the same day by the farmers themselves. Consumers can trust what they purchase while enjoying freshness and low prices. ▶ Kim Jeong-ja / Shopper “I feel I can better trust buying products produced in a home district. Goods arrive directly from the farm, so they are fresher and much cheaper.” There are huge differences in the prices of agricultural products created through distribution from producers to consumers in Korea. ▶ Farmers’ Markets Reduce Distribution Margins for Consumers However, farmers’ markets offer prices approximately one third lower than supermarkets. There are 22 farmers’ markets in Gyeonggi Province. ▶ Sales of Gyeonggi Farmers’ Markets Increased to KRW 55 Billion The latest annual sales of farmers’ markets in Gyeonggi Province totaled KRW 55 billion, an eleven-fold increase over the past four years. ▶ [PiP] Moon Jae-yeol / Director, Gyeonggi Province Agricultural Products Distribution Division “Distribution processes have been minimized. Although farmers have to bear extra packaging and retailing costs, they still can offer low prices while providing fresh foods to consumers.” Gyeonggi Province plans to increase the number of farmers’ markets to more than 100 by the year 2018 so as to promote the operations of farmers as well as the interests of consumers. Article 2. Gyeonggi Plans Major Increase in EV Charging Stations (161115-2) [Anchor’s Headline] The lack of charging stations has been the greatest obstacle in the use and promotion of electric vehicles in Korea. However, within a short period of time, the electric vehicle owners in Gyeonggi Province will no longer have to worry when they take their cars out for long-distance travel. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Announces Expansion of EV Charging Stations Gyeonggi Province recently announced its plan to establish a large number of charging stations in the province in cooperation with related enterprises. ▶ [PiP] Woo Ji-seon / Electric Vehicle User “Travelling short distances is no problem. However, you have a big worry when you have to travel a long distance because you have limited driving time and no information on charging stations available on the road.” The shortage of charging stations explains why there are only slightly more than 500 electric vehicles in Gyeonggi Province. ▶ Good Morning House (November 14) Signing of Agreement for EV Charging Station Expansion Gyeonggi Province’s announcement followed the signing of an agreement with electric vehicle-charging enterprises on the expansion of charging facilities. ▶ 12,000 Charging Stations to Be Established by 2020 According to this agreement, the number of charging stations in the province will be increased from the current 56 to more than 12,000 by the year 2020. With the increased number of charging stations, charging station information services will also be made available. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor Lee Jae-yul “We are considering making it compulsory for new apartment complexes to install charging facilities while promoting installation at 3,700 existing complexes.” In tandem with this ambitious project, Gyeonggi Province also plans to increase the number of electric vehicles in the province to 50,000 by the year 2020. Article 3. Gyeonggi to Support Street Art (161115-3) [Anchor’s Headline] The Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly recently passed the ‘Street Art Promotion and Support Ordinance’. This ordinance will expedite the implementation of street art projects being pursued by the provincial government. ▶ Street in Osan City A yogi performs a sequence of yoga positions choreographed as artistic expressions while a man deftly works with long balloons to create dolls, moving cheerfully to music. ▶ [PiP] Kim Ji-su / Osan City Resident “It’s nice to watch various performances while enjoying fresh air outdoors for a change, and to receive a balloon doll!” These street performers, however, have difficulties in pursuing their arts. ▶ Sin Yong-kuk / Street Performer “We cannot perform regularly due to a lack of space, sound equipment and places to rest between performances.” ▶ Gyeonggi Province Begins Promotion and Support of Street Art With this ordinance in place, Gyeonggi Province can now help these street performers and promote their arts more effectively. ▶ Kim Dal-su / Member of Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly “The objectives of this ordinance are to support the creative activities of street artists, enable local governments to designate special street art locations, provide support for artist networks, and to ensure the continuity of support projects.” There are a number of street art promotion projects currently being pursued by 24 cities and counties in Gyeonggi Province. ▶ [PiP] Choi Byeong-gap / Director, Gyeonggi Province Cultural Policy Division “We will have all the cities and counties participate in designating two or three locations in each locality where everyone can enjoy street art anytime.” Street art, with a variety of experimental performances offered closer to audiences, will soon become one of the cultural features of Gyeonggi Province. Article 4. Gyeonggi Rice to Cross Ocean to China (161115-4) [Anchor’s Headline] Earlier this month, a team of Chinese delegates visited Gyeonggi Province to purchase rice breeds developed by the Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services. ▶ Anhui Provincial Delegates Visit Gyeonggi Province These delegates are the representatives of Anhui Limited, an Anhui provincial enterprise. ▶ Gyeonggi Rice Seed Management Office (November 8) On November 8, the delegates visited the rice seed management office of Gyeonggi Province to view the rice storage facilities and Gyeonggi rice breeds first hand. ▶ Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services MOU for Gyeonggi Rice Trade The delegates went on to sign an agreement with Gyeonggi Province regarding detailed processes for the cultivation and purchase of Gyeonggi rice. ▶ [PIP] Lim Yeong-chun / Director, Farm Area Resources Division, GARES “This agreement is a starting point for the export of Gyeonggi Province’s ‘Matdream’ and ‘Chamdream’ rice breeds.” ▶ Gyeonggi Rice Cultivation Areas Selected for Exports to China For the cultivation and supply of the two rice breeds to China from next year, Gyeonggi Province will designate two areas, 50 hectares and 100 hectares, in the cities of Pyeongtaek and Gimpo, respectively. These rice breeds have proven to be tastier and more disease resistant than existing breeds. ▶ Han linjiang / President, Anhui Limited Company “Once Gyeonggi rice breeds are introduced through Anhui Limited, there is a high possibility that they will find markets throughout China.” Exports of quality rice to China are expected to have the effect of promoting the consumption of Gyeonggi rice in China. Article 5. Gyeonggi Permits Food Trucks in Traditional Markets (161116-1) [Anchor’s Headline] From next year, food trucks will be permitted to operate in traditional markets in Gyeonggi Province. This initiative is expected to provide stable business locations to young food truck operators while helping traditional markets revive their trade with new attractions. Although food trucks are easy to start with relatively small investments, it is not easy for them to find locations for stable operation. ▶ Location Limitation Prevents Stable Operation Most food trucks end up operating at quiet public places where they are not challenged by existing, competition-conscious businesses. ▶ Kang Min-jae / Food Truck Operator “It is almost impossible to squeeze into populated areas. This leads us to circulate places, but it has limitations.” ▶ Gyeonggi Arranges Food Truck Operation in Traditional Markets For the first time in Korea, Gyeonggi Province will allow food trucks to operate in traditional markets so as to provide them with an opportunity to run stable businesses in populated places. These food trucks are also expected to help traditional markets attract shoppers. ▶ Choi Geum-yul / Chairman of Suwon Nammun Market Merchant Association “The greatest problem of traditional markets is that they are shunned by young people. Food trucks with fusion foods will help traditional markets transform into popular destinations for youths.” ▶ Trial Evening Operations However, food truck operation will be limited to evening hours on a trial basis. Based on the results, food truck operation in traditional markets will be expanded throughout the province. ▶ [PIP] Go Bong-tae / Director, Gyeonggi Province Regulatory Reform Division “We will develop new models next year by taking advantages of the characteristics of traditional markets and food trucks, and expand these models to all cities and counties of the province.” Trial food truck operation in traditional markets will begin this January in Suwon City’s Nammun Market. Article 6. Gyeonggi Province Tops in Livestock Disease Prevention (161116-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province received top prize in a national assessment of livestock quarantine administration. The assessment was undertaken by the Korean Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs. ▶ Hwangcho-ri, Hwaseong City As winter nears, preventive measures against foot-and-mouth disease have already begun at livestock farms in Gyeonggi Province. ▶ [PiP] Park Min-gil / Livestock Farmer “We have had the painful experience of being seriously damaged by foot-and-mouth disease. We also remember how officials had a hard time dealing with disease outbreaks.” Although it is primarily the responsibility of livestock farmers to prevent and manage animal disease outbreaks, the role of the provincial administration is crucial since there are limitations to what farmers can do. ▶ Go Tae-oh / Gyeonggi Province Veterinary Service Center Official “At the Gyeonggi Province Veterinary Service Center, we have been taking extensive preventive measures by performing close monitoring through testing, visiting individual farms, and educating farmers.” The Gyeonggi Province Veterinary Service Center collects animal blood samples from livestock farms on a regular basis to ensure that animals have developed sufficient antibody levels. Gyeonggi Province also provides quarantine services for individual farms. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Receives Highest Score in Livestock Disease Prevention Such positive actions by Gyeonggi Province, which were often taken in close cooperation with local governments and related organizations, were regarded highly in the national assessment. ▶ Kim Seong-sik / Director, Gyeonggi Province Animal Quarantine Division “Preventive measures at livestock farms such as quarantine and sterilization are very important and form the greatest part of our tasks.” Gyeonggi Province will continue its vigilance against animal disease outbreaks such as foot-and-mount disease and bird flu. Article 7. Employment-Reserved Credit Program for Gyeonggi Students (161117-2) [Anchor’s Headline] In cooperation with academia and SMEs, Gyeonggi Province has been operating an employment-reserved credit program for university students seeking employment and for SMEs seeking qualified personnel. ▶ Yeoju Institute of Technology This class is one such education course that was customized for jobs at potential employers. These students are learning car maintenance through lectures as well as the use of real auto parts. ▶ Employment-Reserved Education Courses Customized for Actual Jobs The program consists of six months of lectures and an additional six months of on-site education at participating enterprises. ▶ Seo Yeong-jae / Employment-Reserved Education Course Student “This program gives us opportunities to experience actual jobs at enterprises and learn how work is done at those enterprises.” Participating enterprises also show high levels of satisfaction with this program. ▶ Park Cheol-woong / Director, Participating Enterprise “Most of all, we can assign the graduates directly to actual jobs. It also saves students time in adapting to their jobs, learning new things, and developing skills.” [CG] Over the past five years, 190 students have participated in this education program. Of these, 80 percent have succeeded in finding employment. ▶ Kim Jae-seung / Director, Gyeonggi Province Education Cooperation Division “We will encourage participation by more students and enterprises and ensure satisfaction of both.” The employment-reserved education program serves as an excellent bridge that connects college graduates with possible employment while providing SMEs with personnel ready for actual work. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2016.11.18Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Pre-Winter Kimchi-Making Charity Event (161107-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On November 2, this year’s annual pre-winter kimchi-making event, or ‘gimjang (김장)’, for charity took place on the quad of the Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (November 2) Charity Gimjang Event The quad was lined with worktables along which hundreds of women worked briskly with cabbage and other kimchi ingredients, all the while conversing happily with smiling faces. ▶ [Sync] “The cost of gimjang is higher this year because of price increases. By 20 percent right?” “Yes, 20 percent. That is a little too much…” ▶ 300+ Women Filled Provincial Government Complex Quad Organized by Gyeonggi Province in cooperation with women’s associations, this event featured more than 300 women, including North Korean defectors who prepared North Korean-style kimchi. ▶ Baek Chun-suk / Participant, North Korean Defector “It makes me feel happy to serve those who have North Korean origins, and even happier when they say our kimchi tastes good.” ▶ 5,000 Heads of Kimchi Delivered to Neighbors in Need A total of 5,000 heads of kimchi were prepared today and delivered to solitary seniors, multicultural families, and welfare facilities. ▶ [PiP] Lee Bo-bae / Recipient, Solitary Senior, Suwon City “I still have some kimchi left and, with this, I will be able to eat kimchi through the winter.” This time of year, charity gimjang events like this take place throughout the nation for those who are living in difficult circumstances. Article 2. Gyeonggi’s Intellectual Property Specialist Education Successful (161107-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Since 2014, Gyeonggi Province has been operating an intellectual property specialist education program so as to address the increasing demand for patent agents, and has achieved high employment rates for its graduates. ▶ Patent Agency, Seoul Kim (김성환) is one such graduate who successfully found employment as a patent agent after the education program. ▶ Intensive Practical Education Combined with Employment Placement Services This program, which offers an intensive practical education course, is combined with employment placement services. ▶ [PiP] Kim Seong-hwan / Intellectual Property Specialist Education Course Graduate “The education program was primarily based on practical affairs that actually occur in everyday dealings at patent agencies…” The course consists of 8 weeks of case-based classes plus 8 weeks of on-site job experience. ▶ [PiP] Gwon Gu-seong / Patent Agency Representative “We could give him actual job assignments as soon as he joined us since he already had good knowledge about what we do and how to respond to the needs of our clients.” [CG] The most recent education program session has produced sixty graduates. To date, 79 percent of the graduates from the first four course sessions have found employment, of which 87 percent are regular employment positions. ▶ Eom Jin-seop / Director, Gyeonggi Province Science & Technology Division “We will continue with this education program to promote employment of a high caliber for both job seekers and those enterprises specializing in intellectual property.” With the patent and intellectual property service industry growing steadily in Korea, Gyeonggi Province’s education program in this field is providing a timely supply of educated professionals while promoting new employment. Article 3. Abandoned Dogs Trained as Psychological Treatment Aides (161107-3) [Anchor’s Headline] The Assistance Dog Sharing Center of Gyeonggi Province is a special dog training center that transforms abandoned dogs into personal aides and supplies them to those who can benefit from their services. Some of these dogs are serving as psychological treatment aides for children. ▶ Kindergarten, Pyeongtaek City At this kindergarten, children talk to a dog about their embarrassing experiences. ▶ [Sync] “I acted badly to my mom” “Did that embarrass you?” This is a type of psychological treatment technique in which children are relieved of their depression through catharsis by talking to friendly dogs that were trained to act as listeners. ▶ Lee Eun-ho / Kindergarten Student “People laugh at me or don’t pay any attention to me when I talk. I feel much better when I talk to the dog because he keeps looking at me and listens to me while I talk to him.” Last year, this curly-haired little dog was moved from an abandoned animal shelter in Gyeonggi Province to the Assistance Service Dog Sharing Center, and has since been trained as a psychological treatment aide. ▶ Myeong Jae-sin / Counseling Psychologist “The use of live and friendly animals appeals to children better and makes it easier for them to open up.” ▶ Gyeonggi Province Service Dog Sharing Center This center trains dogs selected from 21 animal shelters in the province for various purposes, including the psychological treatment of children, and supplies them to their new owners free of charge. ▶ [PiP] Yeo Wun-chang / Director, Gyeonggi Province Assistance Dog Sharing Center “We have so far delivered 45 dogs to individuals with disabilities, 12 dogs to solitary seniors, and 340 dogs to general homes.” Abandoned animals are emerging as a new social issue in Korea. Last year alone, an estimated 14,000 dogs were abandoned in Gyeonggi Province. Article 4. Gyeonggi Improves Working Conditions for Firefighters (161108-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced its plan to improve working conditions and welfare for firefighters, earmarking KRW 234 billion by the year 2018 for this purpose. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (November 3) Announcement of ‘Lee Byeong-gon Plan’ Titled the ‘Lee Byeong-gon (이병곤) Plan’ in memory of a firefighter who died in the line of duty, this plan includes an increase of personnel and equipment as well as the improvement of working conditions and medical services for firefighters. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “We are announcing the plan that was devised to accommodate as much as Gyeonggi Province can.” ▶ Improvement 1: Personnel Increase The most notable item of the plan is the addition of 500 fire personnel annually until the year 2020. This will enable the 3-shift operation rate to increase from the current 82 percent to 100 percent. ▶ Improvement 2: 24-Hour Childcare Facilities To support 3-shift operations, customized 24-hour childcare facilities will operate for firefighter families. ▶ Oh Byeong-gwon / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Planning & Coordination Office “We will invest an additional KRW 234 billion over the next two years, which will increase the fire budget for 2018 to KRW 995 billion.” ▶ Improvement 3: Medical Services Medical costs for job-related injuries will be supported 100 percent and medical services will also be improved through cooperation with large medical institutes. ▶ Improvement 4: Personal Equipment The supply of personal safety equipment will be improved in terms of both quantity and quality while ageing equipment will be replaced. ▶ Relocation and Addition of Fire Stations and 119 Safety Centers This plan also includes the relocation, reconstruction and addition of fire stations and 119 safety centers. Article 5. Gyeonggi Supports Enterprises Leading in Women Employment (161108-2) [Anchor’s Headline] In order to promote good workplaces for women, Gyeonggi Province has been operating an award-and-support system for those enterprises that excel in providing superior employment conditions to women. Jeon (전은주) is a research team leader in a biotechnology enterprise. After helping her children prepare for school, she reports to work an hour later than others thanks to the flexible-working-hour system. ▶ [PIP] Jeon Eun-soo / Good Women Employer Employee “Before this current job, my children had to suffer because I had to hurry to work every morning. However, I now enjoy quality time with them, eating breakfast together before leaving home.” ▶ Gyeonggi Selects 57 Good Women Employer This year This year, Gyeonggi Province selected 57 enterprises as Good Women Employer award recipients. This biotechnology enterprise received the top prize for high rates of employment and job satisfaction among women with prize money of KRW 10 million in working condition improvement support. All the selected enterprises are provided with various supports and financial priority benefits. ▶ Ahn Chi-gwon / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Women’s Jobs Team “We plan to provide additional consulting services to promote flexible time system as a business cultural fixture.” The Good Women Employer award system of Gyeonggi Province aims to promote employment as well as workplace conditions for women. Article 6. Gyeonggi Begins Microdust-Generating Facility Inspections (161108-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province began inspections of microdust-generating facilities in industrial complexes of the province. Counter to the general belief that it is a spring occurrence, atmospheric microdust actually increases during the winter. ▶ Microdust, an Unwelcome Guest in Winter When autumn begins to make way for winter, microdust concentrations in the air begin to increase. [CG] According to statistics, microdust concentrations in Gyeonggi Province usually begin to rise in November and peak in February. ▶ Wu Jeong-sik / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Atmospheric Research Team “People generally believe that microdust is a spring time occurrence, but in fact it is during the winter that microdust increases due to increased fuel consumption and the dry weather.” ▶ Inspections Planned in 63 Industrial Areas in Gyeonggi Province Inspections will be conducted at air pollutant-generating facilities as well as pollution control facilities in 63 industrial areas of the province. There are more than 3,600 such facilities, with the majority concentrated in the incineration, textile, and paper industries. ▶ Yang Jae-hyun / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Industrial Complex Guidance Team “We will focus on leakages, filtering systems, and cleaning water supplying systems.” Industrial complex inspections will continue until February next year in tandem with inspections of diesel-fueled vehicles and construction machinery. Article 7. Korea Gyeonggi Province Incorporated Established (161109-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On November 8, the official foundation of Korea Gyeonggi Province Incorporated finally took place with an inaugural meeting. This provincial enterprise will become the center for design and marketing support for SMEs in the province. ▶ Startup Campus (November 8) Korea Gyeonggi Province Inaugural Meeting This corporate enterprise was conceived by Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil (남경필) as a means to support SMEs that have technological power but lack production and communication capabilities. It is also a core project of a shared market economy and one manifestation of political coalition, both of which Governor Nam has been pursuing since entering office. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “This is a business model that exists nowhere else in the world; an enterprise through which a business platform is provided by the public sector and its operations are performed by the most creative personnel of the private sector…” ▶ Gyeonggi Chamber of Commerce and Gyeonggi SME Association Join as Partners It was launched with an initial capitalization of KRW 6 billion in which the Gyeonggi Chamber of Commerce and the Gyeonggi SME Association participated as partners. The appointed president, who has significant experience as a CEO in brand marketing, is expected to effectively lead SME marketing support operations. ▶ Operations to Begin on November 25 Full-fledged operation of Korea Gyeonggi Province Incorporated is slated to begin on November 25. 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