EnglishNews | 2018.01.24Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week Article 1. Gyeonggi Forecasts 3.6% Economic Growth This Year (180115-2) [Anchor’s Headline] The Gyeonggi Research Institute anticipates a continued increase in provincial exports and forecasts Gyeonggi Province’s economic growth to be 3.6 percent this year, 0.6 percentage points higher than the national forecast made by the Bank of Korea. ► Industrial Machinery Enterprise, Siheung City Since it began exporting in 2016, the year-on-year exports of this industrial machinery manufacturer in Siheung (시흥) City have increased more than ten times through the targeting of growing markets in Southeast Asia. ► Seo Yong-geun / Industrial Machinery Enterprise “Consumer recognition of Korean products has significantly changed. The quality of Korean products is now trusted as much as that of Japanese counterparts. The name Korea itself is regarded as an assurance of brand value.” Exports by Gyeonggi Province last year, which increased nearly 30 percent, played an important part in the economic growth of the province. ► Export Increase Anticipated to Continue This Year Gyeonggi Province’s export increase is expected to continue this year. ► 3.6% Economic Growth Forecast for Gyeonggi The annual economic growth of Gyeonggi Province has been higher than that of the nation for some time. This year’s forecasted economic growth of 3.6 percent, as compared to the projected national growth rate of 3.0 percent, reflects such a trend. In terms of exports, Gyeonggi Province is expected to see an increase of 6.2 percent this year compared to the projected national increase of 5.3 percent. Such a forecast stems from changing trade environments with emerging markets including China. ► Min Byeong-gil / Research Officer, Gyeonggi Research Institute “We anticipate that world economic growth will generally increase, driven by the trade increases of emerging markets including BRICs nations, which will lead a general trade increase worldwide. Our forecast is based on such anticipated developments.” ► Gyeonggi to Continue Leading in No. of New Employees This year, Gyeonggi Province is also expected to lead in employment fields. The number of new employees is anticipated to be approximately 167,000; this is approximately half of the national total. Such positive economic growth, export and employment forecasts for Gyeonggi Province coincide with the positive survey responses given by 320 enterprises situated in the province. Article 2. Foreign Direct Investment in Gyeonggi Increases 2.5 Fold in 2017 (180116-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Despite troubled South Korean trade environments stemming from North Korean nuclear threats and the Chinese ban on Korean trade, foreign direct investment in Gyeonggi Province more than doubled last year compared to the previous year. ► Foreign Direct Investment in Gyeonggi Marked USD 3.5 Billion in 2017 The total amount of direct investment in Gyeonggi Province by foreign enterprises was USD 3.56 billion last year, 2.5 times the amount recorded in 2016. This is a remarkable achievement considering a number of constricting factors that existed during the year. ► Development of Advanced Industries and Supporting Infrastructure Contributed The increase in foreign direct investment in Gyeonggi Province is attributed primarily to the development and improvement of business environments and infrastructure for advanced technology industries as well as increased performance by production industries. These environmental changes, which increase business potential, appeal to many foreign investors. ► 15 Enterprises Invested USD 2.35 Billion in Gyeonggi in 2017 Last year alone, Gyeonggi Province signed direct investment agreements valued at USD 13.5 billion in total with 15 foreign enterprises. ► Geum Cheol-hwan / Director, Gyeonggi Province Investment Promotion Division “We plan to induce major potential players in the 4th Industrial Revolution. Already in January, we held an investment promotional presentation for robotics enterprises in Heilongjiang of China.” The increase in the foreign direct investment rate of Gyeonggi Province is 20 times higher than the Korean national average of 7.7 percent. Such dominance demonstrates that Gyeonggi Province is well regarded internationally for its high business potential, a position that Gyeonggi Province is determined to maintain through business environment improvement. Article 3. Gyeonggi Targets USD 130 Billion Exports This Year (180117-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced detailed trade policies for 2018 that include an export target of USD 130 billion and preparations for the amendment of the free trade agreement with the United States. While negotiations are underway between Korea and the Unites States for the amendment of the free trade agreement, Koreans are more conscious than before of the protectionist policies of the United States, a major trade partner of Korea. [CG] The protectionism of the United States has materialized through a 40 percent increase in the number of product types subject to import restrictions. ► Lee Gyeong-gu / CEO, Packing Material Manufacturing Enterprise “The Trump administration continues to strengthen its protective trade policies. Our enterprises are facing difficulties coping with new restrictions which are unpredictable.” ► Gyeonggi Targets USD 130 Billion in Exports This Year Last year, exports from Gyeonggi Province marked a record high at USD 124.1 billion. The trade protectionism of the United States is deemed the biggest obstacle to surpassing this record this year. ► Gyeonggi Announces Trade Policy for 2018 (January 16) Gyeonggi Province’s trade policies for 2018 were prepared with such contingencies in mind. ► Kim Hyeon-su / Director General, Gyeonggi Province International Cooperation Bureau “We aim to deal with trade protectionism proactively through diversification of export markets, tematic development of industrial incubation programs…” A total of KRW 26.9 billion will be set aside for 30 strategic projects to improve the international marketing capabilities of exporting enterprises. [CG] These projects will include those for enterprises seeking overseas markets and others such as buyer sourcing and trade fairs for existing exporters. [CG] A special help center will be established to provide emergency support in US trade-related matters. Other trade policies for this year include countermeasures against negative trade factors such as high exchange rates, high oil prices, and high interest rates, as well as the expansion of trade support networks. Article 4. Gyeonggi Promotes Flower Gardens to Aid Horticultural Industry (0117-1) [Anchor’s Headline] The 2016 enactment of the Anti-bribery and Graft Act, also known as the Kim Yeong-ran (김영란) Act, was a serious blow to horticultural farmers and traders in Korea. In order to help these businesses survive, Gyeonggi Province began promoting flower gardens. ► Park Jong-won / Rose Farmer Affected by Kim Yeong-ran Act Park (박종원) is experiencing the hardest time in his 35-year career as a rose farmer. While cheap foreign breeds dominate the market, flower demand has plummeted under restrictions stemming from the Anti-bribery and Graft Act. ► Park JOng-won / Rose Farmer, Goyang City “We are in a dire situation now, but the outlook for the next year is even grimmer. I presume that many flower farmers will disappear within a few years.” [CG] Since the enactment of the Anti-bribery and Graft Act, sales by flower retailers have decreased, especially in terms of gift flowers. ► Gyeonggi Promoted Flower Gardens in Schools Gyeonggi Province’s flower garden promotion will initially target schools in the province. The provincial government has set aside KRW 2 billion to provide 200 schools with flower garden support. ► Gwon Jeom-ho / Principal, Solgae Primary School, Yongin City “Our support will be used for purchase of composition, seedlings and seeds. The flower gardens will be tended by schoolchildren themselves and have positive emotional effects on the children.” ► 228 Public Offices to Receive Weekly Flower Deliveries In addition, public offices and fire stations at 228 locations will receive weekly flower deliveries. ► Flower-related Programs for Children and Housewives Experiential and healing programs for children and housewives using flowers will also be implemented. ► Lee Mun-mu / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Horticultural Products Team “People will have more opportunities to see flowers in their daily lives. This will increase flower consumption and flower farmers’ income, which will also help promote the local economy.” All these programs are geared to support the horticultural industry through flower consumer diversification. Article 5. Working Youth Support Projects of Gyeonggi Province (0116-2) [Anchor’s Headline] As mentioned previously on GTV News, this week we will be reporting on the Working Youth Meister Account and Working Youth Welfare Point Project, two of the three working youth support projects of Gyeonggi Province. ► Youth Meister Account: Savings Account with Monthly Provincial Contribution of KRW 300,000 The Youth Meister Account is a savings account available to young employees of manufacturing SMEs. [CG] For each subscriber of this account, Gyeonggi Province provides a monthly contribution of KRW 300,000 for two years. Since this account is available to employees whose monthly salary is less than KRW 2 million, this support will effectively increase their income by more than 15 percent. ► Kim Su-hyeon / Young SME Employee “The biggest advantage of this account is that you can still save money while being employed by SMEs as long as you stay employed for long periods of time.” ► Working Youth Welfare Point Project: Points Worth up to KRW 1.2 Million Provided Annually The Youth Welfare Point Project is a point-saving tem through which points are accumulated during employment and can be utilized for personal welfare purposes. [CG] Subscribers are periodically provided with cashable points, the value of which becomes KRW 1.2 million if the duration of employment reaches two years. This project enables SME employees to use personal welfare programs similar to those provided by large enterprises, such as those for self-development. ► Kim Gwang-gil / CEO of SME “SMEs can grow together with young employees. Benefits are mutual…” Applications are open to young SME employees with monthly salaries of less than KRW 2.5 million. ► Application Period 1: January 22 to 25 The first application term for all three Working Youth Series projects begins simultaneously on January 22. ► Song Eun-sil / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Employment Policy Team “The primary objective is to provide youths with stable jobs through the provision of support for savings, salaries and welfare, and thereby to alleviate employment mismatch issues.” ► Gyeonggi Call Center (031-120) / Gyeonggi Employment Foundation (1577-0014) The commencement of support provision is slated for March. Further information can be obtained via the Gyeonggi Call Center at 120 or the Gyeonggi Employment Foundation Call Center. Article 6. Rent-free Art Gallery Opens in Gyeonggi (0117-3) [Anchor’s Headline] On January 16, a rent-free gallery for emerging artists and art students, titled Nuguna (누구나) Gallery, opened with its first art exhibition at the Good Morning House, the former official residence of the Governor of Gyeonggi Province. ► City of Evasion by Lee Mi-jeong This artwork features a deformed bow without a string and an arrow that has lost its direction. The ladders climb skyward, but their destinations are unclear. In this work, titled City of Evasion, everything strays without purpose. ► Looking at Yourself by Lee Mi-jeong This work consists of torn pieces of cloth stitched together loosely with a bright red thread, symbolizing weakness and immaturity. The work depicts the incomplete inner self of the artist that is filled with scars and wounds. ► Cho Eun-I / Viewer from Suwon City “Since I am a student and immature myself, I could readily sympathize with the artworks displayed at this exhibition. The emotions I currently experience, such as in personal relationships and the sense of evasion, were well visualized by the artists.” ► Pervert by Cha Yu-na A mannequin with its neck and torso filled with the word ‘pervert’ sarcastically announces the existence of the pervert nature in everyone. The repetition represents the incomplete, contorted mind of the artist who created this work. ► Nuguna Gallery, Good Morning House (January 16 to 21) Incomplete Immaturity Exhibition This exhibition of emotion experienced by maturing individuals, titled ‘Incomplete Immaturity’, marks the first exhibition held at the Nuguna (누구나) Gallery, whose name stands for ‘a gallery for anyone’. ► Nuguna Gallery Space Available Free to Gyeonggi’s Emerging Artists Space in this gallery is offered free of charge to anyone who is active in artistic work in Gyeonggi Province but who lacks opportunities to show their work to the public. ► Go Hyeon-suk / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Good Morning House Team “This is the first exhibition of the year. It features two- and three-dimensional works of emerging artists in the province under the theme of incomplete immaturity. This exhibition is open to all residents free of charge.” The Nuguna (누구나) Gallery has already been booked until September 30 for a total of nineteen exhibitions that showcase the individual and group works of Gyeonggi residents. Article 7. Gyeonggi to Expand Sports-for-All Support (0118-3) [Anchor’s Headline] With the popularity of sports-for-all increasing with growing public interest in health and leisure, Gyeonggi Province plans to expand its support for such sports activities through the organization of sports clubs and the provision of support for equipment and training. ► Janggok Culture & Sports Center, Siheung City At this community activity center, women of an average age of 45 are intent on training under the guidance of a coach. This is a small local sports-for-all club, but their enthusiasm matches that of the national team. ► Park Hye-seon / Janggok Culture & Sports Center User “Personally, it helps overcome climacteric issues and improve physical strength. Working with other women under the guidance of a coach, we also develop sense of cooperation…” Resident sports clubs like this are operated through voluntary services and talent donations. [CG] Over the past two years, the number of individuals registered as members in sports-for-all clubs has increased to approximately five million. ► Gyeonggi to Diversify Sports-for-All Promotion Policies Gyeonggi Province has already set aside KRW 11.5 billion for various sports-for-all promotion programs this year. One notable plan is for the establishment of a Gyeonggi Sports Club League for individual sports consisting of at least ten clubs. These clubs will receive year-round provincial support for their activities. There will be 25 regional leagues for which half of league operation expenses including equipment purchase costs will be covered by Gyeonggi Province. ► Sports-for-All Support to Be Provided to Community Clubs & Welfare Clubs In addition, local community sport clubs and welfare facility clubs will also be provided with support for equipment and coaching. ► Min Wan-sik / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Sports Administration Team “True to the name ‘sports-for-all’, we will encourage everyone including women and seniors to participate in sports activities. We will make sports-for-all trainers available to sports clubs for their effective operation.” Gyeonggi Province plans to recruit more than 300 trainers for various sports-for-all promotion programs throughout the province. These programs will help all provincial residents enjoy sports throughout their lives. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2018.01.19Greetings, 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. 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Torch Arrives in Gyeonggi (180110-1) [Anchor’s Headline] With the 2018 Pyeongchang (평창) Winter Olympic Games one month away, the Olympic torch arrived in Gyeonggi Province on January 5 after having completed approximately two thirds of its 101-day journey around South Korea. ► Olympic Torch Arrived in Suwon (January 5) It was a company employee, Kim (김중백), who had the honor of being the first torchbearer of Gyeonggi Province, 66 days after the arrival of the torch at Incheon (인천) International Airport on November 1. ► Kim Jung-baek / Company Employee, First Torch Relay Runner of Gyeonggi Province “It’s an honor for my family that I could participate in the first Olympic Games to be hosted in my home country in 30 years. I hope that all of our hard work in preparing for these games will come to fruition in the end.” The Gyeonggi Province leg of the Olympic torch relay began in Suwon City. It was welcomed by enthusiastic crowds that filled the streets and overpasses along the route that Kim was running to witness this historic moment. ► Park Gyeong-hui / Suwon City Resident “This is the first winter Olympics held in our home country. I hope that these events will lead to the advancement of Korean winter sports standards.” The first day of the Olympic torch relay in Gyeonggi Province ended when the 108th torchbearer of the province arrived at Hwaseong Haenggung (화성행궁) late at night. ► 314.6km Torch Relay through Gyeonggi Province The Olympic torch will journey through eight cities and counties of the province, covering a total of 314.6 kilometers. [CG] The torch relay in Gyeonggi Province will continue until January 20 at Uijeongbu (의정부) City. When the torch arrives at the Olympic arena in Pyeongchang (평창) on February 9, it will have traveled 2,018 kilometers through all corners of Korea before lighting up the games for seventeen days. [Sync] “Go, Korea!” Article 2. Gyeonggi to Reform Certified Construction Engineer Usage Systems (180108-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced its plan to reform the building construction administration tem. This initiative follows the recent findings that most small buildings have been constructed by unqualified engineers or through fraudulent use of certified engineers. ► Current Laws Specify Requirements for Use of Certified Construction Engineers Current laws specify the floor area in a building that should be constructed by a registered constructor. Each of these sites should also employ at least one certified construction engineer. ► Yu Chung-hyeon / Certified Construction Engineer “Our duty is to supervise the entire process of construction work and ranges from schedule-based process management to quality control and safety control.” However, the results of regional government audits suggest that buildings are frequently being constructed without certified engineers. ► Gyeonggi Audits Regional Building Construction Data These audits were performed on data pertaining to building construction permits and related reports on file at regional governments. ► More Than 4,700 Cases of Non-use of Certified Construction Engineers Uncovered The results revealed that more than 40 percent of the building sites that required use of registered constructors were constructed otherwise. [CG] Moreover, 578 certified construction engineers have been simultaneously present at nearly 7,000 construction sites. The legally permitted maximum number of concurrent work sites per engineer is 3. [CG] One construction engineer covered an astounding 109 sites during a 27-month period. Such unrealistic records suggest the existence of illegal practices regarding the use of certified engineers. ► Certificate Loaning and Fraudulent Reports Constructors found to have violated laws regarding the use of certified construction engineers will receive administrative punishments. ► Han In-gyo / Director, Gyeonggi Province General Audit Division “We will do our utmost to ensure that no buildings are constructed by unqualified constructors in Gyeonggi Province.” Gyeonggi Province plans to make a proposal to the central government for the modification of small constructor registration and construction reporting tems so as to eradicate illegal practices in the use of qualified constructors and construction engineers. Article 3. Incheon-Gimpo Road No. 84 to Be Expanded (180111-3) [Anchor’s Headline] On January 10, Gyeonggi Province and Gimpo (김포) City signed an agreement for the expansion of Local Road 84 between Incheon (인천) and Gimpo (김포) City. This road will serve the industrial complexes planned in the surrounding area, also known as ‘Gimpo Gold Valley’. ► Hakun-ri, Gimpo City The original plan was to construct a four-lane road, two lanes in each direction, based on the four industrial complex development projects planned in this area. Accordingly, construction work began in 2015. However, with the addition of four more industrial complex projects in this area, it was deemed necessary to widen the road to accommodate the anticipated increase in traffic. ► Lee Byeong-jik / CEO of Enterprise Seeking Relocation in Gimpo Gold Valley “With additional industrial complexes in these areas, the population will increase by more than 20,000. It seemed obvious that the traffic will be chaotic.” ► Gimpo Ara Marina Convention Center (January 10) Signing of Gyeonggi-Gimpo Agreement for Local Road 84 Expansion According to this agreement, a 4.12 kilometer section of Local Road 84 traversing Gimpo Gold Valley and running through the eight industrial complexes will be expanded to a six-lane road. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “We will work closely with Gimpo City to provide the business environment desired by enterprises.” Costing KRW 15 billion, the expansion of this road will increase its service capacity by approximately 30 percent to more than 35,000 vehicles daily. ► Gimpo City Mayor Yu Yeong-rok “We will do our utmost to create a road that will serve as a lifeline for Gimpo as scheduled.” ► Expansion Costs KRW 17 Billion Less than Constructing Additional Road Road expansion will cost KRW 17 billion less than constructing an additional road and will also facilitate construction through the continuation of current work. Expansion work for Local Road 84, which is slated for completion in 2020, will benefit enterprises in these areas through distribution cost savings estimated at KRW 30 billion annually. Article 4. Gyeonggi Introduces Pension Plan for Young SME Employees (180109-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Last year, Gyeonggi Province announced three youth employment support projects titled ‘Working Youth Series’ to be launched this January. GTV plans to cover all three projects. This week’s report focuses on the ‘Working Youth Pension Project’. SMEs in Korea have been facing difficulties in recruiting new personnel due to significant salary differences between SMEs and large enterprises. ► Kim Su-hyeon / SME Employee “One reason SMEs are being shunned by youths in their job applications is the inferior welfare conditions offered.” While youths prefer large enterprises in their job searches, SMEs struggle to find new employees. Gyeonggi Province’s Working Youth Pension Project aims to attract more youths to SMEs by providing those employed in SMEs with a favorable pension plan. This is a 10-year savings plan that enables account holders to accrue KRW 100 million in ten years. Subscribers are provided with provincial contributions as well as financial management support. ► Song Eun-sil / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Employment Policy Team “The Working Youth Pension Project aims to help SMEs with their personnel recruitment while providing youths with financial stability during their employment. Its ultimate goal is to help alleviate employment mismatches between recruiters and job seekers.” This year, Gyeonggi Province is targeting 6,000 participants for this project from among youths aged 18 to 34. Any youths who have worked for more than 3 months for more than 36 hours a week are eligible to participate. ► Applications for Working Youth Pension Plan Received from January 22 Applications for the Working Youth Pension Plan will be received from January 22 and accepted on the condition of continuing employment for the next ten years. ► Application: Gyeonggi Province Employment Support Website (www.youth.jobaba.net) Those wishing to apply may do so via the employment support webpage of the Gyeonggi Province Employment Foundation. Applications for the other two projects of the Working Youth Series – ‘Working Youth Maestro Account’ and ‘Working Youth Welfare Points’ – are also being received simultaneously. GTV will cover these two projects in its weekly news on January 16. Article 5. Gyeonggi Regional Authorities Operate Winter Amusement Facilities (180110-3) [Anchor’s Headline] While Korea is gripped by a spell of severe winter cold, there are a number of sledding slopes and skating rinks being operated by local governments that are available free of charge or for low admission fees. A GTV reporter visited some of them. ► Outdoor Skating Rink, Seongnam City This skating rink in Seongnam (성남) City is filled with local residents who brave the cold while skating hand in hand, with beginners who precariously put one foot in front of another, and with young children learning to skate under the guidance of their parents. ► Oh Se-mi, Hang Ha-yun, Jang Wu-jin / Seongnam City Resident “It is nice to have a skating rink run by the city, and to be able to borrow skates and use the rink for a very low fee. My family had a wonderful time skating, eating and taking pictures.” With the admission fee combined with helmet and skate rental costing only KRW 1,000, this skating rink is popular among local residents. ► Wangsong Lake Park Lawn Plaza, Uiwang City The plaza in a park in Uiwang (의왕) City has been transformed into a sledding slope that is attracting many local youths. ► Oh Ji-eun / Seongnam City Resident “I came here with my friends. It is nice since we could enjoy sledding in a safe environment.” This sledding slope is provided without admission fees and even offers rental sleds and tubes free of charge. ► Ju Jong-su / Deputy Director, Uiwang City Special Railroad Team “We created this sledding slope to enable families to come out and enjoy the winter. Anyone can come here and enjoy sledding freely since sleds and tubes are provided free of charge.” ► Sledding Slopes and Skating Rinks Open in Gyeonggi Regions Sledding slopes and skating rinks have been opened by a number of local governments in Gyeonggi Province to serve local residents until early February. Article 6. Gyeonggi Investigates Emergency Exits in Multi-user Facilities (180111-2) [Anchor’s Headline] The fire disaster that occurred last December at a sports center in Jecheon (제천) City in North Chungcheong (충청) Province claimed 29 lives primarily due to the blocking of emergency exits. Alerted by this tragic incident, Gyeonggi Province conducted investigations of emergency exits in public facilities and discovered similar situations. ► Sports Center Fire (Courtesy of Jecheon Fire Office) The main cause of the massive number of casualties in the sports center fire was the inaccessibility of exit routes, which had been locked. This was found not to be an isolated case. ► Public Bath in Gwangju City In this public bathhouse in Gwangju (광주) City, there are no signs or information that indicate the locations of emergency exits. Half of the exit signs have been covered with paint and the locks on the emergency fire doors have been broken, rendering them useless. It seems obvious that, in the event of a fire, smoke and flames can spread quickly throughout the building while those inside would find it difficult to escape quickly. ► Game Room, Gwangju Cit A basement game room in Gwangju City follows this pattern. The sealed room has one emergency exit marked with a no-smoking sign instead of an exit sign. [Sync] “There is no exit indicator sign above the emergency door. You must have one and keep it on” “Okay, I will.” During recent investigations of multi-user facilities by the Gyeonggi Province Disaster Safety Headquarters, most were found to have emergency exits and exit routes that were in very poor states and often unusable. Of the violators, 51 serious offenders received penalties and administrative punishments. ► Hong Ui-seon / Fire Official, Gyeonggi Province Disaster Safety Headquarters “We have been performing safety investigations of multi-user facilities so as to prevent similar disasters.” The Gyeonggi Province Disaster Safety Headquarters plans to establish a team for the continuous administrative management of fire control and emergency evacuation facilities as well as of other related factors so as to protect the lives of residents. Article 7. Gyeonggi Intensifies Cold Relief (0112-1) [Anchor’s Headline] The Korean Peninsula has been hit by a long spell of intense cold. The local governments of Gyeonggi Province are taking action to help residents overcome the cold weather. Bus stops were covered and measures enacted to safeguard those vulnerable to the cold. ► Bus Stop, Guri City While people walking on the street huddle against the cold, those waiting at a bus stop in Guri (구리) City are sitting comfortably on heated chairs installed by the city. ► Lee Mi-jeong / Namyangju City Resident “I don’t mind my bus coming late since I am very comfortable in here. I enjoy every minute now.” Some bus stops even have tents that transform the site into a cozy shelter. ► GTV Reporter Choi Chang-sun “The outside temperature is currently minus 8 degrees Celsius. My mouth became stiff and my body trembled while I was outside. However, in this tent, I feel much warmer. There are other cold-relief measures being taken to protect those in inferior living conditions.” ► Homeless Care Teams Patrol Streets In Gyeonggi Province, special regional teams are being mobilized to provide winter care to homeless individuals. [Sync] “Are you okay?” “Health is important. Even if you have nothing, you should remain healthy to be able to go on.” “You are right, sir.” These teams patrol the streets twice daily and provide homeless individuals with supplies to help them cope with the cold. Seniors living without families are provided with frequent telephone calls to ensure that they are well. ► Cold-related Patient Monitoring System in Operation A cold-related patient monitoring tem is being operated in cooperation with local health centers and emergency medical facilities. ► Ryu Yeong-cheol / Director, Gyeonggi Province Health Policy Division “There were 77 cold-related patients in the province last year. However, we have already had 57 such patients in only one month this year. We need to be more alert.” Actions by local governments to help residents overcome the cold, which came earlier this year, will continue throughout the winter. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2018.01.11Greetings, 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. Pursuit of Expressway Connection for Distribution Complex in Gwangju (180102-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province recently disclosed the results of its feasibility study on the construction of an expressway access route that will connect the Chowol (초월) Distribution Complex in Gwangju (광주) City to the nearby Jungbu (중부) Expressway. ► Chowol Distribution Complex, Gwangju City Truck traffic on derelict local roads in and out of the distribution facilities of more than 2,000 enterprises in this distribution complex has been growing rapidly. These enterprises and more than 1,000 local households in neighboring areas have long been suffering serious transportation problems. ► Park Sang-yeong / Sinwol 2-ri Resident Chief “There are many road sections that are not wide enough to function as a dual carriageway. It takes more than an hour to go to Gwangju City center. The situation will become even worse when current construction work for a large distribution center is completed.” ► Economic Effect Analysis Positive on Interchange Construction To address such problems, Gwangju (광주) City conducted economic and technical assessments for the construction of an access route to the Jungbu (중부) Expressway. The results reveal remarkable positive indices in favor of the construction of additional access ramps, tentatively titled the ‘Jungbu (중부) Interchange’, on this expressway. ► Lee An-se / Director, Gyeonggi Province Road Policy Division “Since the implementation of this idea has been facing difficulties due to the complicated administrative procedures involved, Gyeonggi Province decided to actively pursue its realization for the convenience residents and the effective operation of enterprises.” Gyeonggi Province and Gwangju (광주) City have already selected an interchange tem design that features easily accessible entry and exit ramps in all directions. Based on preliminary study results, the two authorities will begin actively pursuing the project, which will cost an estimated KRW 68.4 billion, including negotiation with the central government with the aim of beginning construction work next year. Article 2. Comprehensive Game Show ‘Play Expo’ Slated for May (180104-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Even though this year’s ‘Play Expo’, the international game show hosted by Gyeonggi Province, is still months away, everyone involved in the show is already busy working under tight schedules to prepare for the largest game industry festival in Korea. ► Game Development Enterprise, Seongnam City Last year, for the first time among mobile game enterprises in Korea, this company secured a joint game development contract worth one million US dollars from a Middle Eastern company at the show. It was regarded as a remarkable feat for an SME with only 40 employees. ► Park Gyeong-jae / CEO of Game Development Enterprise “I regard the Play Expo as a good opportunity through which smaller enterprises can find buyers and let themselves be known to potential buyers.” ► Play Expo: A Door to International Markets and Domestic Industry Promotion Play Expo is a comprehensive game exhibition aimed at promoting the domestic game industry and its international marketing. ► 10th Play Expo to Feature 650 Enterprises Marking its tenth occasion, this year’s 4-day event will begin on May 10 at the KINTEX exhibition complex in Goyang (고양) City. Compared to the 541 enterprises from 23 nations that participated in the show last year, this year’s show will feature 650 enterprises in all game technology fields. The show will also feature more diverse supporting programs than in previous years such as a special experience zone for potential buyers, new game presentations, and demonstrations by celebrities. ► Lee Seung-cheol / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Contents Support Team “For this year’s event, we are organizing diverse marketing support programs for our SMEs as well as a variety of entertaining features for visitors.” Launched in 2009 as a functional game festival, the Play Expo has grown to become the representative game event of Korea. Applications for participation in exhibition and trade meetings by enterprises are accepted at a discounted rate if submitted before the end of January. Article 3. Business Startup Support Center for Women Opens in Gyeonggi (180103-2) [Anchor’s Headline] In Gyeonggi Province, for the first time in Korea, a venture business startup support center for women has opened. There are more than 300,000 businesses established by women in the province, accounting for one out of every three businesses. ► Park Mi-seong / Proprietor, Children’s Makeup Kit Manufacturer Park (박미성) is the proprietor of one-person business that manufactures non-toxic manicure products for children. After failed attempts at finding a space for her business, she joined the business startup support center for women in Uiwang (의왕) City last month. ► [PiP] Park Mi-seong / Participant of Business Startup Support Center for Women “It is not easy for a one-person business woman to get a decent place to start a business. I appreciate the wonderful support I received in a range of phases from manufacturing trial products to marketing.” With marketing and office space support, she is now pursuing the export of her products. ► Gyeonggi Venture Business Startup Support Center, Uiwang City Opened exclusively for women by Gyeonggi Province, this business startup support center provides free office space as well as customized support for all business startup phases from idea formation and prototype development to marketing. ► Free Use of Business Equipment There are also spaces and office equipment available free of charge. With a capacity for 14 businesses, this center is available for up to two years to women with businesses in a startup stage or less than three years of operation. ► Park Rae-hyeok / Deputy Directpr, Gyeonggi Province Business Foundation Team “In Uiwang City, we opened a venture business startup support center exclusively for women to promote business startups by women and to provide tematic business incubation services to them.” Gyeonggi Province currently operates 14 venture business startup support centers. This center for women, which opened just recently in Uiwang (의왕) City, will provide much-needed support to aspiring women entrepreneurs who are struggling to overcome the challenges that they face during business startup. Article 4. Food Crackdown Follow-up Reveals High Correction Rate (180103-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Last year, the Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police staged a crackdown on food businesses. The judicial police recently revisited the violators apprehended during last year’s crackdown and found that most had abandoned their errant practices. ► Seasoned Dry Laver Manufacturing Enterprise, Pocheon City (August, 2017) Last August, this dry laver manufacturing company in Pocheon (포천) City was found operating in extremely unhygienic conditions. [Sync] “No one will believe that this place has been cleaned once a week.” Four months later, when investigators revisited this company, its working areas had completely changed and were almost as clean as a new facility. ► Chinese Restaurant, Seongnam City This Chinese restaurant violated country-of-origin indication regulations. However, it now indicates the country of origin for food ingredients correctly. ► Crackdown Follow-up Reveals 99.3% Correction Rate Out of 138 businesses caught during last year’s crackdown, all but one were found to have corrected their practices. [Sync] “Did you change this after your violation was uncovered?” “Yes, I did that immediately the next day.” ► Crackdowns during High Demand Seasons Proven Effective Such remarkable results are attributed to the timeliness of crackdowns that were performed during high demand seasons for food, such as New Year and the summer holidays, as well as to the education provided to food business operators. ► Lee Gye-woong / Chief Investigator, Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police Team 3 “Most of those caught during the crackdown changed their practices and now maintain hygienic conditions. Those that operated without licenses closed their business and those who violated the country-of-origin indication requirements now comply with regulations.” The one business that was found still operating without a license during the follow-up investigation will be given a closure order and additional punishment. The Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police will continue efforts to eradicate food-related crimes. Article 5. Gyeonggi Nurtures Personal Online Broadcasters (180104-1) [Anchor’s Headline] With the popularity of online personal broadcasting increasing worldwide, Gyeonggi Province launched a ‘1-Person Creator Support Program’ for creative broadcasters last year. This program proved successful, producing 466 online content creators to date. ► Kim Tae-heon / 1-Person Creator, Seoul Last September, Kim (김태훈), a former K-pop group member, began a live mobile broadcast featuring himself and his dog. With Gyeonggi Province’s 1-Person Creator Support Program, he is now happy to be able to do what he wants from production and editing to real-time interaction with viewers. ► Kim Tae-hyeon / Gyeonggi Province 1-Person Creator Support Recipient “During the eight years I worked as a rapper in a pop group, I was constantly in despair since I couldn’t show what I really can do. That was the reason I began a one-person broadcast, to show what I really am…” ► Cha Yeong-eun / 1-Person Creator, Gwangmyeong City Cha (차영은), another 1-Person Creator, provides online piano lessons and has more than 40,000 subscribers. After receiving broadcast education and financial support of KRW 7.5 million from Gyeonggi Province, her popularity grew rapidly. She now frequently receives fan calls from internet education sites and advertisers. ► [PiP] Cha Yeong-eun / Gyeonggi Province Creator Support Recipient “I used the support money in purchasing gifts for viewers. That received huge positive responses. I now spend more time communicating with viewers and improving the contents and video quality, which, in turn, is leading to a continuous increase in the number of viewers…” Gyeonggi Province’s 1-Person Creator Support Program targets creative broadcasters like Kim and Cha. ► 466 1-Person Creators Plus 258 Additional Jobs Created Last year, Gyeonggi Province earmarked KRW 3 billion for this support program and was able to help create 466 1-Person Creators with an additional 258 jobs including 106 teams that received supplementary support. ► Jeon Bu-yeol / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Contents Infrastructure Team “We are now entering a 1-person media age driven by the rapid development of web- and mobile-based video markets. Our 1-Person Creator Support Program aims to develop sustainable environments for such media operators and to help create jobs through their growth.” This year, Gyeonggi Province is focusing on the establishment of stable income structures for existing 1-Person Creators, and also plans to open an online platform, named ‘Gyeonggi Cube’, to help these creators expand their operations overseas. Article 6. Increased Income and Health Top New Year’s Wishes (180104-3) [Anchor’s Headline] According to a survey conducted by the Gyeonggi Research Institute, maintaining their wellbeing was the leading New Year’s wish among Gyeonggi Province residents. GTV investigated. ► Income Increase Tops as Personal Wish Among other wellbeing factors, increased income was revealed to be favored by most Gyeonggi residents for the year 2018. [CG] In this survey, which was conducted as part of a public perception survey of 1,000 residents of the province, one out of every four respondents indicated increased income as their highest priority. ► Kim Yu-jeong, Gang Seong-hyeon / Hwaseong City Residents “I wish I could establish myself securely in the company I work for, receive a big pay raise, and travel a lot with my girlfriend…” ► Hyeong Jeong-beom / Pyeongtaek City Resident “I wish to stay healthy and make good memories while I can.” ► Economy Also Tops as Wish for Society Regarding wishes for society, most residents chose economic growth and job creation. [CG] The next most-desired social wishes were those for stability in consumer and real estate prices, followed by political stability. ► Economic and Livelihood Factors Dominate New Year’s Wishes In general, economic and livelihood factors were dominant among both personal and social wishes for the year 2018. ► Lee Jeong-hun / Director, Research Planning Office, Gyeonggi Research Institute “The fact that the same factors were indicated as both personal and social priorities reveals that people tend to view their personal and social wishes from the same perspective…” Such dominance of economic factors in personal and social wishes among Gyeonggi residents also coincides with their selection of job availability, transportation improvement and microdust alleviation as the most favored subjects of provincial policies. Article 7. Gyeonggi to Establish More Publicly Operated Senior Clubs (0105) [Anchor’s Headline] Last year, Gyeonggi Province established publicly operated senior clubs at 19 locations around the province. Considering the positive responses from users, the provincial government decided to increase the number of such facilities to 40 this year. ► Gyeonggi Senior Club, Siheung City Since it opened last year at a social enterprise cooperative in Siheung (시흥) City, this senior club immediately become popular as a local senior gathering place. Today at this club, seniors are all smiles while performing Tai Chi under the guidance of an instructor. ►Yu Myeong-sun (Aged 75) / Siheung City Resident “What I like most about this club is that it made me healthy, that I made many new friends, and that I became a more confident person. That’s what I like most.” Gyeonggi Province’s senior clubs operate a variety of programs for seniors on an annual basis including exercise, cooking and art classes. Participating seniors appreciated these programs so much that they wanted to ensure program continuation even at their own expense. ► Min Hui-seon / Managing Director, Siheung Social Enterprise Cooperative “This club provided an opportunity to expand local programs for seniors. I personally am very pleased to see more seniors receive its benefits,” ► Senior Clubs Aim to Promote Cultural Participation by Seniors The publicly operated senior clubs were introduced with the aim of promoting cultural activities among seniors through joint operation by local senior welfare centers, cultural centers and lifelong education centers as well as similar private facilities. ► Number of Senior Clubs to Increase to 40 This year, Gyeonggi Province plans to increase the number of senior clubs to 40. ► Je Jae-seong / Director, Gyeonggi Province Senior Welfare Division “There is increasing public interest in the quality of life of seniors as well as interest among seniors in cultural activity participation.” To address such needs, Gyeonggi Province will begin receiving applications for joint operation from related institutes next month. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2018.01.05Greetings, 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. Development Restriction Zone Aerial Photos Available Online (171226-3) [Anchor’s Headline] In cooperation with the National Geographic Information Institute, Gyeonggi Province plans to disclose aerial photos of development restriction zones in the province, which account for approximately 30 percent of all such zones in Korea. ► Lee Hyeon-ho / Uiwang City Public Service User Lee (이현호), a development company employee, regularly visits city hall to obtain aerial photos of the land lots required for legal proceedings regarding compensation for expropriated lands within development restriction zones. ► Lee Hyeon-ho / Development Enterprise Employee “Since an original photo is required by the court for each address, I have to apply for the originals repeatedly for different addresses in the same zone. It is extremely cumbersome.” Unlike other issued public documents that are available online, aerial photos of development restriction zones have to be obtained at the issuing office. ► Available Free on Online Application However, such photos as well as a range of related data stored by two public organizations covering the period since 1966 will now be available to the public free of charge via online application. ► Jang Bong-su / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province, Parks & Landscape Administration Team “Aerial photos are frequently required for legal proceedings such as lawsuits. They will be made conveniently available without users having to visit the issuing offices.” ► National Geographic Information Institute Website (http://map.ngii.go.kr) The yearly aerial photos can be obtained from the National Geographic Information Institute website. Gyeonggi Province plans to disclose the aerial image information of all development restriction zones in the province by next January. Article 2. Korea-China-Japan FTA Most Desired by Gyeonggi Enterprises (1227-3) [Anchor’s Headline] According to a survey undertaken by the Gyeonggi FTA Utilization Support Center, the free trade agreement most desired by exporting SMEs in the province is one among Korea, China and Japan. Korea so far has entered free trade agreements with ten nations. ► Pelvic Correction Apparatus Manufacturer, Suwon City After successful entry into the American market, this pelvic correction apparatus manufacturer is facing difficulties finding subsequent markets in Japan and China. ► An Hyeon-gu / Sales Personnel, Pelvic Correction Apparatus Enterprise “Customs duty should be considered in our pricing. That restricts us in closing deals.” Free trade agreements may provide a solution to struggling exporters like this company. ► Korea-China-Japan FTA Most Desired by Gyeonggi SMEs In a survey regarding FTAs, SMEs in Gyeonggi Province indicated that an FTA among Korea, China and Japan was the most desirable in the future. ► Korea, China & Japan Account for 20% of Global GDP and 17.5% of World Trade Since the combined GDP and international trade of Korea, China and Japan respectively account for 20 percent and 17.5 percent of the world total, an FTA among these three Asian countries will have significant positive effects as anticipated by SMEs seeking to export. ► Gyeonggi’s FTA Utilization Support Scores High Satisfaction Rate Regarding the services of Gyeonggi Province’s FTA Utilization Support Center, the vast majority of its users rated their satisfaction highly at 93%. ► Song Yong-wook / Director, Gyeonggi Province International Trade Division “SMEs were previously less than familiar with FTAs and thus unable to fully utilize their benefits. However, demand for FTA utilization support services has grown and we will continue to provide the services.” Gyeonggi Province’s support for SMEs in making the most of FTAs will be expanded through diverse programs including education and marketing support. Article 3. Gyeonggi to Support Air Purifier Installation for All Childcare Centers (171227-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced its plan to provide all childcare centers in the province with air purifier installation support to protect children from microdust. Air purifiers will be installed in all rooms within such facilities. ► Childcare Center, Ansan City When atmospheric microdust concentrations are high, children at childcare centers have to spend the day in a stuffy indoor environment with all windows tightly closed. Gyeonggi Province’s air purifier installation support will help provide these children with fresh air. ► Choi Mi-jeong / Director of Childcare Center “Air purifiers will maintain fresh air and thus protect the health of both children and teachers…” ► An Yeong-ju / Parent “Of course I am relieved. It’s much better than playing outdoors in a harmful environment. Children can still play happily indoors.” Launched this year, the air purifier installation support has been provided to more than 9,000 childcare facilities to date. ► Range of Support to Be Expanded to All Childcare Centers Next year, the range of support will be expanded to include the more than 118,000 remaining childcare facilities in the province. Gyeonggi Province has set aside KRW 8.2 billion for air purifier installation in all rooms of these facilities. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “The best solution would be to have the microdust problem completely resolved. Although this support program is a short-term solution, it is the only viable alternative for the time being.” In addition to air purifier installation and rental cost support, Gyeonggi Province will provide continuous support for the maintenance of such devices including filter changes to continuously ensure healthy environments for children. Article 4. Gyeonggi Administration 2017 in Housing, Transportation & Education (171228-2) [Anchor’s Headline] GTV reviewed the major events of the Gyeonggi provincial administration during the year 2017. Here is a summary of such events in the fields of housing, transportation and education. Housing: Ddabok House Receives First Residents (December 22) A year and a half after the launch of the Ddabok House Project, a public rental housing project for youths, the first Ddabok House received occupants in Hwaseong (화성) City in December. This was the first of the project’s targeted supply of 10,000 housing units. ► An Seong-jin / Ddabok House Resident “With low deposit and monthly rental rates, my financial burden was significantly reduced. Transportation also became more convenient since I am now close to a subway station.” Launched by Gyeonggi Province in May last year, the Ddabok House Project was greeted enthusiastically by youths with a 23-to-1 competition rate among applicants. Housing: Strict Control Measures against Faulty Apartment Construction The widely publicized faulty apartment construction in Hwaseong (화성) City caused nationwide concern. This led to a proposal for a related law amendment initiated by Gyeonggi Province to eradicate such practices in the construction industry. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “Gyeonggi Province will do our utmost to eradicate fraudulent apartment construction practices.” In transportation, Gyeonggi provincial policies have driven remarkable progress. Transportation: Introduction of Semi-public Intercity Bus Management System The semi-public intercity bus management plan was passed by the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly for introduction in 14 cities and counties next March. ► Lim Seong-man / Director, Gyeonggi Province Good Morning Bus Task Force “Semi-public management will ensure stable operation of intercity buses and reduce the number of standing passengers. It will also help improve bus services…” Transportation: Bus Fares for Youths Reduced; Double-decker Bus Operations Expanded Fares for youths were reduced for ordinary buses as well as for local buses and airport buses. The number of double-decker buses increased from last year’s nine to seventy-two, with their services receiving highly positive responses among users. Education: Former Seoul National University Campus Restored as Ddabok Dormitory A former dormitory of Seoul National University was transformed into the economical Ddabok Dormitory for college students of the province with a variety of convenient facilities. ► Kim Yun-seon / Ddabok Dormitory Resident (Dankook University Senior) “There are no additional payments required for deposit and management except for monthly rent, which is very economical. It is great to be able to live here.” Education: Former Gyeonggi English Village Reborn as Future Technology Education Center The Gyeonggi English Village in Paju (파주) City was reborn as an education center for future technologies, titled Change-up Campus, with comprehensive education programs. The housing, transportation and education projects of Gyeonggi Province in 2017 focused mainly on related welfare areas and showed great progress during the year with individual projects being generated one after another. Article 5. Ddabok House Greets First Occupants (171226-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Last year, Gyeonggi Province launched a housing project, known as the Ddabok House Project, to accommodate young married couples, newcomers in society and college students at low rental rates so as to alleviate accommodation problems experienced by youths. ► Ddabok House, Hwaseong City Recently, the first Ddabok House was completed in Hwaseong (화성) City and received its first occupants. Ahn (안성진), a single male who joined the workforce two years ago, was able to secure a place at this Ddabok House for a deposit of KRW 40 million and a monthly rent of KRW 90,000. ► Ahn Seong-jin / Ddabok House Resident “The amount of the deposit is not burdensome. I like the place, especially because it is close to a subway station.” ► Rentals 72% Lower than Market Rates; Available for up to 6 Years These fully equipped, 20-square-meter public rental housing units are available for occupation for up to six years at rates that are more than 70 percent lower than market rates. Occupants can also choose to use a deposit loan at low interest rates. ► Common Facilities Designed to Suit Needs of Young Occupants In addition to an air conditioning tem, a desk and a closet in each unit, this Ddabok House with its 16 rental units for young social entrants like Ahn also features common facilities such as a kitchen, laundry room, and mail boxes. ► [PiP] Lee Seong-il / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Ddabok House Project Team “Ddabok House is Gyeonggi-style public rental housing that combines home with additional benefits including financial priorities for occupants and spaces for child nursing and community activities. This Ddabok House with 16 housing units for single youths is the first to be completed.” This Ddabok House, which attracted approximately 7 applicants for each unit, is located in the city center with all necessary amenities in the vicinity. Gyeonggi Province will continue to establish more Ddabok Houses, including those with 400 units planned for next year, until all targeted 10,000 units are completed by the year 2020. Article 6. First Health Center for Low-income Workers Open in Gyeonggi (171227-2) [Anchor’s Headline] For the first time in Korea, a special health center for small business employees opened in Gyeonggi Province. Titled ‘Workers’ Health Center’, this public facility provides low-income earners with free medical services. ► Hong Sa-chan / Cleaner, Hwaseong City Two years ago, Hong (홍사찬), a registered worker at a cleaning agency, underwent thyroid cancer surgery, but was unable to afford the necessary follow-up treatment on his own income. Now, however, he is receiving proper medical care at the Workers’ Health Center free of charge. ► Hong Sa-chan (Aged 60) / Workers’ Health Center User “My designated medical consultant (at the Workers’ Health Center) monitors my health and makes arrangements for necessary medical care services for me. It is very important for patients like myself.” For Hong’s medical care, the center has assigned four medical professionals. ► Korea’s First Health Center for Low-income Workers This center provides the employees of small businesses with comprehensive medical care services that range from consultations and diagnosis to clinical treatment as well as the prevention of ailments. ► Mental Health Care Team A notable feature of the health center is the operation of a mental health care team consisting of doctors, consultants and social workers as well as lawyers. ► Shin Nang-hyeon / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Health & Welfare Bureau “The Workers’ Health Center in Hwaseong City is operated tematically by utilizing local medical care resources…” Operated on a trial basis, this medical center provides its patients as well as their family members with intensive medical care services, including on-site visits if necessary, for up to one year. After the assessment of operation results, Gyeonggi plans to establish more such centers in the province. Article 7. Gyeonggi Administration 2017 in Innovation & Development (171228-3) [Anchor’s Headline] The year 2017 saw a large number of notable events occur in Gyeonggi Province in the fields of innovation and development, including the development of Pangyo Zero City and the receipt of the top prize in a national autonomy assessment by the central government. Innovation: Gyeonggi Ranks 1st in National Autonomy Assessment for 2 Consecutive Years For a second consecutive year, Gyeonggi Province ranked first in a national autonomy assessment by the central government, receiving top marks in eight of the nine categories. ► Go Gwang-chun / Director, Gyeonggi Province Inspection & Evaluation Division “We scored highest in the categories of general administration, social welfare, local economy and culture as well as in our core project areas, which led us to secure top place in the overall score.” Innovation: Pangyo Zero City, a Center for Autonomous Vehicle Industry Last year, Gyeonggi Province organized the world’s first autonomous vehicle show in Pangyo Zero City. This show also featured the first organized races between humans and autonomous vehicles. An autonomous shuttle bus tem, which was also developed in Pangyo Zero City, is currently being operated on a trial basis. ► [PiP] Won Beom-hui / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province High-Tech Complex Team “Pangyo Zero City of Gyeonggi Province will be home to an autonomous vehicle research and experimentation complex of international caliber, and will play the role of an innovative growth base that will lead the 4th Industrial Revolution.” Innovation: Groundbreaking for New Gyeonggi Provincial Government Office Complex Groundbreaking for the new Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex, which will also encompass the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly, the Provincial Office of Education and the Provincial Library, took place in the Gwangyo (광교) area of Suwon (수원) City. It is slated for completion in the year 2020. ► [PiP] Song Myeong-hae / Suwon City Resident “A provincial government complex is the center of local people’s lives. With the education office and the provincial library, this new complex will facilitate convenience for everyone while improving its image.” Innovation: Proposal for Wide-Area Seoul Province Designation Last year, Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-Pil (남경필) proposed the designation of the combined mega-city of Gyeonggi Province and Seoul as an ‘Area-wide Seoul Province’ for improved national competitiveness. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-Pil “I believe that the administrative separation of Gyeonggi Province and Seoul entails more negative effects than positive in administrative efficiency. I made this aggressive proposal for improvement from a national perspective. Development: Groundbreaking for Yeoncheon BIX Gyeonggi Province made significant steps in the development of northern provincial regions. One such step was the groundbreaking for a general industrial complex, titled Yeongcheon BIX, in Yeongcheon (연천) County. Development: Transformation of Former US Military Bases into Tourist Destinations A number of other locations in northern regions including a former US military base, Camp Greaves, and sites in the Demilitarized Zone were developed for tourism purposes. The northern regions of Gyeonggi Province now boast more than twenty world-class tourist destinations. In general, the year 2017 was a year that saw the fruition of many important provincial projects Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2017.12.29Greetings, 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’s Career-resuming Adult Education Program (171219-2) [Anchor’s Headline] This year, Gyeonggi Province launched the Home Technician Education Program for unemployed middle-aged individuals seeking to return to the workforce. This program, which recently produced its first graduates, received positive responses with high satisfaction ratings from participants. ▶ Oh Seung-ho / Incheon City Resident Previously a long-time office worker, Oh (오승호), a graduate from this program, started a new life as a tile contractor working at two or three sites every day. Besides his increased income, he is more content now that he is his own boss and free from worries about retirement. ▶ Oh Seung-ho (Age 47) / Tile Contractor “Finding a new career was a constant worry after my early retirement. With this new job, I feel more relaxed with my life as well as with my finances.” ▶ Siheung Business Center, Korea Polytechnic University Life as a senior can be a more serious concern for career-interrupted women. However, Kim (김순정), the mother of a primary-school child, was able to nurture her dream of opening an interior business after obtaining national certification in papering. ▶ Kim Sun-jeong (Age 45) / Papering Specialist “I am not worried anymore since my acquired skills and certification ensure that I can start work any time I want.” The number of unemployed middle-aged individuals is increasing in Korea. ▶ Average Maximum Age for Economic Activities Desired by Koreans: 72 According to a survey, middle-aged Koreans wish to work until they are 72 years of age on average. Gyeonggi Province’s Home Technician Education Program is based on such demand. ▶ Choi Min-sik / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Lifelong Education Team “We launched this education program to help those seeking to start their second phase of life.” Among the graduates of the first class, more than 20 have already found employment in new job fields. Gyeonggi Province plans to expand this employment education program for middle-aged individuals by establishing four regional education sites and night classes. Article 2. Gyeonggi Moves to Protect Juveniles in Internship Work (1219-1) [Anchor’s Headline] In order to protect the labor rights of the students of specialized high schools during practical training at enterprises, Gyeonggi Province recently signed an agreement with related public organizations to find ways in which to monitor work sites and promote safe working environments for these youths. ► Semi-conductor Testing Equipment Enterprise, Suwon City This semi-conductor testing equipment manufacturer operates self-developed high school student internship procedures. These procedures require each student to experience all fields of work in the company during a six-month period before being assigned to a specific department of individual interest. ► Park Ki-beom / Senior, Samil Industrial High School, Suwon “My current goal is to learn the ropes in this department as well as in others before developing myself into a specialist.” ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Office Complex (December 18) Cooperation Agreement for Protection of Labor Rights of Working Youths Under this agreement, the Gyeonggi Provincial Office of Education will provide participating enterprises with labor right education while monitoring and supervising them to protect participating youths. ► Gyeonggi Province Education Superintendent Lee Jae-jeong “Since the practical training of youths at work sites must be continued, it is absolutely necessary that there are safety measures in place for these youths at their work sites.” Concurently, the Gyeonggi Province arm of the Federation of Korea Trade Unions and the Gyeonggi Province Employers’ Federation will provide related education to general high schools and employers ► Central Regional Employment & Labor Administrator Jeong Hyeong-woo “We will supervise the employers of youths to promote their positive efforts to protect youths in on-site training environments.” ► Gyeonggi to Open Youth Employment Consultation Desk For administrative support for youth employers, Gyeonggi Province plans to open a special youth employment consultation desk. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “Since Korea’s future depends of these working youths, we will do our utmost to enable them to work in safe environments.” A Gyeonggi provincial labor-employer-public committee will also be involved in this initiative through progress checking. Article 3. Old Lamps in Gyeonggi Tunnels to Be Replaced (1218-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced its plan to replace old lamps in 58 tunnels in the province with more effective and energy-efficient LED lights. This will significantly reduce the blinding effect that many drivers experience when they enter or exit a tunnel due to ineffective lighting. ► Danwolmyeongseong Tunnel, Yangpyeong County When our reporter drives into a tunnel on an expressway in Yangpyeong (양평) County, the sudden darkness causes the momentary loss of his vision. The situation inside the tunnel isn’t much better with many lamps being dim or completely burnt out, posing a serious accident risk due to lack of visibility. ► Lee Sang-beom / Yangpyeong County Resident “The light is too dim in the tunnel for driver comfort. We as local residents are always uncomfortable about it.” ► Gyeonggi to Replace 25,193 Old Lamps in 58 Tunnels From next year, a total of more than 25,000 old tunnel lamps will be replaced with high-efficiency LED lamps. These old lamps were made prior to 2010 and are now unable to produce sufficient light per tunnel-lighting standards. This can cause accidents that are usually are very serious. ► Ji Yun-seok / Safety Management Director, Korea Transportation Safety Authority “Sudden loss of vision is referred to as the ‘black hole effect’ it if occurs when entering a tunnel, and as a ‘white hole effect’ if it occurs exiting a tunnel. These blinding effects can lead to road accidents.” ► LED Lamps 50% Brighter Than Old Lamps The LED lamps are approximately 50 percent brighter than the previous lamps and consume less electricity. ► Annual Electricity Usage to Be Reduced by Half Such energy savings will amount to an annual reduction of KRW 860 million in electricity costs. ► Kim Hyeong-mok / Director, Gyeonggi Province Road Management Division “The purpose this initiative is to improve road environments through replacement of old tunnel lamps and thereby prevent road accidents.” Gyeonggi Province’s tunnel lamp-replacement project is an example of preventive safety measures and reflects public awareness of this necessity, which has been mounting in Korea in recent years following major accidents. Article 4. 200km Bicycle Tour Route Planned Across Gyeonggi Province (1219-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced a ten-year plan for a long-distance bicycle road that will be developed across its mid-section from the Han River in the east to Daebu (대부) Island in the west. ► South Han River Bicycle Route The number of bicycle travelers has been increasing in Korea with more bicycle routes being developed each year including the South Han River route that runs along that scenic river and though the surrounding nature. ► Kim Yun-seop / Bicycle Road User “The air in the areas along this bicycle road is clean and free of automobile fumes. It offers the best bicycle route that bicyclers could wish for.” The number of bicyclers in Korea has increased rapidly to approximately 13 million. ► Central Gyeonggi Administration Council The mid-Gyeonggi bicycle road development decision was made by the Central Gyeonggi Administration Committee. Originally proposed by Ansan (안산) City, this plan was finalized through the consensus of all seven regional governments along the route. This will be a long-distance bicycle tourism route that connects a number of regional bicycle roads. [CG] Tentatively titled ‘Mid-Gyeonggi Area Wide Bicycle Tour Road,’ this 200-kilometer route will be developed by connecting regional sections constructed individually. ► Ansan City Mayor Je Jong-gil “This is a joint bicycle road network development project agreed upon through the Central Gyeonggi Administration Council that is aimed at expanding tourism and transportation facilities for bicycle users.” When completed, this multi-regional bicycle road will have the effect of increasing the number of tourists in each region. Work will commence next year with the development of unified road signs and will be completed in ten years. Article 5. Art Show ‘Inside Out’ Held in Gyeonggi Museum (1220-3) [Anchor’s Headline] On December 15, a special exhibition that features the works of art describing the world hidden behind our lives opened at the Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art. Our reporter was there to see how artists perceived different worlds beyond ordinary phenomena. - Preliminary Drawing of Burial Site in Phocion by Gubuyo Band This drawing depicts the chaos of a development site filled with debris and flying trash drawn with equally chaotic and random strokes. The whole picture satirically represents a monster-like urban landscape. - Strawberry by Insane Park In this work, a video image of a woman with a bright red wig and fruit is accompanied by lively music in a room full of items for women such as shoes, headbands and white stockings under red lighting. This work humorously conveys the first love and sexual experience of the artist. - Unstoppable Voice by Park Seong-yeon Although viewers cannot see water in the twenty buckets in this work, its existence is suggested by the image of water taps being turned. These are examples of the showcased works that describe the hidden notions of artists. ► [PiP] Lee Ga-yeon / Viewer from Siheung City “These works fascinated me since I could feel the hidden emotion and the sense of value of their creators.” ► 2017 Inside Out Exhibition (December 15, 2017, to March 25, 2018) This exhibition of the hidden worlds of artists, titled ‘Inside Out’, will run until March 25 next year. ► 70+ Artwork Include Video Arts, Oil Paintings and Installation Arts The showcased pieces took one year to create and consist of more than seventy works by ten artists selected by the Gyeonggi Cultural Foundation. ► Yun Ga-hye / Curator, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art “The subjects of the showcased works include life and death, urbanization, and urban life as well as ordinary things that we see through our lives.” This special 100-day exhibition provides us an opportunity to reconsider the hidden meanings of ordinary phenomena that we encounter but do not recognize in our lives. Article 6. Number of Foreign Patients in Gyeonggi Increases Rapidly (171220-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Over the past eight years, the number of foreign patients arriving in Gyeonggi Province for treatment has increased more than five times. This implies that the medical services of Gyeonggi Province are creating another Korean wave. ► Soon Chun Hyang University Hospital, Bucheon After hearing of the high quality medical services in Korea, this Kazakhstani woman chose a university hospital in Bucheon (부천) City for her treatment. After a successful operation and chemotherapy, she is ready to leave the hospital. ► Niklina Aksana / Patient from Kazakhstan “I heard a lot about many people who received treatment in Korea and had good results. Now I became one of them and am returning home feeling well.” ► 55,000+ Foreign Patients Received Treatment in Gyeonggi Province in 2017 This past year, the number of foreign patients who visited Gyeonggi Province for treatment was more than 55,000, approximately five times more than in 2009. The related medical service revenue also grew rapidly, increasing 16 times to KRW 114 billion over the same period. Of these patients, Chinese were the largest group with more than 22,000 patients. Such an increase is attributed to active international promotional activities by Gyeonggi Province and the improvement of supporting amenities such as language and transportation services. ► Ryu Yeong-cheol / Director, Gyeonggi Province Health Policy Division “Our medical service quality has become well known not only to medical personnel in foreign countries but also among the people in those countries. That explains the increase in the number of patients seeking treatment in Korea and in Gyeonggi Province.” Next year, when medical tourism officially marks its 10th year, Gyeonggi Province plans to expand its international medical service exchange areas from beyond China and Central Asia to America and Europe. This will also benefit the domestic pharmaceutical and medical equipment industries. Article 7. Gyeonggi’s Environment Doctor Program Sought by More Users (171221-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been operating an on-site technical consultation and supervision service program for waste treatment known as the Environment Doctor Program. The number of applicants, mostly smaller enterprises with limited waste treatment resources, has been growing steadily. ► Fur Processing Enterprise, Ansan City This fur company in Ansan (안산) City operates a wastewater treatment tem to purify the large amounts of water generated during its washing, dying and drying processes. These facilities often failed to comply with wastewater treatment standards due to a lack of experience among personnel in operating the related tems. However, after receiving Environment Doctor services, the technical problems have been resolved. ► Wang Yang-hwan / CEO of Fur Enterprise “Problems can be serious since they can lead to large penalties. The treatment tem is now being operated stably thanks to the assistance provided (by the Environment Doctor).” Environment Doctor services are provided by specialists who visit SMEs that are experiencing difficulties in waste treatment fields including disposal, management, odors and water purification. [Sync] “The power distribution of the blower is not right. You may either raise this part or reduce this part to ensure even power distribution.” ► 2,400+ Enterprise Have Benefited from Environment Doctor Services Since its launch in 2003, the Environment Doctor services have helped more than 2,400 enterprises. ► Sa gong-hun / Gyeonggi Province Environment Doctor “The members of our team have more than 20 years of experience in environmental fields. We transfer the know-how we gained from our experience to our clients…” Instead of regulation-based control, the Environment Doctor tem of Gyeonggi Province ensures a clean environment through advanced technical guidance. ► Gyeonggi Province Industrial Complex Environment Management Office (☎ 031-8008-8210) Environment Doctor services are provided on an application basis. Gyeonggi Province targets 60 enterprises in industrial complexes as beneficiaries of these services next year. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2017.12.20Greetings, 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. Gyeonggi to Address Regional Imbalance in Sports Facilities (171211-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province recently issued guidelines for regional governments regarding public sports facilities. These guidelines are aimed at alleviating the regional imbalance in these facilities, the seriousness of which is well represented by Pocheon (포천) City with 99 public sports centers as compared to Gwacheon (과천) City with only 12. ► Yeoju Public Sports Center With a variety of sports facilities, this public sports center in Yeoju (여주) is regularly used by more than 1,200 residents monthly on average. ► Seo Myeong-jin / Yeoju Public Sports Center User “I use this sports center since it is close to my workplace and offers high quality facilities and coaching services.” [CG] The public sports facilities operated by Yeoju (여주) City numbers 54 while Gunpo (군포) City operates only 15 such facilities ► Distribution of Public Sport Facilities in Gyeonggi Province Regional Imbalance Such differences illustrate how serious the regional sports facility imbalance is in Gyeonggi Province even though the province has more than 1,300 public sports facilities, the largest such concentration in the nation. [CG] The average sports facility area per person, an indicator of the regional availability of such facilities, is 2.6 square meters for the entire province. [CG-Full Screen] This figure for Yeoju (여주) City is nine times greater than for the cities of Gunpo (군포), Gwangmyeong (광명), and Anyang (안양) combined. ► Gyeonggi Province Public Sports Facility Installation Standards Gyeonggi Province’s guidelines, which specify public sports facility installation standards based on local needs, have already been delivered to local governments. ► Hong Min-jeong / Gyeonggi Province Sports Support Team Official “These guidelines will be applied in the selection of public sports facility construction projects that will help alleviate the regional imbalance in such facilities…” In cooperation with the Gyeonggi Provincial Office of Education, Gyeonggi Province plans to increase the average sports facility area per person to 5.73 square meters by the year 2022. Article 2. Second Pangyo Techno Valley Development Plan Announced (171212-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On December 11, Gyeonggi Province and the Korean government jointly announced the 2nd Pangyo Techno Valley plan consisting of five development projects. The development plan specifies the opening of this techno valley by the year 2022. ► Second Pangyo Techno Valley With this additional techno valley, the Pangyo (판교) area in Seongnam (성남) City will become a comprehensive advanced technology center for industries of the future such as driverless vehicles and pilotless aircraft. ► Economic Ministers Meeting (December 11) The announcement of the plan came after a meeting between Korean ministries in economic fields and Gyeonggi Province. The active involvement of the Korean government in this plan signifies the importance of technical innovation and creative business startups in national economic growth as regarded by the central government. ► Deputy Prime Minister of Economy Kim Dong-yeon “We must successfully implement the Second Pangyo Techno Valley plan and promote this techno valley so that it can become an innovative business startup base of international caliber…” ► Gyeonggi Governor Emphasizes Necessity for Regulatory Mitigation Following the announcement of the plan, Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil stated that active cooperation and regulatory mitigation by the central government are essential for the realization of the plan. The Second Pangyo Techno Valley will be developed on a 430,000 square-meter site 3 kilometers from the first techno valley with its opening slated for the year 2022. This new technology center will form a venture town of approximately 1,400 enterprises with comprehensive business startup support facilities. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “We will create a techno valley that offers an environmental model to which all those in advanced future technology fields such as autonomous vehicles, big data, and artificial intelligence can come and realize their goals…” The five development projects for the Second Pangyo Techno Valley are geared for the creation of an advanced technology cluster. These projects include the development of infrastructure for transportation and innovation in linkage with the first Pangyo Techno Valley as well as the establishment of cultural facilities for local and transient populations. Article 3. Winter-blooming Cacti Developed in Gyeonggi Province (171213-3) [Anchor’s Headline] The Gyeonggi Province Agricultural Research & Extension Services, or GARES, recently introduced new breeds of crab cactus - also known as Christmas cactus since they bloom during the winter - at a showcase held in its showroom. ► Gyeonggi Province Agricultural Research & Extension Services GARES introduced the first new crab cactus breeds in 2012. These breeds were so named since their stems resembled crab legs. ► New Crab Cactus Breeds Show (December 7) Although flower exports by Korea have decreased significantly in recent years, these breeds have been gaining popularity in overseas markets, especially in Japan. Flower farmers and distributors who attended the show appraised the marketability of these new breeds, which were showcased in full bloom in a variety of colors. ► Pyo Hong-cheol / Flower Farmer, Paju City “I believe that these cacti have great market potential since they are easy to grow at home and bloom every year.” This year, the breeds with dark orange and white flowers attracted the most attention among more than 30 flower farmers and distributors at the show. The breeds that receive positive ratings will be introduced to the market. ► Lee Sang-deok / Director, Cactus Research Center, GARES “We are now in the phase of determining the colors most favored by farmers and consumers.” To date, six crab cactus breeds have been developed, three of which have been exported to overseas markets. Development of local flower breeds helps reduce royalty payments for foreign breeds while increasing domestic famer income. Article 4. Gyeonggi Startup Campus Participants Return Favors to Society (1214-2) [Anchor’s Headline] The resident enterprises of Gyeonggi Province’s business incubation center, the Startup Campus, are participating in a campaign to return the favors they received from society through donations for social benefits. ► Hong Ui-hwan / Online Stray Cat Café Operator Hong (홍의환), a Startup Campus participant, opened an internet broadcasting channel specializing in animals. He operates an online stray cat café that runs 24 hours a day to find new owners for stray cats. Recently, Hong also began selling calendars through a crowdfunding website and has been donating half of the profits to the treatment of these cats. ► Hong Ui-hwan / CEO, Bremencast, Startup Campus Resident “I started this work as I want to help create a society in which animals can live in harmony with humans.” ► Park Jin-yeong / Wrist Band Developer Park (박진영), another Startup Campus participant, developed wrist bands that continuously check the health status of the wearer. He is currently supporting a volunteer youth group that provides seniors with free photographic portrait services. ► Park Jin-yeong / CEO, GoCuba Technology, Startup Campus Resident “I wanted to do something practical for senior members of society. When I met these youths, I felt ashamed of myself and decided to help them.” These are the stories of the resident enterprises of the OZ Incubation Center in the Startup Campus. ► Lee Ji-seon / Director, OZ Incubation Center, Startup Campus “We focus on social value (in our social service activities). I believe it is wonderful for enterprises to work for society from their early stages.” The resident enterprises of the Startup Campus, which received comprehensive business startup support from the center, are spreading the sharing culture by returning favors to society. Article 5. 70 Homeless Individuals in Gyeonggi Province Return to Society (1212-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been operating its Restart Program to help homeless individuals return to society through self-support. This provincially operated support program is funded by homeless individuals themselves from their earnings. ► Hwang Tae-seok / Suwon City Resident, Former Homeless After his business failed, Hwang (황태석) was homeless for many years. However, he was able to find work in a cleaning group and acquired skills in that field thanks to Gyeonggi Province’s Restart Program. He now runs his own cleaning business. ► Hwang Tae-seok / Former Restart Program Participant “I almost lost hope for living. However, after joining the cleaning group, I was endlessly grateful and even felt honored to be alive.” The Restart Program has completely transformed him. He is now the proud owner of a cleaning business with 40 employees. ► Gyeonggi Province Restart Program for Homeless The Restart Program helps homeless individuals by enabling them to become self-supporting through work. Participants are also provided with follow-up support for up to three years. This year, 70 homeless individuals are participating in self-supporting work through this program ► 30% of Earnings Saved in Self-Support Reserve Fund As a condition for work, the program participants are required to save approximately 30 percent of their earnings in a self-support reserve fund, currently amounting to KRW 237 million, which is used for follow-up support. ► Heo Seong-cheol / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Muhandolbom Team “We provide salary and other supports including accommodation support so as to help them return to society and restart stable lives.” Gyeonggi Province’s Restart Program is opening a door to new lives for homeless individuals through employment and continuous follow-up support. Article 6. Illegal Food Waste Disposal Businesses Uncovered in Gyeonggi (1213-2) [Anchor’s Headline] The Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police recently staged a crackdown on illegal food waste disposal businesses and uncovered 43 locations that violated related environmental laws. Our reporter followed investigators to such sites. ► Food Waste Collection & Transportation Enterprise, Hanam City At this food waste disposal company, a large number of steel drums full of food waste are scattered in the yard. The area swarms with insects and the air is filled with an overpowering stench of long-rotting food. [Sync-voice modulated] “There is a constant stench. We see many birds flying in to feed on the food waste...” ► Farm in Pyeongtaek City On this farm, food waste of unknown origins is being transformed into a dog food ingredient. [Sync] “Is this (food waste) going to be fed to those dogs?” “Yes, after mixing like this…” The illegal practices vary greatly from food waste transporting without licenses to improper disposal without reporting. ► 43 Illegal Food Waste Disposal Businesses Uncovered During the crackdown, a total of 43 violators were uncovered, of which 21 were sent to prosecution. The rest will receive administrative punishments. ► Song Ki-seong / Chief Inspector, Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police Bucheon Office “Food waste generating, transporting and disposal businesses are required by law to obtain licenses or report their activities so as to prevent secondary environmental contamination.” Gyeonggi Province is home to 47 percent of the food waste disposal businesses in Korea. Therefore, it is important for these businesses in the province to handle food waste appropriately to prevent environmental contamination and reduce public health risks. Article 7. Gyeonggi Province Hosts VR/AR Conference (1214-3) [Anchor’s Headline] On December 13, a conference on virtual and augmented reality opened in Gyeonggi Province for a two-day run under the theme of ‘The 4th Industrial Revolution and VR/AR Technologies’. This event featured an international conference as well as the demonstration of various related applications. ► Gyeonggi Creative Economy Innovation Center (December 13-14) Gyeonggi Province Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality Conference In one demonstration section, a job-searching youth wearing headgear participates in a virtual job interview in front of a computer. [Sync] “I have broader social experience than most other applicants. I believe that can work as a strong point in my application.” After the interview, the computer provides feedback as professionally as experienced interviewers in large organizations. It did not miss even trivial things such as voice volume, speaking speed and finger movements used by interviewee. This was made possible through the use of virtual reality technology. ► Park Jin-yang / Visitor from Bucheon City “People are becoming more familiar with virtual reality as more varied virtual reality contents are introduced.” The conference provided visitors with a wide variety experiences in virtual and augmented reality, also referred to as VR and AR. Such content is already popular in games. ► Specialist Forum and Lectures The conference also featured a forum on related subjects as well as lectures by specialists ► Oh Chang-hui / President, Gyeonggi Content Agency “This conference will provide us with an opportunity to review the effects of new VR and AR technologies on our lives and to consider how we can adapt to these technologies and what possibilities there are…” Virtual reality and augmented reality are technology fields leading the 4th Industrial Revolution. In addition to conference participants, this two-day event received more than 1,000 visitors who saw the potential for these technologies in our future lives. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2017.12.13Greetings, 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 Supports Small Businesses (171204-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been promoting good practices among franchises and family businesses as part of its support for small businesses. This policy stems from high failure rates and decreasing average survival periods among small businesses in the province. ► Pork Barbecue Franchise Restaurant This pork barbecue franchise restaurant uses diced pork and cylindrical barbecue grills, the characteristics of this franchise. Unlike other franchisers who treat their franchisees unfairly through inordinate interference with purchases and interiors, the franchiser of these restaurants allows its franchisees the freedom to source their own supplies. ► Gang Hui-yeong / CEO, Pork Barbecue Franchising Enterprise “Although we offer low prices since we can get quantity discounts, some restaurants may be able to make purchases at prices lower than ours through their personal channels. We have no reason to disallow such opportunities...” Encouraged by such favorable treatment by the franchiser, the number of its franchised restaurants and their average sales grew quickly. Family business is another area targeted by Gyeonggi Province’s small business promotion initiatives. This red pepper paste company has been a family business through three generations. The current owner has been making it a greater success than ever by applying modern techniques and using online sales channels. ► Ji Hyeon-jun / Family Business “To me, it is not just a continuation of a family business. I am more concerned about how I can positively change this business through creative ideas…” Recently, Gyeonggi Province selected 60 franchisers and 50 family businesses with exemplary business practices and provided them with support. ► Seo Ki-cheon / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Small Business Development Team “Since the 3-year survival rate of small businesses is very low at 46 percent, we focus our support on stability and continuation of their businesses. Gyeonggi Province’s small business support is geared to help these businesses adapt to new business environments. Article 2. Public Administrative Idea Contest Held in Gyeonggi (171205-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On December 4, the finals of the 3rd Gyeonggi Province Creative Proposal Audition, an annual public contest for administrative ideas, took place at the Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex in Suwon City, and saw the selection of 8 finalists. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (December 4) 3rd Gyeonggi Province Creative Proposal Audition As seen on previous occasions, this year’s finalists come from diverse backgrounds including students and company employees. This year’s contest was held in two thematic areas: social welfare services and national reunification education. Son (손채영), a contestant, proposed the employment of marriage immigrant Viese women as Viese conversation instructors. ► Son Chae-yeong / Creative Proposal Audition Contestant “The demand for Viese speakers will increase as the importance of Vietnam as a major market for SMEs increases.” One of the contestants came on the stage twice: first with a tourism content idea for reunification education and then regarding public official employment examinations. There were also ideas for used ground coffee recycling and national reunification UCC contests. ► Idea on Technical Service Platform Won Top Prize An idea about a technical service platform won the first prize for usefulness and for its potential to create jobs for retired technicians. ► Lee Yeong-chan / Top Prize Winner “It can provide seniors over 50 years of age who possess skills and knowhow with opportunities to work in areas they are comfortable with…” During the finals, which featured a judging panel of 10 specialists, 5 ideas were finally selected based on their feasibility and potential benefits. ► Gam Byeong-uk / Chairman of Judging Panel “We evaluated ideas based on their feasibility in both technical and financial terms as well as on their potential benefits in reality…” The selected ideas will be adopted as provincial policies. To date, a total of 19 award-winning ideas have been developed into and implemented as actual policies. Each year, this administrative idea contest reflects the increasing interest in it among members of the public. Article 3. Gyeonggi Develops Large Business Effect Analysis System (171206-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced the development of a large business effect analysis tem using big data. Since this tem can be used to predict the effects of new large businesses on local commerce, Gyeonggi Province expects that it will also help facilitate cooperation and coexistence between new and existing local businesses. ► Large Shopping Mall in Suwon City Downtown Suwon (수원) City has an average daily floating population of 14 million. With easy access and direct connection to the city’s railway station, a large shopping mall in this area is always crowded with visitors and commuters throughout the week, a far cry from the scenes of the side-street markets in the area. ► Kim Jin-suk / Merchant Near Large Shopping Mall “Our sales decreased approximately 50 percent. People prefer large shopping mall since traditional market environments are inferior.” When a large business with a retail area of 3,000 square meters or more is constructed in a commercial area, it is subject to an analysis of its commercial effect by the regional government prior to the issuance of construction permits so as to protect small shops in the area. ► Commercial Effect Analysis Using Big Data This is also the reason Gyeonggi Province developed a large business effect analysis tem. This tem will use related big data to analyze commercial effects of a large shop on the surrounding area within a radius of 3 kilometers. ► Seo Ki-cheon / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Small Business Development Team “(With this tem,) we can collect objective data and local governments will be able to verify business location analysis reports scientifically…” According to the plan, the operation of this tem will cover the entire province by April next year. Gyeonggi Province also plans to expand the usage of the tem to free-of-charge public services for business startups and management improvement. Article 4. Gyeonggi Operates Humanity School for Homeless Individuals (171204-2) [Anchor’s Headline] On November 23, Gyeonggi Province’s humanity school for homeless individuals produced its fifth round of graduates. Gyeonggi Province has been operating this school to help homeless individuals achieve independent lives. Graduates are provided with employment and accommodation support. ► Jang Chung-hwan / Former Homeless, Suwon City After receiving humanity education, Jang (장충환), a homeless individual who has been living in a shelter in Suwon (수원) City, found a new life. He now has a job as a cleaner at a free meal service for the homeless. With a steady income, he also has a renewed dream of running his own restaurant. ► Jang Chung-hwan / Graduate of Humanity School for Homeless “Without any means of supporting myself, I was having difficulties finding food and a place to sleep. Through the humanity education, I changed little by little and finally decided to get a job.” ► Eoggaedongmu Humanity School Graduation Ceremony On graduation day, 25 homeless individuals received diplomas after completing a 9-month education course in humanities including literature, history and philosophy. Of these graduates, 19 have already found employment through provincial employment support. Twenty were provided with public rental housing into which they will soon move. ► Graduates Provided with Continuous Support In addition, graduates will be provided with continuous support for their return to society. Gyeonggi Province will continue its support for homeless individuals through the development of a customized support program. ► Sin Nang-hyeon / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Health & Welfare Bureau “We organized this humanity education for homeless individuals so as to help them regain independence by rekindling their self-respect and sense of social involvement.” The number of homeless individuals living outdoors this winter in Gyeonggi Province is estimated to be 920. At Gyeonggi Province’s humanity school, they can restore their hope for a new life of independence and warmth. Article 5. Small Industrial Business Populated Area Designation System (171205-2) [Anchor’s Headline] In Korea, the Urban Small Industrial Business Populated Area Designation System was introduced as the basis for national and local government support for such businesses in the designated areas. In Gyeonggi Province, three areas were included in the first designation. ► Spring manufacturer, Siheung City In an industrial area in Siheung (시흥) City, Cho (조성기) operates a spring manufacturing business with nine employees. The designation of the area as an urban small industrial business populated area last June brought a turning point to his business. ► Cho Seong-ki / CEO, Spring Manufacturing Enterprise “I am very pleased that I could realize my dream of having a laboratory, registering as a venture business, reducing defect rates and improving the environment.” Thanks to such designation, commonly referred to as ‘populated area designation’, Cho was able to receive operational support that led to an increase in sales of more than 30 percent. ► GTV Reporter Koo Young-Seul “Small industrial businesses play an important role just like small blood vessels in our body. The populated area designation enables them to improve their competitiveness.” Granted by the Korean Ministry of SMEs and Startups upon application by local governments, the populated area designation entails extensive support for small industrial businesses in the designated areas. ► Small Business Specialization Support Center Support includes specialization financing as well as technical and marketing support through specialization centers. [CG] The small industrial businesses in the first three designated areas in Gyeonggi Province, which are located in the cities of Siheung (시흥), Yongin (용인) and Yangju (양주), will receive support totaling KRW 7 billion until the year 2020. ► Seo Ki-cheon / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Small Business Development Team “Urban small industrial businesses operate in small spaces with inferior working environments. Our support is geared to improving their competitiveness through the improvement of such conditions.” Gyeonggi Province plans to increase the number of designated areas to 6 by the year 2021 and will develop comprehensive support programs for these areas. There are approximately 28,000 small industrial businesses in the province. Article 6. Gyeonggi to Strengthen Unfair Trade Monitoring (171206-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province entered an agreement with the Ministry of Public Administration & Security, Seoul, and the Fair Trade Commission for the promotion of fair trade. By signing a cooperation agreement, the four authorities will jointly pursue the strengthening of unfair trade monitoring power. ► Franchise Gimbop Restaurant, Seongnam City Kim (김민수), the owner of a gimbop franchise restaurant, often had fierce arguments with the franchiser over highhanded demands. This franchiser forced him to use food ingredients that it supplied at high prices and even charged for advertising that he did not request. His defiance was met with contract cancelation and a lawsuit. ► Kim Min-su / Gimbop Franchise Restaurant Owner “I was devastated and thought that my life was over. The imperiousness of franchisers is going beyond reason in taking advantage of the weaknesses of their franchisees...” Kim turned to Gyeonggi Province’s unfair trade consultation center and was able to resolve the conflict. The franchiser later withdrew the lawsuit. ► Gimbop Franchiser Personnel (voice modulated) “We admit that we failed to secure confidence from our franchisees and we regret that.” ► Gyeonggi R&D Center (December 5) Signing of Fair Trade Cooperation Agreement The key element of this cooperation agreement, which was signed on December 5, is the transfer of... ► Administrative Power Transfer to Autonomous Bodies … the power of investigation and disposal from the Fair Trade Commission to autonomous bodies. ► Fair Trade Commission Chairman Kim Sang-jo “There are limitations in the capacity of the Fair Trade Commission to deal solely with a large number of unfair trade cases. It is time we found a fundamental solution. We are going to find the answer in power decentralization.” This means that autonomous bodies will be empowered to punish unfair trade practices. ► Dispute Conciliation Committees and Fair Trade Support Centers to Be Established This agreement also specifies the establishment of dispute conciliation committees and fair trade support centers. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “This initiative is meaningful in that the central and regional governments are cooperating for a common cause. Gyeonggi Province will do its utmost by actively participating in the eradication of unfair trade practices.” Through cooperation between the central government and regional governments, unfair trade monitoring will now be strengthened and relief for unfair trade victims accelerated. Article 7. Gyeonggi’s ‘Industrial SOS’ Program Marks Close to 100% Resolution Rate (1205-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province’s Total Business Support Program, also referred to as the Industrial SOS program, with an online help desk and on-site administrative support tem, marked an incredible achievement by successfully resolving almost 100 percent of more than 8,000 industrial distress calls received this year. ► Gobulo Industrial Complex, Gwangju City The enterprises in this hilly section of Gwangju (광주) City had been experiencing difficulty due to a deficient water supply. Those that require large amounts of water were forced to leave the area. However, the water problem is now a thing of the past for the 40 enterprises in this area thanks to the water supply tem installed through the Total Business Support Program. ► Kim Hyeong-nam / CEO, Metal Coating Enterprise “We have no problem with water now. All companies in the area are satisfied with the current water supply.” ► Road to Industrial Area, Gwangju City This road, which leads to an industrial area, was notorious for its frequent submergence during rainy seasons. It was also very dangerous for drivers who were unfamiliar with the area. Gyeonggi Province’s Industrial SOS program has resolved the problem by installing rainwater drains. ► Lee Taek-gyeong / CEO, Landscaping Enterprise “The road is now in good condition. Vehicles have no problem using it. Since they installed large drain pipes, we are not worried about rainy seasons anymore.” ► Problems Resolved through Site Visits by Officials These are the industrial distress cases that were resolved through site visits by the Governor of Gyeonggi Province this past May. In addition to visits by the governor, Gyeonggi Province has been employing various means by which to resolve industrial site issues. ► 99.8% of 86,000+ Industrial SOS Cases Resolved This year alone, the Industrial SOS program identified more than 86,000 industrial site issues via online reports and phone calls; of these, 99.8 percent were resolved. ► Cho Jae-gu / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Total Business Support Team “We are proud to say that Gyeonggi Province ranks first in the nation in resolving industrial SOS calls. This program is committed to resolving troublesome site issues quickly and completely.” Gyeonggi Province plans to expand the Industrial SOS network to include applications through mobile devices, and will provide one-stop solutions through the active operation of network elements. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV . We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2017.12.07Greetings, 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. Earthquake-resistance Reference Map Available in Gyeonggi (171127-2) [Anchor’s Headline] After the recent occurrence of two consecutive earthquakes in southeastern regions of the nation, social concerns have increased among Koreans regarding the ability of houses and buildings to resist earthquakes. In Gyeonggi Province, such information is available from an online provincial real estate portal. ► Image by Courtesy of Seo In-jik In this recording of an earthquake, a building sways and threatens to collapse on the cars parked outside. ► Image by Courtesy of Kim Tae-yang The parking lot of a building was flooded after a water pipe burst. Earthquakes are rare and thus have not been the cause of social concerns in Korea. However, recent events have led more people to this website to check if the buildings they are using are earthquake-safe. ► Lim Jong-yun / Gwangju City Resident “I saw buildings collapse on news videos. I am worried that my home might suffer similar damage during an earthquake.” ► Earthquake Resistance Compulsory for Building Permits from 1988 Earthquake-resistant designs became compulsory for all building permits in Korea in 1988. ► Gyeonggi Real Estate Portal (http://gris.gg.go.kr) This means that buildings constructed prior to 1988 are potentially vulnerable to earthquakes. ► Go Jung-guk / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Space Information Team “These requirements have been revised six times to date. We developed the reference map tem to enable users to check the application of earthquake resistant designs based on these requirements.” The reference maps on the Gyeonggi Real Estate Portal enable users to check the application of earthquake-resistant building designs at all addresses. ► GTV Reporter Han Seon-ji “The buildings shown in white were not designed to withstand earthquakes. All the rest are those constructed with earthquake-resistant designs.” The reference maps also provide detailed information about each building when clicked. The number of daily visitors to the Gyeonggi Real Estate Portal has increased to 7,500. Article 2. Hydroponic Farming Using Fish Developed in Gyeonggi (171128-2) [Anchor’s Headline] A Gyeonggi agricultural institute announced the development of an environment-friendly hydroponic method utilizing fish in water tanks. This water culture method makes use of water purified by vegetables to support fish while fish waste is used by vegetables as a source of nutrients. ► Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services Using catfish and lettuce, the Gyeonggi Agricultural Research & Extension Services, also known as GARES, developed this method through which lettuce roots keep water clean and absorb nutrients excreted by catfish. ► Fish Farming and Water Culture This new hydroponic method can achieve the dual purposes of fish farming and water culture while reducing the costs of both. ► Kim Jin-yeong / Deputy Director, Urban Horticulture Team, GARES “This is a combined hydroponic-and-fish-farming technique that enables plants to utilize the organic contents of fish waste.” Since this symbiosis between fish and plants eliminates the use of chemical fertilizers and large amounts of water, farmers can realize organic farming as well as fish farming at greatly reduced costs. This method has so far been tested successfully with five leaf vegetables and two fish species. ► Kim Jin-yeong / Deputy Director, Urban Horticulture Team, GARES “This technique can be developed further and applied to more varied fish and plant species including even fruiting vegetables.” ► Expanded Applications Require Development of Fish Feeds High Productivity GARES will continue its research on combined hydroponic and fish-farming methods through the development high yield fish feed and, after refining the techniques, plans to introduce the method to farmers from 2019. Article 3. Gyeonggi to Supply Microdust Masks to Young Children (171129-1) [Anchor’s Headline] From next year, Gyeonggi Province will supply microdust masks free of charge to 400,000 children of less than 6 years of age in the province. These masks will carry the image of Dibo, a dragon character popular among young children. Created in Korea, Dibo is a dragon doll with a chest bag that hides presents. This character is loved by young children in approximately 80 countries around the world. ► Ocon Animation Studio, Pangyo (November 28) Announcement of Supply of Dibo Character Masks to Children The microdust masks that Gyeonggi Province will supply to children will bear the image of Dibo. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “We created these masks to protect our children from microdust, which increases during the winter and spring.” ► Free Use of Dibo Image on Masks Permitted by Owner Thanks to an agreement with the Dibo character owner, the use of the Dibo image on masks was realized free of charge. ► Kim Il-ho / CEO, Ocon Animation Studio “We hope that, with this character image on the masks, children will become more familiar with using the masks.” ► 400,000 Children Under 6 The Dibo masks will be supplied to approximately 400,000 children of less than 6 years of age through welfare facilities for children. Each child will receive six masks as well as instructions for use. Gyeonggi Province also plans to supply 400,000 microdust masks to individuals who are under the care of local health centers. The microdust masks to be supplied free of charge to children and adults are of KF80 grade or higher and manufactured in accordance with requirements specified by the Korean Ministry of Food & Drug Safety. Article 4. Gyeonggi Assembly Passes Semi-public Intercity Bus System Proposal (1127-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On November 27, a joint proposal by Gyeonggi Province and cities and counties of the province for the realization of a semi-public intercity bus management tem was passed by the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly at a general meeting. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (November 27) 4th general Meeting of 324th Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Regular Session The passage of this proposal took place in the presence of the representatives of the 24 cities and counties in which intercity buses operate. Under this proposal, the Gyeonggi Provincial Government and related local governments will enter a formal agreement on semi-public intercity bus management tem operations. ► Han Gil-ryong / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “The semi-public intercity bus management tem must be realized this time in order to protect the lives and ensure the safety of our residents as well as bus drivers who work hard in difficult working conditions.” The proposal passed with 67 votes out of the 99 assembly members present. ► Semi-public Intercity Bus Management Systems to Be Introduced Early in 2019 With the passage of the proposal, semi-public intercity bus management tem operation is now expected to be realized early next year after the finalization of related budgets and preparations. ► Improvement in Operational Efficiency and Driver Employment Conditions The objective of this new tem is to improve the safety and convenience of intercity bus operations through the improvement of bus operational efficiency and driver employment conditions. ► Jang Yeong-geun / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Transportation Bureau “Based on the opinions we have collected through the political coalition utive committee, the 4-group administration-council committee and 8-person utive committee, we will create a semi-public operation tem for area wide buses with which all will be satisfied.” For the successful introduction and operation of the new intercity bus management tem, Gyeonggi Province will work hard to clarify procedural details including cost rationalization and the establishment of monitoring tems. Article 5. Gyeonggi to Expand Startup Campus to Accommodate Asian Enterprises (1128-1) [Anchor’s Headline] The Startup Campus, a business incubation facility established by Gyeonggi Province, recently celebrated its first anniversary. Over the past year, this campus has had a significant impact on the growth of participating new businesses, and it now plans to expand the participant range. ► Pangyo Startup Campus Since this medical equipment enterprise joined the Startup Campus with 10 employees in July, its business has grown at a surprisingly rapid rate. This company now receives enquiries from more than 60 nations worldwide. ► [PiP] Kim Su-wan / Director, Medical Equipment Enterprise – Startup Campus Resident “Since we joined Startup Campus, we have been enjoying locational advantages as well as operational economy through the free use of facilities.” Through the Startup Campus, this company was also able to secure investment of KRW 3 billion in research and development. ► 24 New Businesses There are 24 new enterprises that are currently residents of the Startup Campus. At this campus, these enterprises receive comprehensive support through the entire business startup process from the identification of business ideas to foundational growth. ► [PiP] Baek Song-hui / Pet Animal Equipment Enterprise – Startup Campus Resident “As a new business, we had seriously lacked information and capital resources. After we joined the Startup Campus and received business incubating services, we were able to develop detailed business plans and …” ► Declaration of Startup Campus Vision on 1st Anniversary During a 3-day international conference organized in commemoration of the first anniversary of the Startup Campus, Gyeonggi Province declared new visions for the campus. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “From now on, we will accept youths with excellent business ideas from Asian countries and help them create new businesses that can grow into global enterprises.” These visions define how Startup Campus operation will be expanded to include youths from other Asian countries through cooperation with related organizations in 6 Asian nations and the invitation of youths for education at the campus. Article 6. Animal Art Exhibition Opens in Icheon (1129-3) [Anchor’s Headline] On November 23, an animal-themed art exhibition titled Special Exhibition 2017 Happy Zoo opened at the Icheon (이천) World Ceramic Center. This exhibition features artwork that presents the value of life and the meaning of animals to humans through the depiction of animals that are closely related to humans. ► 1,025 Devoid of Love and Human Company by Yun Seok-nam This wooden composition depicts 1,025 abandoned dogs packed in cages. The faces of these dogs show the hunger and despair that these animals have been suffering to exhaustion. Through their eyes, viewers can read the sorrow of being abandoned by their s. ► Scientific Names by Park Jun-sang This deer-like creature has its joints immobilized with nails. Its body is filled with gray machines instead of organs. This art piece symbolizes wild animals that succumbed to exploitation by humans. Lost penguins that have no remaining habitats due to global warming show us how animals are seriously endangered. Another composition with a ship – a symbol of distress – filled with various animals dreaming of a revolt against humans compels us to reflect on ourselves. ► [PiP] Park Do-hye / Viewer from Seongnam City “I took it for granted that some animals need to be sacrificed for humans. This exhibition made me become a little emotional and reconsider those animals.” ► Special Exhibition 2017 Happy Zoo / Icheon World Ceramic Center Organized by the Korea Ceramic Foundation, the special exhibition Happy Zoo showcases 110 works about various animals in the lives of humans. ► Artworks Created by Animal-Loving Artists These works encompass various art forms including ceramics, paintings and videos that were created by more than 30 animal-loving artists. ► Jeong Han-ju / Curator, Korea Ceramic Foundation “This exhibition showcases artwork covering a range of animals from pets to laboratory animals, livestock and even endangered species. It will make viewers think about how humans and animals can coexist happily.” ► Exhibition Continues until March 25, 2018 This exhibition reminds viewers of the value of life and the importance of coexistence between animals and humans while encouraging us to think about animal abuse and abandonment. This special exhibition about animals around humans will run until March 25 next year. Article 7. Earthquake Disaster Drill Held in Gyeonggi Province (1130-3) [Anchor’s Headline] The earthquake that recently occurred in the Pohang (포항) area was the second largest recorded in Korea. Alerted by this event, Gyeonggi Province held an earthquake disaster drill with related organizations. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center Paju Hospital The first alarm is raised at a provincial hospital. [Sync] “Code Grey, Code Grey, Code Grey. All disaster personnel, please report to the 1st floor lobby immediately.” The alarm is followed by an emergency broadcast announcing the occurrence of a magnitude 7.0 earthquake. While people evacuate the hospital, medical personnel help with patient evacuation. Within one minute of the emergency broadcast, the disaster headquarters begins to function. Outdoor clinics are erected for patients of different degrees of urgency. Hospital maps and situational updates are shared with all hospital personnel in real time via a mobile messenger service. Although this drill is based on a hypothetical situation, everyone in the hospital and those in other related organizations and surrounding disaster areas work in seamless harmony. ► [PiP] Kim Ye-chan / Pocheon City Resident “I could learn what to do and how to do it in real disaster situations. After the earthquake in the Pohang area, people became nervous. But I now know how best to respond to natural disaster like that.” ► Gyeonggi Province Disaster Drill (November 29) This was a comprehensive simulated disaster drill organized by Gyeonggi Province. ► 100 Related Personnel Participated More than 100 personnel from medical centers, the Disaster & Safety Headquarters and related organizations participated in the drill. ► Eom Won-ja / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Emergency Medical Team “We conducted disaster drills in eight areas where the availability of emergency medical service is relatively low so as to better prepare medical personnel in these areas for possible natural disasters.” Gyeonggi Province plans to develop disaster response manuals for medical personnel and disaster education for personnel of related organizations in the province. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.