EnglishNews | 2016.07.15Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Gyeonggi to Provide Industrial Odor Control Support (160704-2) [Anchor’s Headline] With the expansion of residential areas, many odor-generating industries that used to be located outside of urban areas are becoming the causes of complaints by now-neighboring residents. To address these issues, Gyeonggi Province will provide such industries with odor removal support. ▶ Butchery in Anyang City This slaughter house in Anyang (안양) City has a complex system installed on its rooftop to eliminate the foul smells generated during slaughtering processes. ▶ GTV Reporter Han Seon-ji “Although this company operates an odor removal system, the blower from the system still emits ill-smelling air.” Despite odor emissions being at permissible levels, the number of resident complaints received by this company has recently increased. ▶ [PiP] Kim Ik-hwan / Slaughtering Company Representative “We have already invested KRW 2 billion in odor removal since 2012. Additional investments in capacity expansion would cause us too much of a financial burden.” ▶ Gyeonggi Province to Provide Industrial Odor Control Support More than 160 odor-generating enterprises have been selected for such support. Through on-site meetings, Gyeonggi Province will determine the scope of support for individual enterprises. Exemplary new centers will be selected for promotional purposes. ▶ Byeon Jin-won / Director, Gyeonggi Province Environmental Safety Management Division “Working with local administrations, we will help industries install efficient systems to create an odorless Gyeonggi Province and to inspire voluntary participation by enterprises.” During the summer, Gyeonggi Province also plans to intensify site investigations for effective foul odor generation control. Article 2. Gyeonggi to Increase Workplace Childcare Facilities (160705-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Childcare facilities within workplaces are very popular among female employees. However, such facilities are few in number and found primarily at large enterprises. To address the childcare needs of working mothers at SMEs, Gyeonggi Province began promoting workplace childcare facilities for joint operation by SMEs in the same area. ▶ IT Enterprise, Hwaseong City Although Gwon (권선리) has just returned from maternity leave, she feels comfortable performing her duties as a busy employee since her child is being cared for under the same roof. ▶ [PiP] Gwon Seon-ri / Working Mother, Workplace Childcare Facility User “Knowing that my child is within the same building gives me a sense of relief. Closeness to one’s own children is a great advantage (of using workplace childcare facilities).” ▶ Only 12 Workplace Childcare Facilities at SMEs in Gyeonggi Province There are approximately 190 workplace childcare facilities in Gyeonggi Province, but only 12 of them are at SMEs. Such scarcity is partly attributed to the compulsory childcare facility requirement for enterprises with more than 500 employees or more than 300 female employees. ▶Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (July 4) Workplace Childcare Facility Expansion Agreement Gyeonggi Province recently entered an agreement with related organizations for the establishment of common workplace childcare facilities in areas with SME concentrations. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “The primary objective is to relieve mothers of worries and help them concentrate on their work. The second is to help SMEs secure personnel by ensuring the use of childcare services…” ▶ 30 Common Workplace Childcare Homes to be Established by 2018 Gyeonggi Province plans to establish 10 common workplace childcare facilities this year, and will increase the number to 30 by the end of 2018. Article 3. Gyeonggi Establishes Integrated Employment Service Organization (060706-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province plans to establish an employment organization that integrates various provincial employment service agencies. Recently, a meeting of this organization’s foundation committee was held to begin formal establishment procedures. ▶ Gyeonggi Small and Medium Business Center (July 5) Foundation Committee & 1st Founding Director’s Meeting Titled Gyeonggi Province Employment Foundation, this organization’s establishment was sanctioned by the enactment of a related ordinance in March. During the foundation committee meeting, detailed establishment formalities were discussed and the first president nominee presented his management plan. ▶ Kim Hwa-soo / President Nominee, Gyeonggi Province Employment Foundation “We will develop customized employment support programs for different user categories, provide vocational education, pursue support system specialization, and thus establish a foundation for an effective employment service organization …” ▶ Foundation Committee Meeting 2016 Operation Plans Adopted & Operational Assets Approved During the meeting, the committee elected founding directors with Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil (남경필) serving as chairman of the board. The committee also adopted operation plans for 2016 and approved other establishment matters. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “All of us must work together to provide jobs for future generations, to those who have worked for the advancement of our society and retired, and to women who have sacrificed their careers for home and childbirth…” ▶ Operations to Begin in August Located in the former Wonmi (원미) Borough office building, the Gyeonggi Province Employment Foundation will begin full operations this coming August after its establishment registration. Article 4. Gyeonggi Aids Businesses in MERS-quarantined Buildings (160704-3) [Anchor’s Headline] One year has passed since the last MERS patient was diagnosed in Korea. However, there are those who are still suffering from the after-effects of this disease. They are business owners in buildings that were evacuated after contact with MERS patients. ▶ MERS-Quarantined Building, Guri City The businesses in these buildings had to close during the quarantine period. Lee (이선자), a restaurant owner, vividly remembers the helplessness and frustration she felt the day that happened ▶ [PiP] Lee Seon-ja / Restaurant Owner in MERS- Quarantined Building “People in white protective clothes were running everywhere; then I realized what happened. They were telling us to evacuate the building immediately. We were forced to leave the building without touching anything.” ▶ Food Items Left Exposed and Gone Stale When Lee returned to her restaurant eleven days later, she found that all her food had spoiled. Moreover, business remained abysmal long afterwards due to the stigma of being associated with MERS. Gyeonggi Province reacted with compensation for the loss of business, and more recently with compensation for wasted materials. ▶ Gwon Geum-seon / Director, Gyeonggi Province Fair Economy Division “In addition to the compensation for the loss of business, we provided compensation for wasted materials and disposal costs.” ▶ KRW 113 Million Paid A total of KRW 113 million has been paid to 21 small-business owners as compensation for wasted materials and additional losses. ▶ Lim Wun-sik / Restaurant Owner in MERS-quarantined Building “Wasted food items and their disposal costs were the actual losses incurred. I am grateful that we were now given compensation for those losses, too.” A Gyeonggi Province spokesperson stated that compensation is being provided to those who suffered damage while cooperating for the sake of public wellbeing. Article 5. Gyeonggi Administration Passes Halfway Point (160705-2) [Anchor’s Headline] On the day when the term of the Nam Kyung-pil administration of Gyeonggi Province reached its halfway point, a public hearing on the performance of the Nam administration took place. ▶ Pangyo Creative Economy Innovation Center (July 4) Public Talks, ‘Rebuilding Korea’ Six out of ten attending provincial residents exhibited substantial knowledge about recent provincial policies. Residents showed the greatest interest in the economic and employment projects of the province. ▶ 300,000+ Jobs Created During Past 2 Years Gyeonggi Province has created more than 300,000 jobs over the past two years. To fulfill the targeted creation of 700,000 jobs, residents suggested the continuation of current policies, customized education, and cross-matching of job and manpower demands. ▶ Lee In-suk / Air Conditioning Enterprise Manager “I think the establishment of a manpower bank will help. Both personnel-recruiting enterprises and job-searching individuals can benefit from such a system.” [CG] The most satisfactory provincial policies as determined by the 1,000 attending residents were those for childcare home security, followed by policies in the fields of economy and politics. ▶ Song Gi-seop / Goyang City Resident “I praise the daring introduction of coalition policies as well as Ddabok Community support programs that led local communities to social economy activities.” ▶ Experts Rate Generally in Favor of Provincial Policies Specialists rated the 51 major political projects as ‘generally innovative and effective’, advising their continuous monitoring and management. ▶ Yu Yeong-seong / Research Planning Director, Gyeonggi Research Institute “The political projects of Gyeonggi Province are generally characterized as innovative. Some may require improvement, but generally deserve favorable votes. This will result in the favorable assessment of results if such policies are maintained …” ▶ Job Creation on Top of Governor Nam’s Agenda for Remainder of Term During the event, Governor Nam affirmed that his administration’s targeted creation of 700,000 jobs will be eventually realized within his term through communication with residents. Article 6. Gyeonggi Agricultural Exports Mark Record High (160707-3) [Anchor’s Headline] For the month of May, the agricultural exports of Gyeonggi Province were the highest on record. This is attributed to Korean Wave effects as well as improved trade conditions including favorable foreign exchange rates. ▶ Agricultural Exports of Gyeonggi Province for May 2016: USD 119 Million [CG] The total monthly value of agricultural products exported from Gyeonggi Province has been increasing continuously and, in May, reached a record high of USD 119 million. It was only this past March when total agricultural exports surpassed USD 100 million. ▶ Biscuits 300% Up, Dried Sea Weed 42% Up Confectionery, especially biscuits, saw the highest export increase of 300 percent to USD 3.5 million, while dried seaweed marked a 42 percent increase to USD 7.8 million. ▶ Jang Ik-sun / CEO of Confectionery Enterprise “We achieved exports of USD 200,000 last year. We have already surpassed the amount recorded during the first half of this year. This year’s export target is now USD 300,000, but we expect to achieve more, especially after the completion of production capacity expansion.” ▶ China Leads Export Markets China leads the province’s agricultural export markets, accounting for 25% of total exports, followed by the United States, Japan, and Vietnam. ▶ Exports Fueled by Favorable Factors Experts regard such increases as the result of positive export factors such as the continuous spread of the Korean Wave in China and Southeast Asia as well as the favorable strengths of the US dollar and Japanese yen. ▶ Moon Je-yeol / Director, Gyeonggi Province Agricultural Products Distribution Division “It is the highest record since 2008. The popularity of Hallyu, increased demand in the USA and Japan, and favorable foreign exchange rates contributed to export increases.” ▶ Exports of Ginseng and Drinks Decreased However, exports in eight food categories including ginseng and beverages decreased. ▶ Gyeonggi Province to Develop Halal Markets for Slow-selling Products Gyeonggi Province plans to promote the development of Halal markets so as to boost the exports of these slow-selling products. Article 7. Job Creation Prioritized by Gyeonggi Governor Nam (0706-1) [Anchor’s Headline] At the beginning of his term, Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil revealed his self-imposed mission to create a warm and blessed province with ample employment opportunities. Governor Nam is now placing top priority on job creation for the second half of his current term. ▶ 300,000+ Jobs Created in 2 Years – 42.3% of National Total During the first half of the Nam administration, 301,000 jobs were created in Gyeonggi Province, representing 42.3 percent of the national total for the same period. However, Nam says he is still ‘hungry’, referring to a statement made by the manager of the Korean soccer team during the 2002 World Cup Games. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil We are still hungry. We should be because there are still many people out there struggling without jobs.” ▶ Gyeonggi to Introduce New Projects Geared for the Creation of 700,000 Jobs As vehicles for the targeted creation of 700,000 jobs, Governor Nam proposed the creation of the Gyeonggi Province Corporation based on shared market economy principles and Pangyo (판교) Zero City, a world-class creative economy cluster. He compared his role to that of a goal keeper in a soccer game. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “The goal keeper sometimes holds the ball to give his team time to breathe and passes the ball to the most strategically positioned player.” Governor Nam described the past two-year period of his administration. ▶ First Half Period of Nam Administration: “The Introduction of Coalition and Shared Market Economy” Governor Nam described the first half of his administration as a time for rebuilding the province to better cope with future crises. He pointed to the introduction of coalition and shared market economy as two major outcomes. He also mentioned other major changes and developments realized during the first half of his term. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “Gyeonggi Province must serve as a big brother, a big sister, and leader in a family called Korea. It’s not easy, but we must do it.” Governor Nam has another two years to do just that. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2016.07.08Greetings, 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. Idea Contest Held among Gyeonggi Officials (160627-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Last year, Gyeonggi Province introduced an idea contest for officials. The ideas presented were based upon necessities that officials identified in their workplaces. A number of creative ideas that were adopted have proven effective in administrative improvements. This year’s contest was held recently with expanded participation including personnel from affiliated organizations. ▶ Jeong In-gyeong, Gyeonggi Welfare Foundation Jeong (정인경), a Gyeonggi Welfare Foundation staff member, proposed a system that can provide comprehensive information about the welfare services available in the province to both welfare consultants and applicants. ▶ Jeong In-gyeong / Gyeonggi Welfare Foundation Staff Member “Residents often ask me if there is a website they can use that provides information about all the welfare services available. The lack of such a comprehensive information source was a source of inconvenience to many residents as well as to us, and led me to propose this idea.” ▶ One-stop Welfare Information Service Using GPS, this system will locate the nearest related welfare facilities to users and will even provide reservation and inquiry services through linkage with each facility. The system will also provide information about physical aids and personal rehabilitation equipment. ▶ Pangyo Creative Economy Innovation Center (June 22) Gyeonggi Public Organization Idea Audition The contest, in which a total of 106 ideas were presented this year, was organized in an audition format. Five cases were finally selected for actual development and implementation. ▶ Kim Yang-ho / Director, Gyeonggi Province Inspection & Evaluation Division “Subject to detailed policy meetings, the selected ideas will receive budgetary and manpower support as well as other multifaceted support as required for their realization.” Ideas that are implemented and prove successful will be awarded incentives of up to KRW 100 million each as well as additional points for the personnel performance ratings of their creators. Article 2. Creative Economy Convergence Center Opens in Anyang (160628-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Anyang (안양) City of Gyeonggi Province opened a business startup support center titled Anyang (안양) Creative Economy Convergence Center. This municipal facility will operate free-style learning systems in cooperation with the Pangyo (판교) Startup Campus. ▶ Anyang Creative Economy Convergence Center Instead of formal lectures and consultations, these aspiring entrepreneurs engage in prototype operations while interacting freely with industry mentors. ▶ Lee Dae-hui / CEO, Plum Ltd. “It’s not possible for me to provide consultations for individual projects of youths. This free-style environment provides a much better setting for me to communicate with them through game play and dialogues.” ▶ Gaming Experience with Experts Through the experience associated with existing software products, resident center youths learn the latest trends and are given up-to-date information in their fields of interest by industry experts. ▶ Kim Ja-yun / Resident, College Student “Experiencing actual products and interacting with established businesspersons and other students provides wonderful opportunities to expand my horizons.” ▶ Anyang Creative Economy Convergence Center (June 27) Opening Ceremony The Anyang (안양) Creative Economy Convergence Center, featuring differentiated programs, opened for youths with business ideas. The center houses large common spaces as well as various business startup support facilities in a modern 9-story building, and provides comprehensive support in close linkage with the Pangyo (판교) Startup Campus. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “By working closely with other business startup support centers in Pangyo and other local districts, I hope that Anyang will become part of Korea’s economic center.” The establishment of a business startup support center in Anyang (안양) City will hopefully help the city regain its economic vitality and become a place in which youths realize their dreams. Article 3. Gyeonggi Improves Gyeongbu Expressway Bypass (160624-2) [Anchor’s Headline] In order to alleviate chronic traffic congestion on the Gyeongbu (경부) Expressway, Gyeonggi Province decided to install advanced traffic information systems on local bypasses to route part of the expressway traffic along these roads. ▶ Gyeongbu Expressway between North Cheonan IC and Anseong IC The initial work will be done on a local road section between North Cheonan (천안) and Anseong (안성). ▶ Won Seong-jae / Hwaseong City Resident “Unaware of detours, many drivers waste a lot of time unnecessarily in the middle of congestion. If bypass information is provided in advance…” The expressway section between these areas is notorious for severe congestion that turns the road into a giant parking lot during commuting hours. ▶ CCTV Cameras at 11 Locations ▶ Fog Sensor at 1 Location ▶ Electric Traffic Information Board at 8 Locations Work on the alternative local bypasses will be comprised of the installation of intelligent traffic notification systems. ▶ Traffic Information Available from Road Electric Board and Website Traffic information will be made available in real time via the information boards on the roads as well as by telephone and the traffic information center homepage. Such improved information will help reduce the travel time along this section by more than 10 minutes. ▶ Park Seong-hwan / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Traffic Information Management Team “When congestion occurs on the Cheonan-Anseong section of the Gyeongbu Expressway, traffic detour information – Anseongdaero - as well as information about accidents will be provided.” Starting with the installation of intelligent traffic systems on Anseongdaero (안성대로), Gyeonggi Province will continue to expand such installations on other bypass sections. Article 4. Biodegradable Plastic Developed in Gyeonggi Province (160627-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Supported by Gyeonggi Province, a university and SME team succeeded in developing a material that can be used for eco-friendly plastic production. This material biodegrades much more rapidly than ordinary plastics. ▶ Joint Bioplastic Study by Sungkyunkwan University and DHT Bioplastics This development was achieved jointly by a team of scholars and enterprise researchers. The biodegradable plastic material is extracted from a tar-like substance that is generated as a waste product of paper manufacturing. The amount of this environmentally hazardous waste generated in Korea amounts to 720,000 tons annually. However, this liquid is used as a source of lignin that can be processed to produce lignin polymer, the material in question. This lignin polymer can then be used to produce biodegradable plastics. ▶ Nam Jae-do / Professor, Sungkyunkwan University “We used the waste product from the chemical pulp processing to extract lignin, which is then used to produce a new material that can be used with plastic materials” ▶ Carbon Dioxide Reduction and Environment Friendliness Since this material uses recycled carbon from wood pulp, it helps with nature conservation and reduces carbon dioxide emissions while being environmentally friendly when disposed of. ▶ Mixes Well with Common Plastics This material mixes well with common plastics, can be molded equally well at high temperatures, and thus can be used in a wide range of eco-friendly applications. ▶ Supported by Gyeonggi Regional Research Center The development of this biodegradable plastic is the result of 8 years of efforts by the research team with support from the Gyeonggi Regional Research Center. ▶ Hong Hyun-pyo / Gyeonggi Province Intellectual Property Team official “This was one of the support projects for enterprises with limited resources that have been linked with academic research capabilities. We will continue to support enterprises in their research and development efforts.” Gyeonggi Province has been providing assistance to enterprises with limited resources in their R&D activities by connecting them with universities for joint endeavors. Article 5. Gyeonggi Targets Zero Standing Passengers in Red Buses by 2018 (160629-) [Anchor’s Headline] On June 28, Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil announced the introduction of a semi-public bus transportation system so as to better address the inconveniences faced by bus users. The initial target for this system is to achieve zero standing passengers on red buses by the year 2018. ▶ Red Bus Stop in Suwon It is early in the morning, but there is already a long queue at the bus stop. When a bus arrives, its “Full” sign is on. However, many attempt to board the bus so as to avoid being late for work. ▶ Bus Users Complain about Inefficient Bus Services Passengers who travel on less busy routes often have to detour to busier areas just to catch a bus. ▶ [PiP] Son Myeong-cheon / Hwaseong City Resident “The buses on the less busy routes arrive after long intervals up to one hour. I often have to detour to Suwon Station instead of waiting a long time.” Those who do manage to board the red buses as standing passengers have to endure a hard time while traveling. ▶ Kim Su-sin / Suwon City Resident “I always travel as a standing passenger. It’s very inconvenient even when I can lean on the bus door.” ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (June 28) Announcement of Semi-public Bus Transportation System Introduction The semi-public bus transportation system is based on the principle that Gyeonggi Province directly manages bus routes and allocations in such a way as to maximize their efficiency while guaranteeing sustainable revenues for bus operators. ▶ Gyeonggi Province and Local Governments to Share Costs This system’s operation costs of approximately KRW 90 billion will be borne jointly by Gyeonggi Province and local governments. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “We will introduce the semi-public bus transportation system. We will realize zero standing passengers on red buses by the year 2018 and will continue to make commuting safer and more comfortable.” ▶ Additional Measures to Follow Gyeonggi Province will consider additional measures to improve bus services such as increasing the number of double-decker buses, introducing seat reservation systems, and operating two shifts for bus drivers. Article 6. 311th Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Regular Session Closed (160629-2) [Anchor’s Headline] On June 28, the 311th regular session of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly ended after the approval of all 86 bills presented during the session. Our reporter examined the details. ▶ [Sync] “I declare opening of the second general meeting of the 311th regular session.” ▶ More than 80 Bills Passed The 15-day run of the 311th regular assembly session ended with the closure of the second general meeting. This regular session saw the passing of all bills as presented within the schedule. The Special Budget Committee approved the closing accounts of Gyeonggi Province for 2015 as well as the reserved accounts for this year. During the five-minute free speech session on the final day, an assembly member urged the provincial government to address microdust issues. ▶ Song Sun-taek / Assembly Member, NAPD Party “I believe that Gyeonggi Province should endeavor to find the solutions to microdust issues more proactively since these issues are directly related to the health of our residents.” There was also a suggestion for the reduction of public sport facility admission fees following the merger of sports associations. ▶ Lim Dong-bon / Assembly Member, Saenuri Party “The objective of the merger of sports associations should be to establish an advanced sports system through the integration of professional sports and sports for all in line with environmental changes in domestic sports.” The next provincial assembly meeting will be held on July 7 when an extraordinary session begins with newly elected chairpersons. Article 7. Gyeonggi Develops Futuristic Agriculture Complex (160628-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province recently announced the development of a futuristic agricultural complex on an area as large as thirteen soccer fields by the year 2018. ▶ ‘Ddabok Farm of the Future’ This agricultural complex project, titled ‘Ddabok Farm of the Future’, is part of core agricultural policies that Gyeonggi Province recently disclosed. ▶ 89,000 Sq.m Site The complex will be established on an 89,000 square-meter site ▶ Kim Chung-beom / Director, Gyeonggi Province Agricultural Policy Division “We will develop a processed food complex that uses local farm products, as well as a tourist attraction with farm experience facilities for domestic and international visitors.” This complex will house all agricultural processes from farming and processing facilities to sales outlets and farm experience facilities. Detailed plans will be finalized in September after the selection of local government proposals. The project will be managed by a public and private sector consortium. ▶ Approx. 1,000 Jobs Created Gyeonggi Province expects this project will create 500 jobs during construction and nearly 1,000 jobs during operations. ▶ Kim Chung-beom / Director, Gyeonggi Province Agricultural Policy Division “Gyeonggi Province will invest KRW 5 billion in foundational facilities by 2018. The complex will begin receiving visitors from 2019.” This agricultural complex will play an important role in revitalizing local agriculture, which is currently in decline due to the aging of society. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2016.07.01Greetings, 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. Gyeonggi Food Expo ‘G-Food Outlet’ (160617-2) [Anchor’s Headline] On June 16, the G-Food Outlet, a food expo that features quality food products of Gyeonggi Province, began a four-day run at KINTEX of Goyang (고양) City. This expo doubled as a market in which consumers could purchase quality products directly from producers. ▶ KINTEX, Goyang City (June 16 – 19) G-Food Outlet 2016 Almost all G-Mark-certified eco-friendly products of the province, including organic farm products as well as processed foods, could be seen at this Gyeonggi food product promotion event. ▶ Direct Connection between Producers and Consumers Since all participants were producers, consumers could purchase the featured items at lower-than-market prices while being assured of the quality. ▶ Song Tae-suk / Visitor from Pocheon City “It was great to see all the excellent products of Gyeonggi Province in one place. And they are cheaper, too!” There are those who are wearing blue jackets and working briskly amongst viewers. They are participants of the event. Many of them are in their twenties and thirties; they chose careers in farming and developed their own farming skills without the use of agricultural chemicals or chemical fertilizers. ▶ Sim Hong-seop, Young Farmer “I used to have instant noodles and snacks for meals almost everyday, and found my health deteriorating. I needed healthy foods, and I thought ‘Why not grow healthy food for myself and for others as a job?’” Organized jointly by Gyeonggi Province and the Gyeonggi Green & Agriculture Foundation, this event was titled G-Food Outlet since it was created as a market instead of a common food exhibition. ▶ Choi Hyeong-geun / President, Gyeonggi Green & Agriculture Foundation “This event will help our farmers promote their products while giving consumers an opportunity to sample and purchase quality products at low prices.” ▶ Information on G Food Outlet: foodfestival.co.kr During the event, gift certificates, discount coupons and other special offers were also made available online. ▶ GTV Reporter Lee Ye-sol “The G-Food Outlet, featuring quality food products of Gyeonggi Province, runs until June 19 at KINTEX. Gyeonggi GTV, Lee Ye-sol.” Article 2. Environment Forum Held in Gyeonggi Province (160620-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On June 17, while social concerns regarding microdust escalate in Korea, Gyeonggi Province held a public forum to identify ways in which to address such issues. Microdust is highly pervasive and can damage the respiratory system as well as many other parts of the human body including the cardiovascular and digestive systems. ▶ [PiP] Lim Yeong-ok M.D. / Professor, College of Medicine, Yonsei University “Microdust currently is one of the major causes of respiratory disease onset or deterioration. It has also been found to negatively affect those with cardiovascular conditions. Long-term exposure may increase cancer risk, especially for lung cancer.” ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (June 17) Environment Forum: Microdust - Situations & Possible Measures Gyeonggi Province invited scholars, related officials, and journalists to this forum to discuss possible measures to address increasing microdust occurrences. The general consensus was that, in addition to Chinese sources, a large portion of the microdust in Korea is generated domestically. ▶ Major Contributors: Aging Diesel Vehicles & Power Plants Thermoelectric power plants and aging diesel vehicles are regarded as major culprits. ▶ Lack of Statistical Data and Analytical Resources Participants argued that, in addition to developing detailed measures for microdust reduction, a lack of statistical data and analytical resources also needs to be addressed immediately. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Social Integration Vice Governor Lee Gi-woo “I believe that microdust issues are something that cannot be resolved through administrative measures alone.” In order to find ways in which to address various environmental issues and promote collective social participation in such efforts, Gyeonggi Province launched public forums under the title of Environment Forums. Today’s forum on microdust was the first in a series of forums that will follow. Article 3. Illegal Herbal Medicine Dealer Uncovered (160622-2) [Anchor’s Headline] The Gyeonggi Special Judicial Police recently prosecuted an herbal medicine wholesaler who has been supplying fake medicine nationwide under a false name. He has been using ingredients that were long past their expiry dates as well as those with heavy metal contents five times higher than permissible levels. ▶ Illegal Herbal Medicine Business Site, Gwangmyeong City When judicial police officers raided the business site of the dealer, they found large amounts of herbs and a frying pan filled with a concoction that was part of the process of making a fake herbal brew. ▶ [Sync] “What’s this? What types of herbs are in there?” “We weren’t going to use them. They are not packaged, are they?” ▶ Other Enterprise’s License Plagiarized The suspect, aged 29, has been bootlegging other oriental medicine producer’s licenses and supplying fake medicines to retailers and pharmacies nationwide. ▶ Genuine Licensee “These are genuine products and this is the fake. Its label is visibly different in size, color…” ▶ Fake Medicines with High Hazardous Substance Levels Some of the fake medicines confiscated were found to contain very high levels of hazardous substances including cadmium and sulfur dioxide. ▶ Expiry Date Extended up to 4 Years The offenses of the accused were not limited to infringement of licensing rights and hygiene standards. He also used long-expired ingredients as well as false advertising. ▶ Park Seong-nam / Commissioner, Gyeonggi Special Judicial Police “The production and trading of oriental medicines requires a license. This enterprise falsely used other enterprises’ licenses and practiced illegal production and sales methods.” The accused was charged with violation of the Pharmaceutical Law and Food Hygiene Law by the judicial police and transferred to prosecutors. Article 4. Pyeongtaek Brain City Project Resumes (160622-1) [Anchor’s Headline] The Pyeongtaek (평택) Brain City Project of Gyeonggi Province, an initiative for the establishment of an industrial and academic complex that had been postponed, is now slated to resume. Our reporter examined the details. ▶ Brain City Project Site, Pyeongtaek City Announced in 2007, this project included the establishment of a world-caliber R&D complex as well as the relocation of Sungkyunkwan (성균관) University. ▶ GTV Reporter Choi Ji-Hyun “Despite the ambitions of the original project, development work had been put on hold for many years.” The execution of this project, which would cost KRW 2.4 trillion and occupy a 482-hectare site, had been delayed and eventually cancelled due to legal problems with financing. ▶ Project Cancelled 2 Years Ago Two years after the cancellation of the project, Gyeonggi Province has now announced its resumption. ▶ Oh Byeong-gwon / General Director, Gyeonggi Province Economy Office “We received a project adjustment recommendation from the Justice Department as a condition for resumption. We will now do our utmost to realize the project and to protect the property rights of local residents.” Project cancellation followed a court order issued in 2014 for the annulment of the industrial complex designation of the project site. However, Gyeonggi Province was able to secure a Justice Department decision for conditional resumption of the project based on project revisions regarding financing and development methods. ▶ Ahn Gwang-hee / Pyeongtaek City Resident “It’s really great that things turned out this way. I do hope that the project will be completed without any further delay…” If there are no more delays as anticipated by local residents, the project will begin with land compensation from June next year and will be completed in the year 2021. Article 5. North Korean Defectors: Successful Employment Cases (160620-3) [Anchor’s Headline] In order to boost the moral of North Korean defectors in their search for jobs, Gyeonggi Province held a presentation that featured successful employment cases among their predecessors. Gyeonggi Province is home to approximately thirty percent of all North Korean defectors in South Korea. ▶ Construction Enterprise, Hwaseong City Most North Korean defectors face great difficulties in finding jobs due to the negative perceptions of South Koreans. Approximately one year after her arrival in South Korea, Lee (이나정) found a job at a construction company in November last year. Lee advises that one’s own attitude makes all the difference. ▶ Lee Na-jeong / North Korean Defector, Hwaseong City There are many who have prejudice against us. The way to change their prejudice is to work harder, learn more and …” ▶ Gyeonggi Small & Medium Business Center (June 17) Job Winning Camp for Koreans from North Lee’s case was one of the five successful employment and self-employment cases presented at the event. Most North Koreans face difficulties adapting to life in South Korea, which differs completely from what they were accustomed to in their previous lives. In addition, social prejudice and discrimination makes it extremely difficult for them to find jobs. Many North Koreans, therefore, suffer greatly from being unable to settle securely. ▶ Park Geuk / Director, Gyeonggi Province Unification Foundation Division “There are 30,000 North Korean defectors in South Korea. More than 30% of them live in Gyeonggi Province. Although this event was organized by Gyeonggi Province, I hope that there are many opportunities nationwide for North and South Koreans to interact with each other.” Gyeonggi Province will continue to introduce various support programs such as employment expos and consultation services exclusively for residents from North Korea. Article 6. Gyeonggi Offers Mentoring to Aspiring Civil Servants (160621-2) [Anchor’s Headline] This year, an estimated 400,000 youths will apply for civil service jobs in Korea. In order to assist their preparations for civil service exams, Gyeonggi Province introduced a one-on-one mentoring program that involves current officials who act as mentors. ▶ Gyeonggi University, Suwon Park Ji-hu (박지후), a university student, has chosen the civil service as his future career since public office jobs are secure and ensure a stable post-retirement life. He is one of the participants in Gyeonggi Province’s mentoring program for aspiring civil servants. ▶ Park Ji-hu / Senior Student, Kyonggi University “I wanted to talk with civil servants to gain information but couldn’t find any. Thanks to the mentoring program, I received information about civil service jobs and am better oriented in my studies now.” ▶ 1:1 Mentoring Service for Aspiring Public Officials For the first time among the second-tier governments of Korea, Gyeonggi Province began these one-on-one mentoring services for university students. Mentors provide practical advice on civil service work, exam preparation and study know-how. ▶ Go Tae-wuk / Gyeonggi Province Press Relations Division Official “I wanted to give practical assistance by sharing specifics with the student about what I learned from my own experience …” According to a survey, the majority of college students consider job stability to be the most important factor in job selection, and as many as 83 percent showed interested in taking civil service exams to pursue civil service careers ▶ Cho Sang-hyeong / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province University Cooperation Team “Students tend to begin their studies without proper orientation about the jobs they seek. Such information in the fields of interest is important for exam preparation.” Gyeonggi Province will utilize officials of provincial offices and organizations to help youths with exam preparation from July. Article 7. Broadcasting & Image Industry Complex Planned in Gyeonggi Province (160623-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced the establishment of a broadcasting and image industry complex in Goyang (고양) City. With Hallyu (한류) World and the KINTEX exhibition center in the vicinity, these areas will become a bona fide center for Korean Wave culture. ▶ Hallyu World Construction Site, Goyang City Hallyu (한류) World will see some of its Korean Wave facilities open in 2018. In addition, the presence of hotels, shopping centers and exhibition halls as well as a number of major broadcasting enterprises in the area will create an ideal location for this cultural industry complex. ▶ GTV Reporter Han Seon-ji “With the Seoul Beltway and Jayuro running nearby, this area also provides excellent accessibility to and from Seoul and airports.” ▶ Broadcasting & Image Industry Complex The broadcasting and image industry complex will be constructed on a 70-hectare site and will house comprehensive infrastructure for film, drama, and other broadcasting productions that can also benefit from Hallyu (한류) World and the KINTEX facilities. ▶ Go Gwang-chun / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Hallyu World Task Force “The broadcasting and image industry complex will have significant economic ripple effects since it will provide many new jobs, lead in cultural activities, and become an important tourist attraction.” ▶ Completion Scheduled in 2022 After the finalization of the feasibility study this month, construction of the complex is slated to be completed in the year 2022. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2016.06.23Greetings, 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 Industrial Complexes Join in Microdust Reduction (0614-2) [Anchor’s Headline] An increasing number of enterprises in the industrial complexes of Gyeonggi Province are participating in voluntary microdust reduction. Atmospheric microdust has been increasing in Korea in both frequency and intensity in recent years. ▶ Fabric Dying Enterprise in Ansan Banwol Industrial Complex This fabric-dying factory has recently installed new dust collection and purification facilities. These new facilities more effectively eliminate contaminants generated by dying processes, such as nitrogen oxide, sulfur oxide and dust, before releasing the purified air into the atmosphere. ▶ Double Dust Collection Process In addition to these air-purifying facilities, which alone are enough to meet legal standards, this enterprise also installed an additional electric dust collector for enhanced results. ▶ Lim Hong-seong / Fabric Dying Enterprise Personnel “We wanted to create better environment for local residents as well as for our workers.” There are many other enterprises that are participating in voluntary actions to reduce microdust generation. ▶ 3,227 Industrial Enterprises in Gyeonggi Province Join in Microdust Reduction To date, more than 3,000 enterprises in 63 industrial parks have voluntarily improved their microdust control facilities. ▶ Replacement of Exhaust Filters in Company Vehicles ▶ Replacement of Air Filters in Air Pollution Control Systems ▶ Regular Replacement of Water Purifiers Such voluntary actions include the replacement of filters in company vehicles and air pollution control systems as well as the regular replacement of water purifiers. These actions are partly attributed to targeted encouragement and supervision efforts instead of general crackdowns by Gyeonggi Province ▶ Yang Jae-heon / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Industrial Complex Environment Management Office “We have been managing the issues mainly through investigations and crackdowns. However, we changed our policy because we saw that voluntary actions are critical for situation improvement.” Gyeonggi Province plans to develop and implement microdust reduction programs in cooperation with private organizations and enterprises. Article 2. Gyeonggi Province Launches Food Crime Crackdown (160602-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On June 1, Gyeonggi Province and six provincial agencies, including district prosecutors and special judicial police, convened to discuss detailed plans for the eradication of food crimes in the province. The first such actions began with a crackdown on delivery foods. ▶ [screen Top] Last year, the Gyeonggi Special Judicial Police uncovered more than 700 unlawful practices among restaurants and food-processing enterprises. The number has been increasing each year. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (June 1) Gyeonggi Officials Meeting for Food Safety The initiative taken by Gyeonggi Province this time is different in that the provincial administration is determined to completely eradicate food crimes through intensive measures. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “From now on, cheating with what we eat and thus jeopardizing the public health will never be tolerated, at least in Gyeonggi Province.” The meeting participants shared detailed responses to food crimes and confirmed their cooperation for the fundamental resolution of the issues. ▶ Stricter Punishments to be Applied Those who engage in illegal practices will be subject to criminal punishments instead of the usual administrative actions. ▶ Jeong Yong-seon / Commissioner of Gyeonggi South District Police Agency “We already began intensive crackdowns this past May and will extend active cooperation for the delivery food crackdown.” ▶ Food Crime Eradication Begins with Delivery Food Crackdown A crackdown will be conducted first on 2,200 delivery food businesses followed by expressway rest stop restaurants and school meal facilities. Article 3. Gyeonggi Expands Legal Cost Support (160603-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Since 2010, Gyeonggi Province has been providing residents in low-income brackets with cost support for legal proceedings. Following the recent amendment of the Basic Livelihood Guarantee Law, the recipients of this support will now be expanded. ▶ Kim Cheol-hyu, Ansan City Resident Thanks to Gyeonggi Province’s cost support for legal proceedings, Kim (김철규), who failed to collect a 4-year-old debt of KRW 19 million from an acquaintance, won a lawsuit to claim his money, a feat he could not have dreamed of achieving on his own due to a lack of knowledge and financial resources. ▶ Kim Cheol-gyu / Basic Livelihood Benefit Recipient “I wouldn’t have been able to do it by myself. Gyeonggi Province provided me with support for all costs and legal procedures. It was a great help.”” ▶ Cost Support for Legal Proceedings for Individuals in Low-income Brackets Cost support for legal proceedings is provided to individuals in low-income brackets and to victims of family violence. ▶ Income Limit for Support Increased [CG] An amendment to the Basic Livelihood Guarantee Law enabled the expansion of legal proceeding cost support subjects since the upper limit of monthly household income for support eligibility was increased from KRW 2.8 million to KRW 3.5 million. ▶ Park Gyeon-sun / Gyeonggi Province Legal Service Team Official “Those who are economically underprivileged or ignorant about legal procedures will benefit from this support. It will also contribute to legal welfare and the elimination of legal blind spots.” With this support expansion, many more Gyeonggi residents will now be able to pursue legal action and reclaim their rights. Article 4. Ark Shells Seeded along Gyeonggi Province Coast (160607-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Ark shells are popular shellfish in Korea. However, these shellfish have traditionally been harvested along the southern coasts of the Korean Peninsula. Last year, however, Gyeonggi Province succeeded in breeding these small-but-popular side dish creatures on Jebu (제부) Island. ▶ Tando Port, Ansan City Following the success on Jebu (제부) Island, the Gyeonggi Maritime & Fisheries Research Institute released the ark shell seedlings from South Jeolla (전라) Province again this year along the coast adjacent to Tando (탄도) Port so as to test the possibility of spreading these succulent shellfish along Gyeonggi coasts. ▶ Kim Dong-su / Director, Gyeonggi Maritime and Fisheries Research Institute “Gyeonggi coasts have become habitable environments for ark shells due to increased sea water temperatures. I believe ark shells can be grown on our coasts as well if we can find ideal growth locations.” Six tons of ark shell seedlings were released over 2 hectares of coastal waters. ▶ Ark Shellfish Grow Quickly and Generate High Income Compared with short neck clams, another popular shellfish species in Korea, ark shells grow faster in deeper water and generate twice as much income. ▶ GTV Reporter Han Seon-ji “The growth and survival rates of ark shell seedlings will be monitored monthly until they are harvested and supplied to shellfish farmers from next spring.” ▶ Shellfish Farmer Income to Increase with New Product With new shellfish products, the shellfish farmers of Gyeonggi Province are hopeful that their income will increase. ▶ Shin Dong-jin / Fishing Village Resident Chief “We have only been growing short neck clams. The release of ark shell seedlings has lead us to believe that we now can have a new product item and our income will grow.” If the second release of ark shell seedlings is also successful, consumers will be able to see Gyeonggi ark shells in markets within one or two years. Article 5. Gyeonggi Holds Trade Consultation Event with Japanese Buyers (160609-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Although Japan is the fifth largest export market of Gyeonggi Province, the province’s trade balance with Japan has been deteriorating in recent years. In order to improve the situation, Gyeonggi Province held an export promotion event. ▶ Hotel Koryo, Bucheon City (June 8) Export Promotion Event, ‘G-Trade Japan’ Held in Bucheon (부천) City under the title of G-Trade Japan on June 8, this export promotion event featured more than 200 SMEs of Gyeonggi Province and their products as well as a number of booths for one-on-one business consultations with Japanese business people. ▶ Kamiyashiki / Representative, Tendai Corp. “I am interested in idea products and processed foods. We have increasing demand for Korean goods in Japan, so we expect large transaction amounts. I am very satisfied with this event and the preparations.” This trade event provided excellent opportunities for Gyeonggi SMEs that have been struggling to develop international markets to promote their quality products. ▶ Representatives of 45 Japanese Enterprises Invited For this event, Gyeonggi Province invited buyers from 45 Japanese enterprises. ▶ Jeon Hyun-gu / Sales Representative, Sil-Star “We have had difficulties particularly with language when we had to discuss business with overseas buyers. We met with two Japanese business people today, and I think we have just found the buyers we want.” ▶ SMEs Provided with Participation Cost and Interpreter Support Gyeonggi Province provided SMEs with interpreters free of charge and supported all participation costs. During the event, more than 300 business consultations took place and resulted in transaction agreements valued at more than USD 50 million in total. Unlike other trade events, Gyeonggi Province received applications for participation on an open basis without selection procedures. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor Yang Bok-wan “Gyeonggi Province has an annual trade deficit of USD 8.4 billion with Japan. We organized this event so as to promote exports by our SMEs.” Gyeonggi Province plans to organize similar G-Trade events with buyers from other nations in September and November this year. Article 6. Livestock Farms Warned of Heat Waves (160610-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Korea is currently experiencing unusually high temperatures that often hover over 30 degrees Celsius. Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services officials advise taking appropriate preventive measures against possible damage. ▶ Beef Farm, Anseong City When cows at this farm refused to eat and were at serious risk of heatstroke due to a heat wave last year, the owner installed air coolers in the cow sheds. The day-time temperature on the shed floor is now 30 degrees lower than the ground outside. ▶ Temperature-Lowing Equipment Installed Large fans were also installed to dispel warm air, and water-spraying systems with microorganism-laden water were used to lower the body temperatures and increase the immunity of animals. ▶ Choi Myeon-gi / Beef Farmer, Anseong City “Cows are vulnerable to heat. They develop diseases easily and consume considerably less feed during heat waves, which negatively affects weight gain and reproduction cycles, causing us damage.” Animal stress indices also increase during heat waves. If temperatures of over 27 degrees Celsius continue for more than ten days, animals can suffer from increased blood circulation and breathing that may lead to rapid weight loss or even death. ▶ Strict Hygienic Control Crucial During Summer During the summer, the hygienic control of water, feed, and shed interiors is crucial for the prevention of bacterial growth. ▶ Lee Su-yeong / Chief Official, Technology Transfer Division, GARES “Since it is very important to lower temperatures to minimize damage, install either sprinklers or fans.” In addition, covering roofs with insulating materials and planting broad-leaved trees near animal sheds are also effective measures for maintaining low internal temperatures on a long-term basis. Article 7. Gyeonggi Governor Visits Laos and Myanmar (160613-1) [Anchor’s Headline] After a six-day mission to Laos and Myanmar, Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil returned on June 11. The objective of this mission was to help domestic enterprises launch themselves in ASEAN markets while promoting cooperation with the authorities of these two nations. ▶ Governor Nam Returns from Mission to Laos & Myanmar During his mission, Governor Nam was accompanied by 16 business people of the province who sought export ties with these emerging markets. ▶ Emerging Market Development and Inter-regional Cooperation On an administrative level, Governor Nam met with authorities to discuss commercial and administrative cooperation. ▶ Gyeonggi to Share Policies of Success ▶ Myanmar & Laos to Support Market Launches by Gyeonggi SMEs Governor Nam agreed to share know-how in the implementation of provincial policies in various fields while Myanmar and Laos promised to extend support to Gyeonggi SMEs, including former Gaeseong Industrial Complex resident enterprises, in their market launches. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “I became aware that Korean economic growth depends on the continuous development of countries like Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam.” For international development cooperation, Governor Nam agreed to knowledge exchanges in fields of common concern. He also conveyed a plan to invite public and private sector personnel to Gyeonggi Province for benchmarking. ▶ Gyeonggi Pursues Trade Promotion & Inter-regional Cooperation During his visit to Myanmar, Governor Nam signed a cooperation agreement for trade promotion and promised to establish an overseas trade office so as to help enterprises of the province with exports to these markets. The last day of his visit saw an official trade and cooperation meeting as well as trade consultations among business people of these nations. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2016.06.17Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Auxiliary Programs Become Trend in Gyeonggi Forest Parks (160526-2) [Anchor’s Headline] In forest parks of Gyeonggi Province, it has become a trend to offer various auxiliary programs that are both entertaining and therapeutic. Our reporter examined the details. ▶ Green Pine Nut Tree Forest, Gapyeong County Most forest park visitors expect to spend their time walking through nature and dipping their feet in mountain steams. ▶ Cho Tae-bong, Visitor from Seoul “There is nothing more relaxing than resting in a valley with my feet in a stream after a long forest walk.” ▶ Therapeutic Painting & Psychological Consultations At this trail center, additional enjoyment awaits visitors who return from the forest. This is a therapeutic painting class with a psychological analysis service in a traditional house setting. ▶ [PIP] Kim Eun-gyeong, Visitor from Incheon “I didn’t expect to draw a picture here. It was as if I was brought back to childhood. I also had my painting psychologically analyzed by the instructor. I had a very good time.” ▶ Therapeutic Exercise Classes Additional programs currently being offered at forest parks include therapeutic painting as well as physical exercise classes such as chi exercise, forest yoga and meditation. These auxiliary programs are providing additional enjoyment to forest visitors. ▶ Kim Mi-ja, Forest Therapy Instructor “Health improvement activities such as chi exercises and meditation have become a trend. That is why we offer various therapeutic programs. The number of visitors to our park has gradually increased not only on weekends but during weekdays as well.” The auxiliary physical and psychological health programs are providing additional forest park benefits in Gyeonggi Province. Article 2. Communication Magnate Heads Gyeonggi’s Startup Campus (160527-2) [Anchor’s Headline] This past March, Gyeonggi Province established the Startup Campus, a business startup support facility. Recently, a Korean communication magnate was appointed head of the campus to lead the full-fledged operation of services. ▶ Pangyo Startup Campus Since its establishment, 21 organizations have become affiliated with the campus for participation in the support of new businesses. However, the campus has been lacking leadership in the effective coordination and utilization of the services offered by these organizations. ▶ Startup Campus Chancellor Inauguration Ceremony (May 26) The appointed chancellor, Kim Beom-soo (김범수), who started a venture enterprise himself, is the CEO of Korea’s largest mobile communications and online portal company, the Kakao Corporation. ▶ Kim Beom-soo / Chancellor, Startup Campus “We will help the campus residents grow, instead of simply by providing instructions, by allowing them to go through the process of inspiration, trial and error, and team work as well as collaboration with other teams …” ▶ Korea’s Largest Business Startup Support Services Led by a powerful private industrial leader, the Startup Campus is expected to soon become the largest business startup support facility in Korea. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “A place where resources from the public and private sectors are shared, where individuals can pursue their dreams using these resources, is another a model of the shared market economy that Gyeonggi Province is pursuing.” The comprehensive support resources of the Startup Campus combined with powerful leadership will have synergistic effects on the development and growth of new businesses of the future. Article 3. Sales Soar at Pangyo Techno Valley (160601-2) [Anchor’s Headline] The total annual sales of the enterprises in Pangyo (판교) Techno Valley exceeded KRW 70 trillion last year. What is more remarkable is that such an achievement was realized within only four years of the establishment of this business complex. ▶ Pangyo Techno Valley, Seongnam City It was in 2011 when the first high-tech enterprises began arriving in Pangyo (판교) Techno Valley, a newly developed business center. The area is now packed with high-rise buildings as well as business support facilities that provide an ideal business environment. ▶ Aggregate Annual Sales Surpassed KRW 70 Trillion in 2015 As of last year, there were more than 1,200 resident enterprises in Pangyo Techno Valley, and their total annual sales surpassed KRW 70 trillion. Twenty-three percent of the total annual production of Gyeonggi Province was generated here. ▶ GTV Reporter Han seon-ji [CG] “Compared with sales of KRW 5 trillion in the first year, the growth rate is almost explosive.” ▶ High-Tech Industrial Congregation Creates Synergic Effects The synergistic effect from exchanges among a range of resident high-tech industries is regarded as one of the key factors behind such growth. ▶ Han Jeong-gil / Director, Gyeonggi Province Science & Technology Division “Pangyo Techno Valley is a representative high-tech industrial cluster of Korea and is regarded as a Korean version of Silicon Valley. Information exchanges and technological competition among its resident enterprises are creating high added value.” In only four years since its opening in 2011, Pangyo Techno Valley has firmly established itself as the undisputed advanced technology center of Korea. Article 4. Bucheon Hosts Gyeonggi Employment Foundation HQ (0608-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been working on the creation of the Gyeonggi Employment Foundation so as to integrate the employment administrations and services of the currently dispersed provincial employment service organizations. ▶ Wonmi Borough Office Building of Bucheon City This new organization will be located in the former Wonmi (원미) Borough office building of Bucheon (부천) City. ▶ Headquarters for Regional Employment Service Agencies This foundation will be part of the provincial Administrative Welfare Center for which this building has been assigned. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Employment Foundation The main offices of the foundation, which will also act as the headquarters for regional employment service agencies, will be located on the 3rd floor of the building, while the more conveniently accessible first floor will be allocated to comprehensive employment consultation services. [CG] This new agency will provide one-stop employment services by integrating the ad hoc services created at six related provincial organizations. Such integration will enhance user convenience while maximizing functional employment service capabilities from research, consultation and career planning to vocational training and placement. ▶ Heo Seung-beom / Director, Gyeonggi Province Employment Policy Division “The public employment services of individual organizations will be integrated so as to provide comprehensive services. All provincial residents will then have the access to the same information, knowhow and other employment service resources that we have.” The Gyeonggi Employment Foundation is slated to begin full operations in August as soon as a president is appointed after personnel hearings that will take place this month. Article 5. Gyeonggi College Student Forum on Declining Birthrate (160601-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has held a series of public forums with members of different demographic groups so as to identify the causes of and possible solutions for the declining birthrate. The third and most recent forum took place with the participation of college students. In Korea, young adults are often metaphorically referred to as the ‘sampo (삼포)’, or ‘triple abandonment’, generation since they often give up dating, marriage and childbirth. At this forum, students explained why they feel they have to give up such things. ▶ Han Ji-su, Student (Aged 23) “I do want to have a happy family with a kind husband and children. But I cannot trust social systems to care for my children, and therefore I fear I may have to interrupt my career…” Jeong (정의진) returned from military service and is now busy preparing himself for employment. He complains that he simply cannot afford to waste time dating. ▶ Jeong Ui-jin, Student (Aged 25) “I would really like to have a girlfriend, but it’s unthinkable because I have too many things to do; I have to do extracurricular activities, study for foreign language tests, get vocational certificates, and so on…” ▶ Economic Reasons Jang (장하연), a female student, says that economic pressures such as student loan repayment and the cost of a wedding are the primary obstacles to the pursuit of a happy marriage. The general perception that homemaking and childrearing are the duties of women is also a constraint that prevents her from pursuing her dreams, she says. ▶ Jang Ha-yeon, Student (Aged 22) “If I pursue my dreams now, can I carry on with them after marriage? Even if so, what would happen if I have a baby? Will I still be able to carry on? These are the problems I think are associated with marriage.” ▶ “Marriage Fills What Lacks in Each Partner” To help youths perceive marriage more positively, Gyeonggi Province Social Integration Vice Governor Lee Ki-woo (이기우) advised that marriage should fill what lacks in each partner. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Social Integration Vice Governor Lee Gi-woo “We will carefully review what has been said today, continue dialogues with our youths, and develop programs that can produce substantial results.” Based on the information and opinions gathered at public forums, Gyeonggi Province plans to develop new programs to address low birthrate issues via senior official meetings by the end of next month. Article 6. Gyeonggi Launches On-site Credit Guarantee Services (160602-2) [Anchor’s Headline] On June 1, Gyeonggi Province established a team of On-site Credit Guarantee Supporters so as to help small businesses with financing by providing credit guarantee services at the site of their businesses. Our reporter examined the details. ▶ Jidong Market, Suwon City Market merchants often face problems in securing credit guarantees for loan applications that they are sometimes urgently required to make since they cannot leave their business premises. The objective of this team is to provide guarantee services for such small businesses on site. ▶ [PIP] Kim Gyeong-ja / Merchant of Jidong Market “I sometimes need money urgently, but cannot leave the shop (to apply for a loan). I am very grateful that they can come to us instead to help with applications.” ▶ On-Site Credit Guarantee Services The credit guarantee supporters provide one-stop services from financial consultations and evaluations to guarantee certificate issuance on site for small business owners. ▶ Gyeonggi Credit Guarantee Foundation (June 1) On-Site Credit Guarantee Supporters The 26 credit guarantee supporters designated by the Gyeonggi Credit Guarantee Foundation will circulate at least four times a week through areas where there are no branch offices and where credit guarantee service demand is high. ▶ Kim Byeong-gi / CEO, Gyeonggi Credit Guarantee Foundation “We visit markets and shops and provide credit guarantees on site so that merchants can maintain stable businesses without interruptions.” The Gyeonggi Credit Guarantee Foundation spokesperson said that the foundation will advertise low-interest guarantee products among small businesses so as to assist them with superior financial instruments. Article 7. Gyeonggi Organization Publishes Anti-aging Effects of Chocolate (160607-3) [Anchor’s Headline] According to the Advanced Institutes of Convergence Technology of Gyeonggi Province, chocolate is good for the skin since it reduces wrinkles and increases elasticity. These findings have been accepted and published by major scientific journals in the United States. Despite its irresistible aroma and sweet taste, chocolate has generally been considered an unhealthy food due to its high calorie content. This is also the reason that dark chocolate products with less sugar content are gaining popularity. ▶ Park Yeon-hwa, Seoul “I eat chocolate products predominantly as a snack. I usually eat dark chocolate with high cacao contents.” ▶ Chocolate Reduces Wrinkles and Improves Elasticity of Skin Institute scientists found that polyphenol in cocoa, a major ingredient of chocolate, reduces wrinkles and increases the elasticity of human skin. Such findings were based on experiments that involved artificially inducing wrinkles in rats and then feeding them cocoa. ▶ Lee gi-won / Professor, Advanced Institute of Convergence Technology “We found that polyphenol in cocoa inhibited the production of collagenase, an enzyme that destroys the collagen needed to maintain the elasticity of skin and prevent wrinkle formation.” Further experiments have also been carried out on 60 women by having them consume polyphenol extract from cocoa for six months. Results showed that wrinkles decreased 9% and skin elasticity improved by more than 8% ▶ Experiments Used Chocolate without Additives The researchers emphasized that such findings were based on experiments that used chocolate made with pure cocoa without sugar or coloring agents. The findings of this study were published in nutrition and dermatology journals in the Unites States. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2016.06.10Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Children’s Museum Opens in North Gyeonggi (0530-2) [Anchor’s Headline] A children’s museum opened in Dongducheon (동두천) City of Gyeonggi Province. This museum offers a variety of nature-study programs and is the first of its kind to be established in the northern regions of the province. ▶ North Gyeonggi Children’s Museum, Dongducheon City The brachiosaur model in the museum has become an exciting playground for children who climb this giant herbivorous dinosaur of the Jurassic period to explore its interior. ▶ [PiP] Shin Su-ah & Kim Ga-in “We learned new things about dinosaurs. I didn’t know dinosaurs ate stones to help digestion.” This museum features a simulated prehistoric jungle in which children encounter various dinosaurs. There are a number of experiential education sections in which children learn about various natural phenomena such as the circulation of air and water. ▶ [PiP] Kim Sin-bi “What I like most is that there are lots of things to play in. We didn’t have many places to go and play like this. I am glad we have this museum now.” ▶ 9 Forest Thematic Zones The construction of the North Gyeonggi Children’s Museum cost KRW 19.2 billion. Occupying a 12,000 square-meter-site, the museum is comprised of nine experience zones under the common theme of ‘Dreams from Forest”. There is also a separate zone for toddlers and preschoolers. ▶ [PiP] Kim Jae-heon / Director, North Gyeonggi Children’s Museum “We will develop a variety of exhibition and experiential programs for children and for parents as well. We also plan to develop permanent educational programs including afterschool programs.” The North Gyeonggi Children’s Museum will become a popular destination for children in northern Gyeonggi Province. Article 2. Gyeonggi Hears Youths on Declining Birthrates (160527-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Following the first public forum on declining birthrates held last month, Gyeonggi Province held a second forum this month so as to discuss factors and possible solutions for this critical nationwide problem that discourages youths from getting married and having children. ▶ Neowiz Tower, Pangyo The hearing was held at a business center at lunchtime for the convenience of attending young workers. ▶ Forum on Declining Birthrate (May 25) “Why People Delay Marriage? Are Work and Family Life Incompatible?” For an hour, youths spoke on why they delay marriage and cannot pursue work and family life concurrently. ▶ Lee Deok-ro, Web Designer, Bachelor “Have you ever seen a father nursing his baby? One of my friends is a single father, and he cannot take his baby out because there is no institutional help available for feeding babies. This makes getting married scarier…” ▶ Marriage Shunned for Economic Reasons & Fear of Child Rearing Lee (이덕로) admitted that he fears getting married not simply because of economic reasons but also because of the challenging tasks of child rearing. He argued that more nursing education must be made available to men, and was supported by many working men present. ▶ Wedding, Childrearing & Homemaking Costs A working mother said that a lack of childcare facilities during her working hours as well as wedding and homemaking costs are major factors constraining marriage. ▶ [PiP] Choi So-ra, Working Mother “I thought I could manage both work and homemaking, but the reality was very different once a baby arrived.” Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor Lee Ki-woo, who was also present at the forum, responded with suggestions based on provincial policies. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Social Integration Vice Governor Lee Ki-woo “There are talks about developing programs for and providing information about low-cost weddings. We will begin to work on this and open an online channel through which we can provide Ddabok Housing information, conduct surveys…” Gyeonggi Province will continue seeking solutions to low birthrates through various endeavors including public forums like this for direct dialogue with residents. Article 3. New Gyeonggi Office Site Opens as Park before Construction (160530-1) [Anchor’s Headline] The planned site for the new Gyeonggi provincial office complex has been transformed into a grain field to create a temporary park prior to the commencement of construction work. Featuring fully grown barley and rye, the park opened on May 27 with various events. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Office Complex Site, Suwon The empty space of the planned construction site is now covered with golden waves of barley and rye as well as yellow canola flowers sown last year. Promenades crisscross the field, creating a beautiful park for local residents. ▶ Kim Gyeong-il, Suwon Resident “Farm land has been transformed into a beautiful open space. It’s wonderful to have a place like this near my home. I am sure many people will come to enjoy the place.” ▶ Opening Events Held until June 3 The opening day featured a number of booths that offered various entertainments such as face painting for children, photo services, and mime performances, as well as a new office complex promotional booth. These events ran until June 3. ▶ GTV Reporter Lee Ye-sol “The empty space of the planned provincial office complex site has been transformed into a park that will stay open until construction work begins.” On the opening day, primary school students who participated in barley sowing came back to harvest the barley; this will be donated to livestock farms for use as feed. ▶ Kim Taek-hyun, 6th Grade, Shinpoong Primary School “It is nice to see the building forest of the Gwanggyo area of Suwon now has a beautiful park. Barley harvesting was an interesting experience.” Gyeonggi Province will continue to utilize the site for the public by opening a cosmos field this autumn and a sledding area in the winter until the commencement of construction work next year. ▶ Lee Gye-sam / Director, Gyeonggi Province Construction Headquarters “Construction work for the new Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex will begin in June next year. We welcome all residents to come and enjoy the site until then and to share thoughts about the new complex.” To visit the new provincial office complex site, it is best to use the Gwanggyo Central Station which is within walking distance of the site. Article 4. Gyeonggi Promotes Autonomous Student Education (160531-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province recently began promoting education methods that are based on autonomous classes operated by students. The provincial government recently secured agreement from related organizations for cooperation in creating future-orientated infrastructure for such education. ▶ Naru High School, Hwaseong City In this high school classroom, the class is led by students independently through free talking among themselves without the presence of a teacher. ▶ [Sync] “Step 3!” “Step 3? Make an increment table and find the value from it.” “Correct.” ▶ Autonomous Classes Led by Students Independently Students in this class take the initiative and conduct the class autonomously. Teachers only assist the students with class procedures and provide video materials in advance to help students prepare for the class. The entire class is then conducted independently by the students themselves through discussion and mutual learning. ▶ Park Jin-woo, Junior Student, Naru High School “It’s much easier to understand when classmates explain things from my perspective. I feel freer to make mistakes and to ask questions without being self-conscious.” ▶ Positive Effects on Concentration, Peer Relations and Participation This autonomous education method helped students familiarize themselves with study through active involvement in classes while improving their interrelationships. ▶ Cho Hye-rin, Junior Student, Naru High School “There used to be a few students who slept during classes. Now everyone is involved in the classes and often comes to me to ask questions, showing their active participation in the classes.” ▶ Autonomous Education Camp Established Gyeonggi Province established an Autonomous Education Camp utilizing facilities at the English Language Village in Paju (파주) City so as to provide teachers with support in the development of autonomous education programs for the future. ▶ [PiP] Yang Hyun-seok, Senior Student, Daegyeong Commercial High School “I only realized the inconvenience and could think of ideas to improve the situation when I was actually unable to use my hands.” ▶ Paju English Language Village (May 28) Signing of Cooperation Agreement for Future Education A cooperation agreement for such development endeavors was signed by Gyeonggi Province, the Korean Ministry of Education, and two private research foundations. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “Active involvement by students can be assured since the classes are run by students through mutual interactions. This is what is different. I hope that our youths will grow to become capable individuals with great personality and creativity (through autonomous education).” Gyeonggi Province will continue to promote autonomous education that is based on independent, creative study by students instead of on unidirectional teaching. Article 5. Gyeonggi to See Driverless Vehicles on the Road in 2018 (160523-3) [Anchor’s Headline] The Pangyo (판교) New Town in Seongnam (성남) City of Gyeonggi Province was designated by the Korean Ministry of Land, Transport and Tourism as a trial operation area for driverless vehicles. Gyeonggi Province will then be able to see driverless vehicles on the road by the year 2018. According to Korean law, driverless vehicle operation requires a license and is limited in designated areas. ▶ Pangyo Designated as Driverless Vehicle Trial Operation Area This designation provides an institutional ground for the implementation of the driverless vehicle experimental operation zone that the provincial government has planned. ▶ Driverless Vehicle Experimental Operation Zone Planned for 2018 The purpose of this experimental operation zone is to test the feasibility of operating driverless vehicles on roads that are also used by ordinary vehicles. ▶ Experimental Operations to Provide Driverless Vehicle Research Foundations Such experimental operations will provide foundations for driverless vehicle technology research. This zone will be comprised of a 4-kilometer section of 2- to 4-lane roads with a control center for real-time traffic monitoring and accident prevention. ▶ Won Beom-hui / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province High-Tech Complex Team “We will work with the central government so that driverless vehicle-related industries can perform various tests in an actual operation environment.” ▶ Gyeonggi Seeks Core Technology Partners Gyeonggi Province has begun contacting local and international auto manufacturers for core technology transfers so as to establish a sound technology base for driverless vehicle operations that the provincial government plans to begin in 2018. Article 6. Gyeonggi Begins Intensive Wastewater Treatment Inspections (160524-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Since warm weather arrived early this year, Gyeonggi Province began intensive inspections of wastewater treatment facilities so as to prevent algae blooms that, fed by contaminated water, occur during the summer. ▶ Golf Course Restaurant, Yongin City For businesses that produce large amounts of wastewater, the use of private wastewater treatment before releasing the water into the sewer is compulsory in Korea. The water is then processed again at water treatment plants before being released into local rivers. The insufficient elimination of contaminants at their source is a primary cause of water pollution and algae blooms. ▶ Hwang Ui-tae / Environmental Control Specialist “Algae blooms are most serious during warm seasons. Environmental control personnel work hardest during these seasons to prevent algae blooms.” ▶ 882 Wastewater Treatment Facilities Tested Gyeonggi Province officials performed intensive tests at 882 wastewater treatment facilities in the province. ▶ Violations Found at 97 Facilities The 97 facilities that fell below permissible water quality standards were fined or given administrative orders for correction. ▶ An Yong-gi / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Sewage Management Team “We will endeavor to minimize the influx of contaminants that trigger algae blooms into rivers and to preserve water source quality so as to supply clean water to our residents.” Inspections will be performed on an on-going basis including smaller but water system-adjacent facilities such as those at camping grounds. Article 7. Gyeonggi Establishes Youth Business Startup Camp (160525-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Following last year’s introduction of the Base Camp, a business startup platform for aspiring entrepreneurs, Gyeonggi Province opened a new business startup support center in the same building, this time for college students with business ideas. ▶ Advanced Institute of Convergence Technology, Suwon City Business Startup Support Center for College Students The residents of this center have been selected from among students who have business ideas with good prospects and decided to start their own businesses. At this center, these students share ideas and information with each other. ▶ Ryu Su-yeon / College Student, Business Startup Support Center Resident “I have a business idea, but I needed the guidance of specialists as well as financial support, so I decided to apply for this support program.” ▶ Use of Advanced Institute of Convergence Technology Resources The resident students are provided with work spaces as well as access to the institute’s academic resources and research facilities. Students are also motivated with monetary support of differentiated amounts for each stage of progress. ▶ Lee Sang-guk / Graduate Student, Business Startup Support Center Resident “My imminent goal is to develop glasses that display dialogues like subtitles for individuals with hearing impairments. My ultimate goal, however, is to develop technologies that will help the currently separated society of those with hearing impairments merge into the society of all people. In spite of the high failure rate among business startups by youths, this support center will serve as an effective base camp for future success. ▶ Park Tae-hyun / Director, Advanced Institute of Convergence Technology “I am very hopeful that our students will work hard, as if to conquer a mountain, and become future Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.” Gyeonggi Province aims to support these students in the transformation of their superior ideas into tangible realities by the end of the year. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2016.06.08Greetings, 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 Campaigns for Public Alertness for Child Abuse (160517-2) [Anchor’s Headline] In the Family Month of May, Gyeonggi Province launched a street campaign under the name of “Respond to Signals from Children” so as to promote active public involvement in the prevention of child abuse. ▶ Suwon Station Plaza (May 16) Campaigners wearing the catch phrase of the campaign explain to passing members of the public the necessity for active reaction to signals that suggest child abuse in their neighborhoods. People are also invited to join in support programs for abused children. ▶ Seo Eun-ha / Osan City Resident “I haven’t given much thought about child abuse. I didn’t know the situation was that serious... I will be alert from now on.” ▶ “Pay Attention and Report”, Campaigners Urge More than 100 personnel from child protection organizations and Gyeonggi police agencies took to the streets to encourage the public to pay attention to and actively report child abuse cases. ▶ Lee Eun-mi / Police Sergeant, South Gyeonggi Provincial Police Agency “Displays of nervousness and defensive behavior by children can be the first signs of abuse. (When you encounter such children), do not hesitate to call 112. We will do our utmost to convey these children from darkness to a brighter world.” Although identifying child abuse cases is not easy, especially since most abusers are parents, it is the general public sentiment that child abuse is the problem of others that prevents people from reporting such cases. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Social Integration Vice Governor Lee Ki-woo “It is important that people around abused children pay attention and be aware that it is their duty to report cases. We are using various methods to promote public involvement in child protection.” In addition to outdoor campaigns, promotional methods will also include video productions regarding the rights of children and the responsibilities of the public. Article 2. Eastern Gyeonggi Children Dietary Education Center Opens (160520-3) [Anchor’s Headline] There are a number of dietary education centers in Gyeonggi Province that promote good dietary habits and food safety awareness among children. However, all such centers are located far from eastern provincial regions. ▶ Dietary Education Center for Children, Anyang City These centers provide education from the perspective of children through various experiential programs that help children associate health and food safety with good dietary habits and encourage them to change unhealthy behaviors. ▶ All Centers Located outside of Eastern Gyeonggi Province In order to address high demand for the services of such centers, as evidenced by 68,000 visits by children last year, Gyeonggi Province plans to establish an additional center, this time in an eastern region. ▶ [PiP] Han Yeong-hui / Director, Icheon City Public Health Center “Children in the eastern provincial regions have had to travel more than an hour to use any of the four dietary education centers.” ▶ New Center to be Established in Icheon City Icheon (이천) City, therefore, has been selected as the host of the new center. ▶ Icheon Environmental Education Center (May 19) ▶ Public Meeting for Steering of Dietary Education Centers for Children For effective operation of the new center, Gyeonggi Province invited specialists in related fields to a preliminary public meeting and gathered their opinions. Since this center will be located within the Icheon (이천) Environmental Education Center, specialists agreed that the new center will benefit from existing educational facilities. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Social Integration Vice Governor Lee Ki-woo “I think experiential programs are important for the dietary education of children. We will develop systematic education programs from the perspective of children.” The Icheon (이천) Dietary Education Center for Children is slated to open in October this year. Article 3. Gyeonggi Arranges SME Product Promotion at Large Supermarkets (160519-3) [Anchor’s Headline] With cooperation from a large supermarket chain, Gyeonggi Province arranged for SMEs run by women entrepreneurs to promote their products at supermarkets, providing an excellent opportunity for these enterprises to connect with consumers. ▶ XX Supermarket, Yongin City At this crowded supermarket, an unusual SME product display attracts the attention of shoppers. Many shoppers stop to examine summer baby clothes made with rayon and are impressed by the softness. The salespersons are busy answering questions. ▶ [PIP] Kim Chang-hwan / Shopper “Baby products these days have good functionality and come in various designs. Having two children myself, I’ll take this opportunity to get some good products.” ▶ Free Use of Large Supermarket Floors This event, which was arranged by the Gyeonggi Women’s Development Center, is also an opportunity for SMEs to showcase their products at large supermarkets free of rental fees. Considering the extreme difficulties faced by SMEs in marketing through large supermarkets, this is also a golden opportunity that can lead to regular business transactions with supermarkets. ▶ Jin Ji-yeong / SME Representative “This event enables us to know where we stand through interactions with consumers and event organizers. It also gives us an opportunity to secure business transactions with supermarkets.” This SME product promotion event began this past February and will run again in August and November. ▶ [PiP] Cho Jeong-ok / Director, Gyeonggi Women’s Development Center “We will expand these events for women entrepreneurs by involving more large supermarkets. We will also expand our on-site business education services for more women entrepreneurs.” Product promotion at large supermarkets will serve as a starting point in securing new market channels for SMEs with relatively limited marketing capabilities. Article 4. Gyeonggi Institute Releases 500 Endangered Golden Frogs (160520-2) [Anchor’s Headline] After a number of failed attempts, the Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services eventually succeeded in breeding endangered golden frogs and recently released 500 young frogs into the environment. ▶ Imjin Riverside Peace Swamp (May 13) These 500 frogs were released in an undisturbed wetland area north of the Civilian Control Line. Golden frogs used to be one of the most common frogs in Korea. However, these indigenous frogs have almost disappeared and are now on the verge of extinction, primarily due to development and agricultural chemical use. ▶ Han Myeong-hui / Income Resource Research Center, GARES “We began golden frog breeding program using an artificial environment, since their natural habitat has been completely destroyed.” The golden frogs are hard to breed artificially since they require precise breeding conditions. ▶ GARES Succeeds in Breeding Golden Frogs After three years of repeated failures, the institute finally succeeded in breeding golden frogs by creating an environment with precisely the same conditions as their natural habitat. ▶ [PiP] Lee Jin-gu / Research Official, GARES “We added a large amount of aquatic plants in the artificial habitat. At first, we faced great difficulties since tadpoles didn’t eat any ordinary tadpole feed. Thanks to guidance from Professor Park of Kangwon University, however, we could find a formula that worked.” The 500 young golden frogs that had been successfully bred were released in a remote wetland after a two-week wildlife adaptation period. ▶ [PiP] Park Dae-sik / Professor, Kangwon University “The fact that the golden frogs have found this swamp habitable is meaningful in that they can now play a role in creating ecological foundations for other species in the area.” According to specialists, the golden frogs may be the key to the ecological recovery of the environment in which they live. ▶ GTV Reporter Lee Ye-sol “Let us hope that the 500 golden frogs released today will become the first generation of their species that will thrive around the Peace Swamp of the Imjin River. Gyeonggi GTV, Lee Ye-sol.” Article 5. 2016 Korea International Boat Show Opens (160520-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On May 19, the Korea International Boat Show, one of the top three boat shows in Asia, opened simultaneously at two venues - a marina and an inland exhibition site - in Gyeonggi Province. Our reporter witnessed the events at both venues. ▶ Marine Exhibition Site, Gimpo Ara Marina The Ara Marina In Gimpo (김포) City is lined with state-of-the-art leisure boats of all shapes and sizes. Visitors board the vessels and are impressed by the comfortable and elegant interiors. Some boats carry viewers through the waves at full speed to showcase their capabilities. ▶ Kim Nam-guk / Viewer from Seoul “It was an exhilarating ride with an open view and refreshing winds. It was a superb boat that was as comfortable as an expensive car…” ▶ Boat-Riding and Martine Leisure Experiences Some viewers lose themselves in luxurious vessels, admiring their interiors, trying out sun-beds and taking photographs, while others forget the unusual warmth of the day and enjoy marine leisure with friends and sweethearts. ▶ KINTEX Exhibition Center, Goyang City At the KINTEX exhibition center 15 minutes away, a wide variety of marine products were being showcased at more than 1,500 booths. There are also experiential and learning opportunities offered by the exhibitors. ▶ [PiP] Baek Du-nam / Viewer from Goyang City “I never imagined having a boat-riding experience indoors. It was really enjoyable. It worked exactly like the real boat. My children also enjoyed it.” ▶ Ilsan KINTEX, Goyang City (May 19) ▶ 2016 Korea International Boat Show Opening Ceremony Marking its ninth occasion this year, the Korea International Boat Show has firmly established itself as an annual festival for the international marine industry as well as for the public. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “I think our marine leisure industry can become one of the growth engines of Korea. Please continue your support for our boat show and its continued advancement.” ▶ Korea International Boat Show, One of 3 Major Asian Boat Shows Along with the Dubai and Shanghai boat shows, Gyeonggi Province’s Korea International Boat Show has grown to become one of top three boat shows in Asia. ▶ GTV Reporter Lee Ye-sol “The Korean International Boat Show will run for four days at Gimpo Marina and Ilsan KINTEX until May 22. Gyeonggi GTV, Lee Ye-sol.” Article 6. Russian Doctors Benchmark Gyeonggi’s Medical Technologies (160524-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Russian doctors from Khabarovsk Krai arrived in Gyeonggi Province to study advanced medical technologies of the province. After a short adaptation period, the doctors were allocated to different hospitals for comprehensive studies. ▶ Wiltse Memorial Hospital At 8 o’clock in the morning, a day’s work begins with a medical staff meeting at this hospital. Dr. Danyl Baev, a neurosurgeon from Khabarovsk, Russia, is a new face at today’s meeting. He is one of the Russian medical team members who came to study medical technologies under an agreement between Gyeonggi Province and Khabarovsk Krai. ▶ Danyl Baev M.D., Neurosurgeon, Khabarovsk Hospital II “I have noticed that this hospital is capable of performing highly technical operations and its staff have a lot of experience in minimally invasive surgery. The experience I gather at this hospital will be very helpful in my practice back in Russia.” ▶ Study in IT, Surgical Methods and Medical Service Systems During their 4-week stay in Gyeonggi Province, the Russian doctors will study medical IT, surgical methods and medical service systems being used at hospitals in the province. ▶ Park Chun-geun / Director, Wiltse Memorial Hospital “These doctors will stay with us and learn about everything we do including advanced surgery techniques.” ▶ 370 Medical Specialists from 10 nations Visited Gyeonggi Province since 2011 Since 2011, 370 medical specialists from 10 nations including Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, China and Indonesia have visited Gyeonggi Province under medical exchange agreements. ▶ [PiP] Lee Song-mi / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province International Medical Service Team “This program has multiple beneficial effects. It helps advertise our advanced medical standards internationally and induce patients to us. The range of medical exchanges will gradually be expanded farther than the current Central Asia, China and Russia.” The international medical specialist training program of Gyeonggi Province ultimately aims to establish an international medical exchange network through which the province’s advanced medical technologies are promoted as well as exported. Article 7. Gyeonggi to Expand Electric Car Charging Infra (0525-2) [Anchor’s Headline] While the number of electric cars has been increasing steadily in Korea, there is a significant lack of charging facilities. Gyeonggi Province, therefore, plans to establish more charging stations. Since Seo (서현종) switched to an electric car two years ago, he has saved considerably in terms of fuel costs. However, traveling a long distance is not an option since he can face a dire situation if the battery dies en route. ▶ Seo Hyun-jong / Electric car Owner “I don’t have charging station maps nor can I make one myself. The possibility of the car stopping in the middle of a journey always is a big worry, and I would still do not know where the nearest charging station is if that happens.” Such inconvenience stems from the improvement rate of charging service availability failing to keep pace with increasing demand. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Establishes Fast-Charge Stations Gyeonggi Province will establish additional fast-charging facilities so as to alleviate this imbalance. ▶ GTV Reporter Choi Ji-hyun “With a normal charger, it takes 5 hours to fully charge a car battery. However, a fast charger will supply energy enough for a 100-km journey in just 20 minutes.” ▶ Suwon & Seongnam Chosen for Initial Fast Charger Installations For initial installations, a number of public sites in the cities of Suwon (수원) and Seongnam (성남) have been chosen since these areas provide easy access in all directions. ▶ Oh Jae-yeong / Director, Gyeonggi Province Climate & Air Quality Management Division “We plan to install 10 fast chargers in strategic locations in Suwon and Seongnam with operations targeted from August.” Gyeonggi Province will continue establishing fast-charging stations in more areas after these initial installations. There are 56 fast chargers – all installed by the Ministry of Environment – currently operating in the province. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2016.05.27Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Gyeonggi Province to Nurture International Trade Experts (0516-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced the launch of an international trade specialist education program. This project aims to assist SMEs with overseas sales through the provision of qualified personnel while also giving job opportunities to youths who are proficient in foreign languages. ▶ Automobile Part Manufacturing Enterprise This auto part-manufacturing enterprise has been struggling with overseas marketing due to a lack of personnel with international trade expertise as well as foreign language capabilities. It took a long time for this enterprise to develop such personnel. This company now has customers in more than 10 countries. Its annual exports currently amount to over USD10 million. ▶ Yu Tae-seung / CEO, Wheel Corp. “It is very important to have personnel who are proficient in English and capable of handling international business. Product knowledge can be acquired later. If Gyeonggi Province can provide such personnel, the international business establishment process would be greatly shortened.” ▶ ‘Gyeonggi Young Trade Manager Education Program’ There is high demand for qualified international business personnel among SMEs. ▶ Youths with Foreign Language Capabilities This program is open to any youths who are proficient foreign languages, including foreign students, and available for employment immediately after the education course. ▶ Jang Dong-jin, Job Searcher “This education program seems to be about trade practices. I think it will be really helpful in finding employment.” The 230 attendees selected this month will receive free education starting from next month. Graduates with good results will be provided with internship or employment opportunities. ▶ Park Geun-gyun / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Export Strategy Team “From the second half of this year, we will utilize trade manager education attendees for business consultations or promotion activities in actual trade promotion events.” This trade manager nurturing program of Gyeonggi Province will eventually contribute to exports by SMEs lacking international trade personnel while assisting youths in finding superior employment opportunities. Article 2. Gyeonggi Determined to Eradicate Food Crimes (160512-2) [Anchor’s Headline] From June, the Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police will stage intensive crackdowns on illegal food production and trade, beginning with delivery foods. This time, the judicial police are determined to completely eradicate the criminal food trade. ▶ [Top Screen] Source: Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police ▶ Illegal Eel Processor (October 2015) Last year, this food processing factory was raided by the judicial police while processing eels in extremely unhygienic conditions. ▶ Illegal Rice Cookie Producer (January 2016) This past January, this rice cookie producer was found to be using expired ingredients and product labels with falsified country-of-origin information. [Sync] Scene of Inspection ▶ “Sir, why are these expired products here?” ▶ “We failed to sell them in time. These are those I could check but...” ▶ Briefing Room, Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (May 11) ▶ Announcement of Food Crime Eradication Plan Gyeonggi Province announced that these efforts will continue until illegal foods are completely eradicated. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Administrative Affairs Lee Jae-yul “From June 1, we will exercise maximum administrative power to completely eradicate food crimes” ▶ Intensive Control for Individual Food Types A greater number of personnel will now be involved in the continuous and intensive control of individual food types. ▶ Stronger Punishments In addition to fines and other administrative penalties, offenders will be subject to stricter prosecution and criminal punishment processes. ▶ Violators to be Publicly Disclosed A list of offenders and their violations will be publicly disclosed on provincial homepages. The intensive food crime control will begin on June 1 with a crackdown on delivery foods, followed by crackdowns on expressway rest stop restaurants, school meals and gift food products. Article 3. May Festivals Peak in Gyeonggi Province (160513-3) [Anchor’s Headline] The month of May is a peak season for festivals in Gyeonggi Province. There are diverse festivals for families and friends currently underway. Our reporter visited some of the more popular sites. This time each year, a riverside park in Guri (구리) City is crowded with families and couples enjoying yellow canola flowers that cover a large field. ▶ Gwon Yeong-ae / Visitor from Seoul “Canola flowers are really beautiful. You don’t have to go to Jeju Island to see them. I am very glad I came.” ▶ Guri Han River Park (May 13 – 15) ▶ Guri Canola Festival The Canola Festival ran for three days from May 13 at the Guri (구리) Han River Park ▶ GTV Reporter Han Seon-ji “This yellow sea of canola flowers is but one of many festive events taking place this time of year in Gyeonggi Province.” ▶ Gwangmyeong Cave (Until September 4) ▶ Lascaux Cave Painting Exhibition For those who seek something rare and special, Gwangmyeong (광명) Cave in Gwangmyeong (광명) City is hosting the Paleolithic Lascaux Cave Painting exhibition from France, the first event of its kind in Asia. ▶ KINTEX & Kimpo Marina (May 19 – 22) ▶ Korea International Boat Show The Korea International Boat Show that began in May 19 features exciting marine leisure exhibitions and experiential programs including those for sailing, kayaking, sea fishing, and camping. ▶ Hong Seong-pyo / President, Gyeonggi Tourism Organization “There are diverse interesting festivals currently being held in Gyeonggi Province during the month May. I hope that many residents enjoy these festivals and have happy memories.” ▶ Gyeonggi Tour Portal: ggtour.or.kr Detailed information about spring festivals in Gyeonggi Province can be found online at the Gyeonggi Tour Portal. Article 4. Gyeonggi’s Solitary Senior Visiting Care Services (160516-03) [Anchor’s Headline] The number of seniors living alone has been increasing by 15,000 each year in Korea. In order to address the personal care needs of these solitary seniors, Gyeonggi Province has been providing visiting care services. These services have proven effective, especially in terms of medical costs and results. Park (박종순) has been living alone for the past 35 years except on traditional holidays when her five children from across the nation come to visit her. ▶ Park Jong-soon / Hwaseong City Resident “I feel lonely not just in the quiet of the night but during the day as well. When I eat, for instance, it’s me alone, and I don’t care much about how I eat…” ▶ Nurses Visit Solitary Senior Homes In Gyeonggi Province, these seniors are looked after by nurses who visit their homes. ▶ Physical, Emotional Care Visiting nurses not only provide basic medical care through blood pressure and blood sugar monitoring, dietary advice and various educational efforts, they also help seniors emotionally through personal interaction. ▶ Choi Ok-seon / Solitary Senior Visiting Nurse “Seeing them regularly, I gain more confidence from them and I see them become much brighter. In fact, their depression level and hospital visits decrease significantly, saving a lot of medical costs.” [CG] Since beginning in 2012, solitary senior visits by nurses have resulted in the reduction of medical costs by 43 percent as well as a considerable decrease in depression levels. ▶ Kim Yang-suk / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Regional Public Health Team “We will continue to locate solitary seniors who need help and provide them with personal care through nurse visits as well as more neighbor involvement.” For neighbor involvement, Gyeonggi Province plans to provide support for such community activities through local public health centers. Article 5. Carcinogen-Generating Fire Wood Dealer Uncovered (160516-1) [Anchor’s Headline] The Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police recently uncovered a fire wood dealer who sold wood waste containing carcinogenic adhesives and paints. For six years, this company has been selling wood waste collected from construction sites and furniture manufacturers. ▶ Fabric Dying Factory, Yeoncheon County At this fabric dying factory in Yeoncheon (연천) County, a large amount of wood waste is unloaded and sent directly to the boiler room. Use of processed wood from construction or furniture-making as a fuel is prohibited in Korea since it can emit carcinogens during combustion. This company has been using such wood since it is cheaper than standard fuels. [Sync] Scene of Inspection ▶ “Since when have you used this?” ▶ “It’s been quite a while. We needed urgent supplies” ▶ Over 60,000 tons Sold Past 6 Years This fire wood dealer has collected and illegally sold more than 60,000 tons of wood waste over the past six years. ▶ Wood Waste Producers Paid for Disposal This dealer received money from waste wood-generating enterprises for disposal on their behalf. He then resold the waste to industries as fuel instead of sending it to waste disposal companies. ▶ Park Seong-nam / Chief, Gyeonggi Special Judicial Police “By arresting the illegal wood waste dealer, we were able to sever the connection between wood waste generating enterprise and wood waste users. It also led to legal disposal practices and legal use of fuels.” The Gyeonggi Special Judicial Police will prosecute the enterprises that used illegal wood waste as a fuel as well as the wood waste dealer so as to eradicate the illegal combustion of prohibited materials. Article 6. Gyeonggi Supplies More Rental Housing to Young Couples (160518-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Many young couples in Korea postpone or entirely give up plans for marriage and children due to difficulties in finding homes. In order to alleviate the burden of housing costs and therefore promote childbirth, Gyeonggi Province plans to construct 10,000 rental housing units for provision to young couples at very low rental rates. Together with difficulties finding employment, soaring housing costs are a major obstacle preventing young couples from creating a stable home and starting their own families in Korea. ▶ Cho An-na / Suwon City Resident “Housing costs are too high in Korea. We cannot plan childbirth as part of a normal process of life. Instead, we are forced to postpone or change our plans for such things based on economic situations.” ▶ Gyeonggi to Supply 10,000 Ddabok Houses by 2020 Gyeonggi Province plans to complete the construction of these rental housing units, titled ‘Ddabok (따복) Houses’, for young married couples by the year 2020. ▶ Low Rentals with Deposit Finance Support Gyeonggi Province will apply rental rates for these housing units that are 80 percent below market rates while providing support for 40 percent of interest payments on deposit finances. Rental rates and deposit amounts will further decrease as the number of children increases; those with two or more children need not pay any deposit. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “We will provide relatively spacious homes at lower costs that are ideal for rearing children and creating families.” ▶ 22% More Space than Happy Housing In order to provide enough space for child rearing, the relative size of a two-room apartment, for example, will be 22% greater than that of an ordinary apartment. This additional space will mean an additional cost of KRW 300 billion for Gyeonggi Province. Residents of these apartments will also receive provincial Ddadok (따복) Community Project support for various community programs. Article 7. Gyeonggi’s Coalition Policy Discussed at Korean Assembly Forum (160517-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On May 16, Korean National Assembly members held a forum to discuss Gyeonggi Province’s coalition policy and the adoption of dialogue-based political cooperation policy within the National Assembly. Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil was a guest speaker at the forum. ▶ National Assembly Members Hall (May 16) ▶ Forum: Is Political Cooperation Possible within the 20th National Assembly? Political cooperation is fast becoming a popular term in the Korean political arena. This term is currently used to signify dialogue that has conceptual similarity with Gyeonggi Province’s coalition policy, hence the presence of Governor Nam at this forum that included over 100 National Assembly members and scholars. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “Youth unemployment, low birthrates, low economic growth… These are the challenges that we may not be able to overcome even with collective efforts. However, there will be no hope if we are divided.” Governor Nam went on to disclose the second phase of the coalition policy that includes the establishment of honorary local ministries and a local parliamentary system. ▶ Professor Kim Ui-young: “Gyeonggi Province’s coalition policy is inspiring” Professor Kim (김의영) of Seoul National University stated that Gyeonggi Province’s coalition policy is a good example of political cooperation in that it pursues multi-level cooperation from that among local governments to community level cooperation. Professor Park (박명호) suggested the long-term pursuit of both political coalition and political cooperation as a means of success. ▶ Park Myeon-ho / Professor, Dongguk University “I think togetherness can be achieved through the resolution of procedural issues as well as the identification of mutually beneficial elements. Multi-channel, multi-level dialogues will be necessary to achieve that.” Professor Kim (김용복) asserted that diverse coalition models of local governments should be the starting point for coalition on a larger scale. ▶ Kim Yong-bok / Professor, Kyungnam University “If we experimentally develop various local-level coalition and cooperation models and spread them to establish coalition culture, then this culture will further spread in central politics.” At this forum, the members of a 7-person academic panel discussed possibilities, institutional limitations and methodologies for political coalition and cooperation in the central political arena. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. We look forward to seeing you again next week.