News – Gyeonggi Global Global Inspiration, Global Gyeonggi Province 2021-07-21T08:20:10Z https://english.gg.go.kr/feed/atom/ WordPress https://english.gg.go.kr/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/128.png gg_mgr <![CDATA[Gyeonggi Province releases 7,000 slender catfish fry in valleys such as Gapyeong Stream as part of conservation efforts]]> http://english.gg.go.kr/?post_type=daily-news&p=17121 2021-07-21T08:20:10Z 2021-07-14T08:00:48Z ○ Gyeonggi Province released 3,000 slender catfish fry, a protected provincial species, into Gapyeong Stream in Gapyeong County on July 14
– 4,000 more young slender catfish will be released in Baegun Valley this August in conjunction with the province’s Clean Valley restoration project
– Gyeonggi Province will continue to release the protected fish until 2025, and work on registering slender catfish as a species officially designated for release

As part of its fish resource conservation efforts, Gyeonggi Province will release 7,000 slender catfish, a species of clearwater fish, at five locations including Gapyeong Stream in Gapyeong County.

Following the release of 3,000 slender catfish fry in Gapyeong Stream on July 14, the Gyeonggi Provincial Maritime and Fisheries Research Institute will release 4,000 more slender catfish fry next month in five other valleys including Baegun Valley in Pocheon City.

The slender catfish fry released on July 14 were hatched by the institute from 10,000 fertilized eggs provided by 10 female slender catfish between May and June. The institute placed the eggs in a cylindrical incubator, utilized artificial seed production equipment, circulated water and moved the eggs regularly to ensure high oxygen and fluidity levels.

In natural conditions, the survival rate of slender catfish eggs is less than 10%. However, the cylindrical incubator boosts the survival rate up to 70%; the hatch rate is as high as 80%. The institute also explained that young slender catfish grown in a cylindrical incubator develop better swimming skills and have a higher survival rate in a natural environment than those grown in conventional farming tanks. This is attributed to the superior water distribution method of the cylindrical incubator.

Following the initial release, slender catfish fry will also be released in valleys and streams that are currently part of the Clean Valley restoration project – including Baegun Valley in Pocheon City, Jurongni Valley in Yeoju City, and Yongso Valley in Gapyeong County – as well as the existing slender catfish habitats of Sasana Valley and Gapyeong Stream in Yangpyeong County.

With the demonstrative designation of slender catfish as a species for release, Gyeonggi Province will continue this release project for the next five years. If slender catfish are officially designated as a species for release in 2025, eggs raised by private operators could also be released into nature, which is expected to increase income for fish farmers and further restore natural resources.

Lee Sang-wu, Director of the Gyeonggi Provincial Maritime and Fisheries Research Institute, said, “We have once again confirmed the stable production potential of a protected native species of Gyeonggi Province by increasing the hatch and survival rates using the cylindrical incubator. We will continue to work on production and research to increase the population of native species through steady farming.”

Slender catfish – known as sanmegi or ggalttakmegi in Korean – is an indigenous species that has a high conservation value. Slender catfish live in clean water found in the upper stream areas of rivers where riverbeds are covered in gravel. Possessing a small dorsal fin and a body length of 15 to 25 centimeters, this species is longer and slimmer than general catfish. They are usually found in Gapyeong Stream, Baekdun Stream, and Seungan Stream in Gapyeong County.

In 2012, the Gyeonggi Provincial Government designated slender catfish as a protected species of the province. In 2015, the Gyeonggi Provincial Maritime and Fisheries Research Institute and Gapyeong County also signed an MOU on mutual cooperation for the conservation of slender catfish, and have continued research on slender catfish farming and the development of slender catfish feed.

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gg_mgr <![CDATA[Gyeonggi Province holds population policy forum to seek low birth rate solutions among young adults]]> http://english.gg.go.kr/?post_type=daily-news&p=17119 2021-07-21T08:18:15Z 2021-07-09T08:00:01Z ○ Gyeonggi Province held an open forum on population policy on July 9, 2021
– Sought policies and social initiatives to ensure economic and cultural stability for young adults, the practical policy subjects in tackling the low birth rate
– Participants discussed the current status of work-life balance among young Koreans, and suggested future directions for youth employment policies

On the afternoon of July 9, Gyeonggi Province held the 2021 Gyeonggi Province Population Policy Forum on the subject of “Seeking solutions to the low birth rate among young adults” at the Gyeonggi Provincial Human Resource Development Center.

Kim Hyeong-ju, a senior researcher at the National Youth Policy Institute, and Kim Yu-bin, Director of the Trend Analysis Office at the Korea Labor Institute, participated in the forum as presenters. Professor Kim Jeong-ho from the Department of Economics at Ajou University led the table while Oh Jae-ho, a research fellow at the Gyeonggi Research Institute, Baek Jun-bong, Director of the Job Search Center at the Gyeonggi Job Foundation, and Oh Ji-hye, a member of the Gyeonggido Assembly, discussed Gyeonggi Province’s youth policies and ways to lower employment barriers for young adults.

Senior researcher Kim discussed work and life realities for young adults, presenting the results of a related social and economic status survey, and proposed solutions such as the establishment of an open market for online occupational training content, formulating a national youth health checkup system, designating and operating startup universities, and increasing the housing supply for young single-person households.

“The negative impact of COVID-19 on employment is concentrated on young people. This is not unrelated to the type and status of occupations in which they engage,” Director Kim asserted, presenting the fact that it takes approximately 10 months on average for a young person to find their first job, and that young people only stay with their first job for about 1 year and 6 months on average. Director Kim emphasized the need to instill healthy employment ethics throughout society, and also mentioned solutions such as strengthening incentives for employers to hire young adults, expanding youth-friendly job training programs, improving work culture, and incorporating regular training in the Labor Standards Act.

In the following discussion, a range of suggestions regarding Gyeonggi Province’s youth policies and development directions for employment policies were presented.

Research fellow Oh emphasized, “Gyeonggi Province’s youth policies, rather than focusing on certain targets or age groups, need to consist of those tailored for different areas of specialty, such as policies for young people who pursue higher education, enter the job market, launch startups, undertake artistic careers, and so on.” He continued, “The right thing would be to focus on policies that create the basic conditions for young people to gain independence that are premised on their will and ability to be self-sufficient.”

Addressing ways in which to lower employment barriers for young adults, Director Baek suggested policies that provide direct support such as providing job interview allowances, expanding youth internship programs that offer opportunities to gain job experience and eliminate career gaps, and offering more training programs related to new industries that are popular among young people such as artificial intelligence and software development.

Gyeonggido Assembly Member Oh said, “The problems for young adults are none other than labor market gaps, employment and housing instability, childcare insecurity, parental depression, and continuity of work.” She called for childcare counseling services, psychological counseling, childcare shared by the family, networking between caregivers, and policies that support work-family balance.

Choi Won-yong, Director for Planning and Coordination at the Gyeonggi Provincial Government, said, “Gyeonggi Province, instead of merely viewing young people as labor assets, will respect them as human beings who have the right to pursue happiness while also strengthening communication with cities, counties and local communities to establish policies that help them lead active lives.”

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gg_mgr <![CDATA[Gyeonggi Province to administer Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine received from Israel to 140,000 workers in four sectors, including private academy and transportation personnel]]> http://english.gg.go.kr/?post_type=daily-news&p=17118 2021-07-21T08:15:39Z 2021-07-07T08:00:18Z ○ Gyeonggi Province sets priority vaccination targets to prevent further spread of COVID-19 in response to recent surge in case numbers
– Autonomous local government vaccination program started ahead of schedule
– Priority vaccination for workers in four designated sectors, including private academy and school workers, transportation workers such as bus and taxi drivers, delivery personnel (including mail carriers), and sanitation workers / First dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to be administered from July 13 to 24 (2-week period)

On July 7, Gyeonggi Province announced that it will administer 140,000 sets of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine (for COVID-19) that it received from the central government to workers in four designated sectors from July 13 to 24. The sectors that will be given priority for vaccine administration include private academy and school workers, transportation workers such as bus and taxi drivers, delivery personnel (including mail carriers), and sanitation workers.

The decision came after the recent surge in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. The Gyeonggi Provincial Government explained that it is rolling out the autonomous local government vaccination program slightly earlier than the end of this month as originally scheduled. The autonomous local government vaccination program enables local governments to set their own vaccination priorities according to their particular circumstances.

The four priority sectors that Gyeonggi Province has designated pertain to occupation types that involve physical contact with a large number of people, entail greater risk of virus transmission, and can be easily identified, thereby allowing for on-site registration and immediate administration of the vaccine. The Gyeonggi Provincial Government estimates that there are approximately 170,000 eligible workers in its 31 cities and counties.

Those eligible will receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Gyeonggi Province received 140,000 sets (280,000 doses) of the vaccine, which it will administer from July 13 to 24 at 48 local vaccination centers in the province.

If more than 140,000 people wish to be vaccinated during this round, the Gyeonggi Provincial Government will place those who are unable to be vaccinated at the top of a list for the next round of the autonomous local vaccination program scheduled for late July.

Ryu Yeong-cheol, Director General of the Gyeonggi Province Health Bureau, said, “We are starting the autonomous vaccination program earlier than originally scheduled since the quarantine situation in the capital region is serious. If you are included in one of the priority vaccination groups, such as private academy workers, please participate in the vaccination program. Gyeonggi Province will prepare thoroughly so as to prevent any inconvenience.”

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gg_mgr <![CDATA[Public charmed by online and offline beauty of Gyeonggi Province during “Gyeonggi Ocean Travel Week”]]> http://english.gg.go.kr/?post_type=daily-news&p=17110 2021-07-01T07:03:09Z 2021-06-22T07:00:14Z ○ “Gyeonggi Ocean Travel Week” held successfully in cities of Hwaseong, Ansan, Pyeongtaek, Siheung, and Gimpo
– Intensive promotion and online marketing of Gyeonggi coastal areas bolsters public interest in related tourist attractions
– Commercialization through operation of experiential programs under the theme of Gyeonggi’s coasts
– “Healing Concert” and “Visiting Gyeoggi Tour Promotion Center” organized for tourists
○ Continued operation of entertainment and experiential programs, including busking performances by amateur artists

Gyeonggi Province held “Gyeonggi Ocean Travel Week” from June 14 to 20 with the aim of promoting coastal areas in the cities of Hwaseong, Ansan, Pyeongtaek, Siheung and Gimpo. As a result, related online content garnered 3.5 million views (videos) and over 11.56 million online hits (posts), attracting significant public interest.

During Gyeonggi Ocean Travel Week, Gyeonggi Province and the Gyeonggi Tourism Organization focused on the promotion of Gyeonggi’s coastal areas to encourage individual, family, and group excursions.

Gyeonggi Province’s 11 digital content items, including a video on the social media of singer Lee Young-ji showcasing her yacht experience at Jeongok Port in Hwaseong City and a YouTube video by YouTuber Dotti highlighting his visit to Daebudo Island in Ansan City, recorded a total of 3.5 million views.

Black Kiwi, an online keyword analysis platform, tracked the promotional effects of such popular video content. It found that 8,509 content items featuring Gyeonggi’s coastal areas posted on online blogs and communities realized exposure of 11.56 million hits, and that the keyword phrase “Gyeonggi Ocean” was also searched 636% more than in the preceding month.

Gyeonggi Province has developed and operated various tourism programs to harness such interest through real tourism models. For instance, six regional tour program sessions (48 participants) under the title “Specialized Streets of Gyeonggi’s Coasts” were held at Jeongok Port in Hwaseong City and Oido in Siheung City, and “Gyeonggi beachcombing” activities that combined tourism with environmental volunteer work were also held with 47 participants.

Furthermore, the Gyeonggi Ocean Promotion Forum—which was held at the Gimpo Ara Marina on June 18 to identify ways in which to boost long-term tourism—saw participation by scholars as well as representatives of related associations and private sector stakeholders. The “Healing Concert” that toured five cities including Siheung and the “Visiting Gyeoggi Tour Promotion Center” that took place in the cities of Ansan and Hwaseong were among the other public promotion events.

Even after the conclusion of Gyeonggi Ocean Travel Week, the province plans to continue busking performances by amateur artists until September and the operation of specialized streets along Gyeonggi’s coastal areas (Jeongok Port in Hwaseong City and Oido in Siheung City) until October.

Gyeonggi Province Tourism Director Choi Yong-hoon said, “We planned and held Gyeonggi Ocean Travel Week with faithful adherence to safety measures that took into account the COVID-19 situation.” He added, “Based on this experience, we will continue to create and promote interesting programs to develop Gyeonggi’s coastal areas as national tourist attractions.”

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gg_mgr <![CDATA[Public watchdogs sought to aid in eradication of illegal private loan ads]]> http://english.gg.go.kr/?post_type=daily-news&p=17114 2021-07-01T07:07:51Z 2021-06-21T08:05:50Z ○ Recruitment of residents to participate in illegal private loan ad surveillance until July 2, 2021
○ Activities include surveillance and reporting of online and offline advertisements for illegal private loans
– Monitoring and collection of advertisements and data in relation illegal private loans via online channels, including social media and blogs
– Blocking of advertisements, suspension of telephone numbers, and other administrative measures to be imposed for illegal advertisements after special judicial police investigation

Until July 2, 2021, Gyeonggi Province will be recruiting residents to participate as “watchdogs” in illegal private loan ad surveillance with the aim of establishing a fair economic order through the eradication of illegal advertisements.

This initiative was launched in 2019 to prevent financial damage inflicted upon vulnerable social groups by illegal private loans and to eradicate illegal advertisements that cause resident inconvenience.

In 2020, through the surveillance resident program, Gyeonggi Province collected 162,452 illegal private loan flyers and suspended 797 telephone numbers used for illegal private loan activities.

In addition, 7,128 suspicious advertisements spread through social media were also identified through online monitoring and reported to the Korea Communications Standards Commission along with requests for the preemptive blocking of such contents.

These watchdog activities will continue this year, with surveillance residents working to collect and report illegal advertisements scattered along roads (business card-type flyers) and monitor illegal advertisements that lure financially vulnerable groups by masquerading as public services for low-income groups, such as “government-supported low-interest loans for low-income groups,” through online platforms including social media and blogs.

Gyeonggi Province will thoroughly inspect the reported advertisements through its special judicial police. Those confirmed to be illegal will be subjected to administrative measures and the associated telephone numbers suspended through official requests to the Ministry of Science and ICT.

The Korea Communications Standards Commission will be asked to remove illegal online advertisements, suspend usage, and block access so as to eradicate promotional activities for illegal private loans.

Over 150 people will be recruited as surveillance residents this year. Those recruited will undergo training before undertaking their activities from July to October. They will receive a basic allowance of KRW 50,000 and additional rewards based upon their collection and reporting performance.

The collection and reporting of flyers and online advertisements will see compensation of KRW 50 per flyer and KRW 2,000 per case, respectively, up to a maximum of KRW 210,000 per month.

The recruiting period runs from June 23 to July 2. The program is open to all Gyeonggi residents between the ages of 19 and 70 who are interested in the prevention of illegal private loans and familiar with Internet use and document creation.

Those interested may apply via the Gyeonggi Province Seomin Financial Welfare Support Center website (gcfwc.ggwf.or.kr) or NAVER Form (naver.me/IG6feiOS).

Gyeonggi Province’s Regional Finance Director Kim Do-hyeong said, “This project aims to establish a surveillance system through public-private collaboration so as to eradicate illegal advertisements for private loans in Gyeonggi Province.” Kim added, “We will actively engage in eliminating illegal private loans and establishing a fair economic system.”

Residents who are or know of victims of loan companies that violate maximum interest rates, use illegal advertisements, or engage in illegal debt collection activities may report such incidents to the Gyeonggi Province Illegal Financing Reporting Center (www.gg.go.kr; 031-120) or the Financial Supervisory Service (1332).

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gg_mgr <![CDATA[Gyeonggi Province signs agreement with 11 cities and counties for expansion of “Delivery Express” app service]]> http://english.gg.go.kr/?post_type=daily-news&p=17112 2021-07-01T07:05:28Z 2021-06-21T07:00:39Z ○ Agreement on expansion of Gyeonggi Province’s public delivery platform signed on June 21
– 11 cities and counties in Gyeonggi Province, including Gunpo, Namyangju, and Uijeongbu, signed Delivery Express agreement
– Service to be expanded throughout all 31 cities and counties of the province by first half of next year, with 30 cities and counties seeing inclusion within this year

Gyeonggi Province’s digital SOC project is gaining impetus with 11 cities and counties having agreed to participate in the new public delivery app service called “Delivery Express.”

Gyeonggi Province concluded this agreement on the expansion of its public delivery platform service during a signing ceremony held at the Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex on the morning of June 21.

The agreement was signed by Gyeonggi Vice Governor Lee Yong-cheol, Gunpo Mayor Han Dae-hee, Yeoju Mayor Lee Hang-jin, Dongducheon Mayor Choi Yong-deok, Uijeongbu Mayor An Byeong-yong, Hanam Mayor Kim Sang-ho, Siheung Mayor Lim Byeong-taek, Bucheon Mayor Jang Deok-cheon, Gwangju Vice Mayor Lee Chun-gu, Gwacheon Vice Mayor Kim Jong-gu, Gapyeong Vice Mayor Han Dae-hee, Namyangju Director General of Industry and Economy Lee Yong-bok, and Korea Gyeonggido Company President Lee Seok-hun.

“Delivery Express,” a key project of Gyeonggi Province’s Digital New Deal, is a public delivery application developed and operated through a public-private partnership with the Korea Gyeonggido Company so as to resolve the monopoly issue in the delivery app market and establish a fair market order.

Since its launch on December 1, 2020, the app has gained 340,000 members and seen sales of over KRW 26 billion (as of June 13), a remarkable achievement in the delivery app market.

Such results are deemed to have been made possible by the low membership fee that is 6 to 13% lower than those of other private apps, by the convenience and discount benefits of paying with Gyeonggi local currency, and by various promotional events held in cooperation with cities and counties in the province.

The 11 cities and counties joining the service agreed to reinforce the partnership so as to establish a fair delivery app market and successfully propel the public delivery platform.

Gyeonggi Province will oversee the establishment of digital social overhead capital (SOC), the training of small business owners, and initiative promotion, while the cities and counties will support its early initialization and stable operation. The Korea Gyeonggido Company, in turn, will undertake the effective realization of Delivery Express service improvement and the provision of support to small business owners.

Delivery Express service is currently supported in 16 cities and counties of Gyeonggi Province, including Hwaseong, Paju, Osan, Suwon, Gimpo, Icheon, Pocheon, Yangpyeong, Yeoncheon, Yongin, Anyang, Pyeongtaek, Yangju, Guri, Anseong, and Uiwang. The service will be expanded to all 31 cities and counties of the province, including the latest 11 signing the agreement, by the first half of next year.

The service will commence by the end of this month in Ansan and Gwangmyeong, and by the second half of this year in Goyang, Gunpo, Yeoju, Dongducheon, Gapyeong, Gwangju, Namyangju, Uijeongbu, Hanam, and Siheung. Service is scheduled to begin in Bucheon and Gwacheon in the first half of next year, but continued cooperation among related authorities may accelerate implementation.

Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor Lee Yong-cheol said, “We hope this delivery app initiative provides business opportunities for small business owners who are vulnerable in the online market.” Lee added, “We will soon make this service available throughout all of Gyeonggi Province and are targeting sales of KRW 100 billion in the belief that Delivery Express will enhance the lives of provincial residents.”

On the day of the agreement signing, Gyeonggido Assembly Member Kim Mi-suk also participated to convey best wishes for the successful operation of this public delivery platform.

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gg_mgr <![CDATA[Linde invests KRW 1.7 trillion in Gyeonggi Province for installation of hydrogen stations and industrial gas facilities]]> http://english.gg.go.kr/?post_type=daily-news&p=17115 2021-07-01T07:10:04Z 2021-06-16T07:00:21Z ○ Gyeonggi Province successfully attracts one of its largest foreign investments in the manufacturing sector
– Establishment of hydrogen stations and industrial gas facilities in Gyeonggi Province; investment of USD 1.5 billion
– Prioritized employment of Gyeonggi Province residents to boost regional economy; expected to create more than 60 jobs
○ Governor Lee Jaemyung: “Companies are the backbone of the market economy and growth is realized by companies… Gyeonggi Province always welcomes investments and will provide all possible administrative support…”

Global industrial gas company Linde will invest USD 1.5 billion (KRW 1.7 trillion) in Gyeonggi Province for the installation of hydrogen stations and industrial gas facilities. This is the largest investment among the foreign investments attracted by Gyeonggi Province this year.

Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jaemyung, Pyeongtaek City Mayor Jung Jang-seon, and Linde Korea Chairman Seong Baek-seok signed an investment agreement on joint cooperation for the establishment of hydrogen stations and industrial gas facilities. The signing took place at the Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex on June 16, with Linde COO Sanjiv Lamba taking part in the event virtually from the US.

Governor Lee said, “Gyeonggi Province is the center of the world’s semiconductor industry. Our international competiveness in the semiconductor industry is expected to greatly benefit from the establishment of an industrial gas supply system.” He added, “With the global climate crisis already upon us, there is a need for a massive transition in energy. I am confident that Linde, Gyeonggi Province, and Pyeongtaek will cooperate for the benefit of all.”

Governor Lee continued, “The world is going through a phase of low-growth, and the number of jobs is an especially critical issue. Companies are the backbone of the market economy and growth is realized by companies.” He stressed, “Gyeonggi Province always welcomes investments and will provide all possible administrative support for the successful establishment of companies.”

Pyeongtaek City Mayor Jung said, “The world’s largest semiconductor complex, the Samsung Electronics Pyeongtaek Campus, is currently being constructed in Pyeongtaek. Supporting the successful completion of this project is one of Pyeongtaek’s leading mandates, and so we greatly appreciate Linde’s contribution.” He added, “The many buses, trucks, and ships that use Pyeongtaek Port will have to prepare for the hydrogen era. I look forward to our continued cooperation in this area for the realization of an eco-friendly generation.”

Linde COO Sanjiv Lamba responded, “I appreciate the fact that our company is continuously developing with the tremendous amount of support and cooperation provided by Gyeonggi Province since the launch of our Giheung Plant in 1980.” He added, “While Gyeonggi Province is engaging in preemptive measures for conversion to clean energy, Linde already possesses global competiveness in all hydrogen areas. Based on our partnership, we will continue our investments for mutual development.”

Based on the investment agreement, Linde will invest the amount of USD 1.5 billion for the establishment of hydrogen stations and industrial gas facilities in Gyeonggi Province. It will lead the creation of the hydrogen ecosystem in main cities of Gyeonggi Province through the installation of gas and liquid hydrogen stations. In addition, gas facilities will be constructed at the Linde Pyeongtaek Plant in Godeok-myeon of Pyeongtaek City to provide key customers in the system semiconductor industry with a stable supply of industrial gases. Such gases are used in almost all industries, including semiconductors, electronics, and petrochemistry. They are especially vital in increasing semiconductor yield (productivity) through the prevention of oxidation and contamination.

To facilitate the success of Linde’s investment, Gyeonggi Province and Pyeongtaek will support administrative matters and resolve related issues.

Gyeonggi Province expects that the establishment of industrial gas facilities by Linde with the associated stable supply of gas to key customers will greatly assist Korea in maintaining its position as a world leader in the semiconductor industry. The province also anticipates that Linde’s hydrogen-related technologies will contribute to the expansion of the hydrogen ecosystem. Linde will also prioritize the employment of Gyeonggi residents, potentially creating 60 or more new jobs and boosting the local economy.

Established in 1897, Linde is a global industrial gas company with annual sales of USD 28 billion. It supplies industrial gases and related equipment in various manufacturing fields including semiconductors, petrochemistry, F&B, and advanced displays.

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gg_mgr <![CDATA[Landmine-free from Mekong to the DMZ: Gyeonggi Province expands international cooperation through ‘landmine clearance for peace’ ODA]]> http://english.gg.go.kr/?post_type=daily-news&p=17108 2021-07-01T06:59:45Z 2021-06-09T06:00:56Z ○ Online training session to strengthen general management competence for landmine clearance in the Mekong Basin successfully completed
– Contributing to the promotion of peace in the Mekong Basin, building a foundation of support and cooperation in the international community for a safe and landmine-free DMZ
○ Participation in program development and training operation by MAG, an international landmine-relief NGO
– “Landmine clearance requires international cooperation” – strengthening cooperation with Gyeonggi Province for DMZ landmine clearance

Gyeonggi Province announced that it successfully held an online training program from May 31 to June 9 on strengthening general management competence for landmine clearance in the Mekong Basin in order to foster landmine-clearing professionals who will operate in that region.

The training program was held as part of the “Gyeonggi-type” peace-building official development assistance (ODA) international cooperation project that the province launched this year. The purpose of the training program was to build a foundation for peace in the Mekong Basin and increase the international community’s empathy for the need to clear landmines from the demilitarized zone (DMZ) in Korea, a necessary step in the transformation of the area into a peace zone.

The Seoul Cyber University, with its digital education capabilities, has joined with the international landmine-relief non-governmental organization Mines Advisory Group (MAG) in the development and operation of the training program. The main focus of the training program was to improve general management and practical operation capacities pertaining to landmine-related issues, such as cultivating data and information processing capacities related to landmine clearing, and improving management capacities for survivors and family members of victims.

MAG specializes in education and technical consulting services related to landmine clearance. It also led the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the training program was held online; 21 people including related public officials and private organizations from countries in the Mekong region—Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam—participated in the program.

With this training course providing impetus, the provincial government intends to pursue its role as a local autonomy that leads landmine-clearing movements in conflict areas around the world beyond the Mekong Basin. Based on the success of this training program, the provincial government will expand its peace ODA project and create a foundation for international cooperation for landmine clearing in the Korean DMZ.

Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Peace Lee Jae-gang said, “The recent explosion in the Janghang Wetland, which is believed to have been due to a landmine, serves to remind us that such incidents are an international problem that can happen anywhere in the world at any time. International cooperation in relation to landmine clearing is critical for the transformation of the perilous DMZ into a safe zone.”

MAG will also examine the status of landmine clearing in Korea in tandem with comparable activities in the Mekong Basin so as to identify ways in which to strengthen international cooperation in landmine clearing together with the Gyeonggi Provincial Government.

MAG Technical Director Mikael Bold emphasized, “Developing landmine clearing professionals requires the sharing of a wide range of case studies and technical application methods, which can only be achieved through international cooperation.” He also expressed his intent to cooperate with Korea, saying, “In the case of the Janghang Wetland accident, it is possible to determine where the landmine was buried and lost through a joint international investigation.”

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gg_mgr <![CDATA[Gyeonggi Province to supply remote fire-monitoring security systems to 20 traditional markets]]> http://english.gg.go.kr/?post_type=daily-news&p=17107 2021-07-01T06:57:31Z 2021-06-08T06:00:00Z ○ Applications from traditional markets for remote fire-monitoring security systems accepted until June 18
– 20 traditional markets, shopping districts and commercial activity zones will be selected
○ CCTV-mobile connection services will be provided to the selected markets

Gyeonggi Province announced on June 8 that it launched the “2021 Remote Fire-Monitoring Security System Installation Project for Traditional Markets” and is accepting applications for project participation.

The project involves connecting CCTVs installed in traditional markets to mobile phones so that market operators are able to monitor emergency situations such as fires.

Traditional markets, shopping districts and commercial activity zones registered in Gyeonggi Province are eligible for the project pursuant to the Special Act on the Development of Traditional Markets and Shopping Districts. The project will be limited to some 20 locations.

Priority will be given to locations where store rent has decreased by 20% or more, where 50% or more of businesses have applied for Gyeonggi Sarang Voucher membership, where 50% or more of businesses have installed fire detectors, and where 50% or more of businesses have fire insurance or were selected by the Ministry of SMEs and Startups for the fire alarm facility installation and deteriorated electrical wiring repair project.

Those interested can submit an application to the Gyeonggi Provincial Government by June 18 via related departments at their local city or district office.

Gyeonggi Province will first consult with the traditional markets that apply for the project, and then select project participants according to urgency and priority after document screening and deliberation. The project will be operated through the Gyeonggi-do Market Revitalization Agency.

Detailed information can be obtained by visiting the official Gyeonggi Province website (www.gg.go.kr) or by calling the Gyeonggi Provincial Government’s Small Business Division (031-8030-2853).

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gg_mgr <![CDATA[Gyeonggi-do seeks enterprises to participate in ‘Russian Innovation Task Advancement Program’ – will provide technology transfer consultations]]> http://english.gg.go.kr/?post_type=daily-news&p=17100 2021-05-31T04:38:33Z 2021-05-20T04:00:23Z ○ Gyeonggi-do has announced the Russian Innovation Task Advancement Program for small- and medium-sized enterprises in the province
– It seeks 3 enterprises to participate in the program from May 20 to June 17
– It will provide up to 10 consulting sessions to Gyeonggi enterprises engaged in technological cooperation with Russia
– Consultants from the Korea Technology Finance Corporation will provide in-depth consulting services in relation to Russian technology transfers and business development

Gyeonggi-do is seeking enterprises based in the province to participate in the ‘2021 Russia Innovation Task Advancement Program’ that will run until June 17.

The Russian Innovation Task Advancement Program offers consulting services pertaining to technology transfers and business development in Russia to Korean enterprises that are or will be engaged in technological cooperation with Russia. The consulting services are provided by consultants from the Korea Technology Finance Corporation.

On April 15, the province (Gyeonggi-Russia Tech Plaza) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the technical evaluation specialist Korea Technology Finance Corporation on the Russia Innovation Task Advancement Program. Proceeding from the MoU, the search for participants aims to provide professional support to Gyeonggi enterprises in such sectors as the introduction of original technology to Russia, assessing the value of technology, and the commercialization of technology, while also strengthening support for enterprises throughout their entire life-cycles.

Those enterprises selected for the Russia Innovation Task Advancement Program will be able to receive consulting services from the Korea Technology Finance Corporation on technology transfers to Russia, technology value assessments, and technology commercialization. In addition, Gyeonggi enterprises that succeed in technology transfers to Russia will have the opportunity to receive acceptance guarantees for their intellectual property (IP) from the Korea Technology Finance Corporation. This acceptance refers to a guarantee program that supports enterprises that acquire and commercialize IP through trading and license agreements.

A total of 3 enterprises will be able to participate in the program, and each of the selected enterprises can receive up to 10 consulting sessions (up to KRW 3 million in value). The consulting services will take place on-site for a period of 3 months after selection.

In order to strengthen mutual cooperation through technology cooperation between enterprises based in Russia and Gyeonggi, the province opened an exclusive technology cooperation body for Russia, the Gyeonggi-Russia Tech Plaza, in October 2019, the first such initiative by a local government in Korea. It is currently working on building its position as a technology matching platform.

Russia possesses key contactless technologies in sectors such as information technology (IT) and software, as well as cutting-edge technologies related to materials, parts, and equipment. Gyeonggi has a number of small- to medium-sized enterprises featuring superior commercialized technologies that supply materials and parts to Samsung, LG, Hyundai-KIA Motor, and so on. Cooperation between the two regions is creating significant synergy effects.

Enterprises that wish to participate in the Russia Innovation Task Advancement Program can apply through the Gyeonggi Technopark Performance Management System (https://pms.gtp.or.kr/) until June 17. For more information on the program, visit the Gyeonggi-Russia Tech Plaza website (http://grtp.or.kr) or call the Gyeonggi Technopark (031-400-3731).

A representative of the Gyeonggi Provincial Government said, “We hope this program, undertaken in cooperation with the Korea Technology Finance Corporation, can help SMEs in Gyeonggi-do successfully engage in technology transfers, value assessments, and technology commercialization in Russia.”

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