Weekly English News | 2019.06.14Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. 1. Large Number of Illegal Waste Disposers Uncovered in Gyeonggi (0603) Gyeonggi Province recently conducted a crackdown on the discharge of untreated wastewater and animal waste into rivers and uncovered a large number of violators including those within the Paldang (팔당) Watershed. ► Pig Farm, Yeonju City During an inspection using drones, this pig farm in Yeoju (여주) City, which has been the subject of local resident complaints about foul odors, was found to be discharging animal waste with water. ► Dairy Farm, Yeoju City A neighboring dairy farm features a mountain of illegally dumped animal waste. [Sync] “This is not a compost yard. It looks like a dumping ground of undecomposed animal waste.” ► Laundry, Siheung City In Siheung (시흥) City, a laundry was found to have been discharging untreated wastewater into a stream, causing the stream to become heavily polluted. [Sync] “That is the sludge I scooped up from the stream bed. It is composed of fiber debris from laundry wastewater. That has turned the stream into a mud flat.” ► Gyeonggi Inspects 220 Animal Waste and Wastewater-generating Operations This crackdown was conducted on 220 animal waste and wastewater treatment operations as well as large livestock farms. ► 54 Violation Cases Uncovered Violations, such as the use of unlicensed discharging tems, illegal discharging, and discharging into local waterways, were found at 54 locations. Of these, 18 were within water source protection areas ► Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police Superintendent Lee Byeong-wu “Contaminants cause aquatic plants, algae and fish to die due to a lack of oxygen. This also leads to the generation of foul odors and damages freshwater ecological tems over wide ranges.” Violators were sent to prosecution and referred to local governments for administrative punishments. 2. Disposable Product Avoidance Campaign Launched within Gyeonggi Offices (0604) On June 4, Gyeonggi Province launched an internal campaign for the avoidance of disposable products. During the launching ceremony for the campaign – titled “Goodbye Disposable Products!” – attending officials declared their intention to avoid the use of disposable paper and plastic products. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (June 4) Gyeonggi Province Consensus & Communication Day Taking place during the monthly Consensus and Communication Day event at the Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex, this campaign was launched with the participation of the Governor of Gyeonggi Province, senior officials, and general officials, as well as with the Gyeonggi Province Public Relations Ambassador, singer Kim Jong-seo (김종서). ► Kim Jong-seo, Gyeonggi Province Public Relations Ambassador “Environmental issues are, needless to say, the most important topics and challenges of today. They are no longer matters of choice but of necessity.” During the launching ceremony, Gyeonggi officials declared that they would avoid disposable products in the workplace. [Sync] “Goodbye Disposable Products!” ► Use of Disposable Cups, Utensils, Plastic Bags, and Plastic Straws Prohibited According to this declaration, officials must use mugs, reusable utensils, cardboard boxes and paper straws instead of paper cups, paper bowls, plastic bags and plastic straws. ► In-House Shops Join in Avoidance of Plastic Bags The use of plastic bags is also prohibited for in-house shops. Food deliveries are only allowed from restaurants that offer reusable utensils. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “We must set an example by not using disposable products. We may be inconvenienced by these rules, but I hope that officials will adapt to them.” ► Gyeonggi Plans 30% Reduction in Waste Generation among Public Organizations Gyeonggi Province is currently targeting a 30 percent reduction in waste generation among public offices by the year 2021, and plans to expand this movement to regional offices and organizations as well as to residents through education and campaigns. 3. Gyeonggi Moves to Eradicate Illegal Telemarketing (0604) Following agreements for illegal telemarketing eradication signed with three major telecoms in Korea this past April, Gyeonggi Province secured similar agreements from 37 mobile virtual network operators, or MVNOs. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (April 19) Illegal Telemarketing Phone Numbers Suspension Agreements Last April, Gyeonggi Province entered agreements with SK, KT and LGU+ for disabling phone numbers used in illegal activities such as loan sharking and prostitution. This, however, has led to the propagation of such activities through MVNOs. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “If you profit from the propagation effect of a good-natured policy, it is morally wrong. So I ask you to study on this matter and …” ► Gyeonggi Secures Cooperation from 37 Telecommunication Companies Phone numbers subject to suspension have now been expanded to include subions with MVNOs. [CG] According to these agreements, MVNOs must disable the numbers provided by the province for 3 months. If phone subscribers fail to prove their innocence during this period, their subion will be cancelled. Since most offenders use phone numbers supplied by MVNOs, these agreements are expected have a significant impact on blocking illegal activities. ► Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police for Fairness Superintendent Kim Yeong-su “Gyeonggi Province will eradicate illegal telemarketing for private loans and prostitution so as to realize fair values.” ► Reports on Related Fliers: gg.go.kr/gg_special_cop, ☎ 031-120 Gyeonggi Province urges residents to report with photo images any illegal advertisements via the Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police or the Gyeonggi Call Center websites. 4. Gyeonggi Announces Provincial Urban Railroad Network Plans (190605-4) Gyeonggi Province recently disclosed its urban railroad network plans as approved by the central government. These plans include 9 rail lines with budget requirements totaling KRW 3.5 trillion. ► Gyeonggi Finalizes Urban Railroad Network Plans for 9 Rail Lines Urban railroad network plans, when suspended, are renewed every five years according to the Urban Railroad Act. [CG] These 9 railroad construction projects were recently approved by the Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. ► Choi Sang-ho, Yongin City Resident “With traffic congestion currently being serious during commuting hours, I will benefit from an extended subway connection as a commuter. I will use it frequently.” ► Tram Systems to be Introduced on 7 Rail Lines Of these 9 rail lines, 7 are tram lines that run on roads. These nine railroad construction projects, which are projected to cost a total of KRW 3.5 trillion, cover a combined distance of 105.2 kilometers. ► Hong Ji-seon, Director General, Gyeonggi Province Railroad Bureau “These rail lines will play key roles in urban transportation and contribute significantly to transportation convenience through reductions in commuting times for workers and students.” These rail projects will undergo preliminary planning and feasibility studies and are slated for completion in 2025 with the earliest being the Seongnam (성남) Line 2 section between the Pangyo carriage depot and Pangyo Station. 5. Gyeonggi Inspects School Meal Food Suppliers (190605-2) During a recent crackdown, the Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police uncovered a number of school meal food suppliers who had violated food-related laws. Violations included the use of unhygienic ingredients and failure to maintain hygienic environments. ► Food Processing Enterprise, Suwon City In this factory that supplies food ingredients to schools, inspectors found a large quantity of rotting garlic in a sink, waiting to be ground before being delivered to schools. [Sync] “Is this garlic washed here and fed into there?” / “Yes, yes.” This factory was not even registered as a business. It was found to have been operated illegally by a partner of the contracted supplier. ► Food Distributor, Siheung City A similar situation was found at a food wholesaler. [Sync] “Look at my smeared hand. This means cleaning has not been done regularly …” ► 11 Food Suppliers Apprehended for Violation of Food Laws Of the 51 businesses inspected during the crackdown, 11 were cited for violation of food laws. It is notable that these 11 violators comprise more than half of the first 20 businesses inspected this year, in addition to 31 subjects last year. ► Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police Superintendent Lee Byeong-wu “There are many cases in which a business receives contract and, instead of fulfilling duties itself, use other businesses for actual production.” These 11 food law violators have been supplying questionable food items to 48 middle and high schools in 10 cities and counties of the province. Four violators cited for more serious offenses are subject to prosecution and administrative punishments with the others being barred from participation in school meal food bids. 6. Gyeonggi to Strengthen Paper Construction Company Eradication (190605-5) This past February, Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) instructed officials to start working on the eradication of paper companies that disrupt fairness in construction fields. Later in April, Gyeonggi Province announced eradication measures for such companies. ► Gyeonggi to Stage Paper Construction Company Crackdown These measures include expanded, intensified inspections to crackdown on paper companies. ► Paper Companies Used Only for Contract Securement and Illegal Gains Paper companies in construction fields are those that seek unearned profits by subcontracting actual construction work through illegal means. ► Bang Yun-seok, Director General, Gyeonggi Province Construction Bureau “When actual construction work is performed by unregistered companies in housing construction for families in low income brackets, the damage inflicted upon occupants can be serious due to imperfect work. We developed these measures to ensure housing stability for such people while protecting law-abiding construction companies.” ► Comprehensive Strategic Inspection Plans The comprehensive measures consist of three inspection aspects: regular, cooperative, and preventive. ► 1) Construction Company Inspections Regular crackdowns will take place in May and September on registered construction companies through office visits to confirm the operation and employment standards of these companies. ► 2) Inspections in Cooperation with Related Authorities The inspection of items in specialized construction fields beyond the authority of the province will be performed in cooperation with related authorities. ► 3) Preventive Inspections on Bidders in Public Construction Projects In the final contract phase for construction ordered by the province at values below KRW 1 billion, inspections of qualified bidders will be performed at their offices with the aim of identifying paper companies. ► Bang Yun-seok, Director General, Gyeonggi Province Construction Bureau “Gyeonggi Province will do its utmost to prevent construction companies from gaining unfair profits through intensive crackdowns on paper companies until they are eradicated. We will endeavor to realize the stable establishment of fair construction environments within the term of the current administration.” ► Hotline (Fair Gyeonggi 2580): http://hotline.gg.go.kr, Offline (in Person, Mail, Fax) Gyeonggi Province will also establish a public hotline, titled Fair Gyeonggi 2589, and actively utilize information reported by construction companies and residents. Reports leading to judicial or administrative decisions will be eligible for rewards of up to KRW 200 million. 7. Gyeonggi’s Postnatal Care Support Policy Receives Positive Responses (190604-2) Gyeonggi Province’s unique welfare programs for families with newborns have been receiving positive responses from new mothers. Our reporter met with some of these mothers to gauge if these programs are providing substantial support. ► Gyeonggi Yeoju Public Postnatal Care Center This public postnatal care center, which was established jointly by Gyeonggi Province and Yeoju (여주) City, offers superior postnatal and pediatric care services at low rates. ► Lee Jeong-hwa, Yeoju Public Postnatal Care Center User from Gwangju City “I was told that women who gave birth to a third child are entitled to a 50 percent discount. The charge for two weeks was already significantly low. With the charge further reduced to half, I almost felt as if I had free services.” ► Booked Out until October within One Month of Center Opening Opened only last month, this center has already been booked through to October, indicating its high popularity. ► Postnatal Care Support Paid in Regional Currency Postnatal care support of KRW 500,000 for new mothers in the province has also received positive responses. Paid in regional currency, this support funding can be used at local postnatal care centers and affiliated shops just like cash. ► Na Eun-jeong, Postnatal Care Support Recipient “I hope that this support program will establish itself well. It is the best childbirth support that I have ever received.” Na (나은영), a mother who gave birth to her second baby earlier this year, is pleased with Gyeonggi Province’s postnatal care support. According to a national survey, more than 70 percent of new mothers use postnatal care services that cost more than KRW 2.2 million on average. ► Jeong Yeon-pyo, Gyeonggi Province Health Promotion Division Official “We plan to establish more public postnatal care centers based on demand studies. The current postnatal care support of KRW 500,000 will also be increased based on detailed reviews…” Gyeonggi Province’s support programs for families with newborns are reducing childbirth cost burdens while addressing the low birthrate issue. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. We look forward to seeing you again next week.
Weekly English News | 2019.06.07Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. 1. Gyeonggi to Expand “Clean Air Space” Program (190527-1) With microdust becoming a significant health threat in Korea, Gyeonggi Province has been providing facilities that serve those more vulnerable to respiratory issues with indoor air quality improvement support through the ‘Clean Indoor Air’ program. This year, 400 more facilities will benefit from this program. ► Anyang Citizens School, Anyang City Senior Education Institute This class room for senior citizens features, in addition to eco-friendly wall paint, a microdust meter in one corner as well as microdust filters on the windows. These air quality control amenities were installed by Gyeonggi Province through the program known as the Clean Air Space support program. ► Kim Gyeong-hui, Principal, Anyang Citizens School “Our students, who are primarily those in their 60s, 70s and 80s, used to complain about air quality and coughed a lot. However, they have become much more comfortable (after air quality control device installation), which also helps class progress.” Microdust is often referred to as a national disaster in Korea. ► Gyeonggi to Expand ‘Clean Air Space” Program Coverage Introduced in 2016 for more vulnerable individuals, the Clean Indoor Air program will be expanded from this year. ► 400 More Facilities for Seniors, Disabled, and Children to Benefit This Year The 400 facilities to benefit from program expansion include those for seniors, the disabled and children as well as for the homeless. Support services include the installation of air quality improvement devices and wallpaper replacement. ► Han Hyeon-hu, Director, Gyeonggi Province Microdust Response Division “We believe that this program will help improve indoor air quality and thus improve the health of facility users.” To date, a total of 556 facilities have benefited from the Clean Indoor Air program, becoming clean air environments. Gyeonggi Province will also expand the range of support services from the current facility improvement to customized services utilizing various air purifying methods based on site investigations. 2. 335th Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Extraordinary Session Ends (190528-1) On May 28, the 335th extraordinary session of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly ended with the 4th general meeting that saw the passage of important items including the 1st revised supplementary budget of the year. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (May 28) 4th General Meeting of 335th Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Extraordinary Session The revised supplementary budget passed by the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly amounts to KRW 2.15 trillion, an 8.8 percent increase over the original provincial budget. The total budget for the year now stands at KRW 26.52 trillion. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “We will ute this important budget, which you have passed today, fairly, transparently, and without waste, so that its benefits will go to all of our 13.5 million residents.” ► 78 Items Passed during 335th Extraordinary Session During this extraordinary session, a total of 78 items were reviewed and passed by the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly. These items include the partial amendment of a dietary education support ordinance that enables Gyeonggi fruit to be used for children’s snacks in the province, and an ordinance that makes an open bidding tem compulsory for artistic structure installations in provincial organization buildings. ► Additional Investments in Yangju Techno Valley Development Approved The Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly also approved additional investments in Yangju (양주) Techno Valley development and the selection of the Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center as the operator of the Gyeonggi Provincial Mental Hospital. ► Seo Hyeon-ok, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member (Democratic Party) “I ask the Governor to take participation in the cabinet meeting as an opportunity to take an active part in national administration and to enable the voice of Gyeonggi residents to be considered in national policy development.” ► Lim Chang-ryeol, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member (Democratic Party) “The Guri-Namyangju Techno Valley Project is facing significant difficulties due to the feasibility study results of the Korea Research Institute for Local Administration. Please extend your support for this project, which is absolutely necessary for balanced regional development.” The next Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly session, which will review provincial accounts for 2018, is slated to begin on June 11. 3. ‘Young Creator’ Launched for Youth Basic Income Policy PR (190529-2) Gyeonggi Province recently made its first Youth Basic Income payments, to which all 24-year-olds who have been living in the province for more than 3 years are entitled. In order to promote this basic income policy, the province also launched a publicity group known as the ‘Cheongchun (청춘) Creators’. Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung attended the launching ceremony. ► Suwon Station (May 28) Youth Basic Income Rock Festival More than 100 youths in white T-shirts bearing the words ‘Youth Basic Income’ gathered at Suwon Station Plaza. They are Youth Basic Income recipients from around the province who were selected as Cheongchun (청춘) Creators, a group that will publicize Youth Basic Income through various media channels including social networking services. ► Kim Je-yeong, Gyeonggi Province Cheongchun Creator Leader “I hope that, through Youth Basic Income publicity, many friends benefit from this program and become more comfortable in their lives and job searches.” ► Youth Basic Income: KRW 1 Million Paid for a Year to All 24-Year-Old Youths One of the core policies of the current Gyeonggi provincial administration, the Youth Basic Income amounts to KRW1 million paid over the course of one year. During the ceremony, Governor Lee spoke freely with Cheongchun (청춘) Creators about this basic income policy. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “We pay the amount, which everyone receives in their lives, in regional currency, hoping that it will be spent locally, and thus help backstreet commerce, the self-employed and local economy revival.” The Cheongchun (청춘) Creators launching ceremony featured performances by popular singers who contributed to an entertaining summer evening. 4. Gyeonggi Pursues Pyeongtaek-Bubal Rail Line Construction (0528) On May 27, Gyeonggi Province and four cities of the province signed a cooperation agreement to realize the early commencement of Pyeongtaek-Bubal (평택-부발) Rail Line construction. The construction of this 53.8-kilometer rail line, which will connect eastern and western regions of the province, has been delayed since the project was included in the third national railroad network plan in 2016. ► Park Tae-yeol, Ichon City Resident “To travel from Icheon to Suwon or Anseong or Pyeongtaek, one has to make a long detour. That is quite inconvenient…” ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (May 27) Signing of Cooperation Agreement for Pyeongtaek-Bubal Rail Line Construction Commencement According to this agreement, Gyeonggi Province and the four cities through which this rail line passes will establish an utive committee and work together to ensure the preliminary feasibility study by the Korea Rail Network Authority reflects local development plans and to respond to the results of the feasibility study. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “This rail line project is very important for the balanced development of Gyeonggi regions. I will do my utmost to realize this project promptly while respecting the wishes of each city.” ► Pyeongtaek-Bubal Rail Line Connects Pyeongtaek, Anseong, Yongin and Icheon The four cities involved are: Pyeongtaek (평택), Anseong (안성), Yongin (용인) and Icheon (이천) ► Connection of Eastern and Western Regions of Korea This rail line will become part of the railroad network linking eastern and western regions of Korea from Poseung (포승) in the west to Gangneung (강릉) in the east. Gyeonggi Province plans to make a joint proposal with the four cities for the early commencement of construction work while preparing for the results of a preliminary feasibility study through jointly commissioned reviews. 5. Gyeonggi to Provide Solitary Seniors with Air Conditioning Support (0529) With summer heat expected to arrive earlier than usual in Korea this year, Gyeonggi Province has announced plans to provide solitary seniors of limited mobility with air conditioner and related electricity cost support. ► Park Yeong-ja, Solitary Senior, Suwon City Last summer, unable to travel to the local senior citizen’s center due to arthritis, Park (박영자), a solitary senior living in a semibasement home, had to struggle through the heat while relying only on an electric fan. However, she can enjoy a cool summer this year thanks to the air conditioning tem installed by Gyeonggi Province. ► Park Yeong-ja (Age 81), Air Conditioning Support Beneficiary “It was unbearably hot last summer. I am grateful that I won’t have to struggle through the heat again this year.” ► Gyeonggi Provides to Provide Seniors of Limited Mobility with Air Conditioning Support This year, Gyeonggi Province will provide 566 solitary seniors in the province, who are limited in their mobility and also basic livelihood beneficiaries, with air conditioner installation support. By June, these seniors will be provided with wall-mounted air conditioning tems with humidity control and air purifying functions. ► Additional Electricity Cost Support of KRW 120,000 to be Provided In addition, these seniors will also be provided with monthly electricity cost support of KRW 40,000 for three months. ► Kim Geon, Director General, Gyeonggi Province Environment Bureau “Even if we install air conditioning tems, seniors would not use them due to electricity costs. That is why we also provide electricity cost support…” This energy welfare program for seniors is the first of its kind among the area-wide autonomies of Korea. Gyeonggi Province will continue to introduce programs that will help eliminate welfare blind spots. 6. Gyeonggi to Expand Dental Treatment Support for Individuals with Serious Disabilities (0530) Gyeonggi Province has been operating exclusive dental service facilities for individuals with serious disabilities who are unable to use local dentist services. This year, the province will expand dental treatment services at these facilities. ► Lim Chan-byeol, Individual with Intellectual Disability Using local dental clinics was beyond the means of Lim (임찬별), an individual with a class-1 intellectual disability and a serious gum disease. However, he is now receiving regular treatment at the Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center’s Suwon Hospital. ► Kim Seong-hyeon, Director, Hyanglim Rehabilitation Center “For individuals with disabilities, a dental condition is not simply a health issue but also seriously affects the quality of life. I believe that this program is meaningful for them in that it enables them to live like those without disabilities.” ► Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center Operates Dental Clinics for Individuals with Disabilities Currently, dental clinics for individuals with serious disabilities are being operated at the Suwon (수원) and Uijeongbu (의정부) Hospitals of the Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center. ► Dental Treatment Cost Support of up to KRW 2 Million Provided per Person Depending on the income and degree of disability of an individual, dental services valued at up to KRW 2 million are provided free of charge per person annually. ► Expansion of Treatment Cost Support and Treatment Facility and Personnel Gyeonggi Province has expanded dental treatment cost support as well as dental treatment facilities and personnel numbers for individuals with serious disabilities. ► Eom Won-ja, Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Public Medical Service Project Team “Since the dental treatment of individuals with serious disabilities often requires general anesthesia, we also included anesthetists in our support expansion.” Gyeonggi Province will continue the expansion of dental treatment facilities for individuals with serious disabilities based on utilization results. 7. Gyeonggi Holds Emergency Meeting in Response to Tour Boat Accident in Hungary (190530-1) In response to the tour boat accident that occurred on May 30 in Hungary, Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung convened an emergency response meeting and instructed that the families of victims from the province be provided with necessary support on a one-on-one basis. As of 3 p.m. on May 30, it was believed that there were 5 tourists from Gyeonggi Province among the boat passengers with one person having been rescued. ► Gyeonggi Province Disaster Room (May 30) Emergency Response Meeting to Tour Boat Accident in Hungary Clearing his previous schedule, Governor Lee summoned safety-related officials including a vice governor and an assistant governor and gave instructions for obtaining information about losses and for the swift preparation of responses. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “Please get accurate information about losses as quickly as possible and provide the families of the victims with necessary support on a one-on-one basis.” ► Provide Families of Victims with Necessary Support on a 1-on-1 Basis Governor Lee urged officials to provide the victims’ families with one-on-one support to prevent them from experiencing any inconvenience in coping with this misfortune that occurred overseas. ► Disaster Response Team Organized Governor Lee also instructed officials to form a disaster response team to prepare for all possible developments. Gyeonggi Province is also considering the dispatch of search and rescue teams while providing victims’ families with cost support for travel to Hungary and keeping residents up to date on the situation through the spokesperson’s office. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. We look forward to seeing you again next week.
Weekly English News | 2019.05.31Greetings, 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. 1. Gyeonggi Women Enterprise Support Center Reopens with Expanded Services (190521-2) The Gyeonggi Women Enterprise Support Center, which was established in 2000, reopened after expansion at a new location in Suwon (수원) City. This center provides women in business startup stages with tematic assistance including consultations as well as marketing and office space support. ► Reopening of Gyeonggi Women Enterprise Support Center (May 21) This center now offers expanded services. ► Opens at New Location with Expansion Expansion was necessary since demand for the services of the center had increased significantly over the past 20 years. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “We will continue to pay special attention to enabling more women to start businesses and to helping their operations so as to create a society of rationality and to make everyone happy. ► Education Facilities, Meeting Rooms, Individual Offices of Startups Occupying two stories of the building, this new 742-square-meter center features education facilities and meeting rooms as well as individual startup offices that are available for up to three years. In addition to the current 7 enterprises, the center will be able to accommodate three more enterprises. ► Startup and Marketing Consultation Support In addition to free education and business consultations from early startup stages to marketing and export, this center also helps career-discontinued women and housewives with their business startups through research and surveys. ► Noh Yeong-suk, CEO, Elim International (Resident Enterprise) “As a one-person enterprise operator, I had to do everything on my own from the beginning. This center gave me a lot of help along the way. At this center, the later arrivals can also receive valuable advice from those who started earlier.” ► Inquiries: Women Enterprise Support Center Gyeonggi Center (☎ 031-211-2235) Detailed information about the center is available upon direct inquiry. Gyeonggi Province will continue to support women with their startups in a wider range of business fields. 2. Indoor Air Quality Management Standards to be Strengthened (0523) With the Indoor Air Quality Standards of Korea becoming more stringent, Gyeonggi Province began providing affected facilities with indoor air quality diagnosis and consultation services. The strengthened standards will go into effect from July 1. [CG] The lower permitted levels of microdust, ultra-microdust and formaldehyde will be enforced in facilities used by vulnerable individuals including childcare centers, nursing facilities, postnatal care centers and medical facilities. [CG] General public facilities such as subway stations, libraries and cinemas are also subject to strengthened microdust standards as well as to new ultra-microdust standards. ► Gyeonggi to Provide Affected Facilities with Consultation Support In order to promote public awareness of these new indoor air quality standards and to prevent confusion during the transition to the new standards, Gyeonggi Province plans to provide these facilities with air quality diagnosis and consultation services based on on-site measurements taken by specialists. ► Han Hyeon-hui, Director, Gyeonggi Province Microdust Measures Division “Among a large number of subject facilities, we will select 1,800 facilities and provide them with consultation and support …” ► 1,847 Facilities to Receive Consultation Support A total of 1,847 facilities, approximately 900 facilities annually through to next year, will receive these support services. Applications for support are being received by local environment offices. 3. ‘Yongin Semiconductor Cluster’ Investment and Cooperation Agreement Signed (0521) On May 21, Gyeonggi Province, Yongin (용인) City, SK Hynix and others signed an agreement on investment and cooperation for the development of a semiconductor industry complex known as the Yongin (용인) Semiconductor Cluster. ► Yongin Semiconductor Industry Cluster Site, Yongin City Located on a 4.5 square-kilometer site in Yongin (용인) City, this complex will become the host for more than 50 related enterprises including SK Hynix. ► Large Coexisting Industrial Cluster to be Developed via Investments Totaling KRW 122 Trillion Estimated to cost an astounding KRW 122 trillion to complete, this complex will be a large, mutually beneficial cluster of production and research, with related SME and residential facilities. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (May 21) Investment and Cooperation Agreement for Yongin Semiconductor Industry Cluster Development According to this agreement, Gyeonggi Province and Yongin (용인) City will provide administrative support for development permissions, licenses and infrastructure establishment while SK Hynix and SK Construction will establish industrial facilities and create new jobs. ► Lee Seok-hui, SK Hynix CEO “All the members of SK Hynix will do our utmost to make this industrial cluster a world-caliber semiconductor industrial cluster both in name and in reality.” This complex will also house facilities for startup research and education as well as for semiconductor technology development and localization. A special fund will be established for semiconductor industries within the complex. There will also be programs available to local residents such as those for vocational education and employment as well as for children and cultural activities. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “I believe that the improvement of employment and living environments for residents depends on the growth of enterprises. We will provide maximum support for the realization of this (semiconductor cluster) project.” ► Generation of 17,000 Jobs and Production Valued at KRW 513 Trillion Expected When completed, the Yongin (용인) Semiconductor Cluster is expected to create more than 17,000 jobs as well as production of KRW 513 trillion with added value of KRW 188 trillion. ► Facility Construction to Begin in 2022 after Groundbreaking in 2021. After government review and approval, groundbreaking is slated to take place in the year 2021 with construction of production facilities commencing the following year. 4. Groundbreaking for ‘Brain City’ in Pyeongtaek Realized after 10-Year Delay (0522) After a 10-year delay, groundbreaking for the ‘Brain City’ complex development project took place in Pyeongtaek (평택) City. This knowledge-based industry complex is slated for completion in 2021. ► ‘Brain City’ Development Site, Pyeongtaek City Occupying an area of 4.8 square kilometers, the Brain City will house knowledge-based industries as well as research, medical and residential facilities. ► ‘Brain City’ Groundbreaking Ceremony (May 22) Delay in project commencement stemmed from difficulties in securing financing and resolving land compensation issues. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “This project has been drifting for so long, leaving many people anxious. Gyeonggi Province will extend maximum administrative support so as to help development complete without further delay.” To be established on the site of a former US military base, the Brain City is not simply an industrial complex development project but also a futuristic city that will lead the Fourth Industrial Revolution. ► Kim Jae-su, President, Pyeongtaek Urban Corporation “I promise that we will reward the sacrifices of those who conceded their homes by developing an exemplary industrial complex that will contribute to the advancement of Pyeongtaek City.” ► KRW 2.7 Trillion to be Invested for Completion in 2021 Costing an estimated total of KRW 2.7 trillion for completion by 2021, the Brain City project will progress through land development, industrial development and supporting facility development phases. ► 7,879 New Jobs and KRW 1.34 Trillion Annual Production Projected When completed, 8,000 new jobs and annual production valued at KRW 1.34 trillion are projected. ► Lee Gyeong-suk, Pyeongtaek City Resident “I hope that there are sufficient convenience facilities as well as beneficial welfare facilities for local residents.” Gyeonggi Province expects that, along with Pyeongtaek Port as well as other industrial complexes and new towns in the vicinity, the Brain City will contribute to the local economic promotion of this region. 5. Gyeonggi to Launch ID Card Reader Support for Sellers of Adult Goods (190523-2) This year, Gyeonggi Province will introduce ID card reader cost support for small businesses so as to protect them from potential damage when they unknowingly sell adult goods such as liquor and cigarettes to minors who use fake identification. ► Beer Bar, Suwon City This bar in Suwon City features ‘Adult Only’ signs at the entrance as well as several places inside. This bar makes it a rule to check ID cards closely, even checking the ID photo against the carrier. ► Cho Byeong-jun, Bar Proprietor “On many occasions, we refuse to accept individuals when they fail to produce identification, even if they don’t look young. We regret that some of those individuals may actually be adults, but we cannot take chances …” According to current laws, shop owners are subject to business suspension and fines when they sell adult goods to minors. However, it is often difficult to identify minors when they use fake identification. ► Convenience Store, Bucheon City For this reason, an increasing number of shops use card readers and even fingerprint identification devices to verify ID. ► Lee Ui-sun, Convenience Store Proprietor “It was stressful to know that some customers use fake identification. However, with this device, I am now comfortable selling adult goods.” ► ID Card Reader Support for Small Business Protection Gyeonggi Province provides ID card reader purchase cost support of up to KRW 600,000 to small businesses with less than KRW 1 billion in annual sales and fewer than three regular employees. ► Park Seung-sam, Gyeonggi Province Small Business Division “A large number of businesses suffer significant damage from closures as well as from costs incurred if they challenge penalties to prove that a customer used fake identification. This support program aims to prevent small businesses in the province from being victimized (by fraudulent customers)…” ► Application for Support: ezbiz (ezbiz.or.kr) / Gyeonggi Small Business Development Center (gsbdc.or.kr) Applications for support are being received via the ezbiz and Gyeonggi Small Business Development Center websites. Gyeonggi Province will expand support based on responses to this program. 6. Gyeonggi Regional Currency Cards Available from NH Bank (0524) Among the three different Gyeonggi regional currency forms – vouchers, mobile money and rechargeable cards – mobile money was the first to be distributed. Recently, regional currency cards have become available from NH Bank branches in the province. ► NH Bank Hanam City Hall Branch The regional currency cards were received enthusiastically with sales of KRW 73 million in only three days. ► An Hyang-ran, Hanam City Resident “I regard it as a very good policy. A 10 percent discount is a considerable benefit. Considering the low interest rates these days, I decided to purchase the card,” ► Available from 116 Central Agricultural Cooperative’s NH Bank Branches in Gyeonggi The Gyeonggi regional currency card can be purchased at 116 NH Bank branches throughout the province. The regional currency cards are popular among older residents who are less familiar with mobile apps. ► Kim Jae-yun, Manager, NH Bank Hanam City Hall Branch “The rapid increase in regional currency card sales is deemed to be related to purchases by members of older generations who are not familiar with mobile apps, and thus less interested in regional currency, but who have more purchasing power.” The rechargeable regional currency cards can be purchased at local NH Bank branches after personal ID verification. ► Rechargeable up to KRW 300,000 to 500,000 per Month with a 6 to 10% Discount Depending upon the region, up to KRW 300,000 to 500,000 can be recharged per month at a 6 to 10 percent discount. ► Information Available via Gyeonggi Regional Currency Website (gmoney.or.kr) Information about purchase locations, purchase limits and incentives can be found on local government websites as well as the Gyeonggi Regional Currency website. ► Park Seung-sam, Director, Gyeonggi Province Small Business Division “While those who are comfortable with smart phones can purchase regional currency via a smart phone application, others can purchase it offline at a growing number of sales locations.” ► Issuance to be Expanded to Regional Agricultural Cooperative’s NH Bank Branches Gyeonggi Province plans to expand regional currency sales locations from the National Agricultural Cooperative’s NH Bank branches to those of regional agricultural cooperatives. As of May 10, sales of the Gyeonggi regional currency exceeded KRW 67 billion. 7. Gyeonggi to Resume Inter-Korean Cooperation (190524-1) While Korean Peninsula peace efforts are encountering difficulties, especially after the failed US-North Korean summit, Gyeonggi Province has announced plans to rekindle inter-Korean cooperation through the active pursuit of its peace projects. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (May 22) Announcement of Peace & Cooperation Projects This announcement reflects the determination of the Gyeonggi Provincial Government to continue its inter-Korean cooperation projects, primarily those of humanitarian support. The provision of more than 1,600 tons of wheat flour and 110,000 pine tree saplings valued at KRW 1.5 billion at the request of the North Korea’s Pan Korean Reconciliation Council are among the four projects announced. ► Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Peace Lee Hwa-yeong “The goods, for which delivery to North Korea was approved by the Ministry of Unification, are currently being transported from Dandong, China, to Sinuiju, North Korea. We also plan to deliver additional goods including wheat flour, which we are discussing with North Korean officials…” Gyeonggi Province also plans to expand cultural and sports exchanges with North Korea. ► Gyeonggi to Participate in International Volleyball Games in Jakarta with North Korea Sports exchanges include the dispatch of provincial men and women volleyball teams to international volleyball games in Jakarta along with North Korean teams on June 21. With North Korea, Gyeonggi Province will jointly host an international conference in the Philippines on Asia and Pacific peace and prosperity. The province also seeks the participation of North Korea in a cultural and art festival in the Korean Demilitarized Zone in September. ► Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Peace Lee Hwa-yeong “Through the pursuit of various peace and cooperation projects in domestic and international areas that involve North Korea, we hope that the spirit of inter-Korean peace and cooperation will permeate the entire Korean Peninsula and the world.” Gyeonggi Province is also seeking to realize student trips to Gaeseong (개성) in North Korea and the establishment of the first Okryugwan (옥류관) in the province through talks with North Korea. The province will continue its peace efforts at a provincial level and lead in the improvement of relations with North Korea. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
Weekly English News | 2019.05.24Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. 1. Gyeonggi Provincial Mental Hospital to Reopen with 24-Hour Operations (190513-1) After its temporary closure, the Gyeonggi Provincial Mental Hospital will reopen in August under the direct management of the Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center with improved patient management and 24-hour response tems. ► Former Gyeonggi Provincial Mental Hospital, Yongin City This hospital was established in 1982. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (May 9) Announcement of Gyeonggi Provincial Mental Hospital Reform Plan Following recent horrific incidents involving individuals with mental disorders, Gyeonggi Province decided to takeover the operation of this hospital from the contractor and to reopen it with improvements. ► Ryu Yeong-cheol, Director General, Gyeonggi Province Health & Welfare Bureau “…in order to establish appropriate patient treatment and support facilities and to strengthen emergency response capabilities…” ► Gyeonggi Provincial Mental Hospital to Operate 24-Hours Putting the hospital under the direct management of the Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center, the province aims to strengthen the capabilities of this hospital for deterring patients from causing physical harm to themselves and others through a 24-hour response tem. The province also plans to strengthen the management of discharged patients through the mental hospital network. ► Ryu Yeong-cheol, Director General, Gyeonggi Province Health & Welfare Bureau “We will reorganize the hospital as a public emergency mental hospital with 24-hour admission and treatment services. This hospital will perform the duty of a public hospital that residents need by accepting patients who are shunned by private facilities.” ► Reopening at Former Seoul Municipal Yongin Mental Hospital Site Situated next to its original location at the site of the former Seoul Municipal Mental Hospital, the new Gyeonggi Provincial Mental Hospital will have a staff of 51 medical personnel including 3 psychiatrists and feature 160 beds. For this project, Gyeonggi Province allocated KRW 13.1 billion and has begun working on the enactment of related ordinances. 2. 335th Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Extraordinary Session Opens (190515-1) On May 14, the 335th extraordinary session of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly began its 15-day run. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (May 14) Opening of 335th Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Extraordinary Session Before the session ends on May 28, a total of 77 items including the first revised supplementary budget draft for the year will be reviewed. This budget draft covers projects primarily in the fields of economy, employment and safety through total allocations of approximately KRW 1.9 trillion. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “It is the result of our devotion to improvements in employment and economy and to the protection of residents from microdust and the uncertainties of the future. Since this budget draft has been prepared with foremost consideration in resident benefits, we ask you to pass the draft as it is.” The items to be reviewed during the session also include ordinance drafts for the reorganization of the Gyeonggi Provincial Mental Hospital as a public emergency facility and for the manufacture of marine trash collection and processing vessels. The first day of the extraordinary session saw 5-minute speeches by assembly members ► Lee Hye-won, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member, Justice Party “I sincerely ask my fellow assembly members and the administration to extend considerable interest and cooperation in the enactment of the maximum wage act that best reflects the reality in Gyeonggi Province and enables public offices to lead in narrowing the gap between rich and poor while creating a fair Gyeonggi Province.” ► So Yeong-hwan, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “I believe that active on-site farmer support regarding PLS (Positive List System for Agricultural Chemicals) through expanded customized consultation and education on agricultural chemicals is necessary.” During this extraordinary session, there will be questioning by assembly members regarding administrative affairs as well as four general meetings. 3. Gyeonggi’s First Hydrogen Fueling Stations Open on Gyeongbu Expressway (0513) The first hydrogen fueling stations in Gyeonggi Province opened on the Gyeongbu (경부) Expressway. ► Hydrogen Fueling Station at Anseong Rest Area on Gyeongbu Expressway (North Bound) Located at the Anseong (안성) Rest Area on both sides of the Gyeongbu (경부) Expressway, these stations offer hydrogen fuel at KRW 8,800 per kilogram from 8 am to 10 pm throughout the year. With a fueling time of 5 minutes per vehicle, each fueling station can serve five vehicles an hour. ► Lee Sang-min, Gyeongbu Expressway Anseong Fueling Station Manager “The Anseong Resting Areas are some of the busiest rest areas on the Gyeongbu Expressway. Since it is located at an optimal distance that allows a round trip with a single fueling, we expect that many drivers will use these fueling stations.” [CG] The hydrogen fueling station at the Yeoju (여주) Rest Area on the Yeongdong (영동) Expressway, which had closed after the 2018 Winter Olympics, also reopened. In addition, four more hydrogen fueling stations will open before the end of the year. ► Gyeonggi to Open 7 Hydrogen Stations This Year In total, Gyeonggi Province will open seven hydrogen stations by the end of this year. ► Park Dae-geun, Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Transportation Environment Team “Gyeonggi Province will lead hydrogen vehicle supply by establishing 7 hydrogen fueling stations and supplying more than 600 hydrogen cars instead of the originally projected 3 hydrogen stations and 200 hydrogen cars.” Gyeonggi Province plans to invest KRW 12.2 billion in the establishment of 27 hydrogen fueling stations and the supply of 3,000 hydrogen cars by the year 2022. 4. Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Urges Acceleration of Local Government Act Amendment (0515) With the amendment of the Local Government Act underway, the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly held a policy forum to help accelerate passage of the amendment draft. [CG] This past March, the Korean government placed a Local Government Act amendment draft before the Korean National Assembly. Amendment articles pertain to the delegation of regional assembly office personnel authority to local council heads as well as to the allocation of policy assistants to regional assembly members. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (May 14) Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Policy Forum on Local Government Act Amendment At the beginning of the forum, to which more than 200 National Assembly members, scholars and related public officials were invited, the necessity for greater power decentralization was emphasized by opening speakers. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Chairperson Song Han-jun “The 142 Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly members and the 829 regional assembly members hope that National Assembly passage of the Local Government Act amendment will soon be realized…” ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “Nothing is more important than the value of self-government and decentralization. I believe that the vitality and advancement of a nation can only be realized through the organic, harmonic activities of strong regional governments.” Participating National Assembly members from the Democratic Party unanimously agreed that centrally concentrated power and authority must be decentralized. During subsequent discussions, a professor asserted that this year must become a milestone for the realization of a decentralized nation. ► Choi Bong-seok, Professor, Dongkuk University “If the amendment of the Local Government Act cannot be realized, there can be no tangible structural change in practical terms even through amendments to the Constitution.” The Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly’s Special Decentralization Committee Chairperson emphasized the need for readiness to respond to changes that the passage of the amendment will entail. ► Bae Su-mun, Chairperson, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Special Decentralization Committee “I believe that the administration must think about how to accommodate the related changes and be prepared so that the law can be applied according to the amendment.” The Decentralization Taskforce Leader of the Korea Local Assembly Chairpersons Meeting suggested that a legal foundation be established for the status of regional assemblies. ► Kim Jeong-tae, Decentralization Taskforce Leader, Korea Local Assembly Chairpersons Meeting “Even though we are a constitutional organization that is also based on the Local Government Act, we are unable to take a single step as long as our structure and participant numbers are regulated by the enforcement regulations of the related presidential order.” Before discussions, participating Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly members held an event to demand the expedited passage of the Local Government Act amendment. 5. Illegal Loan Sharks Apprehended in Gyeonggi (0516) Recently, a large number of illegal money lenders were apprehended in Gyeonggi Province. Preying on individuals with low credit ratings, they profited from cut-throat annual interest rates as high as 7,000 percent. Some of these loan sharks were caught in the act by Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police investigators who posed as would-be clients. [Sync] “Are you doing this as a registered lender? Are you aware that what you are doing is illegal?” An investigator found hundreds of fliers as well as account ledgers in a compartment of this individual’s motor bike. ► 3-Month Preplanned Illegal Usurer Investigation During the crackdown, which took 3 months of planning and ution, 23 illegal lenders, advertisers and high-interest loan sharks in the province were apprehended. ► Individuals with Low Credit Ratings Charged Interest Rates Up to 7,145% The apprehended loan sharks charged their victims, primarily college students and housewives, appallingly high annual interest rates of up to 7,145 percent and often used threats when dealing with their victims. ► Internet Forum Administrator Arrested for Conniving Loan Sharking on Forum Subscribers Apprehended individuals also include an internet forum administrator who received bribes of more than KRW 10 million from 36 lenders and conspired in loan shark activities within the forum instead of deleting related postings. ► Illegal Flier Posting Caught on-Site Individuals who were distributing related fliers on the streets were also apprehended on site. ► Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police for Justice Superintendent Kim Yeong-su “After finishing the investigations, we will send all the apprehended individuals to prosecution. According to current laws, illegal money lending by unlicensed individuals may result in imprisonment for five years or a fine of up to KRW 50 million.” The Gyeonggi Provincial Special Judicial Police plan to expand the investigation of illegal money lending to online activities. Individuals are advised to check the Financial Service Commission or Financial Supervisory Service websites to confirm the legality of lenders before using their services. 6. Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Questioning of Administrative Affairs, Day 1 (190516-1) The 2nd general meeting of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly’s 335th extraordinary session on May 15 saw the questioning of administrative affairs by assembly members. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (May 15) 2nd General Meeting, 335th Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Extraordinary Session With Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) answering questions himself, this administrative affairs Q&A session began with queries regarding low birth rates and the need for a special organization for the democratic education of people. ► Jang Dae-seok, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member, Democratic Party “I propose that Gyeonggi Province expand the organization that will undertake democratic education for people.” ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “We have already begun the recruitment of specialists in this field through the Gyeonggi Province Institute for Lifelong Learning. We have increased the number of instructors from 3 to 7 and increased the budget from KRW 1 billion to KRW 2 billion…” There was a question regarding the census of foreign residents whose numbers are increasing but not officially included in actual population figures. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “I have 100% sympathy with that issue. We already made a proposal for the amendment of the related ordinance in March. We also proposed the amendment of the Local Government Act on March 26.” There was also a question regarding Eco-friendly School Meal Support Center operations and requests for intensive measures for animal epidemic prevention as well as for illegal construction subcontracting eradication. The general meeting then progressed to 5-minute speeches by assembly members. ► Lee Chang-gyun, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member, Democratic Party “If public offices recover the development gains of individuals from housing and construction projects and reinvest the collected money in regional infrastructure and living environment improvement, it will garner a lot of support of residents…” ► Kim Woo-seok, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member, Democratic Party “I propose the establishment of a legal organization that will undertake continuous inter-Korean exchange and cooperation for the establishment of peace on the Korean Peninsula as well as for mutual prosperity and the effective ution of practical peace policies.” The 335th extraordinary session of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly will end on May 28 with the final general meeting. 7. Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Questioning of Administrative Affairs, Day 2 (190517-1) On May 16, the 3rd general meeting of the 335th Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Extraordinary Session took place and saw the questioning of housing welfare policies as well as funding sources for basic income policies. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (May 16) 3rd General Meeting, 335th Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Extraordinary Session Continued from the previous day, questions about administrative affairs resumed during the 3rd general meeting, beginning with a query regarding the power decentralization efforts of the province. ► Bae Mun-su, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member, Democratic Party “I would like you to tell us about the studies performed by the administration on power decentralization as well as on regional communication and cooperation…” Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor Kim Hee-kyeum (김희겸) stated that the province has established an advisory council as part of its decentralization efforts. ► Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor Kim Hee-kyeum “We will determine tasks for each subcommittee, hold regional forums, and continue our communication efforts with the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly and the central government.” There were discussions on securing funds for basic income policies, including those regarding equal payments to all. ► Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor Kim Hee-kyeum “We have been endeavoring to secure funds from local taxes including collection from tax delinquents. For additional fund security, we should collect a land occupation tax, for which we made a related legislation proposal to the central government.” There was also a range of other questions including those regarding housing welfare and Gyeonggi Provincial Museum operation. ► Lee Seon-gu, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member, Democratic Party “Please take measures for solitary senior households that, I believe, are necessary and …” ► Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor Kim Hee-kyeum “We have been pursuing the construction of Happy Homes in Paju City that will provide a customized long-term housing solution for seniors. Also, we have completed construction of Permanent Silver Rental Housing in Suwon this past February …” During the 5-minute speeches that followed, a range of policies were proposed. ► Lee Pil-geun, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member, Democratic Party “… must realize maximum participation in Phase 3 New Town Development Projects in order to secure funds for the construction of 41,000 public rental housing units by the year 2022.” ► Sim Gyu-sun, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member, Democratic Party “High-performance water treatment facilities cost approximately KRW 30 to 50 billion per water treatment plant. Since that is beyond the means of local governments, I hope that the provincial government will invest an amount equal to that borne by the local governments…” The current extraordinary session will end with the 4th general meeting on May 28. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
Weekly English News | 2019.05.171. Operating Room CCTV Systems Installed in all Gyeonggi Provincial Hospitals (190507-2) Last year, for the first time in Korea, Gyeonggi Province installed CCTV tems in the operating rooms of a provincial medical center so as to prevent incidents of malpractice. Recently, the installation of these CCTV tems was expanded to all remaining provincial hospitals. The recording of operations using CCTV tems requires patient consent. ► Operating Room CCTV System First Installed in Anseong Hospital Since the first tems were installed in the Anseong Hospital last October, the patient consent rate has increased from approximately 50 percent to 84 percent, especially after the failed cover up of a fatal accident involving a newborn baby at a general hospital was revealed. ► Choi Byeong-su, Paju City Resident “I believe that it enables patients to feel comfortable while preventing medical accidents to some extent.” ► Operating Room CCTV Systems Installed at all 6 Gyeonggi Medical Center Hospitals CCTV tems have now been installed in all operating rooms of the five remaining provincial medical center hospitals. Recorded videos are preserved for one month and disclosed only when necessary for investigation. ► Jeong Il-yong, Director, Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center “Malpractice such unprofessional conduct and the delegation of surgical procedures is expected to disappear from operating rooms.” ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (May 1) Briefing on Operating Room CCTV System Installation Expansion Gyeonggi Province made a proposal to the central government for the compulsory installation of CCTV tems in all public hospitals and expansion to private hospitals. ► Gyeonggi Expects Increased Resident Support for Operating Room CCTV System Installation Public support for this policy is expected to grow despite privacy concerns. ► Ryu Yeong-cheol, Director General, Gyeonggi Province Health & Welfare Bureau “… to respond to enthusiastic support from the public, and for the prevention of medical accidents and disputes, as well as for the realization of equality in doctor-patient relations…” Gyeonggi Province will continue to pursue the nationwide implementation of this policy through proposals and public opinion surveys. 2. Gyeonggi Announces Year’s First Revised Supplementary Budget Draft (190508-2) On May 3, the Gyeonggi provincial administration announced its first revised supplementary budget draft for this year, entailing a 7.8% increase over the original draft, and presented it to the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (May 3) Announcement of 1st Revised Supplementary Budget for 2019 This revised supplementary budget amounts to KRW 1.9 trillion. [CG] With the revision, the provincial budget for the year will increase to KRW 26.2 trillion. The supplementary budget was allocated primarily to projects for the economy, microdust management, safety and welfare. ► Lim Jong-cheol, Assistant Governor - Gyeonggi Province Planning & Coordination Office “We will present to the provincial assembly the first revised supplementary budget draft for the year, which primarily focus on projects aimed at promotion of the economy as well as the livelihood and health of residents.” ► KRW 87.8 Billion for Economic Promotion For economic promotion, KRW 87.8 billion was allocated to traditional market and small business support as well as regulatory sandbox support and job interview support for youths. ► KRW 40.5 Billion for Microdust Reduction A large allocation of KRW 40.5 billion was earmarked for microdust control. Related projects include those to increase the number of eco-friendly vehicles and tanker vehicles. ► Lim Jong-cheol, Assistant Governor, Gyeonggi Province Planning & Coordination Office “We will continue to create clean environments through novel microdust control ideas such as the forestation of industrial areas.” ► KRW 61.2 Billion for Safety Enhancement KRW 61.2 billion was allocated for safety enhancement including fire station bolstering and fire detector supply. ► KRW 337.1 Billion for Welfare Services ► KRW 63.6 Billion for Financial Stability Funds In addition, KRW 337.1 billion was allocated for welfare services and KRW 63.5 billion for the establishment of financial stability funds. The revised supplementary budget draft will be reviewed by the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly during its 335th extraordinary session that begins on May 14. 3. Gyeonggi’s 1st Public Postnatal Care Center Opens in Yeoju City (0507) The first public postnatal care center in Gyeonggi Province opened in Yeoju (여주) City. This facility offers quality services at low prices in conjunction with public hospitals. ► Yeonju Public Postnatal Care Center Opens (May 3) The Yeoju Public Postnatal Care Center, with a total area of 1,500 square meters, consists of separate care facilities for mothers and babies on the 1st floor and 13 postnatal rooms on the 2nd floor. ► 24-Hour Infection Control The 2nd floor is kept completely isolated for 24-hour infection control, and is equipped with air curtains at the entrance, baby monitoring tems and a negative pressure room. Operated by the Gyeonggi Medical Center, this facility provides quality medical services. ► 2-Week Service Fees of KRW 1.68 Million 30% Lower than Private Fees With service fees of KRW 1.68 million for two weeks, this center is 30% less expensive than private facilities. ► 50% Discount for Mothers from 3rd Childbirth, with Disabilities or in Low-income Brackets Mothers on their third childbirth onward as well as those with disabilities or in low-income brackets are given a 50 percent discount. ► Bae Ji-hye, Yeonju Public Postnatal Care Center User “It’s very convenient for me and my family including my parents to have this center nearby. It is also very economical to use.” The establishment of public postnatal care centers was one of the health field pledges made by the current provincial administration as confirmed by Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) during its opening ceremony. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “Gyeonggi Province will establish more public postnatal care centers and do it soon so that childbirth is deemed a blessing, not a burden.” Gyeonggi Province will continue to establish new postnatal care centers that provide quality services, with the next opening planned for Pocheon (포천) City in 2022. 4. Futuristic Self-sustaining City to be Constructed in Yongin City (0508) Yongin (용인) City of Gyeonggi Province will become the host of the ‘Gyeonggi Yongin (용인) Platform City’, a futuristic, self-sustaining urban cluster with advanced industry, commerce, housing, culture and welfare facilities within an area as large as 386 soccer fields. ► ‘Gyeonggi Yongin Platform City’ Project Site, Yongin City The location covers a large portion of Giheung-gu (기흥구) in Yongin City. ► Combination of Spaces for Advanced Industry, Commerce, Housing, Culture & Welfare At this location, which already features excellent transportation and industrial infrastructure, new advanced knowledge-based industries, commercial areas, area-wide transportation facilities and eco-friendly housing will be developed. The Gyeonggi Yongin Platform City will cover an area totaling 2.7 square kilometers. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (May 7) Signing of Cooperation Agreement for Gyeonggi Yongin Platform City Development According to the agreement signed on May 7, Gyeonggi Province and Yongin City will provide administrative support while the Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corporation and the Yongin Urban Corporation will undertake project planning, survey, design and land preparation. ► Gyeonggi Governor: “Land Owners’ Unearned Development Gains Must be Returned to Public” At the signing of the agreement, Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) stated that land owners’ unearned development gains must be returned to the public. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “I hope that sufficient infrastructural facilities are established through tematic development and that unearned income from development gains are restituted and used for the enhancement of the lives of Yongin citizens and Gyeonggi residents.” ► Yongin City Mayor Baek Gun-gi “I believe the primary objective of the Yongin Platform City development should be to create a foundation for self-sustainability through the inducement of leading technology industries.” ► Synergic Effects Expected from Yongin’s Platform City and Semiconductor Industry Cluster Gyeonggi Province expects that, together with the semiconductor industry cluster in the vicinity, the Gyeonggi Yongin Platform City will generate synergistic effects for local industrial growth. Basic development planning will begin next year after feasibility studies and the selection of participating organizations. Upon its scheduled completion in 2025, the Gyeonggi Yongin Platform City is projected to host more than 40,000 regular employees. 5. 2019 Korea International Boat Show Opens (0509) On May 9, the 12th Korea International Boat Show opened simultaneously at KINTEX in Goyang (고양) City and Ara Marina in Gimpo (김포) City of Gyeonggi Province. One of the three largest boat shows in Asia, this year’s event featured a greater variety of displays and programs. ► KINTEX, Goyang City and Ara Maeina, Gimpo City (May 9-12) 2019 Korea International Boat Show At the KINTEX exhibition complex, more than 240 marine leisure enterprises showcased marine sports, safety, fishing and diving equipment via more than 1,500 booths during the 4-day run of this event, Korea’s representative marine leisure exhibition. ► Work Boat Showcase Added This Year This year’s event included a new work boat exhibit featuring various industrial and public-purpose vessels. ► Special Section for Boats Made in Korea There was also a special section for boats made in Korea featuring more than 50 boats of international standards. ► Kim Sun-ok, Visitor from Goyang City “It is really wonderful to be able to see the exhibition and purchase goods without having to travel abroad. I feel very grateful for this event.” ► Ara Marina to Feature 80+ Boats and Visitor Riding At Ara Marina, a 15-minute drive from KINTEX, more than 80 displayed boats were open to visitors for boarding experiences. Unlike the indoor exhibits at KINTEX, visitors to the marina could experience riding various leisure craft such as kayaks and paddle boats. ► Hong Jin-seo, 1st Grade, Beondong Middle School, Seoul “It was a novel experience and a lot of fun. I want to do it again next time. I recommend that others come and experience it as well.” There was also a variety of associated events including a marine industry forum, a yacht design contest and exhibition, and a networking night. The first Korea International Boat Show opened in 2008 to promote the Korean marine leisure industry and related exports. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “We will provide maximum support to the Korea International Boat Show to help the Korean marine leisure industry develop as a new growth industry.” ► GTV Reporter Choi Chang-sun “The Korea International Boat Show, one of the three largest boat shows in Asia along with the Shanghai and Dubai shows, continues until May 12 at KINTEX in Goyang City and Ara Marina in Gimpo City.” 6. Gyeonggi’s Work Condition Improvement Policy for Apartment Caretakers Expands Nationwide (0510) Adopting the Gyeonggi Province policy to improve working environments, the Korean government made it compulsory for apartments to have resting facilities for caretakers and guards. An (안재순), a 68-year-old caretaker who works 8 hours a day cleaning the facilities for 200 apartments, has no place to rest except for a small basement storage room. ► An Jae-sun (Aged 68), Apartment Caretaker “It cold in the winter and sweltering in the summer. I wish they would provide me with an electric fan and a heater, but there is nothing.” ► Gyeonggi Pursues Work Condition Improvement for Apartment Caretakers and Guards Gyeonggi Province has been pursuing the improvement of working environments for apartment service personnel. ► Policy Coverage to Expand from Provincial Office Buildings to Apartments Last year, the province began similar improvements at provincial organization buildings. It now plans to expand the policy to 33 apartment complexes that have been constructed or are being planned by the Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corporation. Resting facilities for apartment workers will be established above ground even if it requires the revision of building designs. ► Air Cooling, Heating, Shower Facilities to Be Installed in Apartment Service Personnel Rooms These facilities will be equipped with heating and cooling tems as well as shower rooms and TVs. ► Ku Jae-yong, Happy Home Project Director, Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corporation “This is necessary from the perspective of welfare for public rental housing workers. We regard it a social consideration that we can satisfy as a public organization.” Such endeavors by Gyeonggi Province were also adopted by the central government. Recently, the related Korean ministry revised housing construction standards and made the inclusion of resting facilities for apartment personnel compulsory for new apartments. 7. 2019 Play Expo Opens (0510) On May 9, the 2019 Play Expo opened at KINTEX in Goyang (고양) City. In addition to a large variety of games, this annual event featured diverse experiential programs as well as tournaments in games known as e-sports. ► KINTEX, Goyang City (May 9) Nexon’s Crazy Park Game Championship In this game, a player has to trap the opponent in a water bubble to win. After approximately 10 minutes of game time, joy and disappointment are clearly visible on the faces of the winner and loser. ► Lee Sang-heon, Championship Winner “I participated with my friends. I could win since it is the game I used to play.” ► KINTEX, Goyang City (May 9) 2019 Play Expo Opening Ceremony At the Play Expo, visitors experienced a range of games from familiar pump-it-up games to racing and virtual reality games. During the exhibition, the release of new games by leading enterprises attracted considerable visitor interest. ► Kim Yang-hwan, Visitor from Seoul “It was great to see many types of games. I was able to see arcade games and indie games that were new to me.” ► 115 Overseas 350+ Domestic Enterprises Participate This year’s Play Expo saw participation by 115 overseas enterprises and more than 350 domestic enterprises in trade consultations. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “Gyeonggi Province will develop diverse programs to help the domestic game industry gain international competitiveness and grow.” ► Play Expo Ends on May 12 The 2019 Play Expo ran until May 12 at the KINTEX exhibition complex. ► International e-Sports Championships Held during Weekend On the weekend during the event, international e-sports championships took place featuring 170 players from 5 nations. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. We look forward to seeing you again next week.
Weekly English News | 2019.05.10Greetings, 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. 1. International Basic Income Conference Held at Korea Basic Income Fair (190430-1) During the 2-day Korea Basic Income Fair held in Suwon City, specialists from home and abroad gathered for an international conference to share basic income policy cases and discuss related topics. Gyeonggi Province’s Youth Income Policy was deemed to have positive effects in alleviating financial burdens and promoting political participation among youths. ► Suwon Convention Center (April 29-30) 2019 Korea Basic Income Fair Running in tandem with the fair from beginning to end, this international conference covered various basic income topics in seven general categories. ► International Conference Begins with Opening Addresses The conference began with opening addresses by Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) as well as by foreign and Korean participants. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “Guaranteed income will help the economy and create demand which, in turn, will help with continuous economic growth through market expansion.” The meeting then continued with presentations on basic income policy cases. ► Overseas Basic Income Policies Introduced International communities have long been endeavoring to close the gap between rich and poor; this has driven the development of experimental basic income policies. Representatives from India, Finland and Switzerland presented their own related policies. ► Sarath Davala, Coordinator, India Network for Basic Income “We are eating better. When people have liquidity, the first thing they think of, and when there is forest nearby, is to buy animals because they breed and they can sell them. So people say having ten goats is like having money in the back.” ► Signe Jauhiainen, Senior Researcher, Kela, Finland “There are several ways in which the basic income affects work incentives and, hopefully, unemployment.” ► Gyeonggi’s Youth Basic Income “Lightens Weight of Unemployment and Increases Participation in Politics” Gyeonggi Province’s Youth Basic Income policy was deemed to have reduced the burden of unemployment and increased political participation among youths. The second day of the conference saw discussions on the basic income policies of Gyeonggi Province and their effects on society as well as future outlooks. ► Ha Seung-su, Joint Representative, Proportional Democratic Coalition “Since air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions can be regarded as destroying common assets, we should consider developing policies that make those who generate emissions pay for their actions, and these payments be returned to the public as equal dividends…” During the 2019 Korea Basic Income Fair, more than 30,000 visitors, including specialists in related fields, youths and farmers, viewed the basic income and regional currency policies of Gyeonggi Province. . 2. Gyeonggi Peace Plaza (190429-3) Each weekend at the Gyeonggi Peace Plaza, which was completed last year in Uijeongbu (의정부) City, special events take place attracting local residents and visitors. Our reporter was there. ► Peace Market, Gyeonggi Peace Plaza, Uijeongbu City (April 20) Opened this past November, the Gyeonggi Peace Plaza becomes the scene of a crowed festival each weekend. It features a flea market, known as the Peace Market, as well as music performances. ► Kim Seon-ae, Uijeongbu City Resident “The Peace Plaza is big. The flea market is wonderful since it offers diverse items.” The Peace Plaza is filled with families and shoppers enjoying a warm spring weekend. ► Cho Jin-seon, Uijeongbu City Resident “It is nice that our children can play here and there are lots of things to eat and share.” ► Peace Plaza Connected to Book Café and Galleries The Peace Plaza is connected to a book café in which residents can rest while reading books. It is also connected to galleries of paintings and traditional handicrafts as well as clothing. ► Gwon Jeong-hyeon, Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Self-Governance Team “Gyeonggi Province developed the Peace Plaza and opened it to the public last November. We will continue to organize diverse event to make this place a space for culture and communication.” ► Peace Market Features Weekend Flea Market and Performances during Family Month (May) During the month of May, which is also Family Month, the Peace Plaza will feature a flea market and open performances including magic shows and music performances. 3. 2019 Korea Basic Income Fair Opens in Gyeonggi on April 29 (0429-1) On April 29, the Korea Basic Income Fair opened at the Suwon Convention Center. This two-day event was organized by Gyeonggi Province to publicize its basic income concept, equal payments to all members of society, as well as to introduce related domestic and international policies. ► Suwon Convention Center (April 29) 2019 Korea Basic Income Fair Opens During the fair, an international basic income conference was held featuring domestic and international scholars as well as specialists in related fields. ► Anne Miller, Chairperson, Citizen’s Income Trust “There is no alternative. If you want a decent society, then a basic income is the instrument to bring about those objectives of justice, equality, emancipation, welfare. This is the way forward.” ► Domestic and Overseas Cases Shared and Discussed During the conference, experimental basic income policies and current trends were introduced and discussed. The views of participants will help in the evaluation of present circumstances in Korea and in the development of effective policies. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “Today’s meeting may not be grand in scale. However, I am certain that it will someday be remembered as an important moment in history.” Gyeonggi Province has been pursuing basic income policies – such as Youth Basic Income – within the authority granted to autonomous local governments. During the fair, Gyeonggi Province’s basic income policies and regional currency attracted considerable visitor interest. ► Cha Ji-eun, Visitor from Hwaseong City "I visited the event to view the types of regional currency being used in different regions and to experience using it.” The fair opened under the theme of ‘Basic Income Opens the Door to Great Unity’. ► 35 Autonomies Join in Launch of Regional Governments Council Concurrently, 35 local governments in Korea including 30 cities and counties of Gyeonggi Province agreed to cooperate in the pursuit of basic income policies. [Sync] “One, two, three, go!” – Affirmation of Support for Regional Government Council Launch This agreement affirmed support for the launch of a related regional government council. The Korea Basic Income Fair, which took place at the Suwon Convention Center, ended on April 30. 4. GTV Visits Korea Basic Income Fair (0429-3) During the Korea Basic Income Fair – which also included an international conference, a variety of exhibitions and experiential programs – a GTV reporter spoke with visitors who learned about basic income and experienced regional currency. ► Suwon Convention Center (April 29) 2019 Korea Basic Income Fair In one corner of the venue, people lined up to buy regional currency cards; KRW 10,000 could buy a card valued at KRW 10,600. In addition to this 6 percent extra value, these cards also come with an income tax exemption benefit. ► Song Byeong-min, Visitor from Suwon City “I think the regional currency cards have more advantages than credit cards since they offer a 6 percent incentive as well as an income tax exemption benefit.” ► Regional Currency Hall In the Regional Currency Hall, people bought regional currency cards and experienced using them first hand in the purchase of regional specialty products. ► Kim Mun-yeong, Modern ‘Hanbok’ (Korean Traditional Attire) Salesperson “I think, during this economic slowdown, regional currency is beneficial for small business startups like us as well as local residents. I hope that it will be promoted continuously.” ► Basic Income Hall In the Basic Income Hall, visitors learned about various basic income policies being pursued by Gyeonggi Province – such as those for Youth Dividends and Postnatal Care Support – and saw how these policies can change their lives. ► Pi Eun-hui, Kang Sun-ok, Visitors from Yangju City “I learned a lot. This is the first time I heard about basic income. I like it. I like what I can buy, learn and see here.” ► Diverse Experiential Programs for Children There were also a variety of associated events that attracted children and adults such as simulated railroad travel through North Korea to China and Russia as well as Caldron Lid Top Spinning Battles. This basic income fair, the first of its kind in the world, attracted great interest and drew more than 18,000 visitors on its first day alone. 5. Crackdown on Air Pollutant Emissions at Gyeonggi Ports (0502-1) Recently, in the port areas of Pyeongtaek (평택) and Dangjin (당진), a crackdown on air pollutant emissions was conducted jointly by Gyeonggi Province, South Chungcheong (충청) Province, the Pyeongtaek (평택) Regional Oceans & Fisheries Office and local port authorities. ► Gyeonggi Conducts Crackdown at Pyeongtaek and Dangjin Ports Of the 59 locations that were inspected in these areas, which have higher microdust levels than other Gyeonggi regions, 22 were identified as having violated applicable regulations. ► Joint Efforts of Related Administrations, Authorities and Local Residents This crackdown was assisted by officials of these two port cities as well as by local residents. This area-wide inspection was performed by six 4-person teams on all processes from material input to final contaminant processing. ► “Moving parts can be damaged and subject to wear and tear. Please pay extra attention to such parts in order to prevent contaminants from coming from them.” Tests for emission limit violations were performed by the Gyeonggi Province Institute of Health & Environment. ► Emission Violations Identified at 22 out of 59 Locations Inspected Inspections were performed in these two cities at 59 air pollutant-emitting locations in industrial complexes from April 17 to 24. ► Neglect of Broken Emission Control Systems and Facility Regulation Violations The most frequent violation was the neglect of inoperable emission control tems followed by violation of aero-dispersing contaminant regulations and the escape of contaminants from failing tems. Violators were sent to prosecution and received administrative punishments. ► Seo Jin-seok, Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Industrial Complex Environment Management Office Environmental Inspection Team III “Instead of shifting responsibilities to jurisdictional authorities, all regional administrations concerned worked together to find the best possible alternatives…” Gyeonggi Province will continue its endeavors to improve air quality in these regions. The province will also propose enhanced management of aging vehicles, the expansion of inland power supply to large ocean vessels, and the installation of aerial dust control tems to the central government. 6. Groundbreaking for World’s Largest Artificial Surfing Park in Siheung (190503-1) On May 2, groundbreaking took place for the construction of the world’s largest artificial surfing park in Siheung (시흥) City. This year-round surfing park is expected to become one of the most popular tourist destinations on the West Coast of Korea. ► ‘Wave Park’ to be Developed on Geobuk Island, Siheung City Constructed on Geobuk (거북) Island of Sihwa (시화) Lake, this attraction will be part of a marine theme park – tentatively named ‘Wave Park’ – and will produce 80-meter wide surfing waves one thousand times an hour. ► Shin Seong-jae, CEO, Surfholic Co. “With the number of surfers in Korea having increased significantly, these facilities, which are close to Seoul, will help promote surfing that can be enjoyed by anyone.” ► ‘Wave Park’ Groundbreaking Ceremony (May 2) With construction supported jointly by Gyeonggi Province, Siheung (시흥) City and K-Water, these marine leisure facilities will include a beach resort and convention center as well as a sightseeing rail tem. Covering approximately 166,000 square meters, this facility is expected to draw two million visitors annually and to create almost 10,000 jobs. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “A large number of people will find opportunities and benefit from this project, which will create many new jobs for the local economy while providing all with good opportunities for a new beginning for happy lives.” ► Opening Slated for End of 2020 The Wave Park is scheduled to open before the end of next year. There are also projects underway for an aquarium theme park, an aqua pet land, and a marine ecological science museum in the vicinity with completion slated for the year 2023. Sihwa (시화) will then completely transform from an industrial area to the largest marine tourism complex on the West Coast of Korea. 7. 2019 Play Expo to Open on May 9 (0503) May 9 will see the opening of the 2019 Play Expo, the largest game industry exhibition in the Seoul-Gyeonggi region. Now marking its 11th year, this annual event will also include Korea’s first webtoon exhibition as well as e-sports events. ► KINTEX of Goyang City to Host 2019 Play Expo (May 9-12) Running for 4 days until May 12 at the KINTEX exhibition complex in Goyang (고양) City, this event is expected to draw 100,000 visitors and 550 participating enterprises, and to generate contracts with a total projected value of USD 100 million. A number of global gaming enterprises have confirmed their participation. ► New Games and Related Technologies During the exhibition, a variety of new games and related technologies will be demonstrated. ► 6 International Halls for Individual Countries For export promotion, 6 separate halls will be operated for Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, China and Iran. ► ‘Space-X’ – Large Hall for Game SMEs There will also be a special exhibition hall for game SMEs. ► Oh Chang-hui, Director, Gyeonggi Content Agency “We have organized exhibitions of a variety of games, webtoons and e-sports as well as business support arrangements. There are also diverse programs in which families can participate.” ► International e-Sport Matches The international e-sport events include matches in leading games for prize money totaling KRW 24 million. ► International Webtoon Fair This year’s event also includes the first Korean webtoon showcase accompanied by writer signing events and movie screenings for visitors, as well as business programs such as trade consultations and a startup conference. ► An Chi-gwon, Director, Gyeonggi Province Contents Industry Division “Convergence is the key word these days; convergence of contents, in this case. This event will provide visitors with good opportunities to view the convergence of webtoons, games and media.” Featuring e-sports, webtoons and other diverse contents, this year’s Play Expo is expected to be a milestone in the realization of a comprehensive contents festival. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. We look forward to seeing you again next week.
Weekly English News | 2019.05.03Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. 1. World’s First Basic Income Fair Opens in Suwon (190422-2) Gyeonggi Province has completed preparations for the Basic Income Fair and released a detailed schedule. The province undertook the organization of this event for the promotion of its basic income policies that provide unconditional welfare support to all. ► Youth Dividend (Youth Basic Income) Payments Began This Month One such policy is for Youth Dividends, also known as ‘Youth Basic Income’, which entail KRW 1 million paid over the span of a year to all 24-year-old residents of the province. There are also other basic income policies being discussed within the administration. ► Jeongron Hall, National Assembly (April 22) Announcement of 2019 Korea Basic Income Fair Schedule As scheduled, the two-day Basic Income Fair starts on April 29 at the Suwon Convention Center. ► Kim Yong, Gyeonggi Province Spokesperson “(Through the fair,) we aim to build public awareness regarding the basic income policies and regional currency not as one-sided administrative policies but as life policies for everyone.” ► Specialist Forum and Local Basic Income Policies The fair features a specialist forum and presentations of similar overseas policies as well as an exhibition of the policies pursued by other autonomous bodies. ► Regional Currency Hall The fair also features an experiential virtual reality program and music performances. In addition, a separate hall was designated for visitors to experience the regional currency that is currently being used in 60 regions of Korea. During the fair, Gyeonggi Province alluded to the establishment of a basic income council comprised of 34 local autonomies including 30 cities and counties of the province. 2. Free Dental Service for Primary School 4th Graders Begins in May (190423-2) From next month, all primary school 4th graders in Gyeonggi Province will be provided with dental services known as ‘Home Dentist’ services. These will be provided free of charge through local dentists and will include dental checkups as well as customized dental services. ► Seongnam Dental Clinic, Seongnam City Since last year, Jeong (정희선), the mother of a primary school 5th grader, has been using the ‘Home Dentist’ program of Seongnam (성남) City for her son’s regular dental checkups, minor treatments and dental care education. ► Jeong Hui-seon and Ryu Tae-wang, Parents “Although my son is at a difficult age, this program makes it easier for me to get dental services for him. I hope that this program will be expanded to include children of middle and high school ages.” ► Free ‘Home Dentist’ Services to be Expanded to All Primary School 4th Graders in Gyeonggi From May, the free Home Dentist services will be expanded to all primary school 4th graders in Gyeonggi Province. It is at this age, when a child’s transition to adult teeth is almost complete, that attentive dental care is especially important. Provided by registered local dentists, these services also include toothbrush training. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (April 23) Announcement of ‘Home Dentist’ Service Launch in May For these services, Gyeonggi Province has secured a cooperation agreement from the Gyeonggi Provincial Office of Education and the Gyeonggi Province Dentist Association. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “This is a good example of a high value-versus-budget program. I ask you to make this program a success, especially since we are the first to implement it in the nation.” ► Choi Yu-seong, President, Gyeonggi Province Dentist Association “We will provide full cooperation so as to fulfill our duty to the people as dental service providers.” The three parties will cooperate in the implementation of this KRW 5.6 billion program. The subjects of service include special-education students. ► 121,000 Children to Benefit This Year There are 121,000 children in the province who are entitled to Home Dentist services this year. Gyeonggi Province also plans to establish local centers for related service consultations. 3. Gyeonggi to Eradicate Illegal Phone Solicitation (0422) On April 19, Gyeonggi Province secured a cooperation agreement from three mobile communication companies of Korea for the eradication of illegal phone solicitation by prostitutes and loan sharks. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (April 19) Signing of Agreement for Eradication of Illegal Phone Ads According to this agreement, the three participating companies – SKT, KT and LG U+ – will block telephone numbers used for illegal solicitation. ► Identified Telephone Numbers to Subject to 3-Month Cut-off Upon the request of the Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police, these telephone numbers will be disabled for 3 months. ► Lee Ki-yun, SKT Customer Value Innovation Manager “As a mobile communication operator, we also sincerely regret such criminal activities that harm youths and those in financially difficult situations.” ► Violators Can Appeal during Suspension Period Unless the subscribers of these telephone numbers can prove the legality of their activities within the 3-month period, they will be unable to apply for new numbers. ► Eradication of Illegal Solicitation through Phone Cloning This action will also effectively block illegal solicitation using phone cloning. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “Such crimes primarily use prepaid phones or phone cloning. We are determined to show that such illegal activities, at least in Gyeonggi Province, are not possible.” ► Gyeonggi to Pursue Related Youth Protection Act Amendment Gyeonggi Province is also pursuing a legal amendment that will block phone numbers shown on printed prostitution ads by enabling telephone service providers to disable such numbers. ► Reports of Illegal Ads: www.gg.go.kr/gg_special_cop, ☎031-120 Members of the public are asked to report fliers that contain such illegal advertisements via the Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police website or the Gyeonggi Call Center. 4. Public Forum Held to Commemorate 1st Anniversary of Inter-Korean Summit (0423) On April 22, Gyeonggi Province and Gwangmyeong (광명) City jointly held an open forum of specialists on peace on the Korean Peninsula. This event was held to commemorate the 1st anniversary of the April 27 Inter-Korean Summit. ► Gwangmyeong Citizen Hall (April 22) April 27 Inter-Korean Summit 1st Anniversary Open Forum Specialists attending this forum included former Ministers of Peace involved in inter-Korean relations. During the forum, one former minister, Lee Jong-seok (이종석), expressed his view that the second US-North Korea Summit, which ended abruptly in Hanoi in February, was not in fact a failure. ► Former Minister of Unification Lee Jong-seok “In his recent speech at the Supreme People’s Assembly, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un stated that he would resume nuclear disarmament talks by the end of the year, indicating that there is still hope for negotiation…” The forum also saw participants emphasize the importance of the roles played by the central and local governments in the improvement of inter-Korean relations. ► Gwangmyeong City Mayor Park Seung-won “Of the two provinces that border North Korea, Gyeonggi Province has a larger number of localities than Gangwon Province. This makes it natural for Gyeonggi Province to lead inter-Korean exchanges at both public and private levels.” There is, however, no legal basis for local governments to autonomously engage in inter-Korean projects. ► Gwangmyeong City Mayor Park Seung-won “However, priority must be given to the establishment of legal status (for local governments) to directly pursue exchanges with North Korea…” The UN Security Council resolution regarding North Korean sanctions was also deemed an obstacle. Gyeonggi Province will, therefore, concentrate its efforts on humanitarian support projects. ► Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Peace Lee Hwa-yeong “North Korea is positive about Gyeonggi Province initiatives. That helped us to be the first to provide North Koreans with food support despite difficult circumstances...” The inter-Korean exchange efforts of Gyeonggi Province will primarily focus on organizing exchange events and supporting local governments with their own initiatives. 5. Gyeonggi Seeks World Cultural Heritage Site Registration of DMZ (0424) Initiated by Gyeonggi Province, a movement began in Korea to have the Korean Demilitarized Zone, or DMZ, registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Recently, an academic symposium was held to examine this issue. ► National Assembly Library (April 23) Academic Symposium ‘DMZ - World Cultural Heritage Site’ Held at the National Assembly Library, this symposium featured more than 300 specialists from academic circles as well as related research institutes and organizations. ► Haven for Endangered Domestic Species and 40% of Plant Species In his presentation, one professor revealed the ecological value of the DMZ, which serves as a haven for endangered species and 40 percent of plant species in Korea. ► Cho Do-sun, Professor, Catholic University of Korea “Although large mammals such as tigers, leopards, wolves and lynx have disappeared, there are still large numbers of mammals. Of particular note, the existence of cranes and spoonbills can support arguments of international value.” Since World Cultural Heritage site designation requires common values for mankind, the inclusion of adjacent mountainous conservation areas was also proposed. ► “…Will Provide a New Momentum for Inter-Korean Relations” Another professor argued that the inclusion of the remains of the Korean War in the designation will help accelerate the improvement of inter-Korean relations. ► An Chang-mo, Professor, Kyonggi University “I believe that the untouched scars of the Korean War can be considered world heritage. However, since such designation will require careful management plans that must involve North Korea, …” ► Academic Symposium Sponsored by National Assembly Members Also discussed was the utilization of the DMZ with North Korean cooperation as well as joint efforts with North Korea to secure UNESCO designation. This symposium was sponsored by 45 national assembly members and organized jointly by Gyeonggi Province and the Gyeonggi Cultural Foundation. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor: “DMZ International Site for Peace Experience” Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) pledged his utmost efforts to realize World Cultural Heritage site designation of the DMZ. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “I hope to see the DMZ become a leading place for world peace and safety promotion through experience.” Gyeonggi Province has already filed proposals with the central government for the preservation and management of the DMZ as well as for the inclusion in central government policies of North Korea in the pursuit of World Cultural Heritage site designation. 6. 1st National ‘Caldron Lid Top Spinning Championship’ Held in Gyeonggi (190425-2) During the 2019 Korea Basic Income Fair, interesting supplementary events attracted visitor attention. One such event was the 1st National ‘Caldron Lid Top Spinning Championship’. This event featured a popular YouTuber, Jang (장덕대), a promotional ambassador for events accompanying the fair. Jang (장덕대), renowned for his ‘Toy Out the Door’ YouTube channel with more than half a million subscribers, is popular among children for developing and making brilliant toys. ► ‘Toy Out the Door’ YouTuber Appointed as Promotional Ambassador Jang was appointed by Gyeonggi Province as a promotional ambassador for events accompanying the Basic Income Fair. ► ‘Caldron Lid Top Spinning Championship’ Held as Basic Income Fair Event Participating in person in the National ‘Caldron Lid Top Spinning Championship’ and livecasting the event, he communicated with viewers about the fair and various other accompanying events. ► Jang Deok-dae, YouTuber, ‘Toy Out the Door’ Channel “This provides me with an opportunity to promote the Basic Income Fair as well as to communicate with viewers of my channel who visit the event site.” ► ‘Caldron Lid Top Spinning Championship’ Open to Primary School Children Held at the fair venue in the Suwon Convention Center, the championship started with preliminary rounds that began at 3 pm on April 29, the first day of the fair. The finals took place the following day. This championship was open to primary school students. Through this event, Gyeonggi Province hopes to attract interest in basic income among younger generations. 7. Gyeonggi to Supply 1,316 ‘Happy Homes’ This Year (190425-2) Gyeonggi Province announced the significant expansion of its Happy Home project this year. This includes increasing the number of Happy Homes to more than 1,300 as well as expanding deposit loan interest support. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (April 23) Announcement of This Year’s ‘Happy Home’ Supply Plan Happy Homes are provincial public rental housing units for newlyweds and youths. The number of Happy Homes to be supplied this year represents an almost 5-fold increase over last year. ► Resident Occupation in 8 Regions to Begin with 40 Homes in Yangpyeong in February Resident occupation will be completed in eight locations, beginning with 40 housing units in Yangpyeong (양평) County this February. ► Lee Jong-su, Assistant Governor, Gyeonggi Province Urban Housing Office “We will supply 10,000 Gyeonggi Happy Homes by the year 2022 as scheduled.” ► Gyeonggi to Expand Deposit Loan Interest Support Deposit loan interest support will also be increased for tenants of 60,000 Happy Homes including those constructed by the province and the Korea Land & Housing Corporation. ► Support to Increase for Parents with Children Deposit loan interest support, for which a budget of KRW 1.3 billion has been earmarked this year, will cover a minimum of 40 percent of interest costs; this will increase up to 60 percent for families with one child and up to 100 percent for families with more children. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. We look forward to seeing you again next week.
Weekly English News | 2019.04.25Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. 1. Memorial Ceremony Held on 5th Anniversary of Sewol Ferry Disaster (0416) On the fifth anniversary of the ferry accident that claimed the lives of a large number of students and teachers on a school trip, a memorial ceremony was held in Ansan (안산) City, the home of the school. [Sync] - Memorial Sirens - ► Hwarang Park, Ansan City (April 16) 5th Sewol Ferry Disaster Anniversary Memorial Ceremony At 3 pm on the 16th of April, the 5th anniversary of the Sewol (세월) Ferry accident, sirens sounded throughout Ansan (안산) City in remembrance to those who perished in this tragic accident. There was also a memorial ceremony held in a park of the city that was attended by more than 5,000 mourners including family members of the victims. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “The reason we have gathered here today is not simply to mourn the deceased. There is our unsettled wish to see the incident investigated thoroughly to assuage our minds while remembering…” Grief at the ceremony was emphasized by broken sobs heard when messages to the deceased were read including one from a survivor. ► Jang Ae-jin, Representative of Sewol Ferry Student Survivors “With the reasons why our loved ones could not return having been left unknown, time has been passing slowly.” During the ceremony, attendees also renewed their wishes for change and for the disclosure of the reasons for such tragic losses. The Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex will fly a Sewol Ferry remembrance flag until the end of April. 2. Gyeonggi Rivers Get Spring Cleaning (0416) The Gyeonggi Province Water Resources Headquarters began an annual clean-up of rivers and streams with the assistance of local residents and military personnel. ► Deongpungcheon, Hanam City Our reporter visited a clean-up site along a local stream in Hanam (하남) City that serves as a water source and recreation area. ► 3.5 km along Deokpungcheon, Hanam City Clean-up was performed on a 3.5 kilometer-long section of the river. ► Clean-up Performed by Local Officials, Military Personnel and Residents More than 200 local officials, military personnel and residents removed trash that had accumulated along the river during the winter. ► 5 Tons of Trash Removed On the day of the clean-up, approximately 5 tons of trash was collected and removed. ► Park In-hun, Clean-up Participant, Hanam City Resident “I thought there may be things that I threw away and that I should never throw away such things. I felt bad imagining that steams and rivers are contaminated by such trash.” ► Cho Seon-yeong, Hanam City Resident “We should make continuous efforts to conserve nature and keep it clean so that we can pass along a good environment to future generations.” Various events were also organized for local residents and visitors to convey the importance of water conservation. ► Choi Byeong-gap, Director General, Gyeonggi Province Water Resources Headquarters “In order to protect the Paldang water source, which is used by the 26 million residents of the Seoul-Gyeonggi region, we will conduct continuous clean-ups of the South Han River, North Han River and the Gyeongancheon as well as their tributaries.” In addition to the clean-up of waterways that flow directly into the Paldang water source, the protection efforts of Gyeonggi Province will also include 24-hour monitoring of illegal trash disposal along waterways through CCTV tems and patrols. 3. Gyeonggi to Offer Free Cloud Service to SMEs (0417) Gyeonggi announced its plan to launch free cloud service for SMEs in the province. On April 16, Gyeonggi Province signed a cooperation agreement with the Gyeonggi Business & Science Accelerator and SK C&C, a private ICT enterprise. ► Data Storage to Be Provided Free of Charge Cloud service, large common data storage tems accessed online, is a core technology of the 4th Industrial Revolution along with the Internet of Things, big data and artificial intelligence. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (April 16) Signing of Cooperation Agreement for Cloud Service Project The three parties to the agreement will cooperate in the realization of free cloud service for SMEs by the year 2024. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “… in order to help young startups and enterprises and to enable them grow…” ► Up to 2,600 Enterprises to Benefit from Free Cloud Service Valued at KRW 10 Billion According to the agreement, SK C&C will develop a cloud service, which will cost KRW 10 billion, and provide the service to up to 2,600 enterprises free of charge. ► An Jeong-ok, Representative, SK C&C “… will help reduce information technology investment costs so that business operators with creative ideas can concentrate their efforts on making their business grow …” Under the agreement, Gyeonggi Province and the Gyeonggi Business & Science Accelerator will select up to 520 recipient enterprises annually, while SK C&C will make cloud hardware valued at approximately KRW 2 billion available to these enterprises free of charge for one year. ► Kim Ki-jun, Director, Gyeonggi Business & Science Accelerator “I am certain that this project will significantly contribute to the growth of SMEs as well as ventures, startups and social enterprises in the province.” ► Cloud Specialist Education Courses to Open In addition, cloud specialist education courses will be provided to a total of 400 SME employees as well as job searchers and career-discontinued women for a period of five years. Gyeonggi Province and the Gyeonggi Business & Science Accelerator will begin the selection SMEs and trainees from next month. 4. 39th Day of Persons with Disabilities (0418) At a Persons with Disabilities Day ceremony, Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) asked people with disabilities to raise their voices to create a Gyeonggi Province without discrimination. This event also included the presentation of awards. ► Gyeonggi General Labor Welfare Center (April 17) 39th Persons with Disabilities Day Ceremony The ceremony was held on April 17, three days prior to the actual Persons with Disabilities Day. [Sync] “Persons with disabilities have equal rights to maintain human dignity and values and to pursue happiness.” The awards were presented to those who had overcome their disabilities and exhibited excellence. The winners included a basketball coach in a wheelchair, a successful business founder with a hearing impairment, and an activist for people with disabilities in the local community. ► Go Gwang-yeop, Person of Excellence with Disabilities Award Winner “People’s recognition (of disabled sports games) seems to have improved significantly. There are broadcasts and even the Olympic Games for them. Spectator numbers in arenas have also increased. These changes make me feel rewarded.” ► 13 Awards of Merit Presented for Contributions to Disabled Human Rights and Welfare There were also awards of merit presented to 13 individuals who dedicated themselves to the improvement of human rights and welfare for individuals with disabilities. Governor Lee asked the disabled to unite and work hard to create a society in which they are respected without discrimination or prejudice. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “Creating a society without discrimination depends on you. You must unite, cultivate power, and develop good policies that can also be adopted for the administration of Gyeonggi Province.” During the week of Persons with Disabilities Day, more than 50 events will be held around Gyeonggi Province including a festival in Yangju (양주) City for individuals with visual disabilities. 5. Microdust Mask Fraud Uncovered in Gyeonggi (0419) Microdust has become a serious social issue in Korea with protective masks emerging as common personal effects. Recently, a number of fraudulent mask sellers were apprehended by the Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police. ► 43 out of 78 Inspection Subjects Sold Illegally Manufactured Masks During a recent crackdown, 43 out 78 enterprises inspected were revealed to have sold masks that lacked KFDA approval or were manufactured by unlicensed subcontractors. [Sync] “I can even smell food inside, including the odor of discarded chicken…” One apprehended seller imported ordinary masks from China at a cost of KRW 350 each and deceptively sold them as protective masks for KRW 12,000 each. ► Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police Superintendent Lee Byeong-wu “The demand (for protective masks) will increase as microdust levels increase. This has driven imports from China and elsewhere.” Consumers are advised to check for KFDA approval when purchasing protective masks. The apprehended enterprises were charged with criminal offenses and referred to the KFDA for administrative punishments. 6. Gyeonggi Popular for Medical Training among Foreign Doctors (0419) There has been a continuous flow of foreign medical personnel coming to Gyeonggi to benchmark the province’s medical technologies. More than 500 medical personnel from 10 nations have completed training at hospitals in the province, with the most recent group coming from Vietnam. ► Korea University Ansan Hospital It is time for rounds in this hospital. [Sync] “(The patient’s) state is absolutely good. No fever …” Among the doctors doing rounds, Viese doctors can be seen; they follow treatment processes and continuously ask questions. They are currently studying cutting-edge medical technologies including IT-based diagnostics and robotic surgery techniques. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (April 10) Viese Medical Personnel Training Completion Ceremony Invited by Gyeonggi Province, eight Viese doctors completed a 4-week training course at five hospitals in the province. ► Bo Gguk Huan M.D., Hanoi Central Hospital, Vietnam “We learned a lot about useful medical knowledge and techniques, especially about urologic surgery and treatment methods. We are grateful.” The training of Viese doctors was realized through an MOU between Gyeonggi Province and Ho Chi Minh City. ► Yun Deok-hui, Director, Gyeonggi Province Health Policy Division “These trainees will not only act as promoters of Korean medical technologies but also play a key role when our pharmaceutical and medical industries seek markets in their country.” Medical exchanges between the two regions will also include the Medical Gyeonggi Business Forum in Ho Chi Minh City this June. ► 547 Medical Personnel from 10 Nations Trained in Gyeonggi Since 2011, a total of 547 medical personnel from 10 nations have completed training courses provided by Gyeonggi Province. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.