Daily News – Gyeonggi Global https://english.gg.go.kr Global Inspiration, Global Gyeonggi Wed, 08 May 2019 07:55:04 +0000 ko-KR hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 2019 K-Beauty Expo Opens KRW 63 Million Export Route in Indonesia https://english.gg.go.kr/blog/daily-news/2019-k-beauty-expo-opens-krw-63-million-export-route-in-indonesia/ Wed, 24 Apr 2019 07:50:34 +0000 http://english.gg.go.kr/?post_type=daily-news&p=14757 Thirty-two Gyeonggi Province cosmetics companies realized KRW 63 million in export consultations in Indonesia, a market of 80,000,000 cosmetic users.

From April 4 to 6, Gyeonggi Province successfully hosted K-Beauty Expo Indonesia at JIExpo, reporting successful results on April 10.

Of particular note, this K-Beauty Expo Indonesia, featuring 63 small and large Korean cosmetics companies, and the Indo Beauty Expo 2019, featuring 67 international cosmetics companies, took place simultaneously, this bringing synergy to both expos.

Indonesia is a growing market for beauty, recording an average related growth rate of 13% per year. This is why, in the latter part of 2018, the Indonesian Food and Drug Administration under the Indonesian Ministry of Health (Badan Pengawas Obat dan Makanan (BPOM)) approved an average of 5,000 new cosmetic products per month. The accelerated market growth, and an even faster growth in demand for Korean cosmetics due to the Korean Wave, drove year-on-year growth of 60.8% in imports of Korean cosmetics last year.

Global and local interest in Korean skincare products and beauty devices was also seen at this event. Over three days, 790 export consultations valued at a total of KRW 63 million took place, and approximately 8,000 people visited the expo.

Gyeonggi Province supported booth fees and interpretation services for the 32 small cosmetics businesses from the province, which resulted in 150 consultation requests from buyers, keeping participants busier than ever.

Of particular note, Lotte Home Shopping, a major distribution company, organized their own booth, inviting local Indonesian cooperative buyers and providing consulting opportunities for participants. This, in turn, increased satisfaction among the participating companies.

An employee from Soosan CMC, an eco-friendly hand sanitizer manufacturer in Yongin, explained: “The visitors to the expo were great, which in turn, made the expo a great experience for us as participants. This was our first expo and we thought it was a great success.” He added, “Our company will participate in next year’s Indonesia expo, without a doubt.”

BNF Corporation from Bucheon had consultations with one of the foremost buyers at the expo and was able to successfully establish their own path into the foreign market.

A BNF Corporation employee made this requested: “Please provide us with support for foreign safety certification and foreign marketing so that we can achieve more from what we have earned at the expo.”

A provincial official explained: “The amount of interest and support that the expo received reflects the great potential for Korean cosmetics companies in Indonesia.” The official added, “Going forward, we will continue to provide various means of support to establish a path for small cosmetics companies to expand abroad.”

The next K-Beauty Expo will be held on May 6 at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai, China.

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Participant List Confirmed for 2019 Korea Basic Income Expo https://english.gg.go.kr/blog/daily-news/participant-list-confirmed-for-2019-korea-basic-income-expo/ Wed, 24 Apr 2019 07:43:50 +0000 http://english.gg.go.kr/?post_type=daily-news&p=14755 ○ Main participants confirmed for 2019 Korea Basic Income Expo taking place from April 29 to 30
– Many globally renowned leaders to attend including keynote speakers Anne Miller and Kang Nam-hoon, as well as Sarath Davala, Sam Manning, Inoue Tomohiro, Almaz Zelleke, and Josep Coll
– Government officials, regional leaders, and administrators also to attend including Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myeong, Rheinau Mayor Andreas Jaeggi from Switzerland, and Finnish economist Jauhiainen
○ Gyeonggi official: “It will be a festival that will bring basic income to the table not only in Korea but also around the world.”

The 2019 Korea Basic Income Expo, with the theme of “The New Paradigm of the Generation of Collaboration, Basic Income”, is a festival celebrating public discussion of basic income. It will be attended by globally renowned experts on basic income and regional currency from Korea and abroad.

On April 7, Gyeonggi Province announced that global and domestic leaders and experts will attend the 2019 Korea Basic Income Expo taking place on April 29 and 30 at the Suwon Convention Center.

Along with Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung, the co-founder of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) and the Chair of the British Civil Income Trust, world-renowned basic income leader Dr. Anne Miller, as well as one of the leading experts on basic income in Korea, the Co-Chair of Gyeonggi Province Basic Income Committee and the Chairman of Basic Income Network in Korea, Dr. Kang Nam-hoon (Hanshin University) are keynote speakers for the event.

Dr. Sarath Davala, the Vice Chair of BIEN, Dr. Inoue Tomohiro (Professor at Komazawa University), Dr. Almaz Zelleke (Professor at New York University), Sam Manning (Research Associate from Y Combinator Research Institute, Basic Income Project Team), Dr. Josep Maria Coll (Senior Researcher at the Barcelona Center for International Affairs), and other global scholars will also participate in this event, making various presentations and participating in discussions.

This event will receive regional authority representatives and government officials from countries and regions in which basic income policies are currently in place or have been attempted.

First, Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung will present the implementation of basic income policies in Gyeonggi Province and Seongnam City. He was the first to introduce and implement basic income policies in Korea and is regarded as a global leader in the field of basic income policy.

Rheinau Municipality Mayor Andreas Jaeggi from Switzerland, a country in which basic income policy was publicly voted upon for the first time in the world, and Rebecca Panian, movie director and researcher for the basic income experiment, are presenting the Swiss case of basic income together.

Dr. Signe Jauhiainen, a senior economist from Finland, a country in which basic income policy has been most actively experimented, is also visiting the fair to introduce Finnish basic income case studies.

Korea Student Aid Foundation Chairman Lee Jeong-woo (formerly Policy Director at the Blue House), Gyeonggi Research Institute Chair Lee Han-joo, Seoul Institute of Economic and Social Studies Director Jang Se-jin, Gachon University Professor Yu Jong-seong, Chung-Ang University Professor Kim Kyo-seong, and Ajou University Professor Oh Dong-seok will be the chairs for individual discussion sessions.

Other domestic scholars and experts like Chief Keum Min from the Institute for Political & Economic Alternatives, Executive Director An Hyo-sang from the Basic Income Network Korea, Researcher Lee Gun Min from the Institute for Political & Economic Alternatives, Head Researcher Yu Young-seong from the Gyeonggi Research Institute of Win-Win Economy, CEO Lee Won-jae from Lab 2050, Senior Researcher Jeong Won-ho from the Gyeonggi Research Institute, Researcher Park Kyung-cheol from the ChungNam Institute, Professor Kwak No-wan (Hanshin University), Professor Seo Jeong-hee (Gunsan University), Professor Lee Hyang-woo (Chungbuk National University), Professor No Ho-chang (Hoseo University), Professor Kim Kyo-seong (Chung-Ang Universiity), Professor Kang Hyeon-cheol (Kyonggi University), Professor Baek Seung-ho (Catholic University) and others will participate in discussions and presentations.

The Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly aims to establish the event not only a venue in which to establish common ground on the concept of basic income, but also as a catalyst to promote the idea of basic income around the world.

One official explained: “By inviting experts and administrators from all over the world to discuss basic income and establish common ground, we hope that the fair will be a venue through which basic income becomes a globally discussed topic.” The official added, “As global leaders in basic income will be here at the event, we look forward to meaningful outcomes that the fair will bring in the field of basic income.”

The Guardian, a British newspaper, introduced the Finnish case of implementing basic income in a February edition, writing: “The idea of basic income is growing beyond the Scandinavian countries and becoming a generational trend.” They also referred to Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung as one of the most passionate leaders in the field.

Along with Governor Lee Jae-myung, the Guardian article also mentions Elon Musk (CEO of Tesla Motors), Robert Reich (former US Secretary of Labor), and Benoît Hamon (a French presidential candidate).

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Academic Symposium on Registering DMZ as UNESCO World Heritage Site Hosted by Province and National Assembly https://english.gg.go.kr/blog/daily-news/academic-symposium-on-registering-dmz-as-unesco-world-heritage-site-hosted-by-province-and-national-assembly/ Wed, 24 Apr 2019 07:41:01 +0000 http://english.gg.go.kr/?post_type=daily-news&p=14753 On March 23, Gyeonggi Province is hosting an academic symposium at the National Assembly Library to discuss the DMZ’s value as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This academic symposium—sponsored by Jung Sung-ho, Chair of the Advisory Office for Planning and Finance, An Min-suk, Chair of the Advisory Office for Culture and Sports and Tourism, and 46 other members of the National Assembly, and hosted by the Gyeonggi Cultural Foundation—invites the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), experts from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (ICUN) and from Man in Biosphere (MAB), the Director-General of the National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage, and field experts, as well as officials from public and private research centers and organizations. Approximately 300 people will be in attendance.

The symposium will feature four presentations, followed by a seminar on “North and South Cooperation on Cultural Heritage and Challenges” by Choi Jong-deok, Director-General of the National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage. The four presentations include: North and South Korean perspectives of the DMZ, its shifting ideas and its future (Professor Jung Dae-jin from the Ajou Institute of Unification); the ecological value of the DMZ as a World Heritage Site (Professor Jo Do-sun from Catholic University); the DMZ as modern heritage and a review of its function (Professor An Chang-mo from Kyonggi University); and Suggestions to collaborate with North Korea to designate the DMZ as a World Heritage Site (Historian Council of North and South Korean History Secretary General Shin Jun-young).

The presentations will be followed by a general discussion led by Professor Lee Hye-eun from Dongguk University. Participants include: Choi Yong-hwan, the Director of Research on Strategies from the Institute for National Security Strategy, Professor Woo Kyung-sik from Kangwon National University, Honorary Professor Kim Jeong-shin from Dankook University, and Lee Yeong-dong, Executive Member of the Korean Council for Reconciliation and Cooperation.

The designation of the DMZ as a World Heritage Site is one of the pledges made by the members of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly. The assembly member sees it as a necessary step to take in order to excavate and preserve the site. In March, Gyeonggi Province made this proposal to the Cultural Heritage Administration, stating that the preservation of the DMZ and its designation as a World Heritage Site should be regarded as a policy issue for the Korean central government for inter-Korean reconciliation. Currently, this proposal for the designation of the DMZ as a World Heritage Site is being reviewed by the Cultural Heritage Administration.

In Gyeonggi Province, there are 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Hwaseong Fortress, Namhansanseong Fortress, and Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty (31st in a lineage of 40 kings).

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German Automobile Distribution Company MOSOLF Visits Yellow Sea Free Economic Zone (Pyeongtaek BIX) https://english.gg.go.kr/blog/daily-news/german-automobile-distribution-company-mosolf-visits-yellow-sea-free-economic-zone-pyeongtaek-bix/ Wed, 24 Apr 2019 07:38:03 +0000 http://english.gg.go.kr/?post_type=daily-news&p=14751 ○ European automobile distribution company MOSOLF visits Yellow Sea Free Economic Zone with interest in investing in automobile transportation logistics center
○ Yellow Sea Free Economic Zone promises Korea-Europe cooperation for growth in automobile distribution industry
– Plans to form strategic domestic and international alliances between distribution companies, establish mutual investment and more, to push forward with smart distribution growth
– Creative Knowledge exclusive industrial zone (Pyeongtaek BIX) designated as Northeast Asia distribution center for European automobiles

Representatives of MOSOLF, a German automobile distribution company, visited the Yellow Sea Free Economic Zone with interest in investing in a Korea-Germany distribution alliance.

On April 1, the Gyeonggi Province Yellow Sea Free Economic Zone Authority announced that they had met with representatives of MOSOLF on the morning of March 30 to discuss the establishment of an automobile-specific and high-value distribution cluster.

The representatives included Dr. Jörg Mosolf, CEO Wolfgang Goebel, and Detthold Aden, the previous President of the Bremen Port Authority. During the meeting, they discussed the prospects of the integrated freight industry and business plans for the European company in establishing an Asia distribution hub in the Yellow Sea Free Economic Zone.

The Yellow Sea Free Economic Zone Authority offered globally supportive plans to increase cooperation between the European automobile distribution company and the free economic zone, to form strategic alliances between distribution companies, both domestic and foreign, as well as to pursue mutual investments. The authority also promised to make Pyeongtaek BIX (Poseung district) available as a smart distribution-related automobile distribution hub.

Pyeongtaek BIX (Poseung district) is the only free economic zone in Gyeonggi Province in which foreign-invested companies can operate with a 100% waiver of regional taxes for up to 7 years. The land in the district is also 34% less expensive than in surrounding areas. In addition, last November, the Yellow Sea Free Economic Zone Authority designated the area as an industrial complex as an incentive to domestic companies.

MOSOLF currently possesses 1,000 special vehicles for mass transportation, 300 2-floor wagons and 2 ships. Through technical and distribution centers in primary regions of Europe, the group manages approximately 2,800,000 automobiles every year.

An official of the Yellow Sea Free Economic Zone Authority explained: “We are deeply thankful to have met a global leader in the distribution industry that will realize smart distribution and new Northeast Asia policies in tandem with the Fourth Industrial Revolution.” The official added, “We will provide the support needed to establish Pyeongtaek Port, the top distribution hub in Korea, as the channel to the southern marine logistics and to logistics in the north.”

Lots in the Yellow Sea Free Economic Zone are being sold from the first half of 2019. Foreign-invested companies interested in the Pyeongtaek BIX can contact the Investment Promotion Division of the Gyeonggi Province Yellow Sea Free Economic Zone Authority (+82-31-8008-8623, 031-8008-8633).

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To Pyeonghwa-ro, a Monorail between Imjingak and Panmunjeom https://english.gg.go.kr/blog/daily-news/to-pyeonghwa-ro-a-monorail-between-imjingak-and-panmunjeom/ Thu, 21 Mar 2019 09:28:03 +0000 http://english.gg.go.kr/?post_type=daily-news&p=14500

The Gyeonggi Tourism Organization plans to build the tentatively named “Monorail of Peace” between Imjingak Pyeonghwa Nuri and Panmunjeom.

The Monorail of Peace will be built in accordance with Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung’s policy of establishing Gyeonggi Province as the center of Korean peace. It is also an endeavor to establish Imjingak Pyeonghwa Nuri and Panmunjeom as global symbols of peace and Korean landmarks. Through the development of the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) tourism resources, jobs will be created and the economy will be stimulated along the DMZ, which has been a symbol of division.

The monorail will not only serve as a mode of transportation but will also be a high-tech mode of tourism. It will run a total length of 11 kilometers between Imjingak Pyeonghwa Nuri and Panmunjeom and include four stations: Imjingak Station, Division Station, Peace Station and Panmunjeom Station.

There will be unique tourist features associated with each station. Imjingak Station will be a venue for sign-ups, education, and amenities in connection with Imjingak Pyeonghwa Nuri, Forest Nuri (a wetland educational center), and other tourist spots. Division Station will feature experiences and exhibitions pertaining to the Korean War as well as the pain and struggles of the divided peninsula. At Peace Station, the DMZ, a place of division transformed into a place of peace, is recreated using VR and AR. Panmunjeom Station will feature a duty-free store, North Korean cuisine and special goods.

The monorail itself will be an enjoyment. The walls and floor of the train will be made of a special glass through which passengers can see the DMZ, which has been preserved in its original form for 70 years. The glass walls will also present videos on the history of the DMZ and the unification of Korea.

A Gyeonggi Tourism Organization official explained: “We are introducing ideal content using the latest technologies so that all monorail passengers can experience the DMZ and be entertained, moved to tears, and awed.

The Gyeonggi Tourism Organization plans to eventually expand the Monorail to Songaksan Mountain in Kaesong. The first phase of the project is for the 11 kilometer section between Imjingak and Panmunjeom. The second phase calls for a 14-kilometer section between Panmunjeom and Kaesong, which will pass directly through Kaesong. The third phase will be a 3-kilometer section between Kaesong and Songaksan Mountain.

The Gyeonggi Tourism Organization expects that construction of the Monorail of Peace will create jobs for the people in northern Gyeonggi Province—in areas such as Paju City, Goyang City, and Yeoncheon County—and contribute significantly to the local economy. Once the monorail becomes a landmark of the DMZ, it can eventually be expanded as a “stay-cation” venue and increase the consumption of local products. The Gyeonggi Tourism Organization also predicts that it will generate revenue through the provision of accommodations to visitors to Korea International Exhibition Center.

Currently only Daegu, the Suncheonman Bay, and Geoje have operating monorails in Korea. The Monorail of Peace will be the first of its kind that features DMZ-related content through cutting-edge technology. Running every 6 to 8 minutes, the monorail will have a top speed of approximately 30 kilometers per hour with a roundtrip taking around 50 minutes (tourism activities excluded).

Gyeonggi Tourism Organization President Yu Dong-gyu explained: “Although Korea has been isolated from the rest of Asia because of the North, if a pathway into the North is opened, our country will truly live up to its geopolitical potential as a peninsular nation.” He added, “The Monorail of Peace is the first step and an inspiration in this process.”

The Gyeonggi Tourism Organization, together with Gyeonggi Province, will officially propose the Monorail of Peace to the national government as new tourist infrastructure and endeavor to expedite related procedures.

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Satisfying All Five Senses, Old Gyeonggi Trails Offer 23 Themed Expeditions in 2019 https://english.gg.go.kr/blog/daily-news/old-gyeonggi-trail-that-satisfies-all-five-senses-goes-on-23-trail-searches-for-this-years-themes/ Thu, 21 Mar 2019 09:08:59 +0000 http://english.gg.go.kr/?post_type=daily-news&p=14497 Gyeonggi Province and the Gyeonggi Cultural Foundation are offering 23 expeditions this year with 13 cities of the province, including Paju, Goyang, Icheon, Seongnam, Gwacheon, Anyang, Yongin, Uiwang, Suwon, Anseong, Osan, Hwaseong, and Pyeongtaek.

Old Gyeonggi Trails are historical and cultural pedestrian routes featuring the six main roads recorded in Dorogo (Record of Roads) chronicled by Shin Gyeong Jun, a Silhak scholar of the late Joseon Dynasty. There have been various related programs offered since 2014, which are popular among enthusiasts of history and culture as well as walking.

This year, Gyeonggi Province and the Gyeonggi Cultural Foundation continued five programs for provincial residents, including: Theme Expedition, Walking Together, Expedition on Regional Ties, Ode to Youth and Academy.

In the Theme Expedition, the most popular program, participants attend lectures based on four themes—history, fortress, ecology, and culture—while walking along the trails. This year, there are four expeditions planned: a historical expedition that begins in Yongin on April 20, the Uiwang Fortress Expedition on May 25, the Yongin Ecology Expedition on June 29, and the Suwon Art Expedition on November 23.

Walking Together, which showcases the unique features of Samnam-gil, Euiju-gil, and Yeongnam-gil, consists of three events: Walking Together Along the Great Yeongnam Road in Yongin on May 11, Walking the Samnam-gil Together in Osan on September 28, and Walking to Eurasia through Euiju-gil in Paju on October 26.

The Expedition on Regional Ties is a program undertaken in collaboration with cultural centers, autonomous resident committees, schools, and local communities along the historical and cultural expedition trails. It is structured to encourage vitalization of the Old Gyeonggi Trails under the lead of local organizations. The program runs six times during weekdays for visitors who cannot participate during the weekends.

Ode to Youth is a community clean-up activity and historical lecture for youths. It takes place four times this year: in Uiwang and Goyang in July, and then in Anseong and Yongin in November.

Academy is a program that features a theoretical lecture on local cultural heritage and cultural art experiences along the Old Gyeonggi Trails. The first and second sessions took place on March 15 and 16, with the third and fourth sessions running on March 22 and 23. The advanced course will take place on two occasions on October 18 and 19. The program is offered six times in total this year and is geared to foster local experts and program managers for the future of the Old Gyeonggi Trails.

Gyeonggi Province Cultural Heritage Division Director Park Jong-dal explained: “We established the expedition events from March to November so that we can provide a form of entertainment to residents and share the different historical and cultural stories of our province.” He added, “I hope many residents of the province will support and participate in the expeditions through which they can be entertained and educated on the Old Gyeonggi Trails.”

For more information or to apply for the Old Gyeonggi Trail programs, visit the Gyeonggi Cultural Foundation website (http://ggoldroad.ggcf.or.kr). Applications should be made a month before the scheduled program date and are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

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2019 Korea Basic Income Expo Takes Place from April 29 to 30 at Suwon Convention Center https://english.gg.go.kr/blog/daily-news/2019-korea-basic-income-expo-takes-place-from-april-29-to-30-at-suwon-convention-center/ Thu, 21 Mar 2019 09:01:21 +0000 http://english.gg.go.kr/?post_type=daily-news&p=14493 Two main sections—the International Conference on Basic Income and the Basic Income & Regional Currency Exhibition—as well as other various events

A place of communication and exchange for all people with approximately 20,000 domestic/international scholars, experts and others participating

Spokesperson Kim Yong: “Basic income is a social safety net and a mission for this generation to guarantee a basic standard of life.”

The 7th popularly elected Gyeonggi provincial administration is hosting the 2019 Korea Basic Income Expo from April 29 to April 30 at the Suwon Convention Center. The event will serve as a venue for communication and exchange in the establishment of common ground among all people for basic income and regional currency policies, a means by which to realize a province of equality.

At a briefing session held on March 25 at the Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex, Spokesperson Kim Yong explained: “The 2019 Korea Basic Income Expo will promote a nation-wide basic income policy as well as a regional currency that is being implemented from this year.” He added, “Not only will this expo advocate a nation-wide basic income policy, it will also be a venue for assessing the present and future of basic income policies in Korea and overseas, as well as a place to discuss international issues and new policies.”

Kim continued, “Basic income is no longer a policy criticized as populism.” He then emphasized: “It is a social safety net to prevent the rapid growth of the poor and unemployed following the fourth industrial revolution and to guarantee a basic standard of living for all citizens. It is a mission for this generation of increasing labor incentives, income redistribution and economic stimulation.”

The 2019 Korea Basic Income Expo, hosted by Gyeonggi Province, is co-hosted by the Gyeonggi Research Institute, the Gyeonggido Business & Science Accelerator, and the Basic Income Korean Network. A total of 20,000 people including domestic and international scholars/experts, regional officials from all of Korea, and Gyeonggi residents are expected to participate. It is a national event to celebrate and establish a common understanding of the importance of basic income and regional currency policies.

Under the theme of “Opening the Doors to Basic Income and Great Achievements,” the expo is divided into two main sections: the International Conference on Basic Income, and the Basic Income and Regional Currency Exhibition. There will also be a wide variety of events taking place at the expo.

The International Conference on Basic Income will serve as a venue of conversation and exchange through which Korea’s regional officials, who have previously pursued or are currently pursuing basic income-related policies, and senior executives can gather for discussions under the theme of “The New Paradigm of the Generation of Collaboration, Basic Income.”

During the international conference, participants will discuss diverse aspects of basic income policy, including: the present and the future of the Gyeonggi Province basic income model; basic income as defined by international scholars; and examples of basic income policies abroad.

The Basic Income & Regional Currency Exhibition is open to young adults, agriculturalists, and artists from all over Korea. Through this event, they can gain a better understanding of basic income policies and regional currency; it is a place for them to see the exhibition as well as to experience the policies themselves.

Gyeonggi Province is planning to operate approximately 100 promotional booths to introduce basic income policies abroad and to allow people to experience the regional currency themselves so as to increase their understanding.

Last December, Gyeonggi Province established Korea’s first Basic Income Committee, an advisory board for basic income policies. This year, the committee is pursuing key policies of the 7th popularly elected provincial administration that are geared to expand young adult basic income to the 31 municipalities of the province, and will actively review the introduction of basic income for agriculturalists while also pursuing different policies to expand basic income.

From this April, the province plans to promote the Gyeonggi regional currency with the aim of having it in circulation in all municipalities of Gyeonggi Province.

Gyeonggi Province expects that, by making welfare payments with the Gyeonggi regional currency, it will enhance the welfare effect and prevent misuse, eventually leading to the positive circulation of the regional economy.

For reference, the main tenet of basic income policy is to ensure every person in society receives a certain amount of income unconditionally. Addressing large-scale, long-term unemployment and the concentration of wealth engendered by the fourth industrial revolution, such policies are receiving attention around the world.

Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung introduced and enacted basic income policy for young adults for the first time in Korea while serving as Mayor of Seongnam City, raising the initiative as a national issue.

□ Keynote Lecture
– Annie Miller, Co-Founder of Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) and a feminist economist

□ Individual Session Participants (Confirmed)
– Sarath Davala (Vice Chair of BIEN, Coordinator of India Network for Basic Income)
– Inoue Tomohiro (Professor at Komazawa University)
– Almaz Zelleke (Professor at New York University)

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Japanese lifelong learning experts visited the Gyeonggi-do Provincial Institute for Lifelong Learning (GILL) to study the operation of its eup/myeon/dong lifelong learning centers, the activities of study managers, and the best practices among GILL’s projects.

GILL announced on February 21 that Nagasawa Seiji (Professor emeritus, Chiba University), and Asano Kaoru (Professor, Fukushima University) participated in this two-day mission from February 18 to 19.

On February 18, they visited the Lifelong Learning Center of Bucheon City, which exemplifies lifelong learning practices, and its community service center. They also participated in a seminar with lifelong educators and local activists of Hakseup Bandi, the local learning centers.

They discussed in depth the subject of citizenship and community in the context of lifelong learning based on daily life and reached a consensus on the development of local lifelong learning.

On February 19, GILL head Han Seon-jae explained trends of lifelong learning at eup, myeon, and dong levels (administrative sections). He also introduced the insitute’s major projects: the operation of the Gyeonggi-do Democratic Citizen Education Support Center – a center that offers universal citizen education, a symbol of “New Gyeonggi Province, Fair World” – and Gyeonggi’s Career-resuming Adult Education Program for middle-aged individuals.

He emphasized the philosophy that, especially in order to prepare for a super-aged society and in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, education for those who are over 60 years old should become compulsory. He also mentioned that Korea and Japan should continue their active exchanges in terms of lifelong learning by sharing their best practices.

Professor emeritus of Chiba University Nagasawa Seiji said, “We are grateful that we could have the opportunity to examine the best practices of Gyeonggi Province, a leading region in terms of lifelong learning in South Korea.” He added, “We will promote those cases in Japan and reflect Gyeonggi Province’s methods by maintaining a close cooperation with GILL.”

Han Seon-jae, the director of the GILL, shared, “We are glad that educators from Japan, a leading country in terms of practicing in-depth social education, visited our institute to share exemplary cases.” He continued, “We will create a strong model of international cooperation by aggressively building up our network with Japan.”

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Gyeonggi Province Delegation Visits Spain, the United Kingdom, and Germany https://english.gg.go.kr/blog/daily-news/gyeonggi-province-delegation-visits-spain-the-united-kingdom-and-germany/ Tue, 05 Mar 2019 07:52:17 +0000 http://english.gg.go.kr/?post_type=daily-news&p=14025

○ Gyeonggi Province Delegation, Headed by Assistant Governor for Labor and Economy Park Shin-whoan, Visits Spain, the United Kingdom, and Germany from February 26 to March 6.

– Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Gyeonggi-Catalonia Sisterhood Relations: Renewing Exchanges and Discussing Expansion to Economic and Tourism Sectors

– Investment Promotion with GDS, a British LED Manufacturer

– Visiting Germany to Benchmark “Local Currency” and Smart Factories

The delegation of Gyeonggi Province, headed by Assistant Governor for Labor and Economy Park Shin-whoan, is visiting Spain, the United Kingdom, and Germany on a nine-day-and-seven-night mission from February 26 to March 6.

Gyeonggi Province announced that the purpose of these visits is to strengthen economic cooperation by, among others, attracting investments from European companies to vitalize the local economy. In addition, the delegation will study European best practices in relation to major policies that the province is currently pursuing, such as the introduction of a “local currency,” the Gyeonggi Youth Dividend, and the development of a Gyeonggi-style Smart Factory model.

On February 27, the Gyeonggi Province delegation will meet Alfred Bosch, the Minister of Foreign Action, Institutional Relations and Transparency of Catalonia, at the Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya in Barcelona, to discuss plans to promote cooperation between the two regions.

Gyeonggi Province and Catalonia established their sisterhood relationship in March 1999, but since 2004, their active exchanges were put on standby due to political circumstances in Spain. This year, Gyeonggi Province plans to reopen exchanges with Catalonia and expand cooperation in the fields of economy and start-ups, culture, and tourism in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of their sisterhood relationship. Of particular note, the two regions will discuss the possible co-participation in MWC Barcelona and 4YFN (4 Years From Now), events held in Catalonia, and in G-FAIR KOREA and Pangyo Autonomous Motor Show, events held in Gyeonggi Province, as well as the possible entry of Gyeonggi Province companies into the Spanish market.

Held every year in Catalonia by GSMA, MWC Barcelona is the largest mobile communication technology fair in the world. 4YFN, one of the events organized by MWC Barcelona, will welcome over 600 start-ups from 45 countries this year.

On March 1, the delegation will meet Richard Cuthbert, CEO of Global Design Solutions (GDS), at DIT South West’s headquarters in Bristol to conclude an investment agreement. GDS is a promising British SME that has installed its high-end lighting system in more than 700 theaters and opera houses, including The SSE Arena, Wembley in London, and the Opéra Bastille in Paris. With this agreement, GDS will pursue investment in Suwon City, Gyeonggi Province.

The Gyeonggi delegation will also visit the Chiemgauer association on March 4 to study its introduction of a “local currency”. Since 2003, the Chiemgau region of Bavaria, Germany, has been using its own local currency called the “Chiemgauer.” The delegation will also visit the headquarters of the automation division of Siemens in order to facilitate development of a Gyeonggi-style Smart Factory model.

Assistant Governor for Labor and Economy Park Shin-whoan stated, “We hope to create quality jobs by expanding the reach of our exchanges with Catalonia and promoting investment from a promising British company.” He added, “We will strengthen our foundations for more effective and favorable cooperation with major regions in Europe to enable the entry of Gyeonggi Province companies into the European market and to attract foreign direct investment.”

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Gyeonggi-do Agricultural Research and Extension Services Develops “Red Pang,” a New Species of Year-Round Flowering Crown-of-thorns https://english.gg.go.kr/blog/daily-news/gyeonggi-do-agricultural-research-and-extension-services-develops-red-pang-a-new-species-of-year-round-flowering-crown-of-thorns/ Tue, 05 Mar 2019 02:40:22 +0000 http://english.gg.go.kr/?post_type=daily-news&p=14022 ○ Gyeonggi-do Agricultural Research and Extension Services Develops “Red Pang,” a New Species of Year-Round Flowering Crown-of-thorns

– 21 New Species Developed since 2000 Including “Panoramas” and “Dual Pinks”

The Gyeonggi-do Agricultural Research and Extension Services (GARES) announced on February 25 that it developed “Red Pang,” a new species of Crown-of-thorns, a year-round flowering succulent plant.

As a euphorbia, what appears to be the Crown-of-thorns plant’s flowers are actually bracts in which the plant’s actual flowers are hidden.

With sufficient sunshine, water, and nutrients, even a home-grown Crown-of-thorns blooms all year round. The colors of its bracts vary — red, pink, white, and more — and the plant can be propagated from cuttings. While you can find this plant any time of the year at a flower shop, it is generally sold in March. The plant is gaining popularity among consumers as it also easily tolerates high temperatures.

Since 2000, GARES has continuously been developing new species of Crown-of-thorns that are tailored to consumer preferences. So far, it has distributed 21 species to horticultural farms, including “Panoramas,” with bracts that slowly turn from green to pink, and “Dual Pinks,” with bi-colored bracts.

Red Pang, the new species developed this year, has a higher ornamental value as its bracts and leaves show stronger pigmentation than those of the ordinary red species that are commonly sold in flower markets. Additionally, it offers better use of indoor space thanks to its compact shape that features a large number of branches, potentially guaranteeing its competitiveness against existing red species.

The new species will be distributed to qualifying organizations, such as seed businesses and farms, through which it will then be mass produced and sold to decorate consumers’ homes.

GARES head Kim Seok-cheol commented, “We hope that the development of new species of Crown-of-thorns will contribute to a change in the trends of the domestic flower market and the expansion of the potted flower market.” He added, “We will help increase the income of horticultural farms and the competitiveness of domestic species by continuously developing and distributing new species.”

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