EnglishNews | 2016.11.03Greetings, 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. Cosmos Park Opens at Future Provincial Government Site (161024-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province opened the future site of its new government complex to the public so as to utilize the currently idle land as a cosmos park with scenic promenades and entertaining features. ▶ Future Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex Site, Suwon City Though temporary, this arrangement was welcome by local residents of all ages who could enjoy gentle breezes while strolling through a field of cosmos flowers, symbols of autumn, during a time of year that is traditionally described as the ‘season of high skies’ in Korea. ▶ Lim Gyeong-jin & Her Children / Yongin City Resident “My children are awed by the beauty of the cosmos field like honey bees on the flowers” A section of the park attracted additional attention from children with a craft workshop in which youngsters excitedly created their own scarecrows with straw hats. These figures appear annually during this season in the rice fields in Korea. ▶ Oh Seung-won / 5th Grade, Sinpoiong Primary School “I made my first scarecrow today. I hope that he will protect the cosmos field.” ▶ Temporary Park Opens on Future Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex Site Located in the Gwangyo (광교) area of Suwon City, this park offered scenic walkways in the middle of an urban setting as well as a variety of experiential opportunities for children. ▶ [PiP] Yoon Seong-jin / Director, Gyeonggi Hybrid Town Taskforce “We created a cosmos park as an opening event. We hope that many families, couples and friends will enjoy the autumn here.” ▶ Cosmos Park Open until October 28 This cosmos park, with its accompanying programs, was open until October 28. Article 2. Birthday Culture Exhibition at Gyeonggi Children’s Museum (161024-3) [Anchor’s Headline] In commemoration of its fifth anniversary, the Gyeonggi Children’s Museum opened a birthday culture exhibition. The elements featured include those relating to the beginning of life from conception to the first birthday as well as birthday party culture. ▶ Gyeonggi Children’s Museum (Until August 20, 2017) ‘Everyone’s Birthday’ Exhibition Everything from the first look of a baby and its wispy hair to socks for the newborn child represent the happy gifts that a mother will never forget. At this exhibition, children are guided through their births to retrace their first steps into the world. ▶ [Sync] “Siho’s belly button was connected to the mother by a cord. Nutrients were passed on through this cord, so Siho could grow and grow without having to eat.” After viewing the exhibition, children engage in the preparation of seaweed soup, a traditional Korean remedy for mothers who are exhausted after delivery. ▶ [PiP] Bae Seon-ja / Exhibition Visitor “This exhibition reminds children how special their birthdays are. It also enables us to know how birthdays are celebrated in different cultures.” There is also an experiential program in which children can prepare birthday parties with toys. ▶ Gyeonggi Children’s Museum Exhibition with Birthday Theme This exhibition aims to remind children of the value of life and the meaning of birthdays, not simply as a once-a-year celebration, but as a special event associated with parental love, happiness and family ideals. ▶ Choi Jin-sil / Curator, Gyeonggi Children’s Museum “This exhibition will provide children with an opportunity to think about the meaning of birthdays and associate that with the value of life while becoming acquainted with various birthday cultures…” This exhibition also provides parents with an opportunity to think about the meaning of childbirth, having children, and creating families. Article 3. Gyeonggi Governor Visits Japan (161025-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On October 24, Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil returned from his two-day visit to Japan. During his visit, Governor Nam secured investment from a chemical enterprise and delivered a lecture on the future of Korea and Japan at the University of Tokyo. ▶ Tokyo Imperial Hotel, Japan (October 24) Signing of Investment Agreement between Gyeonggi and Central Glass Co. On the morning of his departure, Governor Nam signed an agreement with Central Glass, a medium-sized, high-tech enterprise. According to this agreement, Central Glass will invest USD 25 million in semiconductor cleaning material production facilities in a foreign investment zone in Pyeongtaek (평택) City. The presence of this enterprise in Gyeonggi Province will also benefit the domestic industry in the form of improved semiconductor production and import replacement amounting to KRW 80 billion over five years as well as increased exports. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “The investment by this enterprise will lead to its sales increase and the creation of many jobs. It will also help our semiconductor industry maintain its leading global standards.” ▶ Governor Nam Delivers Lecture at Tokyo University Governor Nam then visited the University of Tokyo and delivered a lecture on how Korea and Japan should work together in the future. ▶ Governor Nam: “Sincere Apology by Japanese Political Leadership is Critical” During the lecture, Governor Nam emphasized the importance of the official recognition of past wrongs by Japan. He also introduced the coalition and shared economy policies of Gyeonggi Province, which have been modeled after German systems. ▶ Tokyo Rinkai Disaster Prevention Park (October 23) Governor Nam Benchmarks Japanese Earthquake Response Systems The previous day, Governor Nam visited the Tokyo Rinkai Disaster Prevention Park and benchmarked Japanese earthquake response systems. ▶ [PiP] Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “I learned that we must take the initiative to protect lives. Once an earthquake occurs, effective rescue operations can only begin within 72 hours. This is the time for which we should prepare to maximize the possibility of …” Incorporating Japanese initiatives, Governor Nam revealed his proposed plan to establish an earthquake training center in Osan (오산) City. Article 4. Gyeonggi Institute Promotes Rice Recipes (161025-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Surplus rice has been a major agricultural issue in Korea. In order to promote rice consumption, the Gyeonggi Agricultural Research & Extension Services has been developing recipes that use rice as a main ingredient and introducing them to the public. ▶ Gyeonggi Agricultural Research & Extension Services This class is one such channel through which rice recipes are introduced. Its students are members of local culinary societies who are themselves developers and teachers of cooking as well as potential propagators of rice recipes. ▶ [Sync] “This is an Indonesian-style fried rice.” At this cooking class, students study various rice recipes including one for an Indonesian dish, which is currently being taught. ▶ Choi Yeong-ok / Chairman, Korean Food Research Society “We have been using rice only by steaming it. I found that we can enjoy rice in diverse ways using various types of rice…” ▶ Rice Recipes Transferred to Local Korean Food Societies The primary cause of the rice surplus in Korea is decreased rice consumption stemming from shifts in the eating habits of Koreans toward a Western-style diet including fast foods that have become a major part of the national dietary culture. ▶ Cho Eun-hui / Chief Official, Living Technology Team, GARES “We have been developing recipes and transferring them to women in local food societies. We are training them so that they can promote the recipes in their home towns.” These new rice recipes will lead to the consumption of more rice while enriching local culinary culture. Article 5. Gyeonggi Organizes Art Fair to Support Young Artists (161025-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Students of the arts usually experience great difficulties in securing economic independence after graduation. To help them promote themselves and connect with buyers, Gyeonggi Province organized an art fair. ▶ Good Morning House (October 21) Good Morning Art Gyeonggi 21 This art fair, the first of its kind organized by Gyeonggi Province, features artistic ideas such as flower pods made with natural soap and chairs for campers made with discarded jeans. All the items featured were created by art school students in Gyeonggi Province. ▶ [PiP] Hong Hyun-du / Artist “Many jeans are thrown away simply because they are out of date. I saw the strength of denim as suitable for the requirements of camping materials and created this.” ▶ Artists Experience Marketing and Sales At this event, young artists experience direct contact with potential clients for the first time. ▶ [PiP] Kim Hye-su / Spectator “There is a lot to see and the featured items exhibit professionalism of a high caliber for students.” ▶ [Sync] “One hundred and thirty thousand… Sold for one hundred and thirty thousand!” Gyeonggi Province also organized an auction to raise support funds for young artists. ▶ [PiP] Choi Byung-gap / Director, Gyeonggi Province Cultural Policy Division “There are a large number of art schools and aspiring artists in Gyeonggi Province. This event will provide them with an opportunity to have new experiences while enabling residents to purchase the works of young artists…” This art fair featured more than a hundred students from seven art schools in the province. From this year, Gyeonggi Province will organize the event on an ongoing basis to support young artists and to promote the art market. Article 6. Gyeonggi Hosts International Ddabok Community Conference (161026-2) [Anchor’s Headline] On October 25, a 3-day international conference for Ddabok community development began in Gyeonggi Province. During the event, a number of related issues including the role of government and the procurement of funds were discussed. ▶ ‘5-Colored Seeds’ / Ddabok Community, Anseong City This Ddabok Community first began as a group of neighbors who shared self-prepared foods. It grew into a social enterprise after it began to sell its products to finance its operations. ▶ Suwon Novetel Ambassador (October 25) 2016 Ddabok Community International Conference Gyeonggi Province organized this event to identify ways in which to further develop locally organized economic communities, help them achieve independence, and eventually grow into social enterprises. ▶ Development of local Communities into Social Enterprises Clifford Rosenthal, an internationally recognized social and economic specialist who participated in this conference, emphasized the role of government. ▶ Clifford Rosenthal / Former CDFI (US) Chairman “…Provide us with resources for our own social finance institutions, institutions which are independent, which have participatory governance, and with the ability to make their own financing decisions…” ▶ Governor Nam: "Grafting free market economy onto Social Causes Poses Problems” During his speech, Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil indicated the problems of simply grafting market economy onto social causes, the ‘Third Way’, under current market systems. ▶ Governor Nam Suggests Gyeonggi Province’s Socioeconomic Model as ‘4th Way’ As an alternative, Nam suggested the so-called ‘Fourth Way’ in which government shares the ownership and management of land and capital with the private sector. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “The freedom of a market economy and the sharing that overcomes such problems, these can be combined to create the Fourth Way to ensure the happiness of individuals, our ultimate goal.” During the next session, Gyeonggi Province will discuss local fund raising including the provision of crowdfunding opportunities to social enterprises. ▶ Conference Continued until October 27 The Ddabok Community International Conference continued until October 27. Article 7. Gyeonggi Hosts Idea Contest to Promote Suggestion System (161026-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been hosting idea contests among residents and provincial officials. On October 25, a third event took place to select winners from among the finalists of all events since January last year. ▶ [Sync] “When an elevator breaks down and stops with passengers with hearing impairment in it…” The finalists include a resident who suggested an idea for individuals with disabilities and a bus driver who suggested a way in which to improve passenger convenience. ▶ Gyeonggi Creative Economy Innovation Center (October 25) The 3rd Suggestion Creative Audition A number of successful ideas have already been adopted by Gyeonggi Province as actual administrative policies. Titled ‘Suggestion Creative Audition’, this third event took place at the Gyeonggi Creative Economy Innovation Center and featured seven finalists including a tax official, a local health center official, and a bus driver. ▶ Grand Prize Winner: Real-time Tax Delinquent Credit Information Notification Program The grand prize went to a real-time tax delinquent credit information notification program. ▶ [PiP] Bae In-ho / Grand Prize Winner “It is difficult to locate tax delinquents, especially those with large amounts in arrears, because they frequently change addresses. However, this real-time notification program provides us with their current location and can be helpful in tax collection.” The second and third prizes went to an illegal parking monitoring system and an idea for the prevention of mosquito proliferation through the improvement of manhole covers. ▶ Kang Seong-mun / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Suggestion System Team “The selected ideas can be applied in all 31 cities and counties of the province. We will also promote their national application.” The five suggested ideas that were selected at this event will be included in the provincial budget plan for implementation next year. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2016.10.28Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Gyeonggi Public Facilities Found Safe from Radon (161017-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Radon, a radioactive gas, forms as building materials such concrete decay, and may accumulate in poorly ventilated areas and aging buildings. Gyeonggi Province recently conducted radon safety assessments at public facilities. ▶ Suwon Subway Station Subway stations are high-risk areas for radon concentrations. The safety doors that inhibit air movement may contribute to radon concentrations in the underground levels of subway stations. Assessments targeted such high-risk facilities that see heavy public use. ▶ Kim Ji-yun / Subway User, Gunpo City “I am aware of the danger of radioactive materials, but never heard of radon.” ▶ Radon (Rn) is Carcinogenic Radon may cause cancer in the human body. It is a trace element that exists in rocks and soil. It can infiltrate through cracks or be emitted from structural materials, and can accumulate in underground areas since it is nine times heavier than air. ▶ All Public Facilities Found Free of Radon Safety assessments were based measurements taken over the past four years at heavily-used public facilities such as subways stations and underground childcare facilities. [CG] All such facilities were found safe with radon levels that were less than half of the safety standard. ▶ Kim Bok-jun / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Living Environment Team Radon exists all around us, but most of us do not know of its danger. We will continue to identify high-risk areas and take measurements on an ongoing basis.” Gyeonggi Province also emphasized the importance of filling in cracks and improving air ventilation in facilities so as to reduce radon concentrations. Article 2. Public Safety Idea Contest Held in Gyeonggi Province (161019-2) [Anchor’s Headline] On October 18, an idea contest was held among aspiring safety industry entrepreneurs in Gyeonggi Province. Those selected will receive provincial support for transforming their ideas into successful businesses. ▶ Gyeonggi Creative Economy Innovation Center (October 18) The 1st Safety Industry Creative Audition Titled the Safety Industry Creative Audition, this contest was organized by the Disaster & Safety Headquarters of the province. ▶ New Ideas and Technologies in Safety Industry Fields Introduced This contest, which was conducted in an audition format, saw a variety of novel ideas and technical solutions for safety including smoke guns for fire simulation training, inflammable polystyrene foam, and industrial-grade ear plugs. ▶ [PiP] Kim Jeong-hun / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Safety Management Office “The safety industry of Korea is largely dependent on overseas safety technologies. We organized this event to promote the localization of such technologies…” ▶ Fire, Disaster & Safety Personnel Attended as Spectators and Judges Gyeonggi Province’s fire, disaster and safety personnel were present at the audition as spectators as well as judges. ▶ Winners to Be Provided with Prize Money and Business Startup Support The four winners of the contest will be provided with various business startup supports as well as prize money totaling KRW 13 million. ▶ Kim Hui-gyeong / Safety Industry Creative Audition Winner “We presented an item that we have worked on for the past ten years. We have already received the required product approval and began production.” This annual safety idea and technology contest will help promote the interests of inventors while contributing to the localization of technologies used in the fire and safety industries in Korea. Article 3. Long-range Wireless Networking Developed in Gyeonggi (161019-3) [Anchor’s Headline] A Gyeonggi provincial research institute recently announced the development of a new data transmission technology that enables wireless networking among devices at significantly greater distances than currently possible. With this technology, a Wi-Fi service can cover a considerably larger area. ▶ Coffee Shop, Suwon City Free Wi-Fi is widely available in service establishments such as tourism locations and coffee shops in Korea. ▶ [PiP] Kim Min-kyu / Suwon City Resident “I prefer using free Wi-Fi at coffee shops because it is faster and saves me data costs.” The traditional range of Wi-Fi is 30 to 40 meters from the router. ▶ World’s First Long-range Wireless Networking Technology This long-range wireless networking technology was developed jointly by the Advanced Institutes of Convergence Technology of Gyeonggi Province and a team of scientists at Hanyang (한양) University using metamaterial super-transmitters. [CG] As demonstrated in testing, wireless transmissions from a metamaterial super-transmitter are twice as clear as those from an ordinary antenna. ▶ [PiP] Yoo Yeong-jun, Ph.D. / Professor, Hanyang University “This technology is essentially the use of a new material that can control any types of wave, such as sound, light and electromagnetic waves. This material enhances their transmission.” ▶ Applicable to Wide Range of Wireless Applications This technology can be used in a wide range of wireless applications including Wi-Fi, robotics and military surveillance. This technology is expected to significantly benefit wireless communication, a market that is steadily increasing. Article 4. Pangyo Zero City Will Be Home to First Autonomous Cars (161020-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Pangyo (판교) Zero City was selected by Gyeonggi Province as an initial operation area for autonomous vehicles that are expected to appear on the road at the end of next year. ▶ Gyeonggi Creative Economy Innovation Center This decision was announced after the signing of a cooperation agreement for the development of an autonomous vehicle trial operation area by Gyeonggi Province, the Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, two related public organizations, and BMW. This announcement was followed by an indoor demonstration of autonomous car operation. Without a steering wheel, this vehicle followed a route while communicating with a command center that controls traffic based on real-time sensory data from vehicles. ▶ [PiP] Kim Jae-hwan / Head Researcher, Advanced Institutes of Convergence Technology “While the energy efficiency of ordinary vehicles may be affected by errors as well as the operation methods of the driver, autonomous vehicles operate more safely and efficiently since they are part of a system.” The signing of the agreement took place at the Gyeonggi Creative Economy Innovation Center. ▶ Gyeonggi Creative Economy Innovation Center (October 19) Signing of Cooperation Agreement for Autonomous Vehicle Trial Operation Area Development According to the agreement, Gyeonggi Province will develop the necessary traffic control system at Pangyo Zero City. ▶ Next Generation Intelligent Traffic System This control system will employ a next-generation intelligent traffic system with a cutting-edge communication technology that is 270 times faster than LTE communication. ▶ Driverless Vehicle Operation R&D Center Gyeonggi Province will also prepare high-precision digital maps and establish a research center for autonomous vehicle operations. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “Autonomous vehicles are the icon of the fourth industrial revolution. I hope that Pangyo will become the international center for this technology for which Gyeonggi Province is competing with other global contenders.” Beginning with autonomous vehicle operation at the end of next year, Pangyo (판교) Zero City will become a city of the future and home to more than 800 advanced technology enterprises as well as 50,000 personnel. Article 5. B.I.G. Forum Held in Pangyo (161020-2) [Anchor’s Headline] On October 19, an international forum on autonomous vehicles and smart cities was held at the Pangyo Startup Campus. Entitled 2016 B.I.G. Forum, this international meeting featured a number of domestic and international authorities in these fields. ▶ Pangyo Startup Campus (October 19) 2016 B.I.G. Forum Participants in this visionary meeting included scholars and industry representatives as well as researchers from private institutes. During the forum, participants discussed the present and future of these technologies as well as legal provisions necessary to accommodate such technologies. ▶ Yu Si-bok / Director, Autonomous Vehicle Technology Research Center “If our autonomous vehicle technology project progresses as scheduled, I am certain that we will be able to see level-3 products that enable riders to be completely freed from vehicle operations by the year 2020.” In the smart city area, home technologies that involve the Internet of Things became one of the major topics. ▶ Applicable Areas of Smart Technologies Predicted The participants agreed that smart technologies will evolve rapidly to an extent that enables us to predict applicable areas in the fields of roads and traffic. There was also a cautionary note that indiscreet technology development must be avoided. ▶ Andreas Hauser / Digital Service Representative, TUV SUD “Technology progresses and development progresses on the safety, security and reliability sides. So, we need also to develop new tools for certification.” This forum also had a number of accompanying events featuring participating enterprises that helped attendees better understand smart technologies and the related industries. Article 6. International Childcare Forum Held in Gyeonggi Province (161020-3) [Anchor’s Headline] On October 19, another international forum was held in Gyeonggi Province. Titled 2016 International Childcare Forum, this meeting focused on the promotion of the rights of infants and, for the first time, featured childcare specialists from Asian countries. ▶ La Vie D’or SINTEX (October 19) 2016 International Childcare Forum During the forum, which was organized by Gyeonggi Province, participants from 11 Asian nations shared their national childcare policies and discussed the establishment of a system for mutual cooperation. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Coalition Kang Deuk-ku “I hope that, at this forum, the representatives of nations with different childcare environments will share opinions about the improvement of childcare and find ideal options…” ▶ Present and Future of Childcare Policies During this two-day forum, the participants presented current childcare policies, had general discussions, and signed a cooperation agreement. The current policies presented included those regarding parent-child communication, infant education and joint approaches by government and families. The participants also discussed childcare policies of the future, the improvement of the rights of infants, and ways in which to cooperate with each other in support of the children of multicultural families. In the final session, the participants had an in-depth discussion on the establishment of an international childcare organization. ▶ Gerald Glenn F. Panganivan / Representative of Philippines “I learned that, first, the government support is most important. They set the policies and…” Gyeonggi Province will continue to organize international childcare forums on an ongoing basis and endeavor to establish a firm foundation for international childcare cooperation in Asia. Article 7. Gyeonggi Holds 2nd Business Idea Audition (161018-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On October 17, Gyeonggi Province held its second business idea contest, titled Superman Creative Audition, to identify new businesses with potential and provide them with startup and operational support. ▶ Pangyo Startup Campus (October 17) 2016 Superman Creative Audition This enterprise was recently established with a new yam-processing idea. It has solved the problem of the browning of the yam, which is regarded as a health food in Korea. ▶ [Sync] “We succeeded in developing primary processed products that maintain the original white color and chewy texture of the yam.” ▶ Vacuum Tea Tumbler Receives Grand Prize The grand prize of the contest, which was organized in an audition format, went to the originator of a simple vacuum tea tumbler concept. These bottles can brew tea more quickly while maintaining the initial taste of the content for more than six hours. ▶ Ahn Byung Hyun / Grand Prize Winner “My goal is to lead the tumbler market with this technology, to graft this technology with an electric mixer, and to eventually grow into a large enterprise that specializes in small home appliances.” At today’s contest, seven finalists were selected as businesses with potential. ▶ Winners to Be Provided with Startup and Operational Support Those selected will be provided with a range of provincial business startup and operational support as well as an investment from the Superman Fund created by Gyeonggi Province last year. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor Yang Bok-wan “Investments of KRW 14.9 billion have already been realized from the Superman Fund 1. We have already created Superman Fund 2 of KRW 21 billion and are ready to invest.” The Superman Creative Audition will be held annually so as to identify businesses with potential and help them grow into sustainable, profit-generating enterprises. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2016.10.20Greetings, 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. Korean National Assembly Inspections of Gyeonggi Continues (1010-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On October 10, Gyeonggi Province received inspections by the Land & Transport Committee of the Korean National Assembly. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (October 10) 2016 National Assembly Land & Transport Committee’s Inspection of Gyeonggi Province Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil’s proposal for the relocation of the national capital was one of the key issues examined by committee members. ▶ Jeong Yong-gi / Korean National Assembly Member, Saenuri Party “Can you briefly explain your position, as well as its background, on the relocation of the capital?” ▶ Choi In-ho / Korean National Assembly Member, Minju Party “Do you still maintain your position that the population concentration in capital districts will have negative effects on all national development?” ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “Yes, I do.” ▶ Balanced Development of Northern & Southern Gyeonggi Province The committee members also showed interest in the balanced development of the northern and southern regions of Gyeonggi Province. ▶ Kang Hoon-sik / Korean National Assembly Member, Minju Party “Have you considered relocating some provincial organizations to the northern provincial complex? It may have positive effects on the balanced development of Gyeonggi Province as well as Korea as a whole…” ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “We are considering the relocation of the Gyeonggi Tourism Organization as an example.” ▶ Earthquake Measures and Transportation Policies Committee members also asked about earthquake measures and transportation policies. ▶ Yoon Yeong-il / Korean National Assembly Member, People’s Party “Are you aware that some factors such as the number of drivers per bus, their lengths of service and wages are lowest in Gyeonggi Province?” ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “If you compare Seoul and Incheon, you will see that the situations are different. We only have independent authority in red buses. We plan to modify the red bus system into a semi-public system so as to be able to improve the services and employment conditions…” Other issues examined by the National Assembly committee members included those regarding coalition policies. Article 2. 2016 Gyeonggi Traditional Market Expo (1010-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been organizing a traditional market expo on an annual basis so as to promote historical marketplaces in the province. This year’s occasion featured a variety of accompanying events that attracted 30,000 visitors. ▶ Bucheon City Hall Lawn Plaza 2016 Traditional Market Expo The venue for the expo is lined with eateries brought from a number of representative traditional markets in Gyeonggi Province. Visitors are entertained by appetizing market foods as well as the typical generosity of traditional market merchants. ▶ [Sync] “Now get three packets for the price of one at 5,000 won!” This temporary marketplace is crowded with families and groups of friends who came to enjoy favorite foods and shopping. ▶ Cho Mi-ja / Visitor from Bucheon City “There is a lot to enjoy because this event features merchants from different markets.” ▶ Specialty Products from Different Localities Featured This expo also featured local specialty products from more than 60 traditional markets province-wide, and provided merchants with an opportunity to promote their products while enabling consumers to purchase them at special prices. ▶ Lee Seun-min / Merchant from Siheung Sangmi Market “This event gave us an opportunity to meet consumers outside our district. It also helped us understand the standing of our products and identify what we could improve.” Traditional markets have been declining continuously under severe competition from large supermarkets. ▶ Annual Traditional Market Expo Organized to Promote Local Markets Gyeonggi Province organized this annual event so as to revitalize traditional markets in the province. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “It is important that traditional markets do well since they are the barometer of the people’s economy. We must help traditional markets regain strength through various endeavors such as this expo.” In addition to eateries and the sale of regional specialties, the venue for today’s traditional market expo also featured performances by Korean singers. Article 3. Autumn Festivals in Gyeonggi Province (1011-1) [Anchor’s Headline] At this time of year, Gyeonggi Province abounds with festivals that celebrate the beauty of the season as well as local harvests. At an altitude of over 900 meters, Myeongseongsan (명성산) Mountain opens to wide silver grass fields on flowing ridges along which visitors stand in awe of this annual spectacle. ▶ [PiP] Lee Jeong-su / Visitor from Yangju City “I have been to other silver grass festivals, but this is the best one close to Seoul where one can enjoy silver grass fields as well as autumn hued forests.” ▶ Myeongseongsan Silver Grass Festival, Pocheon City (October 1 to 30) The Myeongseongsan (명성산) Silver Grass Festival takes place in the mountain and lake area in Pocheon (포천) City through the month of October. ▶ GTV Reporter Lee Hyun-gyeong “There are a number of festivals currently underway in Gyeonggi Province during the autumn.” Ilsan (일산) Lake Park of Goyang (고양) City is the scene of another autumn festival in which amateur dancers entertain visitors at an open theater while others try their skills with paint brushes to create picture frames in a craftsmanship program. ▶ [PiP] Lee Mi-gyeong / Visitor from Goyang City “We participated in an experiential program and watched a puppet show that was very impressive. We will come again next year.” ▶ Other Autumn Festivals of Gyeonggi Province Ginseng Festival, Paju City (October 15 to 16) Rice Cultural Festival, Icheon City (October 19 to 23) Soyosan Autumn Foliage Festival, Dongducheon City (October 29 to 30) The Ginseng Festival, which began on October 15 in Paju (파주) City, is one of the autumn festivals of Gyeonggi Province that features local specialty products. There is also a rice festival in Icheon (이천) City and the Soyosan (소요산) Mountain Autumn Festival to enrich the outdoor lives of Gyeonggi residents during the autumn season. Article 4. 314th Extraordinary Meeting of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (1012-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On October 11, the 314th extraordinary meeting of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly began an 18-day run. During the meeting, more than 60 items will be deliberated by standing committees. ▶ [Sync] “I declare the opening of the first general meeting of the 314th Extraordinary Meeting of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly.” ▶ 314th Extraordinary Meeting of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly The 314th extraordinary meeting began with speeches on the activities of the provincial assembly for the remaining term by the representatives of political parties. ▶ Park Seung-won / Minju Party Representative, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly “Let us work together for the realization of political cooperation in which we all win. Fill politics with hope and consider coalition to be our responsibility.” ▶ Choi Ho / Saenuri Party Representative, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly “In order to advance political cooperation and coalition for the benefit of Gyeonggi residents, we will do our utmost to make the second-term coalition a success through dialogue, cooperation and necessary preparations.” ▶ 60+ Items Submitted to Standing Committees for Deliberation Some of the important items submitted by the Gyeonggi Provincial Administration include: ordinance drafts for the establishment of the Gyeonggi Provincial Corporation to assist SMEs in marketing as well as for the adjustment of administrative jurisdictions, and the appointment of coalition committee chairpersons. After standing committee deliberations, all items submitted by the Gyeonggi Provincial Administration will be decided at the general meeting on October 18. Article 5. Gyeonggi Province Job Fair for Seniors (1012-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Each year, Gyeonggi Province organizes a job fair for seniors. Apart from employment placement, this job fair also features additional services such as a makeup service for photo-taking and job interviews as well as assistance with resume preparation. ▶ Seongnam City Hall (October 11) Senior Job Fair At the makeup service section, although feeling awkward, seniors over sixty years of age receive facial treatment by specialists to look livelier and younger before taking photographs for their resumes. ▶ [PiP] Lim Deok-gyun (Age 71) / Seongnam City Resident “It is really convenient here, since everything from taking photographs to writing a resume is taken care of. You don’t have to go to a photo studio to take photographs or repeatedly make mistakes while preparing a resume on your own.” ▶ Job Fair for Seniors Age 60+ This job fair is for seniors who are 60 years of age or older. Once prepared, seniors have job interviews with 21 participating enterprises, and possibly receive employment decisions on site. ▶ [PiP] Cho Pan-sun (Aged 60) / Seongnam City Resident “I have been looking for a job for the past four months. This job fair gave me opportunities to have employment consultations and job interviews,” This year’s senior job fair featured a larger number of participating enterprises and more diverse job opportunities than previous occasions. ▶ Yu Deok-gyu / Director, Gyeonggi Province Senior Employment Center “We will include more diverse job fields and employment types so as to help more seniors find employment.” The annual senior job fair of Gyeonggi Province is helping seniors gain confidence, overcome employment barriers, and find employment. Article 6. Gyeonggi Establishes Apartment Management Standard Rules (1013-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Following the recent findings from apartment management investigations, Gyeonggi Province established standard rules that apartment residents can adopt to control the levying and use of management fees by contractors. The security and cleaning contractor of this apartment complex has been using seniors for periods of less than a year so as to dodge national pension and health insurance payments. However, the contractor charged for these items as well as non-existent retirement fees in the monthly apartment management bill for residents. [CG] Knowing that there are no legal provisions that require the contracts to specify management fees, this contractor used a contract without any clauses regarding the payment of such costs. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Establishes Apartment Management Rules In order to prevent such illegal practices, Gyeonggi Province established rules that make the specification of management fees on contracts obligatory. According to these rules, the number of auditors appointed by the resident committee has been increased from one to two so as to strengthen the monitoring of apartment management operations. These rules also include other clauses for the same purpose such as those regarding the employment of subcontractors. ▶ Yun Joon-ho / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Apartment Housing Inspection Team “Apartment complexes are required to amend their apartment management rules based on the standard rules by November 11 and to report this to local authorities so as to ensure transparent management.” These standard rules are expected to help apartment management costs be executed in a more transparent manner and reduce management costs for residents. Gyeonggi Province will continue to develop ways in which to prevent apartment management cost issues such as the use of big data. Article 7. Gyeonggi Province Inspects Leisure Fishing Vessels (1013-2) [Anchor’s Headline] On October 10, in cooperation with local authorities, Gyeonggi Province began safety inspections of all leisure fishing vessels in the province so as to ensure the safety of sea fishing by non-fishermen in provincial waters. ▶ Jeongok Port, Hwaseong City [Sync] “We are inspectors of leisure fishing vessels. Can I see your license?” Autumn is a prime season for sea anglers to enjoy their hobby on leisure fishing vessels. ▶ [PiP] Hwang Dae-hun / Deputy Manager of Fisheries Department, Jeongok Port “Safety awareness among fishermen has been improved after the Sewol (세월) Ferry disaster. The Fishery Department of Jeongok Port also endeavors to ensure the safety of fishing.” ▶ Gyeonggi Province Safety Inspections of Leisure Fishing Vessels These safety inspections will be conducted through to November 11 on all leisure fishing vessels in Gyeonggi Province. ▶ GTV Reporter Lee Hyun-gyeong “Inspections are being conducted for the completeness of safety equipment on all 87 leisure fishing vessels at seven ports in the province.” Gyeonggi Province will also provide leisure fishing vessel operators with regulatory guidance regarding safe sailing, emergency responses, and accident reporting. ▶ Kang Byeong-eon / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Fisheries Resource Team “We will do our utmost to ensure your fishing experience in Gyeonggi Province absolutely safe and enjoyable.” ▶ Violators Subject to Administrative and Legal Punishments Those fishing vessels that fail to comply with legal requirements will be subject to operational suspension for up to 3 months as well as a fine of up to KRW 3 million. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2016.10.14Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. 2nd Gyeonggi Coalition Term Officially Begins (1004-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On October 4, the second coalition term of Gyeonggi Province officially began with the inauguration of a Coalition Vice Governor who will oversee the implementation of 288 coalition projects during the remaining term of the provincial administration. ▶ Inauguration of Gyeonggi Province Coalition Vice Governor Kang Deuk-ku (October 4) In his inaugural speech, new Coalition Vice Governor Kang Deuk-ku (강득구), a former chairman of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly, expressed his determination to bring the province’s second coalition term to success. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Coalition Vice Governor Kang Deuk-ku ”The coalition agreement is about the improvement of public life. The success of the coalition will mean the success of the local autonomy, the very spirit of Next Gyeonggi!” The second coalition agreement covers projects that have been significantly expanded compared to the first. ▶ Coalition Vice Governor to Oversee Implementation of 288 Projects During the first coalition term, the coalition administration was overseen by the Social Integration Vice Governor. However, the Coalition Vice Governor took over responsibilities for the second coalition term and will oversee the implementation of significantly expanded coalition projects. ▶ New “Coalition Cooperation Bureau” Established The new Coalition Cooperation Bureau and Ddabok Community Support Team have also been established under the direct supervision of the Coalition Vice Governor. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Chairman Jeong Gi-yul “We must create a political system that is committed to the betterment of the lives of residents for as long as the provincial assembly exists.” ▶ Plan for Local Minister Nomination Replaced by Local Coalition Committee Chairpersons The original plan for the nomination of local ministers was replaced by the delegation of local coalition committee chairpersons. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “I ask you to delegate four coalition committee chairpersons with whom we can work within the provincial administration.” With the launch of the second coalition term under the new Coalition Vice Governor, Gyeonggi Province is one step closer to realizing its goal of social integration. Article 2. Solicitation and Bribery Prohibition Law of Korea (1004-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Korea’s new solicitation and bribery prohibition law – also known as the Kim Young-lan (김영란) Law – is the subject of enquiries by many officials who are unsure about its application in specific cases. GTV examined the most frequently asked questions. ▶ Solicitation and Bribery Prohibition Law Call Center, Gyeonggi Province The call center for these enquiries at the Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex has been receiving many calls on a daily basis. ▶ [Sync] “In principle, the Kim Young-lan Law simply requires public officials not to accept anything from someone who is related to their work.” We compiled the questions most commonly asked by officials since the effectuation of this law. [CG] One of the top five questions is if it is acceptable for an official to have a meal with someone who is related to his or her work. The answer is no if there is an unresolved matter regarding this person’s direct interest. What about offering a meal or a souvenir to a participant in a local festival? ▶ Han In-gyo / Gyeonggi Province Investigation Office “It is okay to offer a common gift for multiple persons. However, you cannot offer a specific gift to a specific person.” May a person entertain someone who is job-related and a guest at one’s own wedding with a meal that costs more than KRW 30,000? The answer is yes because it is classified as a family event. Another frequently asked question is about an official providing paid lessons in a club that is not job-related. Such a case is not subject to reporting since it is a personal activity. Resident leaders are also uncertain about the application of the solicitation and bribery prohibition law in their cases. Their work is not that of public officials and therefore is not subject to this law. One must exercise care in making judgments in the application of the law since applications for the same actions may differ depending on circumstances. ▶ GTV Reporter Lee Hyun-gyeong “The Anti-corruption and Civil Rights Commission of Korea recommends that individuals pay separately if they not certain about the application of the law. Gyeonggi GTV, Lee Hyun-gyeong.” Article 3. Job Fair for Disabled Held in Gyeonggi Province (1004-3) [Anchor’s Headline] In September, Gyeonggi Province held a job fair for individuals with disabilities at its northern government complex and received a large number of job searchers. Those who have difficulty with writing were assisted by volunteers with the preparation of their resumes. [Sync] “Now, look at the camera” Hong (홍은표), who did not bring his photographs, could take new ones at the fair free of charge. ▶ Hong Eun-pyo / Job Applicant with Disability “I received help with my job applications and was also provided with a free photograph service. I am very grateful.” At the booths of 40 participating enterprises, job searchers took part in interviews. ▶ 500+ Job Applicants with Disabilities Took Onsite Interviews More than 500 job applicants with disabilities participated in onsite job interviews, which helped them gain confidence. ▶ Gil Hyun-ju / Job Applicant with Disability “I feel more confident after the job interviews. I am preparing for an office job and really want to find employment.” ▶ Northern Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (September 30) 2016 Gyeonggi Province Job Fair for Disabled With more than 900 job searchers with disabilities having visited the job fair, the organizers regard the event as a success. ▶ Lee Won-jun / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Disabled Welfare Team “The Job Fair for Disabled is a meaningful event that helps alleviate social prejudices about individuals with disabilities while providing employment opportunities to them.” This was the second job fair for individuals with disabilities held in Gyeonggi Province this year. This year’s first event saw 26 job searchers find employment onsite. Gyeonggi Province plans to organize a third event at Suwon-Hwaseong Haenggung (수원-화성 행궁) on October 27. Article 4. Gyeonggi Receives Korean National Assembly Inspections (1005-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On October 5, Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil (남경필) received an inspection of his general performance by the Korean National Assembly’s Safety Administration Committee. During the inspection, coalition policy became the foremost issue. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (October 5) 2016 National Assembly Safety Administration Committee’s Inspection of Gyeonggi Province The National Assembly committee members of both the ruling and opposition parties generally commended Gyeonggi Province’s coalition policy and enquired regarding details of the second term coalition which is to be led by the newly appointed Coalition Vice Governor. ▶ Pyo Chang-won / Korean National Assembly Member, Minjoo Party “I must express my commendation on your establishing a model of political cooperation by introducing coalition policy for the first time in Korea.” ▶ Jang Jeong-suk / Korean National Assembly Member, People’s Party “The realization of political coalition is commendable by all people. As a member of the National Assembly who represents people, I must say you are doing something great that will set the standard.” The inspectors also showed their interest in other issues raised in the central political arena by Governor Nam. ▶ Hwang Young-cheol / Korean National Assembly Member, Saenuri Party “The introduction of the volunteer military system that you proposed will require a substantial portion of the national budget. Do you have any solutions that you would suggest? ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “I think our nation has sufficient capability. If we strongly promote noblesse oblige as a national agenda, there will be many youths who will choose military services…” There were also questions about regional issues. ▶ Governor Nam Agrees on Necessity for Improving Earthquake Resistance of Urban Buildings Regarding building safety during earthquakes, Governor Nam agreed with the necessity for the reinforcement of urban buildings so as to improve their earthquake resistance. Regarding the promotion of the Disaster & Safety Headquarters under the direct control of the governor, inspectors generally gave positive views on the safety-consciousness of the Governor of Gyeonggi Province. National Assembly inspections will continue on October 10 with the Land & Transport Committee. Article 5. Insect Markets Growing in Gyeonggi Province (1005-2) [Anchor’s Headline] The insect markets of Korea are growing as insects have emerged as products of high added value, especially those used for medical and dietary purposes. The number of students wishing to major in insect farming in Gyeonggi Province is also increasing on an annual basis. ▶ Insect Farm, Hwaseong City This insect farm in Hwaseong (화성) City used to produce edible insects only. However, the insect species being produced have been diversified in recent years since new demand for insects arose for a number of different purposes. ▶ Kim Jong-hui / Insect Farm Owner “There used to be insect orders for animal feed only. However, we now have orders for human consumption. I expect that there will be other new markets such as the one for pet insects…” [CG] Insects are an excellent food source since they contain a variety of inorganic substances including iron and calcium that are scarce in grains, three times more protein than in meat, and a large amount of chitosan. ▶ Chirping of Crickets Beneficial to Dementia Patients Crickets are being developed for medical purposes since the chirping of crickets was found by scientists to be beneficial for dementia patients. ▶ Insect Industry Department of Gyeonggi Agricultural College Becomes Popular With growing potential for insect use, the number of students pursuing insect farming studies is growing each year in Gyeonggi Province. ▶ Kim Jin-gyu / Chief Official, Agricultural Education Team, GARES “Enquiry and applicant numbers have been growing 50% each year, which indicates the recognition that insects have the potential to become products of high added value.” ▶ Insect Market Expected to Grow to KRW 530 Billion by 2020 The current Korean insect market sees demand primarily for displays and pets. However, the market is expected to grow to KRW 530 billion by 2020 when insects for dietary and medical purposes are added. Article 6. Loan Fraud Victimizing Disabled Increases (1005-3) [Anchor’s Headline] An increasing number of individuals with disabilities in Korea have become victims of financial fraud. GTV investigated the institutional procedures available in Gyeonggi Province for the protection of such victims. ▶ Man with Intellectual Suffered Load Fraud of KRW 30 Million At Suwon Station, Lee, who has an intellectual disability, was approached by a man who offered his assistance with Lee’s monthly rental payments. He made excuses and asked Lee to hand over his ID card which he then used to draw a loan before disappearing. ▶ Lee / Fraud Victim “I wanted to die, really. The debt grew to more than KRW 30 million without me knowing. I couldn’t bear the pressure, so I kept evading.” For Lee, who has no family, Gyeonggi Province appointed a certified judicial scrivener as a legal guardian. ▶ Boss Defrauds Woman with Intellectual Disability of KRW 110 Million A 24-year-old woman suffered loan fraud of KRW 114 million after her boss stole her identity. Recognizing the growing number of individuals with intellectual disabilities who are being victimized by loan fraud, the Free Legal Consultation Center of Gyeonggi Province began providing free legal services and guardians so as to protect the victims. ▶ Lee Il-yong / Lawyer, Gyeonggi Province Free Legal Consultation Center “The appointment of a legal guardian is required for those who are incapable of or need assistance with document preparation and legal procedures. Guardians can provide active assistance in legal proceedings.” ▶ Many Victims Suffer Damage without Legal Guardians The legal guardian system provides institutional protection for adults who have difficulties making decisions independently and suffer due to loan fraud. Many victims suffer damage because of loan fraud without being aware that such a protection system exists. ▶ Park Kyeong-sun / Gyeonggi Province Legal Service Team Official “We provide legal guardians to those who need them free of charge. The appointment of a legal guardian should be approved through a court proceeding. We provide cost support for such proceedings.” For effective operation of the legal guardian system, as many people as possible should be made aware of the existence of this system. Article 7. Gyeonggi Provides Incentives to SMEs (1006-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been operating an ‘SME with Good Prospects’ Certification System so as to provide support to SMEs with high potential for growth. Certified enterprises are provided with various incentives such as interest discounts on loans from the SME Promotion Fund. ▶ Cosmetics Enterprise, Suwon City This cosmetics manufacturer is one such enterprise that received ‘SME with Good Prospects’ Certification this year. This enterprise qualified because of its substantial sales and job creation performance. ▶ [PiP] Choi Jang-ho / Representative of Certified SME with Good Prospect “This (certification) will boost the morale of our employees tremendously as well as the credibility of the company externally.” ▶ ‘SME with Good Prospects’ Certification System The ‘SME with Good Prospects’ Certification System of Gyeonggi Province aims to help the certified enterprises grow further by providing various incentives. From its introduction in 1995 through to last year, more than 5,300 enterprises have received this certification. This year, 199 SMEs were selected for certification. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “Gyeonggi Province will continue to be a reliable supporter of yours, not simply in words but by actively creating a platform upon which to provide support to certified enterprises and…” [CG] Those enterprises selected will be entitled to receive 33 incentives from 9 organizations including export insurance premium discounts and SME Promotion Fund interest rate discounts. Gyeonggi Province will continue to support SMEs through various programs to help them grow. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2016.10.07Greetings, 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. Property Rights of Gyeonggi Apartment Owners Protected (0927-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province was recently made aware of discrepancies in building registers for a large number of apartments. The provincial government took immediate corrective actions so as to protect the property rights of the owners of the apartments concerned. ▶ Apartment Complex, Bucheon City An apartment owner in this complex in Bucheon (부천) City was perplexed when he found his apartment was located on the opposite side of the staircase in the building register. He has been living in somebody else’s home for 23 years without anyone knowing. The situation was the same for all 80 apartments in that building. ▶ GTV Reporter Choi Chang-sun “According to the building register, this apartment is numbered 1 instead of 4. This mistake was made by the constructor who inadvertently attached all the apartment signs on opposite sides.” ▶ Park Deok-hui / Resident Representative “When we bought our apartments, we checked the register details including apartment drawings, of course. However, purchasers, tenants and even realtors usually overlook the building designs...” Since property rights are based on locations in registered building designs, home owners may lose their property when it becomes the subject of a lawsuit. ▶ Discrepancy of Apartment Location Found in 3,188 Apartments in Gyeonggi Province In response to a pre-consulting audit request by Bucheon (부천) City regarding this matter, Gyeonggi Province conducted a province-wide investigation and found similar discrepancies in the registers for 3,188 apartments. ▶ Ministry Decision Made in Favor of Actual Occupants Gyeonggi Province began negotiating with the related Korean ministry and eventually obtained a ministry decision in favor of the actual occupants. ▶ Byeon Yong-hyun / Director, Gyeonggi Province General Audit Division “The ministry decision covers the apartment numbering discrepancy in building registers as well as resident registers.” The property rights of the owners of those apartments with addresses incorrectly listed in building registers can now be protected through design register amendments upon application by the home owners to local registry offices. Article 2. Gyeonggi’s Design Clinic for Public Facility Manufacturers (160927-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province is operating a design clinic for public facility manufacturers who failed to obtain provincial design certification. Design certification is granted for public facility items such as streetlights and benches that exhibit excellence in design. ▶ Bollard Manufacture. Gimpo City This bollard manufacturer produces quality products, but failed in a recent design certification application. ▶ Design Certification Essential for Public Facility Suppliers Such a failure could have devastating effects on a smaller enterprise. However, Gyeonggi Province’s Design Doctors help such enterprises regain their product power. ▶ Gwon Jeong-hun / Manager, Big Picture Ltd. Co. “We thought our designs were satisfactory. However, we now know why our designs failed and how to improve them thanks to Gyeonggi Province’s design consultation support.” ▶ Design Doctor Provided 1:1 Consulting Services Design Doctors are design specialists from academia and the design industry. These specialists provide one-on-one consulting services to public facility manufacturers who failed in design certification applications. ▶ Lee Hyun-seong / Design Doctor “The most common problem is meaningless ornamental elements, the second is ignorance of production costs, and the third is structural and functional defects, and so on. We help modify designs to resolve such problems.” ▶ Public Facility Design Certification System Public facility design certification is being pursued by many small and medium-sized enterprises. Those enterprises that produce quality public facility products with excellent designs are granted design certification and the use of the provincial mark and are recommended to provincial organizations. ▶ Most Manufacturing SMEs Have Weaknesses in Design The design clinic was conceived based on the realization that most SMEs are manufacture-oriented and have weaknesses in design. ▶ Kim Seung-gi / Gyeonggi Province Public Design Team Official “Most applicants are manufacture-oriented. We introduced the design support program to help these enterprises improve their designs…” Fifty percent of the enterprises that received design clinic services have subsequently succeeded in obtaining design certification. In December, Gyeonggi Province will hold an event to exhibit those items with which the clinic has helped in design improvement. Article 3. Gyeonggi Tops World Drinking Water Analysis Standards (160927-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Among more than 600 members of the world analytical laboratory community, the Gyeonggi Province Institute of Health & Environment topped the list in terms of proficiency testing in the water analysis field as determined by the ERA, an internationally recognized analytical proficiency assessment and certified reference material supply organization. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Institute of Health & Environment Tops PT in Water Analysis The ERA’s proficiency testing, or PT, is an assessment of the skill level of an analytical laboratory. ▶ 600 Institutes of the World Receive PT Annually PT in drinking water analysis is conducted annually with more than 600 participants worldwide. This year, Gyeonggi Province, with its excellent water quality control expertise, scored highest in this international testing. ▶ Tap Water, Groundwater and Other Drinking Water Tested Proficiency testing was performed using all types of drinking water including tap water and groundwater collected during a one-month period this past summer. Assessments were made on twelve items according to three rating levels: Satisfactory, Warning and Unsatisfactory. ▶ ‘Satisfactory’ for all 12 Categories The performance of the Gyeonggi Province Institute of Health & Environment was rated ‘Satisfactory’ in all twelve items including heavy metals, ionic substances, and volatile substances. ▶ Cho Deok-hui / Research Official, Gyeonggi Province Institute of Health & Environment “We have state-of-the-art analysis systems that can perform 58 regular tests and detect a hundred millionth of more than twenty monitored items. With these systems, we will protect the health of residents as well as our environment.” This institute has also been performing regular inspections and calibrations so as to maintain its systems in perfect working order. This global recognition of the Gyeonggi institute that proved the proficiency of its analysis capabilities will enhance public confidence in water quality. Article 4. Job Consultation Cafés Open in Gyeonggi Province (160928-1) [Anchor’s Headline] In Gyeonggi Province, a number of interesting cafés have opened. These cafés double as job centers while also operating as normal coffee shops. In these cafés, known as ‘job cafés’, patrons can sit with job consultants to discuss job applications in a comfortable setting free of charge. ▶ Café Real II, Suwon City One of these cafés is located in Suwon (수원) City. ▶ Job Café This café is similar to other cafés. However, its young patrons can have free job consultations and coaching services while also enjoying a beverage. Having such high-demand services in a comfortable atmosphere is making these cafés popular among youths. ▶ Jeong Tak-jun / Job Searcher “It is very convenient to have a job consultation while comfortably drinking a coffee. Much more so than getting information about job fairs, scheduling my time, and traveling to go there.” ▶ Cafés Also Benefit from Job Consultation Services Upon agreement with Gyeonggi Province, job cafés operate normally while providing space for employment support services. The coffee shops also benefit from this program since it helps increase their sales. ▶ Han Geum-ju / Café Real II Owner “I am well aware of the seriousness of youth employment problems. I hope many patrons use the consultation services here and can find employment.” ▶ Job Cafés Come Closer to Youths The job café was conceived by Gyeonggi Province as a means to conveniently operate employment support services closer to youths and career-resuming women at places they frequent. ▶ Heo Seung-beom / Director, Gyeonggi Province Employment Policy Division “There have been difficulties connecting employment policies with youths and women. That is why we devised job cafés so as to bring the services to community spaces.” ▶ Consulting on Tue, Thu, & Fri from 2pm to 6pm; Job Lectures on Fri Job consulting services are provided between 2pm and 6pm on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday every week. There are job lectures and mock interviews every alternate Friday. Gyeonggi Province plans to expand the job café program after three months of trial operation. Article 5. Peace-pursuing Art Exhibition Opens Near DMZ (160928-2) [Anchor’s Headline] A peace-pursuing art exhibition opened at a former US military base near Gyeonggi Province’s border with North Korea. Our reporter was there. ▶ ‘Taut Lines’ The lines that span 280 meters between barrier fences symbolize the tension in the area. ▶ ‘The Traces of Steels’ Red and blue structures remind viewers of the South-North conflicts that once existed. Viewers are led by lines that pass through sections of Camp Greaves, a former US military base that was returned to Korea. ▶ Jeong Yeol / Artist “This artwork depicts connections with lines. Connections between individuals, between the North and the South that consist of individuals, and the connections between us and the DMZ and even the spaces of nature.” The venue of this exhibition, which features five artists, is being staged close to the border with North Korea for realism. This location was utilized by the US military for 51 years before being returned to the Korean government in 2007. Gyeonggi Province plans to develop this area as a peace-pursuing cultural center. ▶ Yu Choong-ho / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province DMZ Preservation Team “We developed the Camp Greaves Cultural Restoration Project so as to preserve the historical and ecological value of the DMZ and to create a space for the pursuit of peace and art.” ▶ ‘From Silence to Communication’ Exhibition (September 27 to October 31) This exhibition is the first of the cultural restoration projects for this venue, and was aptly titled ‘From Silence to Communication’. The exhibition focuses on the peace that existed here before the war and national division that one may superficially associate with this //” ▶ Reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org Reservations: Camp Greaves Homepage (http://dmzcamp131.or.kr) or Tel (031-952-0466) The ‘From Silence to Communication’ exhibition is open daily from 9am to 6pm until October 31. Admission is provided on a reservation basis via email only. For more information, please visit the Camp Greaves homepage or call the number provided. Article 6. Bicycle Trails in Gyeonggi Province (160928-3) [Anchor’s Headline] These days, the skies are high, the wind is gentle, and the fields are dotted with beautiful autumn flowers. It is a perfect season for riding a bicycle. There are a number of beautiful bicycle trails in Gyeonggi Province. ▶ South Han River Bicycle Trail The South Han River bicycle trail runs along the northern shores of the Paldang (팔당) Reservoir. When it passes Paldang Bridge, the hectic noise of traffic suddenly disappears and quiet nature opens up. [CG] The South Han River bicycle trail runs along the shore of the junction between the North Han River and the South Han River. ▶ Kim Wan-cheol / Cyclist from Seongnam City “Bicycle road conditions are excellent and the trail is beautiful with ample river and mountain views.” [CG] The trail that runs from the Han River in Guri (구리) City along the estuary to the north offers perfect autumn scenery with blooming cosmos on both sides. ▶ [PiP] Cha Hwa-ja / Cycler from FGuri City “The cool breeze from the Han River and beautiful cosmos flowers create a perfect autumn atmosphere. I am enjoying every minute and I am so happy.” ▶ Scenic Bicycle Trails in Gyeonggi Province Suwon City: Wangsong Lake Park – Gosaek Bridge Yangpyeong County: North Han River Rail Bridge - Ipobo Paju City: Bangujeong - Hwaseokjeong There are also other scenic bicycle trails in Suwon City and Yangpyeong County of Gyeonggi Province that attract many cyclists. ▶ GTV Reporter Han Seon-ji “Pedaling though the wind on scenic trails surrounded by the beauty of nature may be the pastime this autumn. Gyeonggi GTV Han Seong-ji.” Article 7. Gyeonggi Province’s Pre-consulting Audit System Proves Effective (160929-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Two years ago, Gyeonggi Province introduced a pre-consulting audit system that revolutionized audit practices. Addressing issues proactively instead of reactively, this innovative system has contributed greatly to investment inducement and job creation. ▶ Development Enterprise, Seongnam City A development enterprise that was constructing a large distribution complex in Gwangju (광주) City faced a problem with building heights. The problem stemmed from a restriction on buildings located in the vicinity of cultural assets. There had been a major difference between Gyeonggi Province and this enterprise in the interpretation of the regulation. However, the pre-consulting audit ruled in favor of the enterprise. The development project can now proceed, enabling the creation of 13,000 jobs. ▶ Kang Seong-mun / Development Enterprise Vice President “We were able to proceed with the project thanks to clarification by Gyeonggi Province. I think that Gyeonggi Province’s pre-consulting audit system is an excellent regulatory reformation tool.” ▶ Bucheon Ojeong Industrial Complex A leasing problem regarding land lots in an industrial complex was also resolved by a pre-consulting audit. Such a resolution paved the way to the inducement of investments amounting to KRW 90 billion. ▶ Park Gwang-yong / Industrial Complex Cooperative Vice President “Businesspersons have limited knowledge about legal matters. If they are informed of the existence of the pre-consulting audit system of Gyeonggi Province, there will be huge positive effects.” ▶ Investment Inducement of KRW 2 Trillion and Creation of 20,475 New Jobs Since its introduction in April of 2014, Gyeonggi Province’s pre-consulting audit team has resolved 421 cases, enabling the creation of more than 20,000 new jobs and investments totaling KRW 2 trillion. ▶ Byun Yong-hyun / Gyeonggi Province General Audit Division “Our goal is to have the pre-consulting audit system on a firm foundation and improve its performance while keeping the applicants well informed of progress via text messages or…” The pre-consulting audit system is regarded by other Korean autonomous bodies as a proactive administrative methodology that eliminates problems before they arise. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2016.09.30Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article1.Gyeonggi to Expand Green Bean FarmingAreas (160920-3) [Anchor’s Headline]Gyeonggi Province announced the expansion of green bean farming areas designated in a number of locations in the province. Thisdecision came after the positive sales results of green beans harvested from previously designated areas. ▶Green Bean Processing Enterprise, Osan City Theyear-on-year sales of this green bean-processing enterprise have more than doubled since it began producing roasted green beans. This is attributed to consumers being impressed by the taste of roasted green beans and spreading the word. ▶Demand Soars While Supply is Limited Demand for green beans has soared and the possibilitiesforprocessed green bean product developmenthave suddenly opened up. ▶Hong Jin-yi / Green Bean Processing Enterprise Representative “I want to develop new green bean products such as green bean milk. It is unfortunate, however, thatthere is a limited supply…” ▶Gyeonggi to Increase Green Bean Farming Areas Green beans are nuttier in taste and have a more appetizing color than soy beans or black beans. [CG]Besides tastiness and a commercially viable appearance, green beans are beneficial for women and have anti-aging effects since they contain large amounts of vitamin E. Gyeonggi Provinceplans to increase the designatedgreen bean farming areasfrom the existing 4 hectares to 10 hectares by expanding three current areas. ▶Green Bean Production to Increase Five-folds Annual green bean production will then increase from 4 tons to 20 tons. ▶Park Geon-hwan / Research Official, Gyeonggi Agricultural Research & Extension Services “We will increase green bean farming area designations and provide technical support so as to ensure a stable supply of green beans as a raw material from next year.” The designated green bean farming areas are currently located in Yeoncheon (연천) County and the cities of Paju (파주) and Yongin (용인). Article2.Goyang City’s IlsanDistrictDevelopment Accelerates (160921-1) [Anchor’s Headline]Gyeonggi Province’s development plans for the Contents Valley and the North Gyeonggi Techno Valley, both in Ilsan (일산) District of Goyang (고양) City, hadbeen delayed due to differences amongthe hosting organizations. However,high expectations were revived when these organizations recently reached an agreement for joint development. ▶Ilsan Abounds with large-scale Development Ilsanis already the host of Korea’s largest exhibition complex, KINTEX, and the Korean Wave cultural complex, Hallyu(한류) World. ▶Accommodation Facilities and Commercial Areas Filled to Capacity With these developments, hotels, apartments and buildings for amenities in the area are already filled to capacity ▶ [PiP]Kang Sin-wun / Realtor “We receive many enquiries from potential real estate investors since the announcement of Hallyu World and the North Gyeonggi Techno Valley projects. The commercial and accommodation facilitymarkets here are brisk.” [CG]In addition to these provinciallyinitiated projects, Ilsan (일산) was also designated by the Korean government as the host of the Happy Housingproject that will accommodate 5,500 households. ▶Self-sustaining City Complete with Cultural and ResidentialAreas When the Contents Valley and the North Gyeonggi Techno Valley projects are completed,Ilsan (일산) will reborn as a self-sustaining city complete with cultural and residential areas. ▶Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (September 20) Ilsan New Growth Base Joint Development Agreement The joint development agreement was signed by five public bodies including Gyeonggi Province, Goyang (고양) City, and related Korean ministry and public organizations. ▶Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “With cooperation from participating organizations, we will create a great city in which to live and work.” ▶Differences to be Resolved through Formation of Consultative Group Differences among the organizations will be resolved bythe formation of a consultative group of related officials. ▶GTV Reporter Han Seon-ji “When these projects are completed in 2022, this area will become the new growth base of northern Gyeonggi Province. Gyeonggi GTV, Han Seon-ji.” Article3.GyeonggiAnnounces ‘Alps Project’ to Reduce Microdust (160922-1) [Anchor’s Headline]On September 23, Gyeonggi Provinceannounced a project that aims to reduce atmospheric microdust to one third of current levels by the year 2020. This project includes a number of strategiesfor the reduction of microdust emissions as well as for the prevention of the atmospheric influx of microdustinto the province. ▶Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (September 21) Announcement of ‘Alps Project’for Microdust Reduction Titled the‘Alps Project’, this 4-year plan targets the reduction of annual microdust emissions from the 4,400 tons of last year to less than one third of that amount through multifaceted efforts by the end of 2020. ▶Precipitation Enhancement (Artificial Rain) One strategyof this projectis attracting attention forits ambitious concept. It is a combination ofartificial rainand microdust-free zone designation. If successful, it will work by inducing rainfall in designated zonesthat willcleanse those zones ofatmospheric microdust. These zones will be strategically selected so as to effectively block microdust before it reaches the province. ▶Kim Soon-tae / Professor of Environment Safety Engineering, Ajou University “The rain drops of will collide with microdust particles and precipitate with them. If we can induce rain that continues a whole day, 50 to 60 percent of atmospheric microdust will be removed…” ▶ Reduction ofIndustrial Microdust Emissions through Facility Improvement In order to reduce industrial microdust emissions, a primary cause of the presence of microdust in Seoul and Gyeonggi areas, Gyeonggi Province will help replace 1,200 air pollution prevention facilities and install new facilities at additional microdust-generation sites. ▶100% Cost Support for Replacement of Diesel Particulate Filters The current rate of diesel particulate filter replacement cost support will be increased from 90 percent to 100 percent. ▶50,000 Electric Vehicles and Air Purifiers at Bus Stops Gyeonggi Province will also increase the number of electric vehicles to 50,000 and install air purifiers at bus stops in areas with high concentrations of atmospheric microdust. ▶Kim Gun / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Environment Bureau “We will do our utmost to create a Gyeonggi Province with an environment that is at least nearly as clean as theAlps within three to four years.” Other sub-plans of the Alps Projectinclude the installation of additional microdust measurement stations and the procurement of 100 new road cleaning vehicles with high-pressure water spray tems. Article4.83-Year-Old Mom Cares for Daughterwith Alzheimer’s(160922-2) [Anchor’s Headline]On September 21, World Alzheimer`s Day, Gyeonggi Province held an event to raise public awareness about Alzheimer’s and dementia, and to convey messages of support to dementia patients and their families. During the event, the story of an 83-year-old woman who cares for her daughter with Alzheimer`sbroke the hearts of audience members. ▶Park Sun-rye, Seongnam City Resident Every morning, Park (박순례) prepares and leaves home with her daughter,holding her hand as they go to visit a local dementia support center. Although her daughter is over 60 years old, Parkhas never taken her eyes off of her for the past several years. ▶Park Sun-rye (Age 83) / Motherof Dementia Patient “The news was like a bomb. I felt as if the ground had suddenly disappeared, as if my life was over. I took her to every hospital I knew…” When Park herself became helpless in the darkest despair after years of tending her daughter on her own, Gyeonggi Province’s dementia support center and its programs were like saviors and helped return smiles to the faces of her and her daughter. ▶ [PiP]Park Sun-rye (Age 83) / Mother of DementiaPatient “I cannot express how grateful I am. Now I come to this place as if my life depends on it. I feel like I am in my mother’s arms here…” ▶Gyeonggi Provincial Dementia Center (September 20) Concert for Dementia Patients Gyeonggi Provinceoperates various support programs for dementia patients through provincial and local dementia support centers. This year, Gyeonggi Province declared an Alzheimer’s Weekto follow World Alzheimer’s Day and organized various events to promote the prevention of and awareness about dementia during that week. ▶RyuYeong-cheol / Director, Gyeonggi Province Health Promotion Division “Dementia is a disease for which society as a whole should bear the hardships. We are operating additional dementia support programs at local health centers during the Alzheimer’s Week...” ▶640,000 Dementia Patients in Korea, 1 in Every 10 Seniors As of last year, there were 640,000 dementia patients in Korea, which equates to one in every ten seniors. ▶Gyeonggi Provinceto Expand Dementia Support Programs In order to help the ever-increasing number of dementia patients, Gyeonggi Province will introduce expanded support programs such as free diagnosis services and dementia prevention education. Article5.Korean Bulgarian Professor Meets Half-sister after 55 Years (160920-1) [Anchor’s Headline]A Bulgarian professor who was born to a North Korean father and Bulgarian mother visited South Korea and, after 55 years of searching for his roots, met his half-sister who was born to the same father and defected to South Korea. ▶Incheon International Airport (August 29) Arranged by Gyeonggi Province, their first dramatic meeting took place atIncheon International Airport. ▶Reunion of Bularian Brother and North Korean Defect Sister As soon as Professor Nam saw his half-sister Yul-ju (율주), he embraced her tightly. ▶ [Sync]“It’s like I am dreaming. I am overwhelmed by emotion…” Therewasa subtle resemblance between these two unlikely siblings. ▶Nam Born During His Father’s Stay in Bulgaria As Student KamenNam was born in Bulgaria where his father lived as a foreign student from North Korea. ▶Father Returned to North Korea,Leaving Wife and Son Two years after his birth, Kamen’s father returned to North Korea where he became a professor. ▶Mother and Son Visited North Korea and Forced to Return to Bulgaria Kamen’s mother later managed to get a job at the Bulgarian embassy in North Korea, and was able to reunite with her husband. However, she and her son were forced to return home by the Bulgarian government after only a short period of time. Kamen’s father later remarried and fathered Yul-ju (율주). ▶Kamen Nam / Professor, Sophia National University, Bulgaria “For the past 55 years, I have done every thing I could to trace my father. I wish to return the love that was lost for all those years to my sister now.” ▶Kamen Nam Visited Memorial Sites It was incrediblefor Kamento reunite with his half-sister in South Korea. This was also true for his half-sister who would never have been able to see her brother had she not defected to South Korea. During his 7-day stay in Korea, they visited their ancestor’s grave and the Korean DemilitarizedZone, the nearest point to North Korea, symbolizingtheir roots. Article6.Gyeonggi’sKorean Indigenous Freshwater Fish Show Tour (160922-3) [Anchor’s Headline]There is a Korean indigenous freshwater fish showtouringGyeonggi Province as an accompanying event to local festivals. Our reporter visited thisshow at the Gwacheon (과천) Flower Show venue. ▶Indigenous Fish Show Held at Local Festival Sites Located centrally among flower show booths, this fish show is attracting the attention of many young visitors. The show features a variety of species, some of which can only been found in the cleanest waters of pollution-free streams. ▶Ho Seong-eun& Lee Ye-hyun / Young Visitors “There were many fish species that I saw for the first time. I have seen terrapins in books, but saw them here in person for the first time.” ▶20 Indigenous Freshwater Fish Species Among twenty indigenous species of freshwater fish featured at the show, there were those that have perfect camouflage, looking just like rugged rocks, and others with colorful displays. Organized by the Maritime & Fisheries Research Institute of Gyeonggi Province, this show is touringthe province with the objective of providing children with an opportunity to familiarize themselves with species that cannot be seen in urban environments. ▶Lee Yeon-jae / Gyeonggi ProvinceMaritime & Fisheries Research Institute Official “We have approximately 100,000 visitors to our ecology education center annually. However, we organized this tour to enable more people to appreciate the show, which receives approximately a million visitors annually. The number is increasing each year…” ▶Freshwater Fish Show Tour ▶Han River Cosmos Festival, Guri (September 23 to 25) ▶Grand Specialty Farm Product Market, Yeoncheon (October 21 to 23) ▶Chrysanthemum Exhibition, Hwaseong (October 22 to 23) ▶OgokFerry Festival (October 28 to 30) Beginning with the Gwacheon(과천) event, the Korean Indigenous Freshwater Fish Show will tour six locations inGyeonggi Provincethrough to the end of October. While children can acquaint themselves with species of fish that only exist in the wild at the show, adults can once again see those species that they encountered in mountain streams when they were young. Article7.Farm Machine AccidentsIncrease in Autumn (160921-3) [Anchor’s Headline]During the harvest season, when farm machines are used intensively, many farmers suffer injuries due to machine-related accidents, even more frequently than at construction sites. ▶Tractor Accident Site, Pocheon (October 2015) While adjusting a tractor, a farmer’s fingersbecame stuck in the machine. Luckily, rescuers arrived in time to savehis fingers. According to an analysis of industrial accidentdata by the Gyeonggi Agricultural Research & Extension Services, farm accidents occur more frequently thanthose in the manufacturing and construction industries. ▶ [PiP]AhnSeong-yong / Farmer, Pyeongtaek City “Farm machine accidents often occur when farmers operate machinesunder the influence. Accidents by falling also occur frequently when farmers climb greenhouses to repair them.” ▶Use Safety and Protection Equipment While operating farm machines, the use of safety and protection equipment is essential. ▶Do Not Operate Farming Machines under the Influence Do not operate machines under the influence of alcohol and always inspect machinesbefore using them. ▶Avoid Straining Postures While Working When manually handling heavy loads or working in squatting positions, avoid straining postures to prevent injuries. ▶GTV Reporter Choi Ji-hyun “It is best to use power-assisted and convenience equipment as much as possible and to rest and stretch once every hour.” Safety and convenience equipment for farming isavailable at local agricultural technology centers free of charge. ▶Lim Yeong-chun / Director, Farm Area Resource Division, GARES “Always think about safety while working and use convenience equipment whenever possible.” The Gyeonggi Agricultural Research & Extension Services emphasizes the importance of safety consciousness among farmers during the harvest season. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2016.09.23Article 1. 313th Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Extraordinary Meeting (160912-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On September 9, the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly held the fourth general session of its 313th extraordinary meeting which saw the passage of 35 items including the third revised supplementary provincial budget. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly 4th General Session of 313th Extraordinary Meeting All the 35 items presented by the Gyeonggi Provincial Government passed voting without complications. ▶ Progressive Electricity Billing System Improvement Plan One of the notable items discussed at the meeting was a progressive electricity billing system improvement plan. With the passage of this plan, Gyeonggi Province will now able to effectively devise a rationalized billing system. ▶ Hong Seok-woo / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member (Saenuri Party) “The current electricity billing system is unfair to general households. The provincial assembly approved the improvement plan as was presented.” ▶ North Gyeonggi Trauma Center Establishment Plan The provincial assembly also approved an agreement between Gyeonggi Province and Uijeongbu (의정부) St. Mary’s Hospital for the establishment of a trauma center in northern Gyeonggi Province. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Chairman Jeong Ki-yeol “I declare the approval of item 24 based on 79 ayes and 1 abstention out of 80 voters present.” ▶ 3rd Revised Supplementary Budget Plan Passes A third revised supplementary budget plan was also passed. ▶ Revised Supplementary Budget: KRW 22.4 Trillion The revised supplementary budget of KRW 22.4 trillion was also passed without complications. ▶ For Job Creation and Local Economic Development Projects Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil revealed that the revised supplementary budget will be used for various job creation and local economic development projects. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “Gyeonggi Province will use the approved budget for crucial job creation and local economic development projects. These projects will be implemented without delay to aid economic recovery.” The next general session of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly extraordinary meeting is scheduled for November 1. Article2. 2nd Half of Gyeonggi Coalition Focuses on Public Life (160912-2) [Anchor’s Headline] On September 9, the Gyeonggi Provincial Administration and the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly entered a coalition agreement for the second half of their term in 288 public life improvement projects. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (September 9) The agreement was signed by Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil (남경필) and the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly leaders of the ruling and opposition parties. At this meeting, Governor Nam also appointed a new Vice Governor for Coalition who will undertake political coordination with the provincial assembly. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Coalition Kang Deuk-ku “I will do my utmost to help realize collective coalition efforts that will create the future of Gyeonggi Province and Korea.” ▶ Public Life Coalition Agreement Consisting of 288 cooperation projects that focus on public life, the agreement is accordingly titled the Public Life Coalition Agreement. ▶ 288 Projects of 13 Categories The scope of the second coalition agreement between the two provincial bodies covers 288 projects in 13 categories and is thus greater than the previous one in terms of both the number of projects and their scale. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “Let us work together in openness just for our people, for our residents.” [CG] The coalition agreement projects include those for youth employment support, school meal support, and the implementation of expanded double-decker bus and semi-public red bus operation systems. ▶ Support for Living Wages and Rental Housing Deposits This second coalition agreement is characterized by its coverage of projects that aim to improve or stabilize public livelihood such as those regarding the support for a living wage increase and rental housing deposit payments. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Chairman Jeong Ki-yeol “The Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly will extend positive cooperation in the realization of the projects covered by the coalition agreement.” Led by the Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Coalition, who will assume office next month, Gyeonggi Province’s coalition system will create a new political model. Article 3. Gyeonggi Uncovers Unhygienic Chinese Restaurants (160912-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Since this past July, the special judicial police of Gyeonggi Province have staged an extensive crackdown on unhygienic practices among all Chinese food delivery businesses in the province, and uncovered a large number of violations. When inspectors enter the kitchen of a Chinese restaurant, its condition is beyond description. The ceiling is covered with a thick black mixture of dust and soot dangling like icicles that can fall into food below at any moment. The sweet-and-sour sauce pot is too grimy to touch with bare hands. In the kitchen of another restaurant, days-old exposed food waste fills every corner without being properly stored. ▶ [Sync] “We are using pay-as-you-throw disposal bags, but it’s a waste of money to use them daily just to dispose of the small amount of food waste produced every day, isn’t it?” It is no wonder that cockroaches are found everywhere, even in cooking utensils. The appalling situations do not end there. A meat distributor that supplies pork to Chinese restaurants uses meat with effective dates that expired a year ago. ▶ All 3,485 Chinese Restaurants in Gyeonggi Province Inspected In the six weeks following this past July, the judicial police inspected all 3,485 Chinese restaurants in the province. ▶ 474 Restaurant Uncovered with Food Hygiene Law Violations The results were astonishing since the violations of the Food and Hygiene Law were uncovered at as many as 474 restaurants. ▶ Park Seong-nam / Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police Chief “It is easy to violate the law when cooking where no one can see. We will conduct crackdowns on a regular basis while providing hygiene education to restaurant operators so as to eradicate unhygienic practices.” The violators uncovered during the crackdown will be subject to strict administrative penalties as well as criminal prosecutions. Article 4. Gyeonggi Abounds with Apartment Management Fee Fraud (160913-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province conducted inspections on the management of apartment complexes and discovered fraudulent items for apartment management fees collected monthly from residents at more than 500 apartment complexes. Each year, the apartment management contractor of this apartment complex charged increased fees for cleaning and guarding without actually paying increased wages to these personnel. ▶ Extra Charges for Fraudulent Items They also charged residents for retirement fees, pension fees and health insurance fees for management personnel while employing only those who are old enough to be exempted from such payments. ▶ [Sync] Apartment Manager “I think such was a common practice among contractors. I wasn’t aware of any fraud because what was being charged was usual in such circumstances.” ▶ KRW 15.2 Billion Embezzled at 556 Apartment Complexes During inspections conducted over the past two years, Gyeonggi Province uncovered cases of apartment management fee fraud amounting to KRW 15.2 billion at no less than 556 apartment complexes, equivalent to KRW 30,000 per household. [CG] Among the types of fraud, those for long-term repair reserves were the greatest, amounting to almost KRW 10 billion at 445 complexes. This was followed by fraud for management personnel expenses and contracted service fees found at 544 and 357 complexes, respectively. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “Our residents’ precious money is leaking profoundly. We ask our residents to keep alert while we are doing our utmost to improve the situation. We will also ask the central government to take necessary measures for improvements.” Gyeonggi Province pressed criminal charges for the five largest fraud cases while helping residents recover excessive payments at 28 complexes. ▶ Big Data and Consulting Services to be Utilized to Prevent Apartment Fraud Gyeonggi Province will utilize big data to monitor apartment management fees while introducing consultation services for bidding and contracting apartment management services so as to eradicate apartment management fraud. Article 5. Gyeonggi Province Nurtures Trade Specialists (160913-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been nurturing international trade specialists from among those who are proficient in foreign languages so as to assist SMEs with international marketing while providing youths with job opportunities. ▶ Gyeonggi Small & Medium Business Center (September 12) On September 12, the Gyeonggi Small & Medium Business Center organized an event to connect the graduates of this 3-month trade education course with SMEs. ▶ Sin Seung-yeon / International Trade Course Graduate “Being an English major, I haven’t had opportunities to familiarize myself with international trade. This course gave me that opportunity and it helped me gain confidence.” ▶ Trainees Provided with Job Opportunities upon Graduation The attendees of this education course are provided with job opportunities upon graduation through events like this to which SMEs seeking export personnel are also invited. Those who meet their employers here can start work immediately. ▶ Yu Tae-seung / CEO, Wheel Lighting “I could see that these youths were fully equipped with linguistic and trade knowledge. It is extremely efficient because all they need is product knowledge before working as fully functional personnel.” ▶ Gyeonggi to Utilize Graduates at Trade Expo In order to broaden the experience of the graduates, Gyeonggi Province plans to utilize these youths at trade expos in October such as G-Fair and G-Trade. At these expos, they will work for participating enterprises, possible employers, as trade assistants. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Administrative Affairs II Yang Bok-hwan “There are those graduates who are still seeking employment. We will continue to help them find jobs even after their graduation…” The trade specialist education program of Gyeonggi Province has the dual purpose of promoting youth employment while assisting SME in securing qualified employees. Article 6. Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Examines Administrative Oversights (160909-1) [Anchor’s Headline] The third general session of the 313th Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Extraordinary Meeting took place on September 8. This session was held for provincial administration oversights on a number of issues. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (September 8) 3rd General Session of 313th Extraordinary Meeting The third general session of the current extraordinary meeting saw questions posed to provincial administrators regarding major provincial policies. One such question was about the establishment of the Gyeonggi Province Corporation currently planned by the provincial government. ▶ Lim Doo-soon / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member, Saenuri Party “I understand that the Gyeonggi Province Corporation will be in the form of a legal business entity. If so, it may easily succumb to profit-driven management patterns.” In response, Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil (남경필) assured that its publicness will be maintained by articles of association and stockholder agreements. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “The publicness of this organization will be maintained while making money for SMEs by helping them with marketing.” ▶ Publicness, Independence & Originality Governor Nam added that this organization should also be endowed with management independence and innovativeness so as to be sustainable and to assist as many SMEs as possible. There was also a question about small business support policies aimed at local economic promotion. ▶ Cho Gwang-hui / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member, Minju Party “I ask you to actively develop more efficient support and promotion programs for small businesses as well as for the protection of their rights.” ▶ Governor Nam Considers Formation of Small Business Promotion Funds In response to this request, Governor Nam disclosed a plan to formulate small business promotion funds as part of SME promotion funds. The initial funds will amount to KRW 100 billion. Other questions posed at today’s session included those regarding the Ddabok (따복) housing supply schedule, parking and charging facility expansion for electric vehicles, and women’s employment. Article 7. New Geonggi Businesses Seek Investment at Audition (160909-2) [Anchor’s Headline] The Gyeonggi Creative Economy Innovation Center organized an investment audition session for new businesses that were created with provincial support so as to help them connect with investors. This month’s event marked the fourth occasion of its kind. ▶ Gyeonggi Creative Economy Innovation Center (September 9) During the event, young business founders took turns to present their product items in front of potential investors. One of the items presented was a wearable electronic exercise aid. Unlike other similar items, this one can detect the breathing and movements of the user and even calculate muscle mass. The next item was a software product that helps online shoppers select appropriately sized clothing and shoes. This software won the top prize for usefulness in everyday life. ▶ [PiP] Kim Hyun-ho / New Business Founder “It is a rare opportunity for new businesses to meet a number of potential investors in a single place. It provides a good opportunity to introduce our products.” ▶ Matchmaking between Potential Investors and New Businesses This auditioning event was conceived as a channel through which new businesses can be connected with potential investors. It also helps investors evaluate the business potential of the items presented through direct contact with the developers. ▶ [PiP] Jang Jun-ho / Potential Investor “It is not easy and takes a long time to find an investable enterprise with good business potential. This publicly organized event preselects such enterprises and helps us save a lot of time and resources…” ▶ KRW 1.8 Billion Invested in 5 New Businesses These auditioning events have already helped five new enterprises secure investments of KRW 1.8 billion through three previous occasions. ▶ Jeon Woo-chang / Gyeonggi Province Future Strategy Division Official “We aim to create an environment in which more new enterprises can secure investment. We will continue organizing the event that can produce greater results.” This year, the auditioning of new businesses for investment matchmaking will take place once more in November. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2016.09.13Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Gyeonggi Mom’s Healthy Meal Festival (160905-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On September 2, a healthy diet promotion event for expectant mothers was held at the Gyeonggi Women’s Vision Center. This single-day event saw education and consultation sessions that featured obstetricians and dieticians. ▶ Gyeonggi Women’s Vision Center (September 2) 2nd Gyeonggi Mom’s Healthy Meal Festival Titled ‘Gyeonggi Mom’s Healthy Meal Festival’, this was the second such event organized for pregnant women by this center in Gyeonggi Province to provide them with opportunities to discuss their current eating habits and seek advice. ▶ Free Discussion on Healthy Cooking During the free discussion session, an obstetrician provided detailed explanations about healthy ingredients and cooking methods that can help preserve the nutrients essential for expectant mothers. ▶ [PiP] Ku Hye-myeong / Participant with Final-stage Pregnancy “This is my first pregnancy, so I am especially conscious about nutrition for my baby. Here I learned about the foods that are good for my baby, how to prepare them, and how to control the amounts of sodium and sugar…” During the festival, the participating mothers were provided with healthy diet information and an opportunity to share experiences with each other. ▶ Healthy Meal Demonstrations There were also demonstrations of healthy meal preparations for expectant mothers as well as food items nutritional checks and individual consultations with dieticians. ▶ Bae Su-yong / Director General Gyeonggi Province Health & Welfare Bureau “There are an increasing number of women who become pregnant at older ages than was previously the case. We organized this event to help them ensure their babies’ health and to promote childbirth.” Gyeonggi Province will develop a range of programs designed to promote marriage and childbirth and to help pregnant women in the later stages of their fertile years. Article 2. Internet Use Increases for Home Memorial Service Food Deliveries (160905-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Around Chusoek (추석), Korean families prepare foods traditionally eaten on this major Korean holiday and perform memorial services for their ancestors. In recent years, the number of Koreans who order Chuseok (추석) food items for delivery from food stores has increased. ▶ Food Store, Goyang City This store receives Chuseok food orders via the internet. ▶ Orders Received by Online Food Stores Increase before Chuseok With Chuseok (추석) only weeks away, the number of orders began to increase rapidly and their total amount exceeded KRW 40 million in just two weeks. Customers made their choice of foods from the options displayed on the homepages of food stores. ▶ Choi Jae-won / Specialist Food Store Owner “We receive approximately 50 orders monthly on average. However, the number of orders increases threefold during the months of Chuseok and the Lunar New Year. We supply foods at prices lower than those of large supermarkets.” ▶ Online Purchases of Agricultural and Livestock Products Increase Online transactions for agricultural and livestock products have also shown an increasing trend recently. [CG-Overlap] Sales of the Gyeonggi provincial cyber market usually also increase more than 60 percent during September and October. The cyber market offers discounts around the Chuseok (추석) holiday. ▶ Moon Jae-yul / Director, Gyeonggi Province Agricultural Products Distribution Division “Our cyber market saw sales of KRW 15.8 billion in 2015, the highest among online shopping malls in Korea. This market is currently offering discounts of up to 64% on more than 40 items” ▶ 50% of Shoppers Use Ready-made Memorial Foods According to a survey of consumers conducted by a well-established online shopping mall, more than 50 percent said that they use at least one ready-made memorial service food item purchased from a market instead of being prepared at home. The convenient use of ready-made memorial service foods purchased online is expected to increase continuously until Chuseok. Article 3. Gyeonggi Nursing & Care Service Hospitals Expanded (160906-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province introduced combined nursing and care services at five selected provincial medical centers for those patients who require personal services. These combined services have now been expanded to all provincial medical centers. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center Suwon Hospital Jeong (정연순), a Gyeonggi medical center patient who is unable to move without assistance, requested nursing and care services since no one in her family was available to help her due to their jobs. Her personal needs are now being taken care of by a nurse who is also a qualified personal care service provider. ▶ Jeong Yeon-soon / Spinal Nodule Patient “I can trust my nurse a hundred percent. She always responds quickly to my calls and helps me with anything I need…” ▶ Nursing & Care Services Expanded to All Provincial Hospitals Gyeonggi Province recently expanded these nursing and care services to all provincial hospitals from September. ▶ Services More Professional and Less Expensive An increasing number of elderly patients are using the combined nursing and care services of Gyeonggi Province hospitals since these services are provided by professional nurses and thus reliable while also being less expensive than the use of additional personal care providers. The costs of nursing and care services are much lower than those of hiring personal care providers since these services is covered by national health insurance. ▶ Han Hyun-hui / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Health Policy team “There has been a growing necessity for the improvement of personal care services. In order to alleviate the burden of personal care costs on patients, these services will be expanded to all provincial hospitals from this September.” For such service expansion, Gyeonggi Province will invest KRW 1.7 billion this year to employ 84 more nurses qualified in the provision of personal care services. Article 4. Gyeonggi Improves Infectious Disease Tests (160906-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Earlier this summer, for the first time in fifteen years, an outbreak of cholera occurred in Korea. Gyeonggi Province immediately took measures to accelerate infectious disease diagnosis, especially for those diseases with similar symptoms, so as to ensure timely responses to any future outbreaks. ▶ Infectious Disease Outbreaks in Korea While there is still public fear lingering over the Zika virus, Korea saw outbreaks of multiple infectious diseases including cholera and dengue fever this past summer. Dengue fever was particularly active, resulting in more than 70 patients. ▶ Quick Diagnosis Essential for Controlling Infectious Diseases with Similar Symptoms These diseases originated from overseas and have similar symptoms. ▶ [PiP] Kim Jeong-yeon M.D. / Gyeonggi Medical Center Suwon Hospital “It is not easy to diagnose diseases with similar symptoms. Patients require detailed tests to distinguish one from the other.” [CG] The majority of the symptoms of the Zika virus and dengue fever are similar, and both are transferred by mosquitoes. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Begins Genetic Tests for 34 Infectious Diseases with Similar Symptoms Gyeonggi Province will perform genetic tests for 34 infectious diseases with similar symptoms that require a quick diagnosis. ▶ [PiP] Hong Hae-geun / Gyeonggi Province Institute of Health & Environment Official “The task of diagnostic tests has been transferred from the provincial disease control headquarters to the provincial institute of health and environment. Diagnosis will then be accelerated by 3 to 7 days.” While improving infectious disease monitoring through quick diagnosis, Gyeonggi Province will also minimize the spread of such diseases in the province. Since early diagnosis is essential, those who develop symptoms such as fever and nausea are required to visit a hospital immediately. Article 5. New Types of Phishing Increase before Chuseok (160908-3) [Anchor’s Headline] As the Chuseok (추석) holiday nears, there has been a rapid increase of phishing activities in Korea using text messages that target smartphone users. This ‘smishing’ is often disguised as a notice from a fake service enterprise. One such message gives notice of a courier delivery delay and asks the recipient to check via a link provided. Another request, disguised as a winning notice in a promotional event, requests the provision of personal information. ▶ Park Jeong-eun / Victim of Smishing When I saw the message that said I won an event and asked me to click a link, I did by mistake. I am sure that will cause or has caused me damage, but I don’t know how to get help.” ▶ Link Leads to Theft of Personal Information or Money Clicking a link provided by such a message may result in the theft of personal information or a payment charged on a smartphone bill. [CG] The number of cyber fraud incidents such as these smishing cases has increased more than 30 percent over the past two years ▶ How to Prevent Smishing ► Delete the Message Immediately ► Increase Mobile Phone Security ► If Clicked, Set to Airplane Mode to Interrupt Data Transfer If smishing is suspected, it is best to delete the message as soon as it arrives. It is also helpful to disallow automatic installation of applications sent from unknown sources. If a smartphone user has clicked a link by mistake, set the phone to airplane mode to interrupt data transfer. ▶ Consumer Consultation Services for Cyber Fraud Those who have suffered monetary damage through cyber fraud are encouraged to contacting a consumer consultation service. ▶ Ahn Chang-yeong / Gyeonggi Province Consumer Fraud Prevention Center “If you have already suffered damage due to fraud, the Gyeonggi Province Consumer Fraud Prevention Center is available to provide legal and psychological assistance.” The Gyeonggi Province Consumer Fraud Prevention Center can be contacted by calling 1372 for free consultations regarding cyber fraud. Article 6. 313th Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Extraordinary Meeting (160908-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On September 7, the 313th Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly extraordinary meeting was held. During this meeting, questions were posed to provincial administrators regarding a number of administration matters. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (September 7) 313th Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Extraordinary Meeting, 2nd Session At the second session of the extraordinary meeting, an assembly member from the Minju (민주) Party indicated problems regarding the operation of food trucks by Gyeonggi Province as part of youth employment promotion. ▶ Go Yun-seok / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member, Minju Party “Effective operation cannot be expected because of seasonal business fluctuations, event dependency and weekend-prioritized operations.” In response, Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil revealed that he is currently working on plans to increase the number of food trucks to 100 by the end of the year. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “We are pursuing the enactment of a related ordinance. I ask you to extend your cooperation to allow the active operation of the food trucks.” The issue of low birth rates was another topic about which questions were asked. ▶ Low Birth Rates to be Tackled with Employment and Housing Support for Youths Regarding decreasing provincial birth rates, Governor Nam acknowledged the fact and affirmed his continuous efforts to improve the situation through the resolution of employment and housing issues for youths. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “If we continue current policies on a larger scale and concentrate on employment and housing issues, I am certain that we can achieve positive results.” Other issues broached by assembly members included roadside landscaping to reduce dust generation and the cost of vehicle identification plate issuance. The 313th extraordinary meeting for provincial administration oversight continued the next day with a third session. Article 7. Gyeonggi Upgrades Real Estate Portal (160908-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been operating a real estate portal site to provide the public with comparative and analytical real estate information that contain comprehensive data. The related provincial office recently upgraded the real estate portal services. Han (한상용) has been house-hunting using spare time during his busy daily schedule. Instead of having to do a lot of legwork, he can easily find detailed information including prices about the home he is looking for as well as information about the amenities in the vicinity of each home thanks to the real estate portal services of Gyeonggi Province. ▶ Han Sang-yong / Suwon City Resident “I found Gyeonggi Province’s portal site while searching on a number of different internet sites. This site is great because it provides all the information I need including prices in real time based on actual transactions.” ▶ Gyeonggi Province Real Estate Portal Upgraded after 6 Months of Functional Improvements This provincial real estate information service website, which is the largest of its kind in Korea, recently began providing upgraded services after six months of functional improvements. ▶ All Real Estate-related Information Available on a Single Website This website provides comprehensive real-time information assembled from a number of real estate information service sites. ▶ Apartments Available for Sale, Monthly Rent and Lease Comprehensive Information Based on Actual Transactions A table comparing information about apartments for sale as well as those available for monthly rent and lease is now provided on a single screen. ▶ Kim Ji-hui / Director, Gyeonggi Province Land Information Division “Based on user requirements, we prepared analytical apartment information displayed on a single screen and improved the provision of development information and map search functions.” The upgraded real estate portal services also include four additional functions that provide transaction statistics and trends. 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