EnglishNews | 2019.02.22Greetings, 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 Assembly Moves to Protect Single Mothers (190212-2) There are more than 20,000 unmarried single mothers in Korea. Beyond the struggles they face rearing their children, often the hardest part of being a single mother is having to face unkind social perceptions. Recently, the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly began actions to protect single mothers. ► Jeong Su-jin, Single Mother, Suwon City "(I had put my child up for adoption) since I was scared first and thought I couldn’t live as a single mother. However, I missed my child so badly and worried about him so much that I took him back.” Jeong (정수진), a single mother, still faces difficulties enduring the harsh judgmental eyes of others. ► "I don’t want to lie to hide the truth, but I think I may have to for my child. I wonder if I have to lie to people that we are a weekend couple or that kid’s dad is on a business trip or has died…” ► More than 20,000 Single Mothers Still Live Bearing ‘Scarlet Letter’ According to Statistics Korea, the number of single mothers in the nation exceeded 20,000 in 2017. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Begins Actions to Prevent Social Isolation of Single Mothers To prevent the isolation of single mothers under social prejudice, the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly began actions with the holding of a related social forum last year. ► Jin Yong-bok, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “While the number of single mothers continues to increase, they receive relatively little attention under negative social recognition. I believe we need to provide them with an environment in which they can give birth to and raise their children without unnecessary pressure.” Currently, there are discussions within the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly regarding ways in which to support single mothers and their children. ► Lee Yeon-jin, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “The biggest problem is that these children are not receiving the social care that they deserve. We are currently discussing policies that can address the issue.” With outlying household types becoming more significant parts of society, social recognition of these families must change accordingly as exemplified by the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly. 2 Gyeonggi to Invest KRW 1.9 Trillion in Economic Revitalization (190214-1) In tandem with its recently announced policy to ute 64 percent of this year’s annual budgets during the first half of the year, Gyeonggi Province announced another policy to invest KRW 1.9 trillion in economic recovery as necessitated by negative economic indices such as the highest unemployment rate in nine years. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (February 13) Economic Revitalization Policy Announcement for 2019 This policy encompasses 88 projects in five categories funded by the provincial and local governments as well as by national subsidies. Gyeonggi Province will form a special task force led by the provincial governor to oversee the progress of these projects. ► Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor Kim Hee-kyeum “Not only office and bureau heads of the province but also the governor and vice governors will seek to identify the needs of SMEs, small businesses and young merchants as well as labor organizations through on-site dialogues, and will reflect the findings in provincial policy making” The primary objectives of these projects include the promotion of SMEs, small businesses and new industries, as well as the mitigation of regulations. ▲ Eliminate Illegal Trade Practices Such as Collusion and Paper Companies ▲ Introduce Small, Medium & Large Enterprises Result-Sharing System for Mutual Growth Illegal trade practices such as collusion and paper companies will be eliminated while a result-sharing tem among small, medium and large industries will be introduced for common growth. ▲ Expand SME Support through SME Promotion Fund Increase ▲ Expand Business Revival and Restart Support The SME Promotion Fund will see a significant increase of 20 percent. In addition, diverse business revival and restart support will also be expanded. ► Regional Vouchers to be Introduced in Entire Province in April In April, the issuance of regional vouchers as alternative forms of payment will begin throughout the province. ► Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor Kim Hee-kyeum “Issued as paper vouchers and cards as well as electronically for mobile use, the regional vouchers will play an important roll in reviving small businesses and backstreet commerce.” The projects for new industries focus primarily on deregulation. ▲ Accelerate 5 Techno Valley Development Projects ▲ Promote Industry-Academia-Research Cooperation for New Technology Development ▲ Establish Autonomous & Hydrogen Vehicle Infrastructure Gyeonggi Province also plans to accelerate the development of five techno valleys as well as autonomous and hydrogen vehicle infrastructure and will promote new technology development through cooperation with industry, academia and research institutes. ▲ Provide Social Economy Enterprises with Customized Support ▲ Strengthen Peach Policies Other projects include customized support for social economy enterprises and for combined peace and economy projects. 3 333rd Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Extraordinary Session Begins (190212-1) On February 12, this year’s first extraordinary session of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly began. During this session, 51 items, including an ordinance draft regarding vehicle emission control, will be discussed. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Chairperson Song Han-jun “I declare the opening of the 333rd Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Extraordinary Session.” ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (February 12) 333rd Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Extraordinary Session Opening This ordinance draft pertains to operation restrictions on old diesel and LPG-fueled vehicles imposed in conjunction with ‘emergency microdust reduction order’ issuances. Other items on the agenda include a presentation of a Gyeonggi taxi fare adjustment proposal. This Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Extraordinary session, the first of the year, will run for 8 days. ► 3 Special Committees Appointed On the first day of the session, the provincial assembly appointed three committees with special tasks including the investigation of the recent explosion at a Pocheon (포천) power plant. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Chairperson Song Han-jun “Rather than simply being cautious, I think it is more important to have a tem in place that ensures such accidents do not happen again. I ask the committee members to work hard for that end.” ► Governor Lee Discloses 2019 Administrative Objectives In his opening address, Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) disclosed this year’s administrative objectives including the realization of cooperative governance and basic income policies. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “We will do our utmost to implement these policies to create a new Gyeonggi Province and a fair society to the extent that our residents can feel the difference in their everyday lives.” The first day of the session ended with 5-minute speeches by assembly members. ► Heo Won, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “We should diversify and improve support for traditional markets through the development of continuous and customized support models for individual markets and trade types so as to enable them to realize self-sustainability.” ► Kim Yong-seong, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “I strongly ask you to find comprehensive solutions, including the formation of a body, that will oversee the eradication of sexual violence throughout the provincial administration as well as the establishment of a clean sports center.” ► Seong Su-seok, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “It’s time we discarded old regulations on capital city regions as has been done in advanced countries like Japan and the United Kingdom. If that takes a long time, then we should at least mitigate restrictions to enable managed growth in selected regions through legislative amendments.” The 333rd extraordinary session of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly will end on February 19 with the second general meeting. 4 First Gyeonggi Provincial Administration-Assembly Policy Council Meeting (0211) Following its creation last month, the Gyeonggi Provincial Administration-Assembly Policy Council held its first meeting on February 11. During the meeting, seven proposals were made and briefly discussed. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (February 11) 1st Gyeonggi Provincial Administration-Assembly Policy Council Meeting Chaired jointly by the Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Peace and the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Democratic Party Representative, the twelve members from the provincial administration and fourteen members from the provincial assembly discussed seven items at the opening meeting: three proposals made by the administration, three proposals made by the assembly, and a joint proposal regarding the operation of the council. ► 3 Proposals Made by Gyeonggi Provincial Administration The three proposals made by the Gyeonggi provincial administration include those pertaining to new town development, the Seoul Beltway name change and standard labor expenses. ► Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Peace Lee Hwa-young “We will seriously consider and address the matters discussed today.” ► 3 Proposals Made by Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly The Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly also made three proposals pertaining to public organization utive appointment hearings, provincial assembly office expansion and indoor school gymnasium construction. ► Yeom Jong-hyeon, Democratic Party Representative of Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly “If the administration and the assembly close the gap and work together, we will be able to offer hope to our 13 million residents.” The Gyeonggi Provincial Administration-Assembly Policy Council will meet in tandem with the current provincial assembly session and discuss policy proposals. 5 Gyeonggi Launches Government-in-Exile Centennial Projects (0215) This year marks the one hundredth anniversary of Korea’s March 1 Independence Movement and the establishment of the government-in-exile. In commemoration, Gyeonggi Province is organizing a number of events. ► Centennial Cultural and Art Events Organized under the theme of ‘From Past Centennial to Future Millennium,’ these events are organized in three categories: commemorate and memorize, introspect and prospect, and embrace and proceed. ▲ Commemorate and Memorize: 29 Cultural Events Jointly Organized with 21 Cities and Counties In the ‘commemorate and memorize’ category, 29 cultural events will be organized jointly with 21 cities and counties of the province ▲ Commemorate and Memorize: Information Boards at Independence Movement Sites This year, information boards will also be installed at 65 independence movement sites in addition to those already installed at 62 sites last year. ▲ Commemorate and Memorize: Special Exhibition at Gyeonggi Provincial Museum The Gyeonggi Provincial Museum will hold a special independence movement centennial exhibition from March 1 until the end of June. ► Lee Jee-hui, Curator, Gyeonggi Provincial Museum “It can be said that the simultaneous nationwide exclamation of ‘Long Live Korean Independence’ on March 1 in 1919 came to fruition when the declaration of a democratic republic was made in April, which eventually led to the existence of the present Republic of Korea…” ▲ Introspect and Prospect: Publications and Commemoration Projects In the ‘introspect and prospect’ category, Gyeonggi Province plans to publish related books and sponsor various private commemorative projects. ▲ Embrace and Proceed: Invitation of Overseas Koreans, Development of Thematic Tour Courses The projects in the ‘embrace and proceed’ category will include the invitation of overseas Koreans and the development of thematic tour courses. ▲ Embrace and Proceed: Descendants of Patriots Overseas to be Invited to Commemorative Events On April 11, the centennial anniversary of the establishment of the Korean government-in-exile, the descendants of patriots living overseas, including those in Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, will be invited to centennial events at Imjingak (임진각) Peace Nuri Park. ► Oh Who-seok, Director General, Gyeonggi Province Culturem, Sports & Tourism Bureau “We are preparing diverse programs in which our residents can participate and take pride in being Gyeonggi residents. I hope that many residents will show interest and participate in these programs.” The centennial events of the March 1 Independence Movement and government-in-exile establishment will inspire Gyeonggi residents with the history of Korean independence. 6 Korean Soy Condiment-Making Event Held in Gyeonggi for Foreign Students (190215-2) The Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services, or GARES, recently held a Korean condiment-making event for foreign students. The lunar month of January, which usually falls in February, is regarded as an ideal time during which to prepare Korean condiments. ► Korean Soy Sauce Making Event, Namyangju City Ganjang (간장), soy sauce, and gochujang (고추장), red chili paste, are two representative Korean condiments. At this event, foreign students wearing red bandanas learned the entire process of how these condiments are made and enjoyed a traditional January Full Moon Day meal made with them. ► Judahwa, Viese Student “I learned how to make gochujang. It was an interesting experience. I am going to eat barbecue with the gochujang I made.” ► Condiment-Making Event This condiment-making event was organized to introduce these Korean intangible assets to foreign students during the lunar month of January. ► Choi So-yeong, Deputy Director, Living Technology Team, GARES “We organized this event for foreigners so that they can learn our condiment-making techniques and share them when they return to their countries.” GARES has also been organizing traditional Korean culinary culture programs for multicultural families on an annual basis. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2019.02.15Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. 1- Gyeonggi to Launch Roadside Slope Management System (0201) [Anchor’s Headline] On January 29, Gyeonggi Province signed an agreement with central government agencies for utilization of the national roadside slope maintenance tem in the prevention of landslides in the province. Landslides can be deadly and cause massive damage such as those that occurred on Umyeon (우면) Mountain in Seoul in 2011 and in Taiwan in 2013. ► Roadside Slope in Pocheon City There are numerous roadside slopes in Gyeonggi Province. This tem will help ensure the safety of road traffic as well as areas adjacent to such locations. ► Agreement with Related Ministry and the Korea Infrastructure Safety Corporation This agreement was made with the related ministry and the national corporation that oversees the tem. ► Yang Yeong-hun / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Road Management Policy Team “The instability of roadside slopes is difficult to detect. Unstable slopes can fail without warning and can cause fatal accidents. Thus, the necessity for the effective management of roadside slopes.” The roadside slope maintenance tem helps prevent accidents through identification of potential landslide risks. ► Park Ji-yun / Ministry of Land, Infrastructure & Transport Road Management Division Official “This is an advanced tem that uses roadside slope data throughout the nation to evaluate collapse risks and enables reinforcement work to be performed to prevent possible accidents.” Under this agreement, Gyeonggi Province will be able to utilize this national tem and commission the national corporation for maintenance of the slopes in the province. ► Gyeonggi to Investigate All Roadside Slopes Gyeonggi Province now plans to conduct a provincewide roadside slope survey to update the related database. 2- Gyeonggi Public-Private Cooperative Governance Committee Inaugurated (0207) [Anchor’s Headline] On January 29, Gyeonggi Province inaugurated an advisory committee that will serve as a gateway to cooperative governance between the administration and residents. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (January 29) Official Inauguration of Gyeonggi Public-Private Cooperative Governance Committee Cooperative governance with resident involvement is an administration principle being pursued by the current Gyeonggi provincial administration. This advisory body, titled the Gyeonggi Public & Private Cooperative Governance Committee, consists of representatives of the administration and private citizens. ► Choi Sun-yeong / Vice Chairperson, Gyeonggi Public-Private Cooperative Governance Committee “We will be there with the Gyeonggi provincial administration not simply as nominal members of the council but as active participants in the formulation of policies that are practical, fair and undiscriminating for Gyeonggi residents.” ► Policy Opinion Gathering, Policy Review and Assessment Through this committee, Gyeonggi Province will gather opinions and advice on administrative policies, perform policy reviews and selections, and assess implementation results. The day of inauguration also saw the establishment of subcommittees. ► 4 Functional Subcommittees and 1 Special Subcommittee Subcommittees include those for committee operation, regulatory improvement, cooperative governance project selection, and administrative improvement as well as a special committee for the elimination of social malevolence. The work of this committee will form the basis for Gyeonggi Province’s pursuit of public-private cooperative governance. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “I sincerely hope that the Public-Private Cooperative Governance Committee will firmly establish itself as a useful channel through which resident opinions can be applied to provincial policies.” The committee will have regular biannual meetings with extraordinary meetings held as necessary. 3- Gyeonggi Pursues Company Doctor Program for Small Businesses (190207-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced its plan to launch a medical service program for small enterprise employees so as to provide them with services similar to those offered by company doctors in large enterprises. ► Machine Parts Manufacturing Enterprise, Hwaseong City The three workers of this machine parts manufacturing company, including its founder, can scarcely spare time even for regular health checkups. ► Kim Yeong-heung / CEO, Machine Parts Manufacturing Enterprise “Since we are a very small company, we cannot afford to take a leave of absence due to simple illnesses.” In Korea, the legal requirement for employee health management personnel only applies to workplaces with 50 or more employees. ► Gyeonggi Pursues Company Doctor Program This program, tentatively titled ‘Company Doctor Program’, targets workers at small enterprises with fewer than 50 employees as well as the self-employed. ► Health Center for Workers to be Established at 6 Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Centers The program service range includes on-site health checkups by visiting healthcare professionals, follow-up services provided at Worker Health Centers – which will be established at six Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Centers – and other medical services provided in conjunction with other public healthcare resources. ► Eom Won-ja / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Public Healthcare Team “Follow-up medical services will be provided as necessary based on health checkup results. Any necessary additional treatment will be provided in linkage with …” There are more than 800,000 workplaces with fewer than 50 employees in Gyeonggi Province, accounting for a total of more than 3 million workers. The related ordinance will be placed before the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly this March. 4- 2019 Play Expo Slated for May 9-12 (0208-2) [Anchor’s Headline] With this year’s Play Expo now three months away, its organizers revealed details of the event. This year, Play Expo will feature a wider variety of games and entertaining programs as well as business consultation events. ► 2019 Play Expo to Begin on May 9 at KINTEX, Goyang City Marking its eleventh occasion this year, Play Expo will begin a 4-day run on May 9 at the KINTEX exhibition complex in Goyang (고영) City. Hosted by Gyeonggi Province, this international game show doubles as a game export trade expo. ► International Hall for Asian Visitors This year’s Play Expo will feature an international hall for overseas businesspersons, especially those from China, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. In addition to desktop games, mobile games, arcade games and virtual reality games, online game contests are expected to draw considerable interest among game lovers. ► e-Sports Festival for Families and Amateur e-Sports Contests There will also be an e-sports festival for families and amateur e-sports contests as well as fan meetings with famous online game streamers. ► Cho Gwang-geun / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Contents Support Team “The term ‘e-sports’ stems from the perception of games as a sport and as a culture that all family members can enjoy. I think e-sports will provide our residents with good opportunities to enjoy new game genres.” An e-sports contest featuring famous streamers will also be broadcast in real time. ► Applications for Participation Received until February 28 Applications for participation by game enterprises in the 2019 Play Expo are being received via the Play Expo website until February 28. ► Early Applicants Entitled to Registration Fee and Booth Rental Discounts Those who apply early will receive a registration fee discount of 50 percent as well as a booth rental discount of KRW 100,000. 5- Online Marketer Emerges as Popular New Job for Seniors and Disabled (190208-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Korean online markets have been growing rapidly; the annual trade amount exceeded KRW 10.6 trillion last year, a 20 percent increase over the previous year. Online markets also provide seniors and the disabled with good job opportunities with half of the graduates of Gyeonggi Province’s online marketer education program having successfully established themselves as online marketers. ► Kim Chang-bok / Ansan City Resident with Disabilities Since Kim (김창복), an individual with disabilities, began working as an ‘open marketer’ two years ago, his life has changed completely. Using a computer and several monitors, he sells more than 100,000 household goods including electric appliances via major online shopping malls in Korea. ► Kim Chang-bok / Open Market Operator “Running your own business, you can have regular income, support your family, and prepare for retirement…” ► Open Market: Online Marketer’s Shop that Sells Products for Manufacturers and Wholesalers In Korea, the term ‘open market’ refers to commission-based online retail shops that connect the online shops of wholesalers and manufacturers with consumers through large e-commerce sites. ► Choi Ji-yun / Goyang City Resident, Immigrant from China Choi (최지윤), an immigrant from China, also started her open market with seed money of only KRW 1 million. She has since earned KRW 4 million per month over a span of just seven months. ► Choi Ji-yun / Open Market Operator, Immigrant “I can make money while working any time at my convenience without constraints on my working hours, so this is a job that I can continue to do for a long time…” Kim and Cho are both graduates of the online market education program of Gyeonggi Province. ► Half of Online Marketer Education Graduates become Online Marketers Out of 135 graduates of the online marketer education program that began in 2017 for the disabled, seniors and multicultural residents, approximately half have successfully started their own open markets. ► Oh Myeong-suk / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Information Culture Team “…is substantial for household economies, improves self-independence and helps to restore self-confidence…” Gyeonggi Province plans to include single parent families in online market education to expand the range of subjects who can benefit from the program. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2019.02.08Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. 2019 Gyeonggi Administration to Focus on People’s Economy (0128) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) announced that, this year, he will lead the administration with a primary focus on the improvement of the people’s economy. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (January 28) 2019 Gyeonggi Administration Policy Internal Briefing This announcement was made during an annual administration policy briefing delivered to more than 200 senior officials from Gyeonggi provincial offices and organizations last week. ► Governor Lee Reveals People’s Economy Promotion Policy Governor Lee stated that, having completed the establishment of the framework for his administration over the past six months, he would now focus on economic improvement for residents this year. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “This year, we may now simply implement the policies established on the administrative foundation that we built last year, with special focus on the economic life of residents.” Expanding on his points, Governor Lee asserted that the administration should protect the fair market economy and eliminate inappropriate policies and regulations that inhibit economic fairness. He also asked officials to support social economy activities. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “To someone, it may be important to participate in many bidding processes to earn money. However, what is really important is to enable everyone to live affluently.” ► Governor Lee Warns against Reverse Regional Discrimination by Central Government In addition, Governor Lee warned senior officials about possible reverse regional discrimination in the selection of feasibility study exclusion projects by the central government. Gyeonggi Province has applied for such exclusion for several railroad projects with the Presidential Committee for Balanced National Development. [CG] Regarding the Shinbundang (신분당) Subway Line extension project, Governor Lee mentioned the disadvantages inflicted on local residents through the delay of project commencement as promised by the central government. Regarding the Subway Line 7 extension project, he referred to a lack of rail service in areas of Pocheon (포천) City. Article 2. Gyeonggi Seaports Heavily Inflicted by Microdust from Large Vessels (0129) [Anchor’s Headline] Large ocean-going vessels are known to be a source of large amounts of microdust. In fact, the highest microdust concentrations in Gyeonggi Province are being observed at seaport areas. There is an urgent need for decisive measures to be taken to reduce microdust in these areas. ► Pyeongtaek Port A large cargo ship discharges thick black exhaust at Pyeongtaek (평택) Port. While at berth, large vessels continue to operate their generators since they have to keep critical facilities running at all times. ► Bunker C Oil for Vessels Contains 7 Times more Sulfide than Inland Fuels The low-quality fuel used by most of these vessels contains 7 times more sulfur than the oil used inland. ► Daily Microdust Emission by a Large Vessel Equates to Emissions by Thousands of Trucks The amount of microdust emitted by a large vessel at port equates to the amount emitted by thousands of trucks. ► Park Dong-sun / Pyeongtaek Port Official “There are four or five them docked at any given time while many other cargo ships are coming and going. Diesel-fueled vessels also cause us to worry when there are a large number of them.” ► 3,391 Vessels Used Pyeongtaek Port During January-October 2018 Pyeongtaek Port was used by more than 3,000 ships last year. ► 187 Enterprises in Poseung Industrial Complex Inspected for Pollutant Emissions Last year, Gyeonggi Province conducted pollutant emission inspections at 187 enterprise sites in an industrial complex in Pyeongtaek (평택) City and uncovered 42 violations. Despite multifaceted efforts including such a crackdown, the air quality in the Pyeongtaek (평택) area did not improve. ► Marine Emission Standards Nonexistent The primary reason is that there are no related regulations for ocean-going vessels. ► Seo Jin-seok / Gyeonggi Province Area Wide Environment Management Office Inspection Team III Official “We inspected much more extensively and actually achieved improvements in many of those locations. However, emission reductions by other sources is more critical.” GTV examined the situation at the ports of Incheon and Busan. ► Korea’s 1st Alternative Maritime Power (AMP) System Installed in Power Plant in Incheon For the first time in Korea, an alternative maritime power, or AMP, tem was installed at a berth at Incheon (인천) Port reserved for a power plant that receives large coal-carrying vessels 180 times annually. ► AMP Reduces Air Contamination by Ocean Vessels by 97% By supplying electricity to the moored vessels as an alternative power to bunker oil or diesel, AMP tems can reduce air pollution by large vessels by up to 97 percent. ► Kim Su-man / Director, Hankuk Dongnam Power Yeongheung Plant “Since it is a duty of public offices and those who are related to the environment to keep the air clean for the public, the use of AMP tem should be expanded as quickly as possible.” The Korean government is currently pursuing the installation of AMP tems in Busan and Incheon Ports. ► AMP System at Ports Compulsory in USA and EU The installation of AMP tems at seaports has been a legal requirement in the United States since the year 2000 and in the European Union since 2005. Article 3. Gyeonggi to Investigate Sexual Harassment among Sports Personnel (0130) [Anchor’s Headline] The recently publicized case of a skating athlete being sexually abused by her coach has raised social concern regarding human rights violations in sports. Accordingly, Gyeonggi Province plans to investigate all public team members in the province to see if there are other such incidents among them. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (January 29) Gyeonggi Province Sexual Crime Victim Investigation Plan Briefing The investigation will cover all registered athletes including those with disabilities. ► 4,674 Gyeonggi Athletes to be Included in Investigation This includes 4,674 athletes registered with Gyeonggi Province as well as with cities and counties of the province. ► Investigation to be Conducted Online to Prevent Secondary Infliction The investigation will be conducted via an online questionnaire, or in person if necessary, so as to prevent causing secondary infliction. ► Victims to Receive Free Legal Services, Perpetrators to be Permanently Expelled The sexual violence victims found will be provided with free legal services while those who inflicted such violence will be dealt with through strict measures including permanent expulsion from the team. ► Oh Who-seok / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Culture, Sports & Tourism Bureau “We will take active measures to prevent anyone in athletic circles from suffering human right violations.” ► Year-round Human Right Education to be Provided Gyeonggi Province also plans to operate year-round education programs for different types of human rights violations for sports personnel including team managers and coaches as well as for athletes so as to prevent such violations. Article 4. Korean Government to Adopt Gyeonggi’s Regional Voucher System (190131-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Following the Korean government’s announcement of its plan for the nationwide introduction of regional vouchers as initiated by Gyeonggi Province, a forum was held on January 31 among related authorities and private organizations to discuss effective implementation of this alternative payment tem. ► National Assembly Members’ Hall (January 31) Forum on Regional Voucher Promotion More than 100 representatives of Gyeonggi Province, the National Assembly, and the Korean government as well as small business associations who attended the forum sought ways in which to promote active use of regional vouchers. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “The most important role of regional vouchers is to transform government payments into consumption. I hope that regional vouchers will serve the realization of an economy of sustainable growth and rationality.” The attendees unanimously agreed upon the need for regional vouchers in the revival of backstreet commerce. ► In Tae-yeon / President Secretary for Self-employment “The primary purpose is to create a virtuous circle for local small businesses, the self-employed and the local economy. Its additional benefits can be extended to local economy promotion as well as to the formation of solidarity among many local economy participants…” The topics discussed during the forum included supporting environments and methods for effective use of regional vouchers. ► Lee Chung-hwan / President, Gyeonggi Province Merchants Association “We must create a structure in which regional vouchers can be used conveniently by consumers as well as by small businesses. That entails the necessity for education…” ► Kim Yeong-ung / Youth Dividend Recipient “Instead of handing out welfare benefits with regional vouchers at local public offices, a kind of registered card may be used for credits …” Also discussed were related topics such as a regional division range for voucher usage and additional benefits for voucher users. The issuance of regional vouchers is slated for the second half of this year in 116 regions of the nation. Article 5. Gyeonggi Launches Independence Merit Pension (190131-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced the launch of the monthly Independence Merit Pension for surviving individuals who strove for national freedom during the Japanese occupation. ► Lee Yeong-su / Suwon City Resident In 1944, Lee (이영수) joined the Independence Army at the age of 21. ► Receives Order of Merit for National Foundation In 1994, Lee received the Order of Merit for National Foundation for his service, which included military chest deliveries and the conciliation of student soldiers defecting from the Japanese Army. ► Lee Yeong-su / Individual with Independence Merit “The Japanese took everything, our nation and even the harvests of farmers. There was nothing we could do but to fight for independence.” ► Gyeonggi to Launch Gyeonggi Independence Merit Pension This pension will be provided separately from the National Patriot Benefit to eligible individuals who are living in the province. ► Monthly Payment of KRW 1 Million Payment will be made at a fixed amount of KRW 1 million per month retroactively from September last year. The launch of this pension is based on a related ordinance amendment effectuated this past October. ► Han In-gyo / Director, Gyeonggi Province Welfare Policy Division “I hope that the launch of this pension will remind the public of the patriots’ services and enable their families to know that their contributions to the nation are recognized.” There are 35 such patriots alive today, of which 9 live in Gyeonggi Province. Article 6. Pre-Lunar New Year Crackdown on Illegal Food Trade (190201-2) [Anchor’s Headline] The Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police recently staged a pre-Lunar New Year crackdown on illegal food trade and uncovered a large number of violations including false indication of effective dates and countries of origin. ► Food Enterprise, Hwaseong City At a food enterprise in Hwaseong (화성) City, a white board shows a list of numbers. [Sync] “What does ‘plus 6 days’ mean?” “That means to print the effective date six days from today.” In this company, inspectors found 1.5 tons of food products with effective dates falsely indicated as directed on the white board. ► Food Enterprise, Pocheon City Another company used cheaper ingredients to replace those indicated on the product labels. [Sync] “Did you use corn gemmule oil while indicating that you only use sesame oil?” “Yes.” ► Butcher Shop, Yongin City This butcher shop also faked its beef products. ► 76 Fraudulent Food Dealers Uncovered During the crackdown, 76 businesses were apprehended for fraudulent indication of effective dates and countries of origin. Despite a week’s prior notice of the crackdown, many violations were still committed without correction. ► Lee Byerong-wu / Superintendent, Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police “They only cared about making money for themselves, ignoring the fact that their actions could damage public health. They have stocked products with fraudulent indications and attempted to sell them during the Lunar New Year season as if clearing inventory…” Those apprehended were sent to criminal prosecution while all affected food items were confiscated. Article 7. Gyeonggi to Use Budgets Early and Increase Revised Supplementary Budgets (190201-1) [Anchor’s Headline] During a meeting of the deputy heads of its 31 local administrations, Gyeonggi Province revealed its plan to utilize this year’s budgets early and to compensate with increased revised supplementary budgets later. ► Anyang Creative Economy Conversion Center (January 31) January 2019 Gyeonggi City & County Vice Mayors Meeting During this meeting, which took place on January 31, Gyeonggi Province asked the local administrations for the early input of funds for job creation and social infrastructure projects. The province also asked local administrations to ute 55 percent of their annual budgets during the first half of the year through the operation of a task force for that purpose. ► Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Administrative Affairs Kim Hee-kyeum “I ask you to also pay special attention to the early ution of budgets.” ► Gyeonggi to Increase Budget Execution Targets for 1st Half of 2019 to 64.5% Gyeonggi Province plans to increase the budget ution target for the first half of the year to 64.5 percent. ► Requests Presented to Gyeonggi by Local Administrations During the meeting, local administrations also presented their requests to the provincial administration. Goyang (고양) City requested making land donations for Korea Land & Housing Corporation projects compulsory, while Bucheon (부천) City asked for support for the designation of area-wide districts, and Anyang (안양) City sought the resumption of national subsidies for child-nursing facilities. The meeting was followed by presentations of exemplary local project cases. ► Kang Jin-suk / Director, Upcycle Art Center, Gwangmyeong City “We have promoted upcycling through arts, culture and education. We now plan to develop cultural industry clusters so as to promote creative industry.” ► Autonomous Vehicle Operation Case Presented by Anyang City During a successful project presentation, Anyang (안양) City’s temporary operation of autonomous vehicles on existing roads attracted interest. This project involved the removal of regulations that limit autonomous vehicle testing on ordinary roads. ► Meeting Ends with Participants Shopping in Traditional Market with Regional Vouchers After the meeting, the administrators visited a traditional market and enjoyed shopping with regional vouchers while experiencing consumer prices first hand. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2019.02.01Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Gyeonggi Direct Local Food Markets Mark KRW 100 Billion in Sales (190121-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Over the past few years, local farm direct sales outlets, known as ‘direct local food markets’, have been gaining popularity among consumers in Korea. In Gyeonggi Province, the number of these markets as well as their total sales volume have increased significantly. ► Local Food Market, Gimpo City Opened in 2013, this direct local food market in Gimpo (김포) City recorded KRW 5.8 billion in sales last year, an increase of more than 10 times over 5 years. This market now attracts approximately 40,000 shoppers monthly on average. ► Mun Ju-eun / Shopper at Gimpo Local Food Outlet “Most of all, products are fresh, so they can be trusted. That what matters most.” ► Sales of 44 Direct Local Food Markets in Gyeonggi Surpassed KRW 100 Billion in 2018 Last year, the total annual sales of direct local food markets in Gyeonggi Province increased more than 30 percent over the previous year, surpassing KRW 100 billion. The number of these markets also increased from the initial 5 to 44 last year. Moreover, the number of participating farms increased 37 percent to almost 10,000. ► Kim Seon-du / Direct Local Food Market Participating Farmer “Every morning, I carefully prepare the harvested products so as to offer fresher and better products…” Gyeonggi Province has been promoting direct local food markets through various events and education programs as well as through support for locations close to consumers. ► Song Tae-seong / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Export Strategy Team “This year, Gyeonggi Province will invest KRW 8.5 billion in the establishment of 10 more direct local food markets and in the expansion of their distribution ranges…” Gyeonggi Province plans to increase the number of direct local food markets to 100 by the year 2022. Article 2. Personal Safety Alarms Installed at Public Toilets in Gyeonggi (190122-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Following a horrific homicide that occurred in a public toilet in Seoul two years ago, Gyeonggi Province has been installing emergency safety alarm tems in more than 1,500 public toilets in the province with the majority of residents welcoming such an initiative. ► Public Toilet in Jinjung-Ri, Namyangju City In addition to red alarm triggers, this safety alarm tem also features audio guidance. [Sync] “You are using a safe toilet with an emergency alarm.” Inside the toilet, alarm triggers are located at a number of places easily reachable in emergency situations. ► Park So-yeong / Namyangju City Resident “I found the safety alarm tem at many public toilets. With this tem, I felt safe, especially in these days of …” These safety alarm triggers are connected to the nearest police station. When activated, police officers will arrive at the site within minutes while a loud alarm sounds. ► Woo Seong-Yeong / Lieutenant, Namyangju Police Office “The fact that police officers will arrive in minutes can effectively deter violent crimes…” Since 2017, Gyeonggi Province and local administrations have installed emergency alarm tems in more than 1,500 public toilets in the province. ► 82.4% of Gyeonggi Residents Welcome Public Toilet Alarm Installation In a survey of Gyeonggi residents, the vast majority approved of this initiative with two out of every three being positive about its crime-deterring effects. ► Jeon Hwa-su / Gyeonggi Province Water Resources Management Headquarters Official “Gyeonggi Province launched this provincewide project via support for local administrations. We will continue to install emergency alarm tems in new public toilets selected according to necessity.” During the year 2016, approximately 2,000 public toilet crimes were recorded. Gyeonggi Province will continue to improve the safety of public toilets through various measures in addition to the installation of safety alarm tems. Article 3. Gyeonggi Develops Drought Forecasting System Using Big Data (190123-2) [Anchor’s Headline] With the central Korean Peninsula experiencing a drought for more than a month, Gyeonggi Province announced the development of a drought-forecasting tem. Using big data, this tem will enable authorities to take action against oncoming droughts in advance and minimize related damage. ► Rice Farm, Hwaseong City Kim (김성래), a rice farmer with 40 years of experience, is worried as spring approaches since his rice field dried out during the winter. ►Kim Seong-rae / Ricer Farmer, Hwaseong City “Normally at this time of year, rice stubble is covered by ice and snow 20 to 30 centimeters deep even without water supply. However, without rain or snow, the dry ground is exposed as you see.” Gyeonggi Province saw precipitation of only 2.1 centimeters this winter, mere 32 percent of average years. According to a meteorological agency, the severity of droughts may increase until the year 2025. ► Drought Forecasting Using Big Data This drought-forecasting tem uses big data, including meteorological data as well as water resource and soil condition information, and calculates regional drought probabilities so as to enable appropriate measures to be taken as necessary. ► Lee Eung-jun / Director, Gyeonggi Province Data Policy Division “This tem predicts drought in local regions by analyzing big data including meteorological agency data of the past 30 years and enables water supply plans to be prepared so as to minimize agricultural damage…” ► Drought Forecasting System to Operate in 5 Drought-prone Regions This tem will be operated initially in 5 of the most drought-prone regions of the province for the appropriate implementation of anti-drought measures based on local water resource and demand conditions. ► Lee Gang-hyeon / Anseong City Infrastructure Team Official “..will help us in the selection of subject regions for annual anti-drought plans and enable us to take appropriate measures where they are needed…” Gyeonggi Province plans to expand the tem application range to ten regions and will make the forecast information directly available to farmers later this year. Article 4. Gyeonggi to Invest KRW 10.5 Billion in Pedestrian Safety (0121) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced 4-year road improvement plans geared primarily to ensure the safety of pedestrians, especially in those areas more vulnerable to road accidents. ► 5-Lane Street in Suwon City Both sides of this 5-lane road between a park and a commercial area are crowded with illegally parked vehicles, including buses and trucks, posing a danger to pedestrians crossing the street by blocking their vision. ► Lim Jong-yeol / Local Resident “There are a large number of vehicles parked illegally on both sides of the road, making it very uncomfortable for pedestrians. I hope that the authorities will do something to improve the situation.” ► Street in School Zone in Yongin City Since the front of this primary school directly faces a road with busy traffic, the carelessness of children or drivers can potentially lead to serious accidents. ► Cho Jae-hyeon / Yongin City Traffic Improvement Team Official “There is a high risk of accidents when drivers ignore traffic signs or when children cross the road without looking booth ways.” ► Gyeonggi to Invest KRW 10.5 Billion in Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Gyeonggi Province’s pedestrian-friendly road improvement plans will cost a total of KRW 10.5 billion over four years. ► Road Facility Improvement for Pedestrians More Susceptible to Danger These plans include the installation of sidewalks, colored pavement and speed bumps as well as protective fences. ► Focused Primarily on Areas Dangerous for Pedestrians Plans also include the improvement of backstreets at locations with high pedestrian accident risks. ► Kim Yeong-ui / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Community Road Team “Through these plans, road improvement work will be performed at approximately 400 locations for vulnerable pedestrians and at 10 locations for general pedestrians.” Last year work began at 229 locations for vulnerable pedestrians and at 2 locations for general pedestrians. After the selection of locations through regional surveys, work on additional locations will commence in February. Article 5. Gyeonggi to Expand Environment-Friendly Vehicle Infrastructure (0122) [Anchor’s Headline] This year, as part of its efforts to reduce atmospheric microdust levels, Gyeonggi Province plans to further promote the use of environment-friendly vehicles such as electric cars and hydrogen cars. ► Sangam Hydrogen Refill Station, Seoul Hydrogen vehicles, which use hydrogen as fuel, are environment friendly, have excellent fuel efficiency, and require reduced charging times. While such advantages foster growing interest in hydrogen vehicles, the related infrastructure, including hydrogen stations, is still inadequate. ► Park Hui-jang / Hydrogen Car Owner, Seoul “It is difficult to plan long distance trips due to a lack of charging facilities. Although it has several economic advantages, I don’t feel comfortable using it for long journeys such as for family vacations and business trips.” ► Improvement of Transportation Conditions for Environment-Friendly Vehicles Gyeonggi Province plans to improve infrastructure for environment-friendly vehicles. ► Supply of 200 Hydrogen Cars with Establishment of 3 Hydrogen Refill Stations, These plans include the establishment of three hydrogen stations and the supply of 200 hydrogen vehicles. ► Increase Number of Hydrogen Cars to 3,000, Hydrogen Refill Stations to 27 by 2022 Gyeonggi Province also plans to increase the number of hydrogen stations to 27 and the number of hydrogen vehicles to 3,000 by the year 2022 ► Establishment of Battery Chargers at 100 Apartment Complexes In addition, the province also plans to increase the number of electric vehicle charging stations, including 100 mobile charging facilities at apartment complexes. ► Kim Geon / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Environment Bureau “Our future is moving from using vehicles with internal combustion engines including diesel-fueled vehicles to environment-friendly vehicles. We will do our utmost to create a clean environment with reduced mirodust levels for residents.” ► Diesel Buses to be Replaced with Electric Buses In addition, Gyeonggi Province also plans to replace all diesel buses with electric buses by the year 2027. Initially, the number of electric buses will increase from the current 40 to 569 by the year 2022 through the replacement of old diesel buses. Article 6. Gyeonggi Provincial-Local Government Policy Committee Launched (0123) [Anchor’s Headline] On January 22, the Gyeonggi Provincial and Local Administration Policy Committee was launched and had its first meeting. During that meeting, Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) introduced a ‘policy market’ concept for provincial policy adoption by local administrations. ► Ramada Plaza Suwon (January 22) 1st Gyeonggi Provincial-Local Government Policy Committee Meeting This committee was established as a permanent body for the two policy-making tiers of Gyeonggi Province. Its purpose is to discuss provincial and regional administrative policies and resolve regional conflicts through communication and cooperative governance. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Proposes Policy Market Concept Governor Lee’s policy market concept was proposed as a means for local governments to selectively adopt provincial policies. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “Recommendable good policies of Gyeonggi Province will be presented as in a market for selective adoption by local governments as necessary.” ► Gyeonggi Requests Local Government Support for Provincial Policies During the meeting, Governor Lee asked for the cooperation of local administrators in the realization of provincial policies including those regarding bus operator support, Helicopter Doctor operation, and changing the name of the Seoul Beltway to include Gyeonggi Province. ► Gyeonggi Province City and County Mayors Make Requests and Proposals Concurrently, city and county mayors, asked Governor Lee to transfer authority for the management of some administrative matters and provincial facilities as well as to increase the local administration portion of urban regeneration projects. ► Yeom Tae-yeong / Chairperson, Gyeonggi Province City & County Mayors Council “As you said you would consider, we have submitted a list of provincial projects that cities and counties wish to undertake.” Governor Lee offered assurances that the province will implement such transfers in phases in accordance with the authority decentralization policy of the central government. ► Committee Members Agree on Major Issues This meeting also saw agreement between the provincial and local administrations on cooperation in the pursuit of basic income policy, inter-Korean peace and cooperation, and the establishment of the Gyeonggi Education Advancement Council. Article 7. Fifth G-Hub (Content Startup Support Institute) Opens in Goyang City (190124-2) [Anchor’s Headline] On January 23, the fifth Gyeonggi Cultural Creation Hub, also known as G-Hub, opened in Goyang (고양) City. Its primary function is to support image content development startups through the provision of equipment and education services. Established by a group of former TV travel program producers, this resident enterprise of the Goyang G-Hub produces travel videos ► Nam Tae-jin / CEO of Goyang G-Hub Resident Enterprise (J Wonder) “Through cooperation with fellow resident enterprises and utilizing equipment in G-Hub, we will create new contents. We need to work harder as content creators of a new age.” This enterprise, that specializes in DIY kits for stylist training, is also a resident of the Goyang G-Hub. ► Yun Taek-in / Employee of Goyang G-Hub Resident Enterprise (Ddanjit Research Institute) “For image content creators, it is difficult to secure places for equipment and work. However, G-Hub offers excellent studios and equipment that enable us to do things that we couldn’t normally do and to realize our dreams.” ► Goyang G-Hub Opening Ceremony (January 23) The fields that the Goyang G-Hub supports include videos for broadcasting as well as new media contents. ► Office Space and Supporting Facilities for 10 Startups The Goyang G-Hub features office space for ten startups as well as a comprehensive range of equipment for video content development and creation. This institute also provides education services in content planning, production and distribution. ► 5th G-Hub Established in Gyeonggi This is the fifth Cultural Creation Hub established by Gyeonggi Province. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myeong “I hope that this place will provide many youths, who aspire to start business, with opportunities to use its facilities, create successful businesses, and achieve results beneficial for themselves as well as for society.” During the opening ceremony, Gyeonggi Province, Goyang City and an SNS service operator agreed to cooperate on image content promotion. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2019.01.25Article 1. Gyeonggi Opens Direct Farm Product Outlets in Large Supermarkets (190115-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been promoting the convergence and integration of agricultural production, processing and related services among farms so as to help increase farmer income. Such endeavors also include the opening of sales outlets for these products, known as ‘Antenna Shops’, at large supermarkets. ► Quality Farm Product Sales Outlet ‘Antenna Shop’ at e-Mart Suwon The purpose of opening these separate shops in supermarkets is to promote as well as to test the marketability of a variety of regional specialty products of participating farmers. All the items featured at these shops are quality products certified by Gyeonggi Province. ► Park Gyeong-su / Shopper at e-Mart Suwon “I bought these items since I trust Gyeonggi Province certification.” ► Gyeonggi Operates ‘Antenna Shops’ at Large Supermarkets for Marketability Testing Featuring processed seasonal fruit and vegetable products, the Antenna Shops act as test beds for the possible launch of these products at large supermarkets. ► Choi Seong-woo / Supplier to Antenna Shop “Through sales in large supermarkets, which we cannot easily access, we can monitor consumer responses and adjust our production based on results…” ► Gyeonggi-certified Quality Products from 30 Farms The Antenna Shops currently feature more than 160 carefully selected and low-priced items produced and supplied directly by 30 farms participating in Gyeonggi Province’s agricultural process convergence and integration policies. ► Kim Yun-su / Marketing Support Manager, Gyeonggi Agrofood Institute “We apply strict product selection criteria so as to ensure the quality of the products featured and to assist participating farmers in finding their markets…” There are currently two Antenna Shops operating in large supermarkets in the province. These shops will feature their own Lunar New Year holiday items. Article 2. Indirect Smoking Problem Proven Serious in Gyeonggi (190111-1) [Anchor’s Headline] According to a survey by the Korea Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the smoking rate among adult males has decreased to a record low at 38.1 percent. However, indirect smoking has become a growing social issue with 80 percent of Gyeonggi residents rating related problems as being ‘serious’. Hong (홍경수), an apartment resident, seldom opens his windows for fear that cigarette smoke from his neighbors may enter and harm his 6-year-old grandson. ► Hong Gyeong-su / Suwon City Resident “If someone smoke at lower floors, we can smell it. Since it’s awful and can be harmful to the health of the kid, ...” ► 80% of Gyeonggi Residents Experience Indirect Smoking between Floors In another survey of 1,000 Gyeonggi residents, approximately 80 percent responded that they frequently experience indirect smoking between floors. Apartment verandas and toilets as well as front entrances and stairs were mostly frequently cited as indirect smoking spots. ► 91% Experience Indirect Smoking in Public Places The situation is more serious in public places such as bus stops and crowded streets with 91 percent of respondents having experienced indirect smoking in these places. ► GTV Reporter Han Seon-ji “The most frequent indirect smoking spots according to respondents are road crossings, accounting for 76 percent, followed by public transportation stations including bus stops.” More than three quarters of the respondents viewed indirect smoking as a serious issue that needs to be addressed urgently. ► Lee Seung-il / Suwon City Resident “When a smoker is close, I almost feel suffocated and cough. It is not a problem that can be regarded as trivial.” Of survey respondents, 57 percent agreed on the necessity for behavioral changes among smokers such as observing non-smoking area designations and being considerate of non-smokers. Based on survey results, Gyeonggi Province plans to devise measures to reduce indirect smoking. Also, from February, indirect smoking may be reported to apartment management which can warn the inflicting households according to the revised Communal Housing Management Act. Article 3. Gyeonggi Intensifies Control of Large Vehicle Emissions (190116-1) [Anchor’s Headline] For three days from January 13, emergency microdust reduction was ordered by Gyeonggi Province. With microdust from China being expected to rise, intensive preventive measures including control of large vehicle emissions have also been undertaken throughout the province. ► Exhaust Gas Inspection at Industrial Complex Entrance, Seongnam City At the entrance to this industrial complex in Seongnam (성남) City, a temporary exhaust inspection station was in operation. ► “We inspect exhaust emission status per emergency microdust reduction orders…” At this station, passing cargo trucks as well as passenger cars were randomly picked and subjected to an emissions analysis test. ► Bus Terminal in Gunpo City Similar inspections were also performed at bus terminals. Any vehicle that emitted contaminants beyond permitted levels received orders to have its exhaust filters replaced within 15 days ► Gyeonggi Begins Emission Inspection of Large Aged Vehicles These inspections were performed on large old vehicles in all 31 cities and counties of the province. ► Yang Jae-hyeon / Head of Environment Inspection Team I, Gyeonggi Province Industrial Complex Environment Management Office "… control of public transportation vehicle exhaust emissions, which account for 20 percent of microdust generation in the province, are being performed provincewide so as to maximize the effects of emission control…” In addition, vehicle emissions were monitored through video cameras on uphill road sides. This vehicle emission control tem was implemented provincewide until January 18. Those vehicles that do not comply with emission improvement orders will be subjected to a 10-day suspension of operation. Violation of suspension orders will result in a fine of up to KRW 3 million. Article 4. Godeok International City Development to Commence Early (0114) [Anchor’s Headline] The Godeok (고덕) International City development project in Pyeongtaek (평택) City of Gyeonggi Province is expected to commence early through the recent removal of military protection zone designation of adjacent areas by the Korean government. ► Godeok International City Development Site, Pyeongtaek City This regulatory removal covers a total area of 1.43 million square meters north of the project site. ► Military Protection Zone Designation of 1.43 Million Square Meters Lifted The removal of military protection zone designation, which had been originally slated for 2021, was realized by the central government’s acceptance of a request made by Gyeonggi Province. Of the deregulated area, approximately 530,000 square meters are privately owned. ► Nam Gi-taek / Head of Danghyeon-1-Ri “We are very pleased that our request for early deregulation led to the enabling of local residents to realize their own construction and development projects.” ► Lim Chang-muk / Head of Dangyeon-3-Ri “This removal (of military protection zone designation) will provide urban residents in surrounding areas with opportunities.” Without such restrictions, development can now commence earlier than projected. ► Construction of Infrastructure to be Completed Early The construction of infrastructure, such as water supply and communication tems, can now be completed early. ► Housing Construction Period Reduced by 2 Years Housing construction will also be completed two years earlier than originally planned. ► Park Sang-il / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Mixed Use Development Team “We will create a truly international city complete with foreign schools. We will do out utmost to make it happen.” The Godeok (고덕) International City will be home to almost 60,000 families with first resident occupation of more than 3,200 housing units slated to begin in June. The first stage of main road construction is also slated for completion in June. Article 5. Gyeonggi Assumes Approval Authority within Banwon Industrial Complex (0115) [Anchor’s Headline] Approval authority for changes in the Banwol (반월) Industrial Complex was recently transferred to the Governor of Gyeonggi Province by the central government. ► Banwol National Industrial Complex, Ansan City The development of the Banwol Industrial Complex began as a national project in 1977. ► Licenses & Permits Were Handled by National Government Agents More than 30 years after the completion of its development, approval authority for changes within this industrial complex was still held by the central government. ► Development Changes Required 1-2 Years Accordingly, any change in development plans takes more than a year to implement. ► Oh Hyeon-gap / Deputy Director, Ansan City Regeneration & Innovation Team “Government approval procedures include consultation with related agencies followed by their reports and various assessments. These require prolonged periods of time.” ► Gyeonggi Governor Assumes Authority for Licenses and Permits With the Governor of Gyeonggi Province assuming approval authority, such changes can now be expedited through the elimination of red tape. ► Administrative Processing Period Reduced to 3-Month Maximum The previous 1-to-2-year period required for development changes has now been reduced to only 3 months at maximum. Such simplification prevents the waste of administrative resources while facilitating convenience for resident enterprises and improving investment conditions for private investors. ► Gyeonggi Province and Ansan City to Continue Procedural Improvements This administrative authority transfer was realized through a request made to the central government by Gyeonggi Province and Ansan (안산) City. ► No Tae-jong / Director, Gyeonggi Province Industrial Policy Division “We will fully exercise approval authority and provide proactive support to help enterprises in the Banwol Industrial Complex to prosper.” This approval authority transfer will have an estimated production promotion effect of KRW 460 billion while also creating more than 3,800 jobs. Article 6. Gyeonggi Arts Center Features All Provincial Arts Companies (0116) [Anchor’s Headline] On January 18, the Gyeonggi Arts Center became the scene of a rare event by simultaneously featuring all Gyeonggi provincial arts companies at a single venue. ► Gyeonggi Arts Center The Gyeonggi Arts Company was the first and will be the last group performing at the Gyeonggi Arts Center this year. ► Taepyeongmu by Gyeonggi Provincial Dance Troupe The Gyeonggi Provincial Dance Troupe performed dances of peace to celebrate the new year. ► Kim Jeong-hak / Director, Gyeonggi Provincial Dance Troupe “It was a performance of dances that convey wishes for the peace and prosperity of the country and the comfort of people in it…” ► Concert Grieg – Holberg Suite by Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra The Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra staged a string music concert, a medley of Norwegian folk music written by Edvard Grieg and Ludvig Holberg. ► Jeong Na-ra / Associate Conductor, Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra “Each movement of the music produces a mood that inspires dancing.” ► Uptown Punk by Gyeonggi Pops Ensemble A fusion music group, the Gyeonggi Pops Ensemble, presented a sweet yet powerful performance titled Uptown Punk. ► Sing Sing Sing by Gyeonggi Provincial Drama Company Gyeonggi Folk Music by Gyeonggi Provincial Korean Classical Music Company The Gyeonggi Provincial Drama Company staged a musical while the Gyeonggi Provincial Korean Classical Music Company presented folk music of Gyeonggi Province. ► Gyeonggi Arts Center Features Donghaeng as New Year’s Performances These performances were presented as a new year performance of Gyeonggi provincial arts companies under the title of Donghaeng (동행), or Journey Together ► Yun Jun-o / Acting Performance Planning Manager, Gyeonggi Arts Center “As the title Donghaeng conveys, these performances symbolize the togetherness of Gyeonggi residents, the Gyeonggi Arts Center, and the provincial arts companies in their journey.” Tickets for these performances, which were offered free of charge via online reservation, sold out in four days. Article 7. Real Time Atmospheric Heavy Metal Content Information Provided in Gyeonggi (0117) [Anchor’s Headline] When atmospheric microdust concentrations are high, the damaging effects on human health increase, especially since the heavy metal content of microdust also increases. Information about microdust and its heavy metal content is now available in real time via the air pollution information website of Gyeonggi Province. Although people are annoyed by microdust in terms of vision and breathing, few are aware of the dangerous levels of substances in microdust. ► Lee Dae-gyu / Pyeongtaek City Resident “It’s hard to breathe and to keep one’s eyes open without feeling irritation.” Microdust contains hazardous heavy metals. [CG] Lead, for example, can cause paralysis of muscles as well as mental disorders when it enters the human body through the respiratory tem. Calcium in soil and in yellow dust from China, on the other hand, is not harmful to the human body. ► Real Time Information about Microdust Heavy Metal Content in Air Provided Online For the first time in Korea, Gyeonggi Province is providing real time information about the heavy metal content of microdust online. ► Website, Air Gyeonggi-Do’ (air.gg.go.kr) On this website, the hourly and average 24-hour concentrations of each heavy metal in microdust can be found. The average lead content of the air in Gyeonggi Province is approximately one tenth of the standard limit, while the calcium content increased 3.5 times during the onset of yellow dust. ► Yun Mi-hye / Director, Gyeonggi Province Institute of Health and Environment “When microdust levels increase, the heavy metal content can also increase up to five times. The information provided will be useful for health protection…” ► Gyeonggi to Establish 2 Additional Airborne Particulate Measurement Stations There are two airborne particulate measurement stations in the southern and northern regions of Gyeonggi Province. The province plans to establish two more in its western and eastern regions while establishing a microdust monitoring and forecasting tem. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2019.01.18Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Gyeonggi Increases SME Promotion Fund for Small Businesses (190107-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced the increase of the SME Promotion Fund this year to KRW 1.8 trillion. This increase stems from the intensification of operational support for small businesses and those self-employed as well as for businesses in northern provincial regions. ► Restaurant in Suwon City After most of the local companies left this area, the daily lunch hour at this restaurant in Suwon City became quiet. With sales plummeting, its proprietor had to reduce the number of employees to half. ► Gwon Hyeong-mok / Restaurant Proprietor “All costs including labor costs and material costs have risen almost 50 percent in addition to fixed costs. We have no hope for making any profit.” ► Gyeonggi to Expand Financial Support for Small Businesses & SMEs This Year Gyeonggi Province had increased the SME Promotion Fund up to KRW 1.5 trillion last year. This year, however, the provincial administration made a significant increase in the release of funds. ► Lee So-chun / Director, Gyeonggi Province Enterprise Support Division “There are several indications that the economy is slowing. We decided to increase the fund aggressively so as to address the situation from the early stages of the year.” ► Financing Limits Increased for Small Businesses and Business Relaunches This fund will be used for small business financing up to KRW 150 million, a 50 percent increase over the previous limit, and up to KRW 50 million for business relaunches. In addition, KRW 40 billion was allocated for youth startups. ► Additional Support to be Provided to Businesses in 16 Development Restricted Regions This year’s SME Promotion Fund also includes financial support for businesses in 10 cities and counties in northern provincial regions that are subject to various regulations as well as 6 other regions with development restrictions. Enterprises in these regions will be eligible for financial support of up to KRW 6 billion. ► Priority Treatment for Financing The repayment terms for financing are 4 years for small businesses and up to 8 years for SMEs. ► Applications Received Online (g-money.gg.go.kr) or at Gyeonggi Credit Guarantee Foundation (☎1577-5900) Applications for financing are being received online or directly at branches of the Gyeonggi Credit Guarantee Foundation. Article 2. VR Games for Brain Rehabilitation Developed in Gyeonggi (190109-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province and Gachon (가천) University jointly developed virtual reality games that can be used for the rehabilitation of dementia patients. With long-term use, these games are believed to be effective in restoring memory and reflex functions of the brain. ► Gachon University At a VR game clinic at Gachon (가천) University, seniors wearing goggles practice simple puzzle games that require them to concentrate and solve puzzles within prescribed time limits. ► Kim Ho-jae (Aged 79) / Brain Rehabilitation VR Game User from Seoul “It is a great fun since it requires use of my memory function.” There are other more physically demanding games such as a mole-catching game designed to improve reflexes as well as physical movement. ► Shin Byeong-hyeon (Aged 61) / Brain Rehabilitation VR Game User from Seongnam City “At first, I thought these games were for children. However, they require agility of hands and color recognition capability. They also help physically.” Specially developed for dementia treatment, these VR games progress slowly to avoid causing dizziness or headaches. ► Effective for Reflex Improvement and Stress Relief A clinical study of 10 seniors using these games indicated their positive effects on reflex restoration and stress reduction. ► Oh Seok-hui, Ph.D. / Brain Rehabilitation VR Game Developer, Gachon University “Playing games only once or twice, users showed improvement in cognitive capabilities as well as in attention.” The rehabilitation effects of these games are achieved as they stimulate the brain and expose it to new experiences. ► Award in Medical Content Category at VR Expo At a recent VR expo, these VR games for dementia patients received an award in a medical content category. ► Hwangbo Taek-seun / Director, AI Healthcare Research Center, Gyeonggi Regional Research Center and Vice Chancellor, Gacheon University “Through efficaciousness verification, we will continue to develop new contents that are more effective in the reduction of brain disease symptoms.” Noting that these games induce concentration more effectively, Gyeonggi Province plans to promote the utilization of these games at dementia centers. Article 3. Gyeonggi Identifies 30 Policy Ideas through Resident Communication Website (190109-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province recently selected 30 policies for implementation from among ideas suggested by the private sector. One such idea is the development of an app that provides information about facilities for individuals with disabilities. For Kim (김경원), a disabled individual and the user of an electric wheelchair, finding a toilet for the disabled while outside of home is extremely difficult. ► Kim Gyeong-won / Individual with Disabilities “Failing to find one there, I went to the next building but was unable to enter. I simply cannot keep asking, especially in unfamiliar areas…” ► Convenience Facility Information App for Disabled Individuals to be Launched In order to address difficulties such as those faced by Kim, Gyeonggi Province will develop a mobile app that provides information about facilities for individuals with disabilities in cooperation with related associations. ► Lee Gi-pyo / Convenience Improvement Director, Gyeonggi-do Association of Persons with Physical Disabilities “We received a lot of complaints and suggestions about convenience facilities. I am pleased to hear about this app, and I think Gyeonggi Province is ahead of others in welfare for individuals with disabilities…” ► 30 Policy Ideas Identified through Communication with Residents Including this app project, Gyeonggi Province plans to implement 19 policies this year among the 30 policies adopted from suggestions received from the private sector. ► 19 Policies to be Implemented in 2019 These policies include multicultural library section establishment and indoor air quality improvement projects. ► Park Geun-gyun / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Policy Coordination Team “We visit residents and private institutions to listen to their opinions. The policies adopted through such communication will expedite the communication-based administration of Gyeonggi Province…” Other policies to be implemented this year include the mitigation of license renewal conditions for community gardeners and the simplification of interest support for Happy Home loan users. These communication-based administrative policies will also improve satisfaction levels among residents. Article 4. Gyeonggi Provides Indonesia with Emergency Disaster Relief (0117) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province recently sent food and water valued at KRW 50 million as emergency relief to the victims of an earthquake and tsunami that struck Sulawesi in Indonesia last year. ► Sulawesi, Indonesia Last September, Sulawesi was struck by an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 and a subsequent tsunami. ► Earthquake and Tsunami Caused 1,700 Fatalities and Left 70,000 Homeless These disasters caused more than 1,700 fatalities and left more than 70,000 people homeless. ► Tsunami Victim, Indonesia “When the tsunami came, we ran for our lives. I am still wearing the clothes I was wearing then. We ran up the hill and had to sleep on the dirt without a mat or anything.” ► Gyeonggi Dispatches Emergency Aid Sulawesi is adjacent to South Sulawesi, a region that entered a friendship and cooperation agreement with Gyeonggi Province in 2002. Gyeonggi Province sent emergency relief through the Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management. ► Food Packages and Water Delivered to 5,600 Disaster Victims The emergency relief, consisting of more than 1,400 packages including food items such as rice, cooking oil, biscuits, salt and canned fish as well as bottled water, was delivered primarily to those who needed aid most urgently. ► Tsunami Victim, Indonesia “We need emergency aid to stay alive. These items give us relief. I thank your government and those who extended aid to us.” Having delivered emergency aid to Indonesia in 2005 and to Nepal in 2015, Gyeonggi Province has been sharing in the efforts of the international community. ► Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Peace Lee Hwa-yung “We hope that our emergency aid will deliver the friendly spirit of Gyeonggi residents to many disaster victims including children and women.” For international emergency aid this year, Gyeonggi Province has set a budget of KRW 120 million, more than double the amount last year. Article 5. Gyeonggi Sells Surplus Energy from Emergency Generators (0110) [Anchor’s Headline] Although large buildings house power generation tems for emergency purposes, these tems generally operate in an idle mode, wasting energy. At the Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex, this surplus energy is sold to generate extra revenue. ► Emergency Generator System at Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex Over the past three years, these electricity sales have generated revenue of KRW 120 million. ► Maintenance Requires Regular Operation Although there has been no power outage incident at the provincial government complex in the past five years, these generators have been operating in an idle mode in preparation for emergency use. Since 2015, Gyeonggi Province has sold this surplus electricity to the Korea Power Exchange. ► Surplus Electricity from Emergency Generator System Purchased by Korea Power Exchange This sale of surplus power is based on agreements between the Korea Power Exchange and power users regarding compensation for power usage reduction. ► Surplus Electricity Valued KRW 120 Million Sold Over 3 Years Including sales of more than KRW 43 million last year, electricity sales by Gyeonggi Province for the past three years exceeded KRW 120 million. ► Kim Min-gyeong / Director, Gyeonggi Province Properties Management Division “The primary purpose of generator operation is to ensure stable power supply to the entire provincial government complex. The generation of extra revenue is an added benefit.” In addition to ensuring stable power supply, Gyeonggi Province expects to create extra income of approximately KRW 48 million annually through the operation of its emergency generators. Article 6. Multicultural Library Sections Established throughout Gyeonggi (190110-1) [Anchor’s Headline] The multicultural population of Gyeonggi Province now exceeds 570,000. In order to address the needs of residents of foreign origins, Gyeonggi Province plans to establish multicultural sections with multilingual books in libraries throughout the province this year. ► Ansan Multicultural Small Library This library with the international flags is a multicultural library located in Ansan (안산) City. Although small, this library has more than 9,000 books in 24 languages and attracts more than 100 foreign visitors daily. ► Park Yeong-suk / Chinese Immigrant in Ansan City “It is difficult to find books in Chinese. However, at this library, there are lots of good books in Chinese including the most recent magazines.” ► Gyeonggi to Expand Establishment of Multicultural Sections in Libraries Gyeonggi Province’s multicultural library project will establish foreign book sections at selected public libraries throughout the province. Costing an estimated KRW 2.7 billion for the purchase of bestsellers, new books and reference books, this project will also include the operation of book reading programs. ► Park Gyeong-suk / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Library Support Team “Gyeonggi Province is home to the largest number of foreign residents in Korea, accounting for 32 percent of the national total. However, it lacks services for those residents. This multicultural library project is geared to improve such services…” Of more than 260 public libraries in Gyeonggi Province, there are only 17 that have foreign book sections. The number will increase significantly this year. Article 7. Special Exhibition of 18th Century Politician Held in Gyeonggi (0111) [Anchor’s Headline] At the Gyeonggi Provincial Museum, a special exhibition is being held that showcases an 18th century politician of the Joseon Dynasty, Shim Hwan-ji (심환지). Exhibits include his collection of paintings as well as secret notes he received from the king. ► Portrait of Shim Hwan-ji, Treasure No. 1480 Shim was a late bloomer who entered officialdom in his forties and ascended to the highest minister position at nearly seventy years of age. His pen name, Manpo (만포), also means a slow-starting farmer. ► 300+ Secrete Notes from King Jeong-jo to Shim Hwan-ji The head of an opposition party, Shim was also a favorite of King Jeongjo (정조) who communicated with him via more than 300 secret notes, the highlight of this exhibition. ► Royal Letter to Shim Hwan-ji, Treasure No. 1923 The exhibits also include a royal letter from King Jeongjo (정조) written just before his death. ► Nam Gyeong-Wuk / Senior, Seocheon High School, Yongin City “… tell us how close he was to the king and how he cared for the king and sought to guide him in the right direction.” ► Shim’s Writings on His Collection of Paintings by Famous Artists Like many scholars in the later Joseon Dynasty, Shim also loved calligraphy and paintings and collected the works of s. He often wrote poems on these paintings. ► Special Shim Hwan-ji Exhibition / Gyeonggi Provincial Museum (Until January 27) This special exhibition was made possible by more than 500 items left by Shim and handed down to his descendent who donated the items to the museum in 2004. ► Kim Yeong-mi / Curator, Gyeonggi Provincial Museum “I hope that this exhibition will be an opportunity for our residents to recognize an exemplary politician who worked for the people but lived a humble life himself.” This Gyeonggi Provincial Museum exhibition will run until January 27. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2019.01.11Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Changes Expected in Gyeonggi in 2019 (181231-2) [Anchor’s Headline] This week, GTV examined the changes that are expected in Gyeonggi Province this year in the fields of economy, transportation, safety and culture. Regional Voucher System Operation to Begin in 2nd Half of 2019 During the first half of this year, Gyeonggi Province will introduce regional vouchers, an alternative currency exclusively for use at small businesses in the province. These vouchers will also be used by the provincial government for some welfare payments. ► Park Deok-sun / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Employment & Labor Policy Bureau “This year’s regional voucher issuance of approximately KRW 500 billion will have significant beneficial effects for small businesses …” Comprehensive Labor Service Center to Open in February In February, the Gyeonggi Province Labor Rights Center will be established at the Northern Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex. Its mission is to protect labor rights, eradicate unfair trade, and provide comprehensive labor-related services through efforts ranging from consultations to education. Gyeonggi Province Dispute Mediation Council to Begin Operation in January In addition, the Dispute Mediation Council will begin operation in January, assuming the trade-related dispute mediation function of the national Fair Trade Commission. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung at Fair Trade Agreement Signing (October 2018) “We will do our utmost to create a Gyeonggi Province in which fair competition is possible.” Free Fruit Supply to Childcare Centers to be Expanded Provincewide The ‘Fruit Snack’ program will be expanded to all childcare centers in the province. This will increase the number of children who receive free fruit to 370,000 while providing fruit producers with stable markets. Free Public Parking Lots to be Developed Utilizing Unused Spaces In the transportation field, Gyeonggi Province will establish free public parking lots utilizing abandoned private land through purchases as well as through space shared with schools and religious institutions. Public Transportation Services to be Expanded in Rural Regions The Gyeonggi Welfare Taxi and Customized Bus services in rural regions will be expanded and made available at low costs. ► Kim Sang-sub / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Public Transportation Bus Team “We will designate four additional (Customized Bus) service routes in four regions so as to enable more residents in remote areas to benefit from public transportation services….” First 24/7 Medical Emergency Helicopter in Korea to Begin Operation The greatest change in the safety field will be the introduction of the Helicopter Doctor. This will be the first exclusive medical service helicopter in Korea to operate 24/7 for emergency patient transportation as well as for on-board treatment including surgery. Monthly Culture Day Introduced from January Gyeonggi Province designated the last Wednesday of every month as Culture Day. Starting this year, on these days, public cultural facilities including museums and art centers in the province will open free of charge or at discounted rates. Article 2. Gyeonggi to Adopt Call Center Personnel as Regular Employees (0102) [Anchor’s Headline] Last week, Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) visited the Gyeonggi Province Call Center. During his visit, Governor Lee experienced the call reception job himself and conversed with call center personnel. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung Visits Provincial Call Center (January 2) For 10 minutes, Governor Lee received calls as a day consultant. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung at Call Reception Desk “Hello, this is Governor Lee Jae-myung… Are you enquiring about media organization addresses?” During the informal meeting with the phone consultants that followed, Governor Lee expressed the appreciation he felt for their hard work. In response, the consultants expressed their wish to become regular provincial employees. ► Lee Jeong-hwa / Gyeonggi Province Call Center Consultant “There has been a sense of uncertainty among us about our employer and wages. We hope to be able to work as regular employees…” ► Gyeonggi Province Call Center Personnel Outsourced since Opening in 2007 Launched in 2007, the Gyeonggi Province Call Center has been hiring consultants – who currently number 66 - through private subcontractors. These subcontracted employees had been excluded from the direct contract-based employees who will become regular employees. ► Governor Lee Promises Transfer of Call Center Personnel to Regular Provincial Employee Status However, Governor Lee promised the transfer of the call center consultants to regular employee status despite central government guidelines. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “With long-term employment security, consultation expertise will improve and service quality can be ensured. I believe it is wrong to outsource phone consultants through subcontracts.” ► Call Center Working Conditions to be Improved Governor Lee also took action to improve the call center working environment by instructing the attending officials to install air conditioning, heating and filtering tems as necessary. Article 3. Gyeonggi Administration-Assembly Policy Council Launched (0103-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On January 3, the Gyeonggi provincial administration and the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly launched a joint policy council for collaboration on important administrative issues and policies. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (January 3) Launching of Gyeonggi Provincial Administration-Assembly Policy Council This council consists of nine members each from the provincial administration and provincial assembly. ► Council Chairpersons Appointed The council is chaired jointly by the Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Peace and the Democratic Party of Korea leader in the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly with the remaining members forming an utive body. ► Yeom Jong-hyeon / Democratic Party of Korea Representative in Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly “It is true that the control and criticism functions of the provincial assembly can be harsh on the administration while a lack of communication from the administration inconveniences the provincial assembly. This council will help resolve …” ► Policy Council to Preview Important Provincial Issues, Plans & Projects This council will undertake the review of important administrative issues while also engaging in regular discussions on budgets, ordinances and strategic projects. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Chairperson Song Han-jun “I believe that the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly and the Gyeonggi Provincial Administration must now go beyond political coalition, beyond cooperative governance to open an age of coexistence.” When required, standing committee chairpersons of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly can also participate in the council meetings. Governor Lee asked these chairpersons to serve the role of local ministers. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “I ask standing committee chairpersons to consider yourselves as ministers of related provincial offices and feel free to provide these offices with instructions, review and cooperation.” The policy council meeting will take place prior to every Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly session, its first being slated for February 11 before the 333rd extraordinary session. Article 4. Gyeonggi Opens Online Resident Petition Channel (0103-2) [Anchor’s Headline] The resident petition tem, one of the pledges of the current Gyeonggi provincial administration, began full operation via a recently opened provincial website titled Voice of Gyeonggi, or VOG. In addition to petitions, this website also receives resident suggestions, proposals and various applications. ► Resident Participation and Communication Channel, ‘Voice of Gyeonggi’ (vog.gg.go.kr) The first petition received via this website was a request for the provincial administration’s special attention to agricultural plant breed development and ownership. Other petitions include those demanding the exclusion of foreign workers from construction worker wage increases and the strengthening of welfare policies for individuals with disabilities. ► Top Officials to Respond Directly to Petitions Endorsed by 50,000+ Residents Those petitions that are endorsed by more than 50,000 residents within a month will be answered directly by the governor or other senior officials. ► Resident Proposals, Petitions and Applications via Single Website This website is also available for administrative policy suggestions and proposals as well as for various resident applications. ► Ahn Dong-gwang / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Policy Planning & Budget Bureau “The Voice of Gyeonggi is a convenient and economical communication channel that can be used easily via PCs or mobile devices.” The VOG website combines 15 previous tems for resident petitions, suggestions and applications into a single channel. ► Legislation Support Function with Ordinance Proposals Possible Even by Single Proposer Through this website, ordinance proposals, which previously required endorsements by more than 100,000 residents, now become valid even with an endorsement by just one person. The single-channel operation also accelerates the processing of resident ideas for administrative improvement as well as for various reports and suggestions. Article 5. Gyeonggi to Provide Rural Students with Transportation Cost Support (190102-1) [Anchor’s Headline] From this year, Gyeonggi Province will provide middle and high school students who live far from schools with transportation cost support ► Kang Eun-bi / Student in Rural Region Commuting by Bus Every morning, Kang (강은비) waits for a bus for the 40-minute ride to her school 10 kilometers away. A bus is the only means of transportation she can use to travel to and from school. ► Kang Eun-bi / Middle School Student, Gapyeong County “My friends arrive at school earlier than I even though I leave home earlier. Long travel by bus is itself very inconvenient…” The problem experienced by Kang is common among many students who live in remote rural areas. This is also one reason why rural families move to cities. ► Chae Seon-mi / Parent, Gapyeong County “I am forced to consider moving close to school since I cannot take my children to and from school.” ► Gyeonggi to Support Students in Rural Regions with Transportation Costs This student transportation cost support was realized by the recent passage of a related ordinance by the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly. According to this ordinance, all middle and high school students who commute more than 3 kilometers will be provided with travel cost support. ► Kim Kyeong-ho / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “Students who live far from their schools have their right-to-learn impacted by long commute times. This support is a way of addressing this issue…” Through arrangements with local administrations, Gyeonggi Province will provide more than 2,500 students in the province with school commuting cost support this year. Article 6. Gyeonggi to Accelerate Transportation Project Implementation in 2019 (190104-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced its transportation projects for this year. Projected to cost a total of KRW 670 billion, the projects include those that aim to improve transportation safety and convenience as well as bus driver training programs. ► Bus Route, Gapyeong County For students and other residents of this remote village, travelling to downtown areas is a difficult task that requires long waiting times for buses that visit their village only six times daily since the number of passengers do not justify frequent runs. ► Kang Eun-bi / Middle School Student in Rural Region Commuting by Bus “I often had to wait for the bus for half an hour. There were also times I had to give up going to school since bus operation was cancelled due to snowfall.” ► Gyeonggi to Focus This Year’s Transportation Policies on Transportation Welfare Improvement This year’s transportation projects, which will amount to an estimated KRW 670 billion, are geared to expand public transportation services to remote regions. ► Expansion of Customized Bus Services in Remote Districts These projects include the expansion of customized bus services in remote regions and an increase in the number of low-floor buses for individuals with limited mobility, as well as more double decker buses and night buses. ► Semi-public Bus Management with Bid-based Route Assignment System under Review A new semi-public bus management tem that combines bid-based route assignment is also being reviewed. ► Kim Jun-tae / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Transportation Bureau “The bus routes that are critical for the convenience of residents in some areas will be assigned to bus operators through bidding. These will be publicly owned routes.” ► Gyeonggi to Train 2,000 Bus Drivers to Address Driver Shortage Gyeonggi Province plans to train 2,000 bus drivers so as to address the driver shortage that is expected due to the reduction of working hours. Other transportation projects include the installation of automatic braking tems on buses as well as the establishment of free parking lots utilizing unused spaces. Article 7. Gyeonggi Clears Anti-Flooding Project Obstruction for Dongducheon City (190104-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Last month, Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) received a plaque of appreciation from the residents of Dongducheon (동두천) City for his contribution to the launch of the city’s anti-flooding project. ► Flood-prone Area, Dongducheon City The area in Dongducheon (동두천) City where two streams merge is prone to flooding during rainy seasons. The ideal solution is to build a dyke at a strategic // However, this project has been hindered since this location is within Camp Mobile of the US military. ► Kim Jong-gwon / Director, Strategic Project Department, Dongducheon City “We need to complete the dyke by August latest. However, we have had difficulties clearing the way to start the work.” ► Site Visit by Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (August 2018) After visiting the site, Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) formed a task force of senior officials and began taking action to resolve the problem. ► Gyeonggi Secures Anti-flooding Project ‘Go Ahead’ from Korea-US SOFA Agreement Committee Governor Lee also personally discussed the matter with the President of Korea. At a subsequent SOFA meeting, the US military gave approval for the commencement of work within Camp Mobile before they vacate the camp. ► Ko Jong-bin / Local Resident “During the flood that occurred in 2011, the water level rose as high as 1.2 meters. I am relieved that our anti-flood project can finally proceed and that we will no long have to worry about floods.” The city administration now plans begin anti-flooding work in January for completion in June. ► Lee Sang-gu / Director, Gyeonggi Province Planning & Budget Division “It is almost a miracle that the matter could be resolved within only three months. I think this is an exemplary success case of a task force that we can use in other similar situations that involve military protection zones, US military bases and green belts.” Gyeonggi Province will continue to resolve ongoing problems through active administration initiatives. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. 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EnglishNews | 2019.01.04Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Gyeonggi Offices Administrative Policy Contest Held (181224-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On December 24, ten cities and counties of Gyeonggi Province vied for provincial support totaling KRW 60 billion for autonomous projects at the finals of an administration policy contest titled ‘New Gyeonggi Policy Contest’. The top prize went to Paju (파주) City, which secured provincial support of KRW 10 billion for its project. [Sync] “Go! Go! Uijeongbu!” / “Go! Go! Gunpo!” ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (December 24) Finals of 2018 New Gyeonggi Policy Contest The competition site was packed with supporters for ten administrations that had qualified for the finals through a 3-to-1 competition rate. During the contest, the finalists were each given 7 minutes to present their policies in front of 20 judges. In between presentations, the venue was filled with excitement and cheers from supporters using various cheering methods including illuminated balloon sticks and placards. [Sync] “This project will attract more than 15 million tourists and create more than 20,000 jobs over the first three years…” This competition, which was divided into large and general-scale project categories, was organized with the objectives of identifying effective local projects while utilizing provincial budgets more efficiently. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “It is our duty to use the money and authority endowed on us by tax payers more effectively. This event was organized as a way in which to fulfill such duty.” ► Paju City Wins Top Prize of KRW 10 Billion The top prize of KRW 10 billion went to a Paju (파주) City project for the development of a former US military base into a culture and art complex. ► Paju City Mayor Choi Jong-hwan “…through development of a returned US military base, which has been left unused for a long period of time, into a peaceful and healing place that can be used by the public for relaxation…” The second prize of KRW 8 billion went to Siheung (시흥) City for its ‘Gyeonggi Marine Science Museum’ project. The third prize winner, Goyang (고양) City, secured KRW 6 billion for its ecological, historic and tourism belt development project on the Han River estuary. Project selection was based on consistency with the core values of fairness, peace and welfare as pursued by the Gyeonggi provincial administration. Article 2. Gyeonggi Announces Comprehensive Animal Welfare Policies (1224) [Anchor’s Headline] With pet ownership increasing, Gyeonggi Province announced comprehensive animal welfare policies consisting of twelve programs in four fields—including communication, coexistence, respect for life, and animal industry management and promotion—for implementation by the year 2022. ► Duri Veterinary Clinic, Suwon City Do (도봉순), the owner of a three-month old dog, visited a veterinary clinic to register her dog. She chose a microchip implant instead of wearable items for dog identification and proof of registration. ► Do Bong-sun / Ansan City Resident “…in order to prevent the loss of the dog I love and to be able to find him easily even if he becomes lost…” • Communication Field: Microchip Implant Cost Support For two years from 2019, Gyeonggi Province will provide microchip implant cost support for 50,000 dogs annually. This is geared to prevent the straying of dogs through communication. • Coexistence Field: Pet Dog Playground Establishment To promote a public sense of coexistence with animals, Gyeonggi Province will increase the number of dog playgrounds. • Coexistence Field: Stray Cat Neutering Support, Wild Animal Service Expansion Gyeonggi will also launch a stray cat neutering cost support program and establish the Northern Gyeonggi Wild Animal Rescue & Management Center. • Respect for Life Field: Animal Adoption Cost Support To promote respect for life, Gyeonggi Province will provide adoption cost support of up to KRW 200,000 for 7,000 animals annually. • Industry Management Field: Designation of Happy Livestock Farms In the pet industry management and promotion field, the province will designate 30 additional Happy Livestock Farms. ► Northern Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex December 20) Announcement of Gyeonggi Province Comprehensive Animal Welfare Policies Gyeonggi Province will implement a total of twelve animal welfare programs by the year 2022. ► Seo Sang-gyo / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Livestock & Forestry Bureau “... to establish animal welfare policy that benefits both humans and animals based on the principle of respect for life, to cultivate animal welfare culture through understanding between those who own pets and those who don’t, and to promote pet industry growth and related job creation through industry promotion and management…” Other animal welfare programs include the formation of a pet theme park in Yeoju (여주) City and the establishment of animal shelters and hospitals as well as animal-related cultural centers. Article 3. Gyeonggi to Enhance Fire Helicopter Safety (1226) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province revealed its 3-year plan to enhance fire helicopter safety through the addition of related devices. Fire helicopters are being used for firefighting, rescue operations and emergency medical assistance. ► 3-Vehicle Accident Occurs on National Route 75 in Gapyeong County (August) When a 3-vehicle accident recently occurred on a steep road in Gapyeong (가평) County, the swift transportation of the injured individuals to a hospital was made possible by a fire helicopter. Fire helicopters are mobilized in a range of situations such as fires, accidents and disasters as well as related education. ► 3 Gyeonggi Fire Helicopters Mobilized 2,700 Times for 3 Years There are three fire helicopters currently operating in Gyeonggi Province. With fire helicopter demand increasing, their safety has also become an issue. ► Kim Jeong-hyeon / Gyeonggi Fire Helicopter Pilot “We rely on aviation information provided by air traffic control centers. However, we often face difficulties since we need more readily available information due to the emergency nature of our operations.” ► Gyeonggi to Invest KRW 2.7 Billion in Fire Helicopter Safety Upgrade Gyeonggi Province has set aside KRW 2.7 billion to equip its three fire helicopters with autonomous safety devices by the year 2021. ► 3 High-tech Safety Devices to be Installed These devices include a radar that provides real-time weather information, low altitude alarms and midair collision prevention tems. The helicopter that is most frequently used in medical emergencies will be the first to have these devices installed. ► Lee Sang-min / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Fire & Disaster Headquarters Aviation Team “Fire helicopter operation is often required in emergency situations. With additional devices, these helicopters can autonomously choose the shortest and safest air routes, making their operations more effective.” Gyeonggi Province also plans to purchase an emergency medical helicopter, known as Helicopter Doctor, already equipped with such safety devices. Article 4. Review of 2018 Gyeonggi Administration in Fairness, Innovation (1227-1) [Anchor’s Headline] With only half a year having passed since the launch of the new Gyeonggi provincial administration, its administrative principles, often referred to as ‘core values’, have already deeply permeated all administrative affairs. GTV reviewed the results of the current administration in the pursuit of these values in seven categories. First, we looked at results in fairness and innovation. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (July) First Provincial Officials Monthly Morning Assembly of 7th Gyeonggi Administration From the beginning of his term, Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) had a strong grip on the rudder of Gyeonggi Province. ► New Gyeonggi Governor’s First Message: ‘Suppress the Stronger, Support the Weaker’ His first message to provincial officials was ‘Suppress the Stronger and Support the Weaker”. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung at First Provincial Officials Monthly Morning Assembly (July) “I gave officials the authority to create a fair society, to suppress the stronger and support the weaker.” With ‘Suppress the Stronger and Support the Weaker’ as its foremost value, the Gyeonggi provincial administration began making changes. • Fairness: Improvement of Working Conditions for Manual Labor The first such change was the improvement of working conditions for garbage collectors and firefighters. • Fairness: Increase in Female Officials Promoted to Level 5 Positions Next was an increase in the proportion of female officials promoted to level-5 positions to an unprecedented 35.4 percent. ► Cha Jeong-suk / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Self-Governance Bureau “It is all of us who are creating a foundation for personal development and growth of female officials…” • Fairness: Eradication of Special Favors and Unfair Trades In addition to audits of public office employment cases, there are movements to eradicate deep-rooted illegal activities such as favors and unfair trade. Strong measures have also been taken to prevent collusive tenders. • Fairness: Reinforcement of Gyeonggi Special Judicial Police Through the reinforcement of the Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police, more than 500 fraudulent real estate acquisition tax reports by habitual tax delinquents were uncovered, while long unpaid taxes totaling more than KRW 21 billion could be collected from concealed deposits. The initiatives undertaken by Gyeonggi Province—such as public construction project cost disclosure and CCTV camera installation in surgical rooms at a provincial hospital in Anseong (안성) City—quickly drew national interest. • Innovation: Establishment of CCTVs at Surgery Rooms of Provincial Medical Center Following the CCTV camera installation at this hospital, Gyeonggi Province plans to install cameras in the surgical rooms of all remaining provincial medical center hospitals. ► Kim Cheol-seok / Surgery Patient, Anseong City “The entire surgical process was recorded. During the operation, my family and I could watch the video. That significantly relieved them of anxiety.” • Innovation: Introduction of Innovative Policies in Construction Innovation in construction fields included the introduction of standard market prices and a sale-after-construction tem as well as the rationalization of wages. Construction cost disclosure was undertaken with public projects valued at more than KRW 1 billion as well as joint public and private projects. • Innovation: Introduction of Land Occupation Tax as Public Basic Income Source The Gyeonggi provincial administration also took the first step toward the realization of an innovative tax policy, a land occupation tax as a public basic income source. Gyeonggi Province has already established a Basic Income Committee for this purpose and plans to propagate the basic income concept nationwide through various endeavors. Article 5. Review of 2018 Gyeonggi Administration in Economy & Employment, Labor, Safety (181227-2) [Anchor’s Headline] GTV’s second report about the results of the current Gyeonggi provincial administration in 2018 focuses on the improvement of the livelihood of individuals in low income brackets as well as on safety. The categories, or ‘core values’, in these contexts include economy, employment, labor and safety. During the first calendar year of the current Gyeonggi provincial administration, a large number of new policies were undertaken, especially in these categories, including the planned introduction of regional vouchers and the Helicopter Doctor. • Economy: Regional Vouchers for Small Business Trades to Be Introduced This coming March, regional vouchers will be introduced as an alternative to currency for use exclusively at small businesses and traditional markets throughout the province. These vouchers will also be used by the province for certain welfare payments. ► Regional Vouchers of KRW 1.6 Trillion to be Issued over 4 Years Gyeonggi Province plans the issuance of regional vouchers amounting to almost KRW 1.6 trillion over four years beginning with almost KRW 500 billion issued this year alone. • Employment: Happy Town Guard Offices Established Last year, Happy Town Guard Offices opened at five locations in the province. Recruited from among local residents, the guards perform community services such as regular patrols, the escorting of women, and receiving deliveries. When expanded to the entire province, these community guard offices will provide more than 2,000 jobs. ► Park Deok-sun / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Employment Policy Bureau “This means that an employment administration outline has been established. During its term, the current administration plans to create a total of 448,000 jobs in six fields including public service jobs…” Gyeonggi Province is ready to introduce a number of new labor policies this year. • Labor: Gyeonggi Province Center for Labor Rights and Interests to be Established In February, the Gyeonggi Province Center for Labor Rights and Interests will be established in the Northern Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex to undertake labor policy development, education and related services. • Labor: Labor Director System to be Implemented With the passage of the related ordinance, the labor director tem, in which provincial organization employees participate in organization management as members of boards of directors, will be implemented in 11 out of 25 provincial organizations from January. This tem will help management transparency to improve while ensuring the rights of employees. • Safety: Firefighter Employment Conditions Improved The first task that the Gyeonggi provincial administration undertook in the safety field was the improvement of working conditions for firefighters. • Safety: 24-Hour Medical Emergency Helicopter to be Operated Gyeonggi Province also plans to begin the 24/7 operation of an exclusive medical emergency helicopter, titled Helicopter Doctor, this year. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “This helicopter can land close to patients within a safe range. It will operate 24 hours a day throughout the year with minimal delays and interruptions.” • Safety: Fire Alarms to be Installed at 2,500 Private Residential Study Rooms By March, fire alarms will be installed at more than 2,500 private residential study rooms. Gyeonggi Province will strengthen its control over illegal food and environmental business practices. • Safety: Inspection Fields of Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police to be Expanded The inspection fields of the Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police will be expanded from the current 6 to 15 to eradicate illegal practices that negatively affect the lives of residents. Article 6. Gyeonggi Announces Administrative Slogan (181226-2) [Anchor’s Headline] With the advent of the new year, Gyeonggi Province announced a new administrative slogan—‘New Gyeonggi, Fair World’—that represents the core values pursued by the current administration. ► Announcement of Gyeonggi Administrative Slogan Signs bearing this slogan have already been installed on the exteriors of Gyeonggi Provincial Government buildings. [CG] ‘New Gyeonggi’ denotes the determination of the administration to create a Gyeonggi Province desired by residents while ‘Fair World’ represents the core values pursued by the administration. ► Shim Ui-seop / Director, Gyeonggi Province Public Relations Contents Division “… represents the vision for a fair world that people of the nation seek to create through the advancement of the core values of fairness, peace and welfare during the ‘candle revolution’.” The design for the slogan incorporates elements that can be understood easily. ► Solidarity and Peace Symbolized by Joining of Letters in Slogan The joining of two letters at the center of the slogan symbolizes solidarity and peace. ► Sky Blue and Earth Brown Colors Denote Realization of Dreams The sky blue and earth brown colors represent the realization of people’s dreams. ► Shim Ui-seop / Director, Gyeonggi Province Public Relations Contents Division “… to enable residents to familiarize themselves with this slogan, which carries the philosophy of the current Gyeonggi provincial administration, through promotional prints and events…” The new Gyeonggi provincial administration slogan will be used in a variety of formats as a provincial policy brand image. Article 7. Review of 2018 Gyeonggi Administration in Welfare, Housing, Peace (181227-3) [Anchor’s Headline] To wrap up the review of the results of the Gyeonggi provincial administration in 2018, GTV will now focus on the remaining elements of key administration fields: welfare, housing, and peace. ► 3 Free Welfare Payment Policies to be Implemented from 2019 Gyeonggi Province has introduced a number of new customized welfare programs. The most notable are three free welfare payment programs that will be implemented from this year. • Welfare: Youth Basic Income Payments: KRW 1 Million to be Paid to Youths at Age 24 Youths who have resided in Gyeonggi Province for more than three years and reach the age of 24 will receive regional vouchers valued KRW 1 million as a youth dividend. • Welfare: Postnatal Care Cost Support: KRW 500,000 to be Paid to Mothers of Newborns For each newborn baby, free post natal care support of KRW 500,000 will be paid to families through regional vouchers • Welfare: School Uniform Cost Support: Paid for Students Entering Middle School The first-year students of middle schools, approximately 120,000 students annually, will be receive free school uniform cost support. ► Record High of Approx. KRW 10 Trillion Allocated to Welfare Including free military injury insurance coverage, the welfare budgets of Gyeonggi Province for this year will amount to approximately KRW 10 trillion. ► Hong Yeon-hui / Member of Gyeonggi Province Participatory Resident Budget Committee “Since welfare budgets are directly related to the lives of residents, the quality of resident life is expected to improve significantly this year…” ► Elimination of Housing Problems for All Residents The housing policies of Gyeonggi Province aim to eliminate housing problems for all residents. • Housing: Resolution of Residential Environment Issues in Yeonhyeon Town, Anyang City Gyeonggi Province has resolved air pollution issues regarding an asphalt-concrete plant in Anyang (안양) City. • Housing Supply of 200,000 Public Rental Housing Units Planned The provincial administration will supply 200,000 public rental housing units by the year 2022. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “… so that housing is not the subject of investment but becomes a space for daily life…” ► Inter-Korean Exchange and Cooperation Projects to be Pursued In the peace category, Gyeonggi Province initiated the resumption of inter-Korean exchange projects that had been suspended for eight years. • Peace: Establishment of Oknyugwan in Gyeonggi, Pursuit of Joint Agricultural & Forestry Projects Gyeonggi Province and North Korean authorities agreed on the establishment of a famous North Korean restaurant in the province. ► Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Peace Lee Hwa-yeong “Inter-Korean exchanges and cooperation efforts are choices for peace and prosperity as well as obligations of the time that we cannot refuse. Through the realization of what was agreed upon, Gyeonggi Province will lead the way to peace and prosperity.” ► Support for Northern Gyeonggi Regions to be Strengthened Gyeonggi Province also plans to provide northern provincial regions with special support for balanced development. To this end, the Gyeonggi Provincial Government has entered cooperation agreements with 10 cities and counties in northern provincial regions. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.