Weekly English news | 2018.02.23Greetings, 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 Announces 2018 Green Environment Policies (180209-4) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced green policies for 2018, which primarily focus on urban green environment development as a partial means to reduce microdust issues. Green vegetation is known to have an atmospheric microdust reducing effect. In fact, microdust levels in green areas even in cities were observed to be approximately 40 percent lower than those in nearby city centers. ► Gyeonggi to Invest KRW 48.7 in Green Projects This year, Gyeonggi Province plans to invest KRW 48.7 billion in urban green projects. ► Lee Seong-gyu / Director, Gyeonggi Province Parks & Landscape Division “We are focusing this year’s parks and landscape policies on urban green area development. This will also help reduce microdust and odor problems.” ► KRW 30.5 Billion Allocated for Urban Forests and Roadside Landscaping An urban green budget of KRW 30.5 billion will be used for the development of various functional urban forests as well as tree planting along 64 kilometers of road. KRW 4.8 billion was set aside for the expansion and maintenance of forests in existing parks. ► Garden Promotion Projects The urban green projects also include various garden promotion activities through garden exhibitions and development efforts as well as local project support. Article 2. Gyeonggi Institute Develops Simple Rice Cake-Making Kit (180212-2) [Anchor’s Headline] A simple rice cake-making kit was introduced in Gyeonggi Province. The making of rice cakes traditionally requires complicated processes and steaming vessels. However, this kit enables anyone to make rice cakes easily at home. After kneading rice dough with her children, Jeong (정현경) could make songpyeon (송편), small dumpling-like rice cakes, in a surprisingly short amount of time using this kit. ► Jeong Hyeon-gyeong / Homemaker, Hwaseong City “With children to look after, I seldom engage in preparing foods that require complicated processes. This kit, however, makes it so easy to make rice cakes that I think I will do it more often…” Making rice cakes with this kit is so easy that it can even be used for preparing snacks. ► Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services Developed at the Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services, this rice cake kit consists of layers of disposable paper vessels requiring no additional equipment. All you need is rice flour and your choice of additional ingredients. Our reporter attempted to make rainbow rice cake with this kit using rice flour and potato flour as well as herbs for coloring. It took only twenty minutes to create flawless and colorful cakes. ► GTV Reporter Han Seon-ji “The steamer can be assembled easily by aligning the holes of each paper vessel and stacking one steaming vessel above another.” While home-made rice cake is becoming rare, this kit enables users to make various types of rice cake simply by following the instructions provided. ► Won Seon-I / Deputy Director, Agricultural Food Development Team, GARES “We plan to initially introduce this kit to kindergartens and farm households before introducing it to the market.” With the average size of a Korean family becoming smaller, more food items are becoming available as ready-made or convenience foods in Korea. Rice cakes are the latest addition. Article 3. Winter Mountain Hiking Safety Tips (0212-3) [Anchor’s Headline] At this time of year, when a large number of mountain lovers seek beautiful snow-covered peaks, accident and forest fire risks also increase due to slippery slopes and dry weather. GTV examined the safety rules that all winter mountaineers should observe. ► Surak Mountain (February 7) A woman in her sixties sprained her ankle while climbing a mountain. Unable to move, she had to be transported by helicopter. Such accidents occur frequently during the winter. ◊ Use Crampons under Hiking Boots When climbing a mountain, icy surfaces should be avoided whenever possible. The use of spiked crampons or stainless steel chains with hiking boots is also recommended. ► GTV Reporter Choi Chang-soon “It is also very important to take extra care to prevent forest fires during February and March when the air is driest.” ◊ Cook in Designated Places Only The use of fire for cooking is permitted only in designated places. Fires must be completely extinguished after use. ◊ Smoking and Use of Inflammables Prohibited Smoking and the use of inflammable materials in mountain areas is prohibited. When hiking, do not bring anything with you that can catch fire or ignite other objects. ► Ryu Bong-hyeon / Chief Lifeguard, Gapyeong Fire Station “In the event of a fire, call 119 immediately and attempt to suppress the fire with clothes or sticks while it is small in scale.” ◊ Take Shelter In Low, Open Spaces When evacuation from a fire is required, move to a lower, open place with sparse vegetation. If possible, refer to the national location number or nearest sign post when reporting a fire via 119. Article 4. Cultural Events Held Around Pyeongchang Winter Olympics (180213-3) [Anchor’s Headline] While the Pyeongchang (평창) Winter Olympic Games are drawing global interest, there are a number of related events being held in neighboring regions. Of these, GTV visited two cultural events. First, GTV visited an exhibition that showcases an ancient royal palace. ► Sangji Daegwanreong High School (Until March 18) Special Goryo Royal Palace Exhibition Over the past ten years, South and North Korean archeologists have worked together in the former capital of the Goryo (고려) Dynasty in North Korea to excavate the remains of a royal palace. This exhibition showcases the findings in virtual reality. ► Park Chan-hui / Visitor from Seoul “Everything, even the soil, is depicted so realistically that I felt as if I was walking through the real place.” In addition to realistic renderings of the palace, this exhibition features 15 relics that were excavated at the site and reproduced via 3D printing and holograms. This palace had been used from more than a thousand years ago. ► Park Tae-ho, Park Tae-jun / Visitors from Jecheon City, North Chuncheong Province “I was touched when I saw the united South and North Korean team at the Pyeongchang Olympics on TV. This exhibition represents another exchange between the two Koreas.” ► Gangwon Land Convention Hotel (Until March 15) ‘Ceramics Embracing Snowy Landscapes’ Exhibition The next cultural event GTV visited was a ceramics exhibition being held in Pyeongchang (평창) County. This exhibition features artwork created by seven Korean ceramic artists. Each piece displays winter scenes including winter nights, snow-covered mountains and trees. ► Seo Jeong-geol / President, Korea Ceramic Foundation “This exhibition was timed to coincide with the Olympic Games so as to showcase the beauty of our ceramic art to visitors of the games.” Both the special exhibition of an ancient palace and the Korean ceramic art exhibition are open free to the public. There are a number of other entertaining events that visitors to the Olympic Games can access easily and enjoy during their stay. Article 5. Gyeonggi Active in Helping Resolve Apartment Issues (180213-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Recently, the construction defects of the Buyeong (부영) Apartment Complex in Hwaseong (화성) City caused social concern and the involvement of Gyeonggi Province. ► Apartment Complex, Hwaseong City As soon as resident occupation began at this apartment complex three years ago, complaints poured in from residents regarding condensation on bedroom walls, doors not closing properly, foul odors from toilet pipes, and more. ► Kim Ok-ja (alias. voice modulated) / Apartment Resident “The smell is unbearable when I come home, especially after leaving the ventilating fans turned off. I have a constant headache and can’t go to sleep. I am frustrated…” The ceilings and floors of basement parking lots are breaking apart as if they suffered a major earthquake. Paving blocks are irregular and pose a danger to pedestrians. All apartment buildings of this 5,800-unit apartment complex are in similar condition. ► Construction Defects and Repairs Meeting (February12) In order to help address these problems, Gyeonggi Province organized a meeting with residents and the constructor. ► Kim Su-cheol (alias. voice modulated) / Resident Representative “We see that the constructor is working hard on some issues. However, we want the repair work prioritized based on urgency.” ► Lee Hyeong-seok (alias. voice modulated) / Constructor CEO “I apologize for having caused inconveniences to residents due to defects. I am doing my best and have assigned an utive director for matters here…” Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil (남경필) asked the construction enterprise to attend to matters more responsibly and promised to help Hwaseong (화성) City resolve the situation. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “We will identify individual problems through communication and seek solutions for each problem.” Gyeonggi Province will continue to participate in meetings with the representative residents, Hwaseong (화성) City and the constructor, and will seek ways in which to prevent similar issues from occurring through administrative policies and institutional initiatives. Article 6. Gyeonggi Province’s 2018 Business Startup Support Plans (180213-4) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province recently announced that it will allocate a budget of KRW 31.3 billion to support 430 business startups by more than 3,600 youths this year. ► Northern Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (February 8) Briefing on 2018 Business Startup Support Plans This year’s business startup support plan consists of 19 projects in four categories: the nurturing of pre-startup youths, the expansion of business startup infrastructure, the increase of related funds, and the establishment of public and private support tems. The number of projects in each category is as follows: ◊ Customized Support in Growth Phases – 9 Projects 9 projects for customized support in growth phases; ◊ Business Startup Infrastructure – 7 Projects 7 projects for the expansion and improvement of support infrastructure; ◊ Increase of Related Funds and Investment – 2 Projects 2 projects for the increase of related funds and investments; and ◊ Establishment of Public & Private Support Systems – 1 Project 1 project for the establishment of private and public support tems. ► Lee Hui-jun / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Employment & Labor Policy Bureau “We plan to identify and support those with business startup potential to achieve combined sales of KRW 500 billion, the creation of 7,000 jobs, the realization of 700 cases of intellectual property acquisition, and investment inducement of KRW 50 billion.” ► 5,000 New Businesses Supported during This Administration Over the past three years of the current provincial administration, KRW 124.5 billion has been used to support more than 5,000 new businesses and more than 5,200 pre-startup youths. These efforts have resulted in combined sales of more than KRW 1.6 trillion and the creation of more than 17,000 new jobs. Article 7. Gyeonggi Promotes Low NOx Boiler Installation (180209-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province plans to release KRW 4.2 billion in installation support for boilers that generate reduced nitrogen oxide levels, known as low-NOx boilers. Together with vehicle emissions, nitrogen oxides from boilers are also major contributors to atmospheric microdust. ► Yun Yeong-gyun / Hanam City Resident Yun (윤영균) recently bought a low-NOx boiler since, although more expensive, it is more environment-friendly. ► Yun Yeong-gyun / Low-NOx Owner “I chose it since they say it generates less microdust and is high in thermal efficiency. With governmental support, I think it is a better choice in the long run.” The low-NOx boilers generate reduced levels of nitrogen oxides since they use burners that consume less fuel to generate the same level of heat as other home boilers and are equipped with two heat exchangers instead of one. ► Thermal Efficiency Increase of 91% Since these boilers burn gas more than once by recycling used gas, they consume less gas while reducing the generation of unburnt pollutants by approximately 77 percent. Although roughly KRW 200,000 more expensive to purchase, they help reduce fuel costs. ► Gyeonggi to Provide Installation Support for 7,400 Low-NOx Boilers This year, Gyeonggi Province will provide more than 7,000 households and 400 businesses with low-NOx boiler installation support. ► Kim Tae-su / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Microdust Measure Team “The Low-NOx boiler support program was launched in 2017. Last year, we used KRW 4.2 billion in support and plan to increase the amount 5 to 10 percent this year.” Applications for support are being received at the environment offices of city and county governments. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
Weekly English news | 2018.02.14Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Gyeonggi College Students Teach at Remote Schools (180207-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced the expansion of an on-site education program for those in education blind spots. To date, more than 5,000 individuals have benefited from this program, which operates in cooperation with volunteer students from participating universities. ► Sangsu Primary School, Yangju City Titled ‘College Student Knowledge Mentor Program’, these education services are provided to children from working-class families like those at this remote primary school. The services are also provided to multicultural families, families of North Korean defectors, and seniors as well as to individuals with disabilities. ► Jang Ha-dam / 1st Grade, Sangsu Primary School “With visiting teachers, classes are more fun. I like coming to school every day.” This primary school has four college students visiting for a week as teachers. They not only run classes but also spend entire days with the children. ► Jang Hyeon-jeong / College Student, ‘Knowledge Mentor’ “With no usual amenities in the surrounding area, I hoped to be able to enjoy my stay at the school, and was rewarded by children taking great pleasure in having my company.” The College Student Knowledge Mentor Program was launched to close the gap between those with more learning opportunities and those with fewer. ► Volunteer Service Spirits Promoted among College Students This program also promotes philanthropy among college students through volunteer services and talent donations for those in isolated situations. ► Kwon Mun-ju / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province University Cooperation Team “Our survey indicated a very high satisfaction rate among service recipients. We therefore plan to expand the program and operate 135 college student teams this year.” For this year’s program, Gyeonggi Province will receive participation applications from universities until February 21, with the commencement of mentoring services slated for the following month. Article 2. Gyeonggi to Establish More Village Gardens (180206-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been providing communities in rundown urban centers with support in the establishment of gardens known as ‘village gardens’. Based on previous results, the provincial government plans to expand this support to establish 21 more village gardens this year. ► Gojan-dong, Ansan City Once a garden is created by local residents with provincial support, it is their responsibility to maintain the garden, as is the case with this garden. While working together, residents develop better relationships with their neighbors. ►Kang Gyeong-a / Resident “We share food cooked outdoors together after having worked on the garden. Neighbors we only shared simple greetings with have now become close friends.” The village garden project aims to promote local communities while improving their environments. ► 21 Village Garden Sites to Be Selected This Year This year, Gyeonggi Province plans to establish 21 more village gardens in the province. Each site will be provided with specialist consultation services as well as support of up to KRW 300 million. ► Seo Sang-gyo / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Livestock & Forest Bureau “It is more than simply improving the appearance of the town. It is more meaningful in that it promotes the sense of togetherness among local people through working together.” Most village garden sites are selected from among rundown urban centers without parks nearby. Each village garden is designed with characteristic features to create a distinctive atmosphere. ► Song Hyeon-jae / Suwon City Resident “I hope that this place will be transformed from an abandoned place with piles of trash to a lovely space in which families come out and enjoy and communicate with each other.” The sites for the 21 new village gardens to be established this year have been selected in 13 cities and counties of the province. Article 3. Renewable Energy-powered Streetlamps Pursued in Gyeonggi (180207-3) [Anchor’s Headline] The Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly recently made a pre-announcement regarding legislation for the use of streetlamps powered by renewable energy. Such street lamps require no wired connections and so can be installed as free-standing lamps in any // ► Eoulim Park, Ansan City At night in this Ansan (안산) City park, streetlamps featuring windmills and solar panels illuminate paths for night strollers. These eco-friendly streetlamps are powered by energy derived from sunlight and wind. ► Kim Ha-neul, Yun Se-jin / Ansan City Residents “The light is bright and stable, ideal for a night stroll.” Since these streetlamps use sunlight and wind as power sources, they can be installed easily in places away from power cables. ► GTV Reporter Han Seon-ji “These streetlamps are brighter than ordinary streetlamps. In fact, I took measurements and found that they are three times brighter.” The use of renewable energy-powered streetlamps is attractive since they are more energy efficient, eco-friendly, and have now become more cost effective. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Pursues Enactment of Related Ordinance Base on such advantages, related ordinance enactment was initiated by the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly for installations in newly developed areas as well as in dark, crime-prone areas. ► Won Mi-jeong / Member of Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly “Gyeonggi Province targets 20 percent renewable energy use. The new ordinance will contribute to realizing that goal.” The draft for this ordinance will be discussed at the 325th extraordinary session of the provincial assembly on February 20. Article 4. Gyeonggi’s Establishes Disaster Emergency Medical System (180206-1) [Anchor’s Headline] The recent streak of earthquakes and large fires has raised nationwide concern about safety. In the preparation for such disasters, Gyeonggi Province already has a disaster emergency medical tem in place. [CG] Following a 5.4 magnitude earthquake that occurred this past November in southwestern Korea, large fires occurred at a sports center and two general hospitals, each before the initial shock of the previous incident had passed. ► Kim Min-jin, Park Jin-gyeong / Yongin City Resident “We don’t know how to properly react to emergency situations. We hope that there are opportunities to have our children learn about such things.” There has been an increasing awareness of the importance of preparedness among Koreans. ► Emergency Medical System Gyeonggi Province’s emergency medical tem focuses on large-scale disasters. ► System of Hospitals, Public Health Centers, Fire Stations and Emergency Medical Services This tem consists of 44 public health centers, 34 fire stations and 63 emergency medical service providers as well as 7 general hospitals. [CG] These general hospitals will act as disaster-central hospitals for the management of disaster victims, and are strategically distributed throughout the province. ► Eom Won-ja / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Emergency Medicine Team “This tem ensures that, in the event of a disaster, fire stations, public health centers and medical institutes in the region immediately form an interconnected network and perform timely management of the situations on site.” Gyeonggi Province also plans to establish a special disaster education team at each disaster-central hospital and to expand disaster-related education and drills. Article 5. Gyeonggi’s Online Launch Support for SMEs Proves Effective (180207-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province’s support of domestic online market launches by small and medium-sized enterprises has proven effective as sales by these enterprises soared after opening shops online. ► Health Food Enterprise, Seongnam City Sales by this health food enterprise, which specializes in unprocessed ingredients, have increased fivefold since the company entered one of the leading online markets in Korea. Sales patterns have completely changed from door-to-door sales to busy online interactions with customers. ► Kim Jong-gyun / Representative of Health Food Enterprise “Opportunities to enter online markets don’t come very often. However, we could open a shop in an online market easily at very low cost thanks to support from Gyeonggi Province.” In addition to support for market entry, Gyeonggi Province also provided this company with product promotion cost support as well as online marketing consultation services. ► Combined Sales of Support Recipients Increased to KRW 7.3 Billion Last year, a total of eighty enterprises received Gyeonggi Province’s SME online launch support. As a result, they were able to realize combined online sales of over KRW 7.2 billion. ► Choi Ik-seok / Director, Gyeonggi Business & Science Accelerator Global Trade Division “Through this program, SMEs with limited online marketing capabilities can establish tematic marketing tems and learn sales knowhow.” [CG] In a survey of support recipients, 80 percent indicated their satisfaction with support services. This year, Gyeonggi Province plans to expand SME online launch support with a combined annual online sales target of KRW 9 billion. Article 6. Gyeonggi to Contribute KRW 19 million to Electric Vehicle Purchase (180208-3) [Anchor’s Headline] From this year, those in Gyeonggi Province who purchase electric cars will be provided with purchase cost support of up to KRW 19 million. There are also other benefits provided to electric car purchasers by the Korean government. ► Choi Dan-bi / Gunpo City Resident Last year, Choi (최단비) bought an electric car at an affordable price with support from Gyeonggi Province. She is satisfied with the car since it costs less to operate and is much more comfortable. ► Choi Dan-bi / Electric Car User “My car has less fuel costs and high fuel efficiency. It is also much more comfortable to ride since it generates less noise and vibration.” The number of electric cars in Korea recently surpassed 20,000. Electric cars are slowly gaining popularity since purchasers are provided with various benefits. ► Purchase Cost Support Provided up to KRW 19 Million Among others, purchase cost support is the greatest merit. [CG] For a mid-sized gasoline car, for example, the purchase price is approximately KRW 26 million, while the price for an electric car of similar size is approximately KRW 12 million higher. However, this difference can be almost entirely offset by purchase cost support of KRW 11 million provided for an electric car of this size. ► Some Toll Fees Exempted For electric cars, toll fees on three expressways in Gyeonggi Province are exempted for all lanes including the Hi-Pass lanes. ► Tax Exemptions and More Charging Stations Other benefits for electric car purchasers include the number of speed charge stations, which will be increased to 50 this year, and the exemption of various vehicle-related taxes. ► Kang Seong-gu / Gyeonggi Province Traffic Environment Team Official “We are providing electric car purchasers with purchase cost support and will continue to promote the use of electric cars to help residents breathe clean air.” Gyeonggi Province has set aside more than KRW 50 billion for electric vehicle promotion this year. ► Electric Vehicle Call Center (☎1661-0970) / Electric Vehicle Portal (www.ev.or.kr) Detailed information about benefits for electric vehicles can be obtained from the electric vehicle call center and related public offices. Article 7. World-class Excavator Enterprise Opens Factory in Gyeonggi (0209-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Robit Korea, the Korean arm of the Finnish manufacturing group Robit, opened a factory in an industrial complex for foreign enterprises in Gyeonggi Province. This is the first Finnish enterprise to open a production base in the province. ► Robit Korea Factory Robit is one of the largest drilling device manufacturers in the world and also the third largest player in its field in the Korean market. Since its establishment in 2004, Robit Korea has been expanding its operations and finally established production facilities in Gyeonggi Province to take advantage of the superior location of the province. This new factory will function as Robit’s Asia and Pacific headquarters. ► Harie Shawholm / CEO, Robit Group “We want to increase the volume of our production, which is important, of course. Most of the production goes to export.” ► First Finnish Plant in Gyeonggi Province The opening of this factory is the result of the expansion of Gyeonggi Province’s investment inducement focus on northern European nations. ► 50+ Gyeonggi Enterprises to Tie with Robit The operation of Robit Korea’s factory will be closely linked with more than 50 local SMEs in related fields including heat treatment and metalworking. ► Kim Hyeon-su / Director General, Gyeonggi Province International Cooperation Bureau “The establishment of Robit Korea in this industrial complex will become a model for cooperation between foreign and local enterprises.” Gyeonggi Province will provide Robit with continuous support through the identification of cooperation opportunities with local enterprises. The provincial government will also continue its investment inducement diversification policy. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
Weekly English news | 2018.02.08Greetings, 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 Online International Marketing Support Proves Effective (180129-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been providing SMEs seeking to launch their products overseas but lacking necessary resources with assistance in international marketing through social networking services and online retail markets. Last year, this provincial support helped these SMEs secure combined overseas orders of USD 14.3 million. ► Water Purifier Enterprise, Pocheon City This water purifier-manufacturing company developed portable air purifiers and introduced the products via a global online market using a Gyeonggi Province account last year. This enabled the company to be exposed to many overseas buyers linked to this account. The purchase orders that ensued resulted in an almost two-fold increase in exports. ► Kim Do-hyeon / Representative, Water Purifier Enterprise “Although air purifies accounted for a small portion of our sales, they have become the largest sellers now.” ► Industrial-purpose Ear Protection Enterprise, Suwon City Also with assistance from Gyeonggi Province, this ear protector manufacturer uploaded product information and images on social networking services. Not long afterward, the company was contacted by a Belgian trading company and, for the first time, secured an overseas order valued at KRW 3 billion. ► Lee Jong-jin / Representative, Ear Protection Enterprise “I learned how effective online marketing could be. We will continue to pursue online marketing for our new products that willl come one after another…” ► 500+ SMEs Benefited from Online Marketing Last year, more than 500 SMEs were able to secure overseas orders through Gyeonggi Province’s online marketing support. [CG] This program received a high satisfaction rating of 81 percent from support recipients; 73 percent stated that this program had actually led to successful overseas market launches. ► Song Yong-wuk / Director, Gyeonggi Province International Trade Division “This program helped achieve exports of more than USD 14 million with only KRW 700 million in operating costs. We will expand marketing support through online markets as well as social networking services.” Online marketing is emerging as an effective means of improving the export capabilities of SMEs. Article 2. Gyeonggi to Open High-Tech Farms to Farming Seniors (180130-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province recently announced the opening of a high-tech farm with advanced facilities at the Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services as part of its senior employment support policies. ► Plant Factory, Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services Known as Plant Factory, this farm was designed to help plants withstand natural disasters including climatic change. This farm is equipped with automatic control features that enable plants to grow unaffected by such changes. ► Lee Jeong-hyu / Research Official, Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services “Natural disasters are increasingly becoming matters of interest in agricultural fields in Korea as well as in other countries including Japan and the United States. The number of institutes that study such matters has been increasing in Korea.” ► Gyeonggi Opens Plant Factory to Seniors for Personal Farming Since this farm requires no manual plowing, irrigating or watering, farming activities are much less strenuous, enabling seniors to operate farms with less effort and all year round. Use of the environment control tems and additional facility amenities as well as operating costs are provided free of charge by Gyeonggi Province while seniors are paid minimum salaries and can retain the profits that their farms generate. ► Han Tae-hui / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Emerging Agriculture Team “This program provided seniors with an opportunity to participate in farming more easily. It also promotes synergistic effects through the combination of urban and rural agriculture…” Gyeonggi Province plans to establish two more Plant Factories in the province and will receive applications from local governments in March and April. Article 3. Gyeonggi to Establish Medical AI Research Center (180131-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On January 30, Gyeonggi Province, Yongin (용인) City and Yonsei University Health System entered an agreement for the establishment of an medical artificial intelligence research center in Yongin (용인) City for advanced medical technology development. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (January 30) Signing of Artificial Intelligence Research Center Establishment Agreement Medical AI is expected to generate economic effects amounting to KRW 110 trillion by the year 2030 [CG] These effects will be seen in the fields of medical robotics, diagnostics and prognoses as well as in medical cost reductions. Under the agreement, the medical AI research center will be established close to the Severance Hospital project site of the Yeonsei University Health System and will engage in the development of medical tems that use artificial intelligence and big data. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “The primary purpose is to develop artificial intelligence technologies that use big data for medical purposes. This research center will also contribute to local economic promotion…” Gyeonggi Province and Yongin (용인) City will provide support for research cooperation and research project promotion. ► Medical Forecasts and Diagnoses Using Medical Big Data The new medical AI technologies will be developed using the vast amounts of medical data possessed by the Yonsei medical group. ► Yun Do-heum / President, Yonsei University Health System “Research results will help predict medical conditions such as cancer development probabilities and generate preions by using existing data including the behavioral patterns of patients.” The medical AI research center will be located within the medical and urban advanced industrial complex planned in close proximity to Severance Hospital. This center is projected to generate economic effects of KRW 500 billion while creating more than 4,000 new jobs. Article 4. Access to Amazon to Become Easier for Gyeonggi SMEs (180129-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province recently succeeded in negotiating with US-based Amazon, the largest global electronic commerce enterprise, for the opening of shops on its websites to SMEs of the province. ► Home Appliance Enterprise, Suwon City Two years ago, this home appliance company in Gyeonggi Province opened a shop selling its six product items on the Amazon retail site. Amazon was the first channel through which this company could sell its products to overseas customers. Operation of a shop in Amazon led this company to buyers in a number of other countries. For SMEs like this company with limited marketing capabilities, e-commerce operators such as Amazon with broad consumer bases can provide effective channels through which to launch their products in overseas markets. Amazon currently operates online markets in 12 nations and is used by more than a billion consumers. ► Jin Ji-yeong / Representative, Home Appliance Enterprise “Although there are many SMEs present (in Amazon) and competition is high, Korean products are more highly favored in overseas markets than in the domestic market.” ► Gyeonggi to Support SME Access to Amazon Gyeonggi Province’s Amazon access support was inspired by the popularity of Korean products among overseas consumers. ► Applications Received until April 9 for Shop Opening in March Applications will be received until April 9 and the opening of 70 selected shops will take place in March. ► Lee Jun-mok / Director, Gyeonggi Province FTA Utilization Support Center “We will select 70 SMEs and provided them with education to help them successfully establish themselves in the American market.” Selected SMEs will be provided with commercial education by Amazon specialists. ► Application: Gyeonggi Regional FTA Utilization Support Center Website (www.ggfta.or.kr) Applications are being received via the Gyeonggi Regional FTA Utilization Support Center website. Article 5. Gyeonggi Cultural Creative Hub Opens in West Gyeonggi (180130-2) [Anchor’s Headline] An additional Gyeonggi Cultural Creative Hub, a business complex for new enterprises in hybrid and convergence technology fields, was established in western Gyeonggi. Resident enterprises are provided with favorable rental conditions as well as equipment and business support. ► West Gyeonggi Cultural Creative Hub Opens The opening of the West Gyeonggi Cultural Creative Hub took place in Siheung (시흥) City on January 29. This is the fourth such facility to be established in Gyeonggi Province and will host 18 new enterprises. ► Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor Lee Jae-yul “This facility will create many jobs in fields that generate high added value by combining these fields with the existing cultural content industry in the Shiwa Industrial Complex.” ► Common Facilities Provided In addition to a variety of facilities for common use, resident enterprises will also be provided with specialist consultation services and business startup networking support. ► Up to 2 Years Residence for Monthly Management Fee of KRW 100,000 Resident enterprises may remain for up to two years by paying a monthly management fee of only KRW 100,000 without rental fees. This is more than ten times lower than factory-style office rental fees in the province. ► Linked with Sihwa Industrial Complex Unlike other Cultural Creative Hubs, this facility in west Gyeonggi enables its resident enterprises to receive manufacturing technical support from enterprises of the nearby Shiwa Industrial Complex. ► Kim Woo-chan / Representative of Resident Enterprise “Since the West Gyeonggi Cultural Creative Hub is located in Siheung City, it can utilize quality infrastructure of the Shiwa Industrial Complex while receiving quality support from the Gyeonggi Content Agency.” The West Gyeonggi Cultural Creative Hub will become a center for new hybrid and convergence enterprises in western Gyeonggi regions. Article 6. Gyeonggi to Provide Air Purifiers to Individuals Vulnerable to Microdust (180131-2) [Anchor’s Headline] While microdust has become a social issue in all seasons, Gyeonggi Province announced air purifier installation support for all facilities for individuals vulnerable to microdust including those for children, seniors and individuals with disabilities. In Gyeonggi Province, one fourth of the days of January saw atmospheric microdust concentrations rise above normal levels. ► Choi In-cheol (Aged 68) / Suwon City Resident “Windows must be kept closed, otherwise everything will be covered with dust.” ► Facilities for Individuals Vulnerable to Microdust Air purifier installation support will be provided to all facilities for individuals who are vulnerable to respiratory diseases and thus face greater health risks from microdust. ► Rental Cost Support for 5 Years Support will be provided in the form of rental cost support for up to five years ► Park Bok-sik (Age 78) / Senior Facility Resident “When I blow my nose, I see the tissue is stained with black dust. After having this (air purifier) installed, I don’t anymore,” ► KRW 3.9 Billion Set Aside for Air Purifier Installation Support Following the air purifier installation support provided to more than 1,200 facilities last year, Gyeonggi Province has set aside approximately KRW 3.9 billion for support this year. ► Jeong Gyeong-yoon / Gyeonggi Province Living Environment Team Official “This support program will help substantially change air quality for those vulnerable to health hazards, and thus reduce environment-related diseases and improve living environment quality…” In addition to air purifier installation support, Gyeonggi Province will also provide support recipients with indoor remodeling support including wallpaper and window replacement. More than 10,800 facilities are expected to benefit from this year’s support. Article 7. Gyeonggi to Commemorate Millennium Year of Gyeonggi (0129-1) [Anchor’s Headline] This year marks the millennium year of the name “Gyeonggi”, which represents the economic, social and cultural center of Korea. To celebrate this occasion, Gyeonggi Province began preparing commemoration events. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Museum One thousand years ago, during the ninth year of the reign of the eighth king of the Goryeo (고려) Dynasty, the name Gyeonggi was first used to refer to the region that surrounded the capital city. ► Kim Yeong-mi / Curator, Gyeonggi Provincial Museum “The name Gyeonggi stands for the ‘chi’ that protects the capital city where the king resides. There had been names of a similar concept used previously. However, the first time Gyeonggi was used was in 1018.” There are a variety of events planned to celebrate the millennium year of Gyeonggi. ► Gyeeonggi Archive to Be Established First, an archive of Gyeonggi Province cultural records will be established. ► Likeepium (Library, Keepsake and Museum Combined) This archive, which will be located at the Gyeonggi Sangsang (상상) Campus, is named Likeepium (라키비움), a portmanteau of library, keepsake and museum, which will be an extension of the current storage of administration records. ► Seol Won-ki / President, Gyeonggi Cultural Foundation “What we have to do is to create something that symbolizes a milestone while representing the present on an ongoing basis. That makes the recording of the process very important…” ► Gyeonggi to Designate ‘Gyeonggi Millennium Day’ Gyeonggi Province also plans to designate October 19 as Gyeonggi Millennium Day and to declare its millennium vision. ► Gyeonggi Documenta 2018 There will be a 100-day Gyeonggi millennium festival, titled ‘Gyeonggi Documenta 2018’ beginning from July, as well as a variety of cultural events that will be organized with resident participation. ► Han Jin-hui / Suwon City Resident “When I heard about the Gyeonggi millennium year, it didn’t seem realistic to me. However, I was drawn to the concept while listening to people’s voices and participating in discussions regarding the future…” Gyeonggi Province also plans to organize a policy contest, youth job and business creation workshops, and an archive exhibition. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
Weekly English news | 2018.02.01Greetings, 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. e-Commerce Job Education for Elderly and Disabled (180122-1) [Anchor’s Headline] With e-commerce, also known in Korea as open markets, growing rapidly each year, Gyeonggi Province began operation of an online marketer education program for individuals with disabilities and seniors. ► Cho Jong-ryeol / Online Marketer with Disabilities Cho (조종렬) has never been happier. With disabilities, he had been unable to find a decent job. However, working as an online marketer from home, he is now enjoying the second phase of his life. His job is to help e-commerce shops update their information and respond to customer enquiries via telephone. Cho found this job after completing the online marketer education course provided by Gyeonggi Province. ► Cho Jong-ryeol / Online Marketer (with 3rd Degree Mental Disorder) “I had lived a life devoid of any hope. Since I began working, I have become a new person who has found hope and makes plans for the future.” After completing the course, he began working for two e-commerce websites. [CG] Online marketers do not make their own profit. Instead, they receive fees from individual shops for work performed on their behalf. It is a job that requires minimal starting funds and can be performed at home by anyone with a computer. ► Half of Course Graduates Successfully Start Self Employment This vocational program aims to help those with limited physical capabilities regain independence. Half of its graduates have actually succeeded in realizing self-employment. ► Jeon Myeong-hui / President, Online Marketer Education Organization “There have often been cases in which sales actually occurred while practicing in the class. I expect that online marketer job opportunities will increase if local products with high profit margins are added to online markets.” ► Gyeonggi Plans to Train 75 Online Marketers This Year This year, Gyeonggi Province targets the training of 75 online marketers. Trainees will be selected by March for an eight-month course on open market operations. ► Information: Gyeonggi Province Information System Planning Office (☎ 031-8008-2913) Detailed information is available from the Gyeonggi Province Information System Planning Office. Article 2. Gyeonggi Targets High Agricultural Food Exports in 2018 (180123-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Agricultural food exports by Gyeonggi Province last year amounted to USD 1.29 billion, a 4 percent increase over the previous year. This year, the provincial government targets an 8 percent increase through market diversification. ► Tomato Farm, Hwaseong City Korean tomatoes are popular among Japanese commercial sandwich makers since they are more resilient than their Japanese counterparts even when fully ripe. Despite negative currency exchange rates, tomato exports by Gyeonggi farmers increased 15 percent last year through support from local governments. ► Yu Yeong-rok / Tomato Farmer, Hwaseong City “Although distribution costs for exports are twice as high as those for domestic sales, we could overcome difficulties through local governmental support…” ► Agricultural Food Exports of Gyeonggi Province Increased 4% Although the export environment deteriorated last year due to several unfavorable local and international developments, overall agricultural food exports by Gyeonggi Province increased 4 percent to USD 1.29 billion despite a 15 percent decrease in exports to China. Last year, Gyeonggi Province saw the highest increase in agricultural and marine food exports in Korea. Marine food exports increased no less than 33 percent. ► Gyeonggi Targets USD 1.4 Billion in Agricultural Food Exports This Year Anticipating positive changes in trade environments, especially in those of China and Southeast Asia, Gyeonggi Province set USD 1.4 billion as the target for this year’s agricultural food exports. ► Kim Du-sik / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Export Strategy Team “We will seek export market diversification through market development in developing nations. To this end, we will provide exporting agricultural enterprises and farmers with support through the formulation of a strategic cooperation network with related organizations.” In order to ensure stable increases in agricultural exports, Gyeonggi Province plans to use national and provincial funds of approximately KRW 3 billion for international marketing support and exporting enterprise facility improvements. Article 3. Winter Festivals in Full Swing in Gyeonggi Province (180122-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Although Koreans are currently experiencing the coldest winter of recent years, winter festivals and events remain in full swing, providing residents with ideal opportunities for enjoyable memories. ► Yangju Trout Festival, Yeongok Reservoir, Yangju City (Until February 25) The frozen surface of a reservoir in Yangju (양주) City has turned into an ice fishing zone that features a large number of anglers waiting intently for a bite. ► Sin Ji-hun, Sin Wu-jin, Sin Gwon-cheol / Visitors from Yangju City “This is the first time I came here with my family. My children seem to enjoy ice fishing.” There is also the added enjoyment of eating sashimi and dishes prepared with the arm-length trout the family has caught. ► Pocheon Baekwun Valley Winter Festival (Until January 28) At this winter festival site in Pocheon (포천) City, visitors are all smiles in a white kingdom of snow and ice. Children enjoy top-spinning on ice while others squeal as they glide down sledding slopes. ► An Ho-seon, Ju Da-won / Visitors from Gwangju City “I did top-spinning and sledding with my family. It was fun.” Exquisitely created ice sculptures provide a beautiful background for photographs by families and couples. Visitors can also sit around bonfires, enjoying the warmth and roasting chestnuts. ► Jang Bo-yeong / President, Pocheon Baekwun Valley Winter Festival Organizer “At this winter festival, families can spend a whole day enjoying snow sledding and ice sledding as well as other winter entertainments.” ► Gyeonggi Winter Festivals in Gyeonggi Province Continue until February There are also a number of other winter festivals taking place in Gyeonggi Province including the Smelt Festival in Yangpyeong (양평) County and the Ice Flower & Trout Festival in Gapyeong (가평) County. Most of these festivals will continue until February. Article 4. Working Youth Support Projects Begin Receiving Applications (180123-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On January 22, with considerable interest among youths, the application period for all three working youth support programs of the Working Youth Series opened with closure slated for February 5. ► Gyeonggi Province Employment Foundation The Working Youth Series consists of three support programs in the form of a pension account, salary support and welfare points. These support programs were designed for young employees of SMEs in Gyeonggi Province aged 18 to 34. ► 38,000 Young SME Employees Initially Targeted as Beneficiaries The targeted number of beneficiaries has been set at an initial 38,000 ► Working Youth Pension, Working Youth Meister Account, Working Youth Welfare Point Each applicant is accepted to one of the three support programs – the Working Youth Pension, the Working Youth Meister Account, or the Working Youth Welfare Point Program – based on the preference order they indicate on their applications. ► Application: Gyeonggi Province Employment Foundation Website (youth.jobaba.net) Applications are received via the employment support website of the Gyeonggi Province Employment Foundation. ► [PiP] Lee Jae-seok / SME Employee (Aged 34) “I am very grateful (to Gyeonggi Province) for making these support programs available to SME employees. I hope that these programs will also help SMEs be recognized as comparable to large enterprises as good workplaces.” ► For More Information, Call 031-120 or 1577-0014 Further information can be obtained by calling the Gyeonggi Call Center or the Gyeonggi Province Employment Foundation Call Center. ► Kim Hyo-won / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Employment Foundation Youth Planning Team “We hope to be able to encourage the long-term employment of SME employees, promote the competitiveness of SMEs, and help reduce the unemployment rate through the successful operation of the Working Youth Series.” ► Application Period: January 22 – February 5 Applications will be received until February 5. After the announcement of selected beneficiaries on February 27, support will be provided from March. Article 5. Gyeonggi’s Apartment Repair Consultation Services (180124-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been operating a technical consultation team of private apartment specialists to help apartment residents with repair issues that may otherwise result in unnecessary costs and conflicts. The services of this team are provided free of charge. ► Apartment in Onam-ri, Namyangju City Residents of this apartment complex in Namyangju (남양주) City contacted this team for help. Constructed more than 10 years ago, the stone embankments around this apartment complex have young trees growing in between the stones, posing a danger of collapse. [Sync] “If you tell us where we should start working…” “You may start by filling in the gaps to prevent loss of soil…” The engineer who responded to the call gave residents advice regarding necessary repair work. ► [PiP] Kim Hye-suk / Apartment Resident Representative “There had been growing apprehension among us. However, we feel greatly relieved since the consultant engineer analyzed the situation and gave us the advice that we needed.” ► 70% of Gyeonggi Residents Live in Apartments Apartments account for 70 percent of housing in Gyeonggi Province. ► Free Technical Consultation Provided to Apartment with 30+ Households The technical consultation services of this team are available free of charge for any apartment building with more than 30 households or a high-rise residential building with more than 300 households. Consultation services can be provided in all fields of construction. [CG] A survey of 130 consultation recipients revealed a high service satisfaction rate of 94 percent. Gyeonggi Province will continue to operate this team. ► Kim Seong-beom / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Apartment Housing Quality Inspection Team II “Through technical consultations, conflicts between residents and apartment management service providers can be prevented while repair work can be performed effectively under the guidance of specialists.” Those wishing to apply for apartment technical consultation services may do so by downloading the application form from the Gyeonggi Province website and submitting the form by mail or fax. Article 6. Gyeonggi Governor Urges National-level Microdust Policies (180124-1) [Anchor’s Headline] A third of the days in January saw atmospheric microdust concentrations rise above normal levels. Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil (남경필) recently urged that microdust issues be dealt with on a national level under the initiative of the central government in cooperation with autonomous bodies. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (February 23) Press Conference on Microdust Policies At a press conference held on January 23, Governor Nam stated that microdust issues have reached the level of a national disaster and urged the president of the nation to take the initiative in addressing these issues in cooperation with local autonomies. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “A nationwide council must be created. Microdust onset is not a problem limited to the Seoul and Gyeonggi region. It threatens the health of all people of the nation.” Governor Nam also asked the president to raise the microdust issue as a summit-level agenda item between Korea and China and to establish a special presidential advisory body for microdust matters. ► Governor Nam Announces Provincial Microdust Policies Furthermore, Governor Nam announced provincial microdust policies in addition to existing policies, known as the Alps Project. These policies include the supply of Ddabok masks to public transportation users and the installation of air purifiers on more than 10,000 buses. Governor Nam also disclosed mid- to long-term microdust policies including microdust prevention facility installation support for pollution-generating enterprises and childcare centers as well as the introduction of electric buses. Article 7. Gyeonggi Establishes Gyeonggi-style Playgrounds (0123-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Since last year, Gyeonggi Province has been establishing characteristic playgrounds, titled Ainuri (아이누리) Playgrounds, around the province to help children develop their imaginations in entertaining natural settings. The provincial government plans to establish more such facilities this year. ► Ainuri Playground, Yangju City In this playground, hills of different heights tempt everyone who sees them into wanting to climb them. Tunnels of different shapes and sizes and swings with large round seats are simply irresistible to children. ► Oh Dae-ik / 4th Grader, Yuljeong Primary School, Yangju City “I loved playing in the tunnels. I think this will be the only place I will go to play from now on.” Instead of regular playground equipment made with rubber and plastic, this playground has natural features made with natural materials such as wood and soil. In this playground, children can play as they do in nature. ► Cho Won / Yangju City Park Development Team Official “Children tend to run freely, seeking the next thing that looks fun, or they love something in which they can hide. This playground was designed to satisfy such needs…” ► Gyeonggi-style, Ainuri Playground Last year, Gyeonggi Province established 23 Ainuri (아이누리) Playgrounds, also referred to as Gyeonggi-style playgrounds, and plans to establish 30 more this year. ► Yun Ha-gong / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Urban Landscape Team “We hope to see many children playing happily and making friends in these playgrounds and to hear children’s laughter throughout the province.” Gyeonggi Province will continue to establish more Ainuri (아이누리) Playgrounds, each with characteristic local designs, in which children can nurture their imaginations while having fun. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
Weekly English news | 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.
Weekly English news | 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.
Weekly English news | 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.
Weekly English news | 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.