News – Gyeonggi Global Global Inspiration, Global Gyeonggi Province 2024-06-11T00:31:47Z WordPress gg_mgr <![CDATA[Gyeonggi Province Strengthens Partnership with Peru]]> 2024-06-11T00:31:47Z 2024-05-29T00:30:20Z Gyeonggi Province strengthens economic exchanges and cooperation with Peru.

On May 28, Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Economy Kim Hyun-gon attended a state dinner at the invitation of Peruvian Ambassador to Korea Paul Duclos.

The invitation was extended in appreciation of Gyeonggi Province’s hospitality and active cooperation in official development assistance (ODA) during a visit by a Peruvian mayoral delegation last June.

“We are pleased to continue our cooperation with Peru, this year’s APEC Chair, in organizing this event,” Vice Governor Kim said at the dinner, adding, “We look forward to further strengthening exchanges and cooperation with Peru and the Latin American region, which has unlimited potential.”

“The 21 fire trucks and ambulances donated by Gyeonggi Province have been distributed to various cities in Peru,” said Ambassador Douclos. “We are grateful for the exchange with our mayors, which has strengthened our cooperation with Gyeonggi Province,” said Peruvian Ambassador to Korea.”

Gyeonggi Province has recently held two meetings with Peruvian local governments regarding cooperation in various fields such as public administration, information and communication technology (ICT), trade and the environment, and expects the meetings to serve as a bridgehead for entering the Latin American market.

In addition to Vice Governor for Economy Kim Hyun-gon, the dinner was attended by the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly’s Safety and Administration Committee Chairman Ahn Gye-il, Gyeonggi Fire and Disaster Headquarters Commissioner Cho Seon-ho, and International Relations Ambassador Kim In-cheol.

gg_mgr <![CDATA[Gyeonggi Province and Shandong Province Join Forces to Promote Sustainable Agriculture through Enhanced Digital Transformation and Application]]> 2024-06-11T00:30:11Z 2024-05-22T00:25:54Z On May 22, the Gyeonggi Province-Shandong Province Joint Symposium on Agricultural Science and Technology was held in Gyeonggi Province by the Gyeonggi Agricultural Research & Extension Services and the Shandong Provincial Academy of Agricultural Sciences in China.

The symposium was held to share the current status of and development directions for digital agriculture and agricultural applications in both regions. It featured two keynote presentations, six thematic presentations, two case presentations, and extensive discussions on digital agriculture, healing agriculture, insects, and other agricultural applications.

As the first keynote speaker, Gyeonggi Agricultural Research & Extension Services Director Dr. Sung Je-hoon introduced the current status of the Gyeonggi Digital Agriculture Task Force, including data analysis (statistics), digital breeding, smart farms, and artificial intelligence, and presented the vision of digital agriculture in Gyeonggi Province.

At the agricultural science and technology exchange meeting held that same day, it was decided to prioritize exchanges and joint research cooperation in the fields of cherries and strawberries, and mushrooms as well as medicinal agriculture.

Gyeonggi Province and Shandong Province have been engaged in agricultural science and technology exchanges since 2009, promoting technology and personnel exchanges in various fields such as rice and mushrooms. Of particular note, following an agreement ratified in 2014, the two provinces have held a joint symposium every three years since 2015, and this year’s was the fourth face-to-face event in the six years since the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition, the Gyeonggi Agricultural Research & Extension Services has been steadily promoting agricultural science and technology exchanges since the first agreements with Shandong (1996), Jiangsu (2015), and Jilin (2016) provinces. It will lead a delegation to Liaoning Province in July to deepen exchanges with the Liaoning Provincial Academy of Agricultural Sciences and discuss the identification of medium- and long-term collaboration areas as well as the extension of researcher exchange periods.

“We will resume and further stimulate agricultural science and technology exchanges between the two regions that were curtailed by the COVID-19 pandemic, including video connections, and use this as an opportunity to jointly prepare for a future of sustainable agriculture,” said Sung Je-hoon, Director of the Gyeonggi Agricultural Research & Extension Services.

gg_mgr <![CDATA[(Overseas Mission) Gyeonggi Province Governor Visits United States and Canada; Attracts KRW 1.4 trillion in Foreign Investment, Exceeding Original Goal; Strengthens Cooperation with Four Regions Including California]]> 2024-06-11T00:22:48Z 2024-05-19T00:18:07Z Gyeonggi Province Governor Dong Yeon Kim, who embarked on an 13-day, 11-night mission to the United States and Canada on May 6, returned home on May 18 after successfully attracting KRW 1.4 trillion in overseas investment (exceeding his original goal of KRW 1 trillion) and strengthening cooperation with four western North American regions.

During his visit, Governor Kim visited seven major cities in four regions and two countries – Sacramento, San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles in California, Phoenix in Arizona, and Seattle in Washington, as well as Victoria in the Canadian province of British Columbia (hereinafter BC) – to attract investment and strengthen interregional cooperation.

Before returning to Korea, Governor Kim met with reporters in the United States and explained the four key achievements of his mission.

First, in terms of investment attraction, Governor Kim signed two MOUs and confirmed four LOIs with a total of six companies, securing an aggregate sum of KRW 1.428 trillion in foreign investment.

Company A, a global semiconductor materials company, announced its intention to invest USD 1 billion (KRW 1.36 trillion) in Gyeonggi Province, following Shinsegae Simon Co.’s investment of KRW 350 billion and Cosmoengine Co.’s investment of KRW 61 billion. Company A, which had previously invested in Gyeonggi Province, announced its intention to invest an additional KRW 860 billion, including an existing investment of KRW 500 billion.

In order to attract additional investment from Company A, Governor Kim organized two investment promotion video conferences during his visit. As a result of the two videoconferences, which included Governor Kim in the U.S., representatives from the U.S. headquarters, the Asia general manager in Shanghai and the Korean representative, Company A announced its intention to invest USD 1 billion. In addition, Governor Kim received letters of intent worth KRW 100 billion from Company B, an electric vehicle parts company, and KRW 57 billion from Company C, a semiconductor equipment company.

As a result, Gyeonggi Province was able to secure KRW 1.428 trillion in investment during the visit, including KRW 411 billion through two agreements and KRW 1.170 trillion through three expressions of interest. Separately, Company D, a semiconductor-related company, also announced its intention to invest, but did not disclose the specific amount.

Gyeonggi Province explained that these investments are significant not only in terms of Korean companies importing and commercializing overseas technologies, but also in attracting companies to the northern and eastern regions of Gyeonggi Province, which are experiencing difficulties due to overlapping regulations. The development of northern and eastern Gyeonggi, which is being promoted by Gyeonggi Province by the current provincial administration, is also expected to accelerate.

The second achievement was the strengthening of cooperation with four regions in western North America. During this visit, Governor Kim established a cooperative system by meeting with the governors of three states – California, Washington and Arizona – as well as with the premier of BC in Canada.

In California, Governor Kim met with Governor Gavin Newsom and agreed to resume friendly cooperation between the two states after a 12-year hiatus. After signing the related MOU, Governor Kim spoke to reporters about the outcome of the meeting, saying, “Governor Newsom didn’t just talk, he made a commitment. I am happy that he expressed a very strong will to cooperate. The atmosphere was good.”

Washington and Arizona are two states that have opened their doors to exchanges and cooperation. Both were relatively untapped by Gyeonggi Province until the initial visits by Governor Kim. In Arizona, he met with Governor Katie Hobbs and signed a friendship and cooperation agreement, making Arizona the fourth U.S. state to sign such an agreement with Gyeonggi Province after Texas, Michigan and California. In Washington State, Governor Jay Inslee, known as the “Climate Governor,” and “Climate Governor” Dong Yeon Kim met to identify common responses to the climate crisis and agreed to form a working committee to further strengthen cooperation. In BC, Canada, a sister province of Gyeonggi Province, Governor Kim received state-level hospitality, further strengthening exchanges and cooperation between the two regions. In particular, Premier David Eby met with Governor Kim, defying expectations that he would be unable to attend the event due to large-scale wildfires.

The third achievement was the strengthening of business cooperation to attract investment in high-tech fields. One of the highlights of Governor Kim’s mission to North America was the startup group that accompanied him. This was a measure to promote organic exchanges through business meetings that were joined by both the governor and startup entrepreneurs.

These entrepreneurs participated in Governor Kim’s visit to Google, Nvidia, the unicorn company, and Arizona State University, providing opportunities for exchanges and cooperation. After meeting with Nvidia, one of the participants said, “It’s difficult for small and medium-sized companies find opportunities to meet with big tech companies like Google and Nvidia… It was a great opportunity to interact with them.” At, a leading unicorn in the U.S. healthcare sector with a valuation of USD 1.2 billion, Co-Founder and CEO Chris Mansi and the startup representatives spent more than an hour discussing the secrets of success.

Regarding this, Governor Kim said, “I think that Gyeonggi startups and semiconductor-related companies have come together and created an important turning point in business cooperation.

Governor Kim also visited the headquarters of Biocom California, the largest U.S. biotechnology association, and Illumina, a leading U.S. genomic analysis company, to establish a joint foundation to support companies in Gyeonggi Province.

The fourth achievement was the expansion of youth exchanges and the provision of more opportunities for talented Korean professionals to go abroad.

During the visit, Governor Kim visited Washington State University and UC San Diego to encourage them to actively support young people participating in the Gyeonggi Youth Ladder Program. Washington University will host 30 young adults from July 8 to 26, and UC San Diego will host 25 young adults from July 1 to 26.

To expand overseas exchanges among young people, Governor Kim met with BC Premier Eby who noted that the quota for working holiday visas had been increased from 4,000 to 12,000 and suggested that he would like to find a way to link working holidays with various youth development programs such as youth internships in Gyeonggi Province and give priority to those selected for the program.

In his meeting with the Governor of Arizona, Governor Kim explained the difficulty in obtaining professional visas for Korean professionals and sought to use his experience as Deputy Prime Minister to support the passage of the Korean Companion Act, which is currently pending in the U.S. Congress, to increase the quota of Korean professional visas.

“I am very pleased that we have attracted investment far beyond our initial expectations. As a money-making governor, I will continue to strive to attract more than KRW 100 trillion in domestic and foreign investment… I also think it was a great achievement to lay the foundation for cooperation with four regions on climate change, including technology and people-to-people exchanges,” said Governor Kim, commenting on the results of his visit.

gg_mgr <![CDATA[(Overseas Mission) Gyeonggi Province Governor Signs Friendship and Cooperation Agreement with Arizona to Promote Joint Technology Development and Investment]]> 2024-05-22T04:42:36Z 2024-05-15T04:41:02Z Gyeonggi Province Governor Dong Yeon Kim, who is visiting the United States and Canada to strengthen international exchanges and attract foreign investment, visited Arizona, a state known for its semiconductor industry, to open the door for exchanges and cooperation between the two regions. To attract overseas investment, he visited the US semiconductor company Onsemi to encourage further investment.

On the afternoon of May 14, Governor Kim met with Arizona State Governor Katie Hobbs at the Arizona Commerce Corporation in Phoenix, Arizona, to sign a friendship and cooperation agreement. This makes Arizona the fourth U.S. state to sign such an agreement with Gyeonggi Province after Texas, Michigan and California.

“Gyeonggi Province and Arizona are natural partners, and today’s agreement will further strengthen our innovation alliance in high-tech industries, climate change and more… Let’s build a Gyeonggi-Arizona Line in the high-tech, semiconductor and battery industries. The Gyeonggi-Arizona Line will be the beginning of our shared prosperity and long-term partnership,” said Governor Kim.

Governor Hobbs remarked that she sees many similarities between the two regions and believes they can build on each other’s strengths to achieve results that benefit the peoples of both regions. Through technical cooperation, R&D collaboration and innovation sharing in areas such as batteries, semiconductors and automotive, she noted that cooperation can contribute to the economies of both regions, develop talent and create more jobs.

In addition, Governor Kim explained the difficulties in obtaining visas for Korean professionals in connection with investments by Korean companies in Arizona and requested that Governor Hobbs make efforts to facilitate the passage of the Korean Partner Act, which is currently pending in the U.S. Congress, so as to increase the visa quota for Korean professionals. This is part of economic diplomacy to support the employment of Koreans in the United States, and Governor Hobbs responded that she would make every effort.

Under the agreement, the two regions will cooperate in business exchanges, start-ups, IT, high-tech industries (electric vehicles, batteries, semiconductors, etc.), youth development, culture and sports, and climate change.

As an initial case of exchange and cooperation, the Next Generation Convergence Technology Institute and Hanyang University in Gyeonggi Province hand delivered a letter of intent (LOI) to Arizona State University for the joint development of international technologies in the field of semiconductors. The LOI includes the identification of joint research and development projects in the field of semiconductors and the sharing of infrastructure. The Next Generation Convergence Technology Institute plans to support research on next-generation semiconductor materials, Arizona State University plans to cooperate in research on the utilization of 300mm process facilities, and Hanyang University will cooperate in areas such as nano-measurement. Innovative semiconductor companies in the province such as Park Systems, Amo Green Tech, Dawon Nexview and Join Technology also plan to participate in the research.

In follow up, Arizona State University has invited detailed working discussions on the proposed joint semiconductor R&D and workforce training. Arizona State University is known for having one of the world’s most advanced semiconductor research centers (AEP Core) on campus.

Speaking to Governor Hobbs, Governor Kim said, “This morning, Arizona State University, Next Generation Convergence Technology Institute and Hanyang University held discussions on human resource training and technology cooperation… Please support our cooperation with Arizona State University in various high-tech industries, including semiconductors.”

Arizona, a desert state in the southwestern United States, has recently become known as the “Silicon Desert,” reminiscent of California’s Silicon Valley. The cities of Phoenix, Tucson, and Glendale are innovation clusters with high concentrations of technology companies and research in high-tech industries such as semiconductors, artificial intelligence (AI), and information technology (IT).

Gyeonggi Province plans to establish a new exchange relationship with Arizona, which is a center for high-tech industries such as semiconductors and batteries. In particular, since Arizona is a member of the U.S. Climate Alliance, a group of governors actively engaged in climate response, Gyeonggi expects to be able to cooperate internationally as a local government in responding to the climate crisis.

This is the second time the two have met, as Governor Kim met with Governor Hobbs in Seoul during her visit to South Korea last September to solidify their commitment to an innovation alliance. Hobbs then wrote to Kim in November, saying that maintaining a successful long-term relationship with Gyeonggi Province is a top priority and inviting Governor Kim to visit the state of Arizona.

Visit to Onsemi Headquarters to Encourage Further Investment in Gyeonggi Province

Governor Kim also met with Onsemi Chairman Hassan El-Khoury, Chief Operating Officer Wang Weicheng, and President Kang Byeong-gon at the Onsemi headquarters in Scottsdale at 1 p.m. (local time) to propose cooperation and exchanges with Gyeonggi Province’s small and medium-sized enterprises as well as additional investment.

According to a report in the New York Times on March 20, Onsemi is said to be considering an additional investment of USD 2 billion. Accordingly, the Gyeonggi Province delegation visited Onsemi’s headquarters that same day to attract Onsemi’s additional investment in the non-memory field to Gyeonggi Province.

“Over the past two years, we have invested more than USD 1 billion in the Bucheon site to create a new silicon carbide manufacturing line… We ask for your continued administrative and financial support for additional investments in the future,” said Wang Weicheng, Chief Operating Officer of Onsemi.

“I flew in as quickly as I could to see you, even if only for a few minutes. I want to thank you for supporting the investment in Onsemi Korea,” said Hassane El-Khoury, chairman of Onsemi, who arrived 50 minutes late to the meeting due to a government meeting in Washington, DC. “In the future, non-memory semiconductors made in Bucheon will be used in electric vehicles around the world.”

“Onsemi Korea is a key player in the history of Korea’s semiconductor industry and an important partner for Gyeonggi Province,” said Governor Kim Dong-yeon. “We look forward to your positive investment decision and will work with Bucheon City to provide the necessary administrative and financial support.”

“Onsemi Korea has a very good partnership with Gyeonggi Province and Bucheon City. I hope they will take this into consideration,” he added.

Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Onsemi – a leader in megatrends such as electric vehicles, energy grids, industrial automation, 5G, and cloud infrastructure, as well as the automotive industry – recorded USD 8.3 billion in revenue last year. Onsemi has been part of the history of Korean semiconductors since it acquired Hushin, a Korean semiconductor company founded in Bucheon in 1974. In October last year, it completed a state-of-the-art research institute and manufacturing facility for next-generation non-memory power semiconductors in Bucheon. Of particular note, the newly completed facility is the world’s largest state-of-the-art facility capable of producing more than 1 million 200mm SiC wafers per year, and is expected to become a strategic location for Onsemi to further solidify its industry leadership.

Governor Kim visited Onsemi together with representatives of SMEs in Gyeonggi Province, including Park Systems, Amo Greentech, Dawon Nexview, and Joyn Technology. The visit not only strengthened the domestic semiconductor SME ecosystem, but also provided important exchange opportunities for semiconductor component companies in the Gyeonggi region.

gg_mgr <![CDATA[Gyeonggi Province’s “Dokta” (Smart Car) MaaS Platform Wins Mobile Awards Korea’s “Public Service App of the Year” Grand Prize]]> 2024-05-22T04:40:54Z 2024-05-09T04:39:44Z On May 9, Gyeonggi Province’s Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) platform “Dokta” won the grand prize at Mobile Awards Korea 2024, the most prestigious mobile app award event in the nation.

Mobile Awards Korea is an awards program that identifies products and services with outstanding technologies and differentiating qualities through consumer research and reviews by industry and academic experts.

Dokta, which won the grand prize at the awards, is a platform that allows users to hail and pay for various modes of transportation through a single app. It started as Gyeonggi’s on-demand transportation hailing system for “Dokbus” (smart bus) and shared PM (personal mobility) rentals, and launched shared bike rental and taxi hailing services earlier this year.

Meanwhile, the Dokbus – which can be called by the Dokta app – operates for 149 buses in 12 cities of Gyeonggi Province (Paju, Ansan, Pyeongtaek, Suwon, Goyang, Gimpo, Hwaseong, Yangju, Hanam, Anseong, Icheon, and Bucheon), and is expected to become more convenient for residents as it gradually expands. In addition, the technology is highly regarded for its ability to shorten travel time by flexibly setting and changing optimal routes according to AI algorithms.

In addition, shared bicycles, which started operation in January last year, and personal mobility devices (PMs), which were launched in February 2023, are available and can be used in 23 cities and counties in Gyeonggi Province (Suwon, Yongin, Goyang, Seongnam, Hwaseong, Bucheon, Namyangju, Ansan, Pyeongtaek, Anyang, Siheung, Gimpo, Paju, Uijeongbu, Gwangju, Gwangmyeong, Hanam, Gunpo, Yangju, Icheon, Yeoju, Dongducheon, Gapyeong) through the Dokta app without downloading separate apps. In addition, as part of the Gyeonggi Children and Youth Shared Bicycle Usage Fee Support Project, young people who live in Gyeonggi Province can receive a KRW 1,000 discount each time they use a shared bicycle through the Dokta app.

“We are pleased to be recognized for the creativity and differentiation of our new conceptual mobility service, the Dokta app… We will continue to provide transportation services that many residents can conveniently use by expanding various connections,” said Min Kyung-sun, President of Gyeonggi Transportation Corporation, in response to the award.

Meanwhile, the company has also won the Presidential Award in the Best Practice Contest for Active Public Administration last November for “Dokta Bus” (a demand-responsive transportation service on the Dokta platform), as well as the grand prize at App Awards Korea 2023 and the grand prize in the public service category at the Mobile Awards Korea 2024.

gg_mgr <![CDATA[Gyeonggi Province Opens First “031#” Social Economy Store in Siheung City]]> 2024-05-22T04:39:37Z 2024-05-08T04:38:15Z Gyeonggi Province opened its first “031#” (Gongsamil Shop), a specialized store to support sales channels and strengthen the promotion of social economy organizations, at Siheung Premium Outlet.

On May 8, Gyeonggi Province held an opening ceremony for 031# (Gongsamil Shop) with about 50 people in attendance, including Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Economy Kim Hyun-gon and Siheung City Mayor Lim Byung-taek, as well as Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly members, Siheung City Council members, and representatives of related social and economic organizations.

The name “031#” comes from the area code of Gyeonggi Province, 031, and the province plans to open more 031# stores so as to revitalize social and economic organizations throughout Gyeonggi Province.

This 031# (Gongsamil Shop), which occupies an area of 496 square meters (150 pyeong) on the 3rd floor of Siheung Premium Outlet, is an offline social economy store that sells products from 29 social economy organizations in Gyeonggi Province and supports local small and medium-sized businesses. It coexists with “Siheung Dream Store,” a win-win cooperation store, and a fair trade café.

The store, which was built in cooperation with a major retailer (Shinsegae) and Siheung City, was redesigned to reflect the latest consumption trend of combining relaxation and shopping. In the future, it will serve as a representative store to showcase social economy products to provincial residents and as a base to promote value consumption.

Meanwhile, the Gyeonggi Social Economy Shopping Mall (, which previously opened on NAVER Smart Store, will soon be launched as an online store under 031# (Gongsamil Shop). The offline store will offer a 50% discount on social economy products and free gifts with every purchase, while the online mall will offer a 30% to 50% discount on all products, photo review events, and delivery cost support events.

“The 031# (Gongsamil Shop) is not just a store, but a starting point for creating a culture of social value consumption… We will actively support 031# to become the pride of Gyeonggi Province and a symbol of value consumption in Korea,” said Vice Governor for Economy Kim Hyun-gon.

gg_mgr <![CDATA[Governor Kim: “The Gyeonggi Pass Application Has Been Launched. I Hope Provincial Residents Enjoy Many Benefits”]]> 2024-05-07T04:46:44Z 2024-04-24T04:45:29Z With “The Gyeonggi Pass” set to launch on May 1, Gyeonggi Province Governor Dong Yeon Kim promoted the initiative by personally demonstrating the process of applying for The Gyeonggi Pass card.

On April 24, Governor Kim applied for the exclusive The Gyeonggi Pass card from his office through a card company’s app on his smartphone, saying, “On April 24, the long-awaited acceptance of applications for The Gyeonggi Pass began. I came to work today and applied for the card before doing anything else… I hope provincial residents will also apply for The Gyeonggi Pass and enjoy its many benefits.”

The Gyeonggi Pass extends the K-Pass limit of 60 rides per month to unlimited rides and reimburses 20% of monthly public transportation expenses (30% for young adults in their 20s and 30s, 20% for those over 40, and 53% for low-income individuals). The threshold for young adults eligible for the 30% discount has also been expanded from 19-34 to 19-39. However, the cardholder needs to use it at least 15 times to qualify for the discount.

The pass covers all modes of public transportation nationwide, including metropolitan buses, the Shinbundang subway line, as well as more expensive modes of public transportation such as the GTX (Great Train Express), which began service in March this year. It’s also a reimbursement system, so card holders do not need to recharge the card every month after the initial registration. However, transportation that requires a separate ticket, such as highway buses and the KTX, are not eligible for reimbursements.

Provincial residents who wish to use The Gyeonggi Pass can obtain a K-Pass-only card (credit/debit card) from the K-Pass website ( or from individual credit card company websites (Shinhan, KB, NH, Woori, Hana, Samsung, Hyundai, BC, IBK, Kwangju Bank, K-Bank, Go Joy, DGB U Pay) and register on the K-Pass website from May 1.

The acceptance of applications for the card began on April 24. When signing up, the applicant’s address will be automatically verified; if confirmed as a resident of Gyeonggi Province, the applicant will automatically receive the benefits of The Gyeonggi Pass.

gg_mgr <![CDATA[Gyeonggi Province Governor, Liaoning Provincial Party Secretary Reunite After 6 Months; Agree to “Deepen Exchanges and Cooperation for Next 30 Years” Including Investment and Cultural Tourism Expansion]]> 2024-05-07T04:45:13Z 2024-04-24T04:43:54Z On April 24, Gyeonggi Province Governor Dong Yeon Kim met with Liaoning Provincial Party Secretary Hao Feng at Dodamso (former gubernatorial residence of Gyeonggi Province) and vowed to take cooperation between Gyeonggi and Liaoning to a new level and strengthen practical cooperation in key areas.

This is the second time the two have met. During his visit to Liaoning Province last October, Governor Kim met with Party Secretary Hao to discuss cooperation between the two regions. Governor Kim actively requested that Party Secretary Hao visit Gyeonggi Province at that time, and the visit took place more than six months later.

“It is so good to see you again. Six months ago, I said that we became friends after our first meeting, and I’m happy to see that our friendship has deepened and the relationship between Gyeonggi Province and Liaoning Province has become even stronger… I hope we will remain friends for a long time and do more for China and Korea,” said Governor Kim, expressing his happiness.

“I am pleased to see the progress made on the issues we discussed six months ago. With today’s in-depth cooperation agreement, I look forward to further cooperation between Liaoning Province and Gyeonggi Province,” he added.

“This is the first visit by a Party Secretary of Liaoning Province in over 10 years. I was so impressed by the hospitality,” Party Secretary Hao responded. “I hope to further strengthen the 31 years of achievements between Liaoning Province and Gyeonggi Province, and take cooperation in the fields of economy, science, trade, industry, culture and humanities to the next level.”

Party Secretary Hao then officially invited Governor Kim to attend the Summer Davos Forum to be held in Dalian City, Liaoning Province, in June and the Liaoning Province Trade and Investment Expo in September, asserting “We sincerely hope you will attend.”

On the same day, the two leaders signed an agreement to deepen exchanges and cooperation between Gyeonggi Province and Liaoning Province, including improving the business environment for enterprises, expanding investment and business cooperation, strengthening exchanges and cooperation between enterprises and institutions in industries such as manufacturing, scientific and technological innovation and modern agriculture, and expanding cultural, sports, tourism and educational exchanges.

Following the signing of the agreement to deepen cooperation, an agricultural science and technology exchange agreement and a university exchange agreement were signed. Sung Je-hoon, Director of the Agricultural Technology Institute of Gyeonggi Province, and Sui Guomin, Director of the Agricultural Sciences Institute of Liaoning Province, agreed to expand joint research on cultivation and pest control technologies, agricultural products and soil safety, and also to promote information and people-to-people exchanges between the two organizations. Lim Kyung-sook, President of Suwon University, and Zhao Hengxin, Secretary of the Shenyang Conservatory of Music, signed a university-level agreement to promote student and faculty exchanges, music and art performances, and academic exchanges between the two schools.

After the meeting, the Party Secretary and accompanying members of the Liaoning delegation, the Chinese Ambassador to Korea, the Chair of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly and members of Gyeonggi’s business, cultural and academic communities attended a dinner to strengthen cooperation between Gyeonggi Province and Liaoning Province.

“Liaoning Province has been a long-time friend of Gyeonggi Province and the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly, and the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly has maintained close ties with Liaoning Province since the establishment of parliamentary friendship ties 30 years ago… Exchanges and cooperation between the governments and legislative bodies of the two provinces will be a driving force for the common development of Korea and China and the happiness of their peoples,” said Yeom Jong-hyun, Chair of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly, who attended the dinner.

Gyeonggi Province established a sisterhood relationship with Liaoning Province in 1993, the year after the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Korea. Since then, it has been actively engaged in collaboration initiatives such as the establishment of the Gyeonggi Business Center (GBC) in Shenyang, the capital city of Liaoning Province, to support the export marketing of Gyeonggi’s small and medium-sized enterprises. Gyeonggi has also engaged in tourism exchanges, inviting the Liaoning Ballet to perform, and exchanging officials. In January of this year, Governor Kim met with Liaoning Governor Li Leqing at the Davos Forum to discuss ways to further bilateral cooperation.

This year, various exchange and cooperation events will be held, including a promotional tour for Liaoning provincial government and tourism industry representatives to promote Gyeonggi Province tourism in June, a tri-regional youth sports exchange tournament between Gyeonggi Province, Liaoning Province and Kanagawa Prefecture in August, and an exhibition of artifacts from the Liaoning Provincial Museum in December.

gg_mgr <![CDATA[“Quickly Customized Information for Foreigners via Social Media”]]> 2024-05-07T04:43:42Z 2024-04-18T04:42:54Z On April 17 at the Peace Talk Hall of the Northern Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex, Gyeonggi Province held an inauguration ceremony for the “5th Gyeonggi Foreign Social Media Reporter Corps” which will provide customized information necessary for the settlement of foreign residents in Korea through social media.

Now in its fifth year, the Gyeonggi Foreign Social Media Reporter Corps was launched in 2020 with three languages – Chinese, Vietnamese, and Russian – and has since grown to five languages, with Thai added in 2021 and Cambodian in 2022. Married immigrants, workers, and international students participate in this corps to provide foreign residents of Gyeonggi Province with information they need to settle in the province.

The 5th Reporters Corps consists of 30 foreigners from seven countries – Thailand, Cambodia, Kazakhstan, China, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Russia – who live in Gyeonggi Province. In terms of languages, there were seven Russian speakers, seven Vietnamese speakers, seven Chinese speakers, five Khmer speakers and four Thai speakers.

The reporters will cover key policies related to foreigners in Korea and share information through social media platforms such as Facebook, blogs, and Instagram.

“The reporter corps serves as a communication channel for foreign residents, covering various topics such as local festivals and events, information on counseling and support, and real-time local news such as disasters,” said Kum Chul-wan, Director General of the Labor Bureau of Gyeonggi Province. “Gyeonggi Province aims to play a role in quickly providing information needed by foreign residents.”

Meanwhile, 1,488 items were created for the official reporter corps channel last year with 187,007 total views to date.

gg_mgr <![CDATA[Automatic Fare Payment Tagless Service Expanded from Metropolitan Buses to City Buses in Yongin and Uijeongbu from April 19]]> 2024-04-22T08:03:04Z 2024-04-17T08:01:49Z Starting April 19, Gyeonggi Province will introduce a “contactless fare payment service” that will automatically pay fares upon boarding for about 950 city buses on 134 city bus routes in Yongin City and Uijeongbu City.

The contactless (“tagless”) bus fare payment service uses Bluetooth wireless communication between beacons installed on vehicles and passenger smartphones to determine whether they are getting on or off the bus. This system has been operating on buses in the Korean capital region since 2021.

To use the service, passengers install a tagless pay app on their smartphones and register pre-paid and post-paid transit cards, which are automatically processed and debited without the need to “tag” a transit card terminal when boarding or exiting the bus.

Before a passenger exits the bus, they can tap the app’s “Mobile Stop Bell” button to alert the driver that a passenger wants to exit the bus, eliminating the need to manually ring a stop bell or get up from their seat.

A tagless sticker on the exterior of the vehicle informs passengers if the bus is tagless-enabled before boarding, and an icon is displayed in the geolocation service of the Gyeonggi Bus Information App also indicates whether the bus is tagless-enabled.

When traveling on or transferring between buses or trains that do not offer this service, you can still tap (“tag”) your card on the terminal to pay fares and receive transfer discounts.

“We plan to implement the service in Yongin and Uijeongbu and expand it to other regions from the second half of this year,” said Yoon Tae-wan, Director of the Bus Policy Division of Gyeonggi Province. “We also plan to introduce a safe ride home service that sends tagless payment information to parents.”

The company supporting this service, EZL Co., Ltd., is running a promotional event for the tagless system, offering a KRW 300 discount per ride with no limit on the number of rides, as well as a 100% discount for the first tagless payment, and prize draws proportional to the number of payments.

Detailed information can be found through the ‘Tagless Pay-App.’ Other inquiries can be directed to the EZL Call Center (1644-0006).