News – Gyeonggi Global Global Inspiration, Global Gyeonggi Province 2021-09-01T00:45:54Z WordPress gg_mgr <![CDATA[Gyeonggi Free Economic Zone Authority to strengthen investment attraction activities through omni-directional online networking with investment consultation services for organizations and associations]]> 2021-09-01T00:45:54Z 2021-08-24T01:00:29Z ○ The Gyeonggi Free Economic Zone Authority is undertaking investment attraction activities through online networking that targets related Korean and international organizations and associations.
– Foreign chambers of commerce, foreign business associations, foreign diplomatic missions, overseas sister regions, Gyeonggi Business Centers, and more
– Domestic chambers of commerce, trade associations, industry associations, economic groups in Gyeonggi, potential investing companies, and more

○ Gyeonggi Free Economic Zone Authority to maximize promotional effects through customized online investment briefings and investor relations (IR)

The Gyeonggi Free Economic Zone Authority (GGFEZ), seeking the overcome difficulties with face-to-face investment consultations and investment attraction briefings due to the prolonged impact of COVID-19, is strengthening its online investment attraction activities by targeting various related Korean and international organizations and associations .

Online investment attraction targets include chambers of commerce, trade associations, industry associations, economic groups in the province, and potential investing companies as well as foreign chambers of commerce, foreign business associations, foreign embassies, overseas sister regions, and Gyeonggi Business Centers (GBCs).

In order to provide customized investment attraction services, GGFEZ is actively promoting the benefits of the Gyeonggi Free Economic Zone in English and Chinese while discussing cooperation plans to attract investment.

On August 2, GGFEZ held online investment attraction consultations with Company A in Singapore and Company B in Hong Kong through which it introduced the locational advantages of the Siheung Baegot District and incentives. The companies that participated in the consultations shared their business plans for Korea and discussed possible methods of cooperation.

On August 26, GGFEZ will introduce the strengths, features, and investor benefits of the Poseung, Hyeondeok, and Baegot districts to European companies in connection with the “Economic Outlook for the Second Half of the Year 2021,” an event hosted by the Korean-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Following the event, GGFEZ will hold an online investment attraction consultation session with the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea. In early September, it will also hold an online consultation session with US-based Company C, which is currently reviewing investment in the Poseung District, a development zone in Pyeongtaek City. GGFEZ plans to continue its investment attraction activities until the end of the year with Gyeonggi Business Centers and the Korea Foreign Company Association.

“Although we could be downsizing our investment attraction activities during this period due to the extended impact of COVID-19, we are seeking breakthroughs by continuing our investment attraction activities online. We will continue to develop a new and innovative paradigm of investment attraction in order to adapt to the age of COVID-19,” said Kim Gyu-sik, Vice Commissioner of GGFEZ.

gg_mgr <![CDATA[Gyeonggi to provide “Barrier-Free Virtual Reality Content” from December]]> 2021-09-01T00:43:01Z 2021-08-23T00:40:48Z ○ The Gyeonggi Provincial Government will produce VR content featuring tourist attractions and accommodation facilities in the province for individuals with disabilities (August to November 2021)
– Target: 60 tourist attractions and 20 tourist accommodation facilities in Gyeonggi
– Video theme: Information on amenities for individuals with disabilities and detailed pedestrian environments of each facility section

The Gyeonggi Provincial Government will provide online virtual reality (VR) content that will allow individuals with disabilities to view tourist attractions and accommodation facilities before visiting. The content is slated for release in December this year.

From August to November, the province will conduct field inspections at 80 locations in the province, covering 60 tourist attractions and 20 tourist accommodation facilities such as Semiwon in Yangpyeong County and Gaetgol Eco Park in Siheung City. Through these inspections, the provincial government seeks to compile the latest information on the related amenities (e.g., accessible parking, toilets, baby shelters, lactation rooms, etc.), as well as visitor information and actual pedestrian environments.

Based on the information collected, the Gyeonggi Provincial Government will produce VR content that will then be posted on the “Barrier-Free Gyeonggi Tourism” microsite in December so that anyone can easily access the information.

The VR content will be designed to allow users to select desired information beyond simple onscreen displays and to examine the facilities in depth through 360-degree panoramic images. In addition, the province will include “aerial VR,” which provides front views, as well as an audio function to increase information accessibility.

“There are sometimes situations wherein individuals with disabilities experience inconvenience or confusion due to a lack of various amenities when they are traveling in the province. We hope to use this content to provide practical assistance to all residents who wish to travel,” said Choi Yong-hun, Director of the Tourism Division of the Gyeonggi Provincial Government.

Meanwhile, the provincial government has selected 60 tourist attractions based on attractiveness and accessibility relative to individuals with disabilities over the past 3 years, as well as 20 tourist accommodation facilities featuring superior accessibility from among 200 registered tourist accommodation facilities in the province for VR content and facility field inspections.

gg_mgr <![CDATA[Gyeonggi Province publishes/distributes climate change education textbook for elementary schools]]> 2021-08-25T07:58:20Z 2021-08-16T08:00:51Z ○ Distribution of climate change education textbooks (14,000 copies) to elementary schools (grades 3 and 4)
– Fosters integrated thinking regarding climate change and encourages related practices in daily life
– Written by climate change education experts and environmental instructors
○ Training for teachers and textbook utilization

Gyeonggi Province is distributing its newly published climate change education textbook for elementary school students so as to provide systematic climate change education.

Last year, Gyeonggi Province and the Gyeonggi Provincial Office of Education agreed that a climate change education textbook was necessary for school curricula. They then began to develop such a textbook with relevant experts.

With the acceleration of the climate crisis, carbon neutrality has become a worldwide concern. In response, this textbook was created so that elementary school students in Gyeonggi Province can develop integrated thinking ability and practice environmental protection in their daily lives. Climate change education experts and environmental instructors participated in the creation of the textbook in order to enhance its quality and utility.

The content of the textbook, titled Climate is Changing, can be connected to the curricula of the third and fourth grades of elementary school. The textbook consists of four chapters—Climate Change & My Family, My Community, My Country, and The World—through which students can gradually broadern their perspectives. Each chapter is presents climate change phenomena, reasons, and countermeasures. In addition, the textbook contains everyday stories and cartoon contents so that elementary school students can better understand and maintain continuous interest in climate change issues.

Through a demand survey of elementary schools in Gyeonggi Province, 100 schools requested 12,000 copies of the textbook. It will be distributed to schools from August 18 for use as auxiliary material in climate change education for third and fourth grade students from the second semester through curricular and creative activities.

※ 14,000 copies distributed to 288 libraries (in Gyeonggi Province), 18 climate change education centers, and 31 cities/counties

To enhance textbook utilization, Gyeonggi Province will produce online instructor training content consisting of teaching methods, textbook use, and application cases. In addition, the province will provide training programs to those teachers who will undertake climate change education utilizing the textbook, which is expected aid teachers greatly.

Gyeonggi Province will conduct a satisfaction survey of students and school teachers who receive the textbook, and improve the contents based on the survey results.

Kim Gyeong-seop, Director of the Climate Energy Division of the Gyeonggi Provincial Government, said, “We will provide constant support for climate change education so that future generations, including elementary and middle school students in Gyeonggi Province, understand the severity of the climate crisis and are capable of addressing climate change.”

gg_mgr <![CDATA[Gyeonggi Province launches technology convergence verification support for AR/VR applications in different industries]]> 2021-08-25T07:56:23Z 2021-08-16T07:54:45Z ○ Gyeonggi Province selected 10 consortia for its AR/VR technology convergence verification support program.
– Selected final consortia after supporting connections between technology suppliers and technology-seeking enterprises for two months
○ This program is expected to foster exemplary cases that can help existing industries by such means as increasing productivity and reducing production costs.

On August 16, Gyeonggi Province announced that it is supporting technology convergence verification for industries that plan to introduce virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies to their existing systems.

This support is geared to connect companies that supply VR/AR technologies (“suppliers”) with companies that seek such technologies for verification (“clients”), such as manufacturing and architecture firms, while expanding VR/AR technologies to as many industries as possible.

In June, Gyeonggi Province selected “suppliers” and linked them with “clients,” and finally designated a total of ten consortia consisting of these companies.

The selected consortia will undertake the verification of those technologies as applied to making their operations more innovative and productive through initiatives that include: a VR safety education system for construction sites, a digital twin-bridge maintenance manual, a VR-based real-time drone control system, and a VR manual for the operation and management of enshrinement facilities.

On August 13, Gyeonggi Province held an online project commencement briefing and collected enterprise opinions regarding support for the introduction of new technologies to existing industries. Gyeonggi Province will expand relevant policies.

Lim Mun-yeong, Director General of the Future Growth Policy Bureau of the Gyeonggi Provincial Government, said, “We expect that this support program will foster exemplary cases that will generate practical effects such as increased productivity and reduced costs in existing industrial fields.” He added, “We will actively support successful verifications by each consortium.”

gg_mgr <![CDATA[KGC helps 60 social enterprises find online markets]]> 2021-08-25T07:54:13Z 2021-08-11T07:52:37Z ○ Gyeonggi-do Socially Valuable Product PR and Support Project runs in second half of 2021
– Online submissions received until 6 p.m. on August 16
○ Selection of 60 companies for product sale assistance via ChakChakChak and online market identification

Gyeonggi Province and Korea Gyeonggido Company (KGC) are supporting socially valuable product manufacturers in Gyeonggi Province that are taking the lead in realizing social values by assisting such companies with market identification and domestic demand promotion.

On August 11, KGC announced that it will operate the Gyeonggi-do Socially Valuable Product PR and Support Project in the second half of 2021 and recruit participating companies in Gyeonggi Province.

This project benefits socially valuable product manufacturers that have head offices or plants in Gyeonggi Province, including social enterprises, cooperatives, community businesses, self-sufficiency companies, enterprises owned or operated by individuals with disabilities, production facilities of goods made by severely disabled individuals, and senior job agencies.

Through this project, KGC supports 60 companies in two fields. It will help 50 companies open online stores on “ChakChakChak,” a Gyeonggi e-commerce website for socially valuable products. It will also support entry by 10 companies into online markets through e-commerce and home shopping channels.

Enterprises seeking to participate in this project should submit an application and other required documents, such as their product profile, via the KGC website ( before 6 p.m. on August 16.

Successful candidates will be selected through document screening and a qualitative evaluation by a selection committee. Evaluations will be conducted on the basis of product competitiveness, reliability, necessity for support, and expected effects.

Selected candidates will be announced via the KGC website within three weeks of the application deadline.

Lee Seok-hun, CEO of KGC, said, “The Korea Gyeonggido Company is providing diverse support in order to enhance the sales and self-sustainability of socially valuable product manufacturers in Gyeonggi Province. We believe that many companies will apply for this project and expand their markets.”

gg_mgr <![CDATA[GARES selects Hongsan as garlic variety suitable for eco-friendly cultivation in Gyeonggi Province]]> 2021-08-25T07:52:02Z 2021-08-08T07:49:31Z ○ GARES selects eco-friendly garlic variety suitable for Gyeonggi Province
– Following research on eco-friendly garlic varieties for institutional food services in Gyeonggi Province, GARES selected Hongsan as a highly marketable and productive variety.

On August 8, the Gyeonggi-do Agricultural Research & Extension Services (GARES) announced that it had selected Hongsan, an eco-friendly and productive garlic variety, for institutional food services in Gyeonggi Province.

The garlic cultivation area and production volume in Gyeonggi Province increased from 845 hectares and 5,918 tonnes in 2017 to 1,020 hectares and 11,087 tonnes in 2020, equating to an 87% year-on-year increase in production. In 2020, 103 hectares of land was certified for eco-friendly garlic farms and 178 farms produced eco-friendly garlic for school meal services.

Eco-friendly garlic for school meal services commands relatively high prices, so the number of garlic farms has been rapidly increasing. However, these garlic farms have been applying varieties and cultivation techniques suitable for southern regions. The selection of an eco-friendly garlic variety suitable for Gyeonggi Province – as well as the development of pest control measures and an eco-friendly garlic cultivation manual – was imperative.

GARES and the Gyeonggi-do Federation of Eco-friendly Agriculture Farmers undertook research from last year to identify a suitable eco-friendly garlic variety. Consequently, Hongsan was selected due to its outstanding marketability and yields.

Hongsan garlic, developed by the Rural Development Administration, was registered as a garlic variety in 2016. Hongsan can be cultivated in both warm and cool regions throughout the country. The cloves of Hongsan garlic are heavier and larger than those of Daeseo garlic, the former major cultivation variety of Gyeonggi Province. Moreover, Hongsan garlic is highly resistant to sheath rot, white rot, and other pathogens.

After being cultivated in Gyeonggi Province, it was found that the clove marketability of Hongsan garlic increased 33.4% compared to that of Daeseo garlic. In addition, Hongsan garlic is high in allicin (a compound giving garlic its unique odor and efficacy), as well as polyphenols and flavonoids, and has outstanding storability.

GARES is developing eco-friendly pest control measures to counter white rot, rust, onion thrips and bradysia agrestis. After summarizing its research next year, GARES will develop and distribute the Gyeonggi Eco-Friendly Garlic Cultivation Manual to eco-friendly farms.

Lee Yeong-sun, Director of the GARES Environmental Agricultural Research Division, said, “I hope that Hongsan garlic, the newly selected garlic variety suitable for eco-friendly cultivation in Gyeonggi Province, contributes to a foundation for eco-friendly institutional food services and the stable production of eco-friendly agricultural products. We will develop and apply an eco-friendly cultivation manual to a wider range of major crops cultivated in Gyeonggi Province.”

gg_mgr <![CDATA[Provincial government imposes administrative measures on 3 coffee shops found with ice exceeding bacterial standards]]> 2021-08-25T08:00:00Z 2021-07-23T07:46:21Z ○ Gyeonggi Province tested 146 items that are frequently consumed during the summer – such as self-made ice at coffee shops, cold brew coffee, beverages, and frozen desserts – and imposed administrative measures on three culpable businesses.
– Self-made ice served at two businesses found with excessive potassium permanganate consumption levels, and with an excessive bacterial count at one business

For the summer season, the Gyeonggi-do Institute of Health and Environment conducted tests on edible ice and coffee items collected from coffee shops in the province, and found that ice from three businesses had bacterial counts and potassium permanganate consumption levels that exceeded acceptable standards. Following the test results, the institute imposed administrative measures on the businesses through local and district offices.

From June 11, the institute tested the bacterial count and potassium permanganate levels of a total of 146 items collected from coffee shops. The tested items included ice from on-site ice machines (100 items), beverages including cold brew coffee (10 items), pre-packaged cups of ice (13 items), and frozen desserts (23 items). The potassium permanganate consumption level is used as an indicator of organic matter contamination and refers to the amount of potassium permanganate consumed by organic materials such as sugar, alcohol and protein.

In the test results, 2 of the 100 ice items made inside the coffee shops were found to have a potassium permanganate consumption levels of 16.7 mg/L and 24.3 mg/L each, which exceeds the standard (10.0 mg/L). Another ice item collected for testing was found to have a bacterial count of 1,500 CFU/mL, which also exceeds the standard (1,000 CFU/mL).

The provincial government ordered the three coffee shops found with deficient items to stop using their ice machines immediately. The government instructed them to clean and disinfect the machines, then change the filters to produce ice that meets standards.

An official of the institute said, “We plan to strengthen inspections of popular summer food items sold at food service establishments such as multi-use facilities and instant food manufacturing businesses.”

gg_mgr <![CDATA[Governor Lee Jaemyung participates in emergency crackdown on secret drinking party at bar violating quarantine guidelines]]> 2021-08-25T07:44:53Z 2021-07-23T07:00:56Z ㅇ On the night of July 22, an emergency crackdown took place at an adult entertainment bar in Anyang City.
– Forty enforcement officers, including Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jaemyung, participated in crackdown
– Seven patrons drinking alcohol with hostesses were caught at the scene
ㅇ The provincial government plans to press charges against this illegal adult entertainment bar and the patrons for violating the Infectious Disease Control and Prevention Act

Governor Lee participated in an emergency crackdown on sites violating COVID-19 quarantine guidelines, and caught individuals who were secretly drinking at an adult entertainment bar.

On July 22 at approximately 10 p.m., Governor Lee conducted a snap inspection of an adult entertainment bar located in Anyang City and found 7 patrons who were drinking alcohol with hostesses.

For the emergency crackdown, 40 enforcement officers and Governor Lee visited the business establishment to check on violations of the gathering prohibition. The enforcement team requested access and then inspected the premises.

When Governor Lee entered the location, 3 patrons were drinking alcohol with 2 bar personnel and 2 hostesses of foreign nationality.

Under Governor Lee’s guidance, the enforcement team notified those present of their violation of the government prohibition on gatherings. They then undertook administrative process such as completing documentation and confirming violation of quarantine guidelines. The crackdown was completed by 11:30 p.m.

The provincial government plans to press charges against the adult entertainment bar, which was operating illegally while violating the government prohibition on gatherings, and against the patrons for violating the Infectious Disease Control and Prevention Act.

A Gyeonggi provincial official said, “The inspection was undertaken based on a report that some adult entertainment bars were operating illegally behind closed doors despite the rapid spread of COVID-19. We plan to maintain strong enforcement efforts in order to protect public health.” The official added, “We expect this case will serve as a wake-up call for those who are breaking quarantine guidelines.”

gg_mgr <![CDATA[“Gyeonggi Province C Zero Go” winning entry in open call for carbon neutrality event name]]> 2021-08-25T07:41:16Z 2021-07-21T07:00:36Z ○ October 27, 2021 – A “stage of empathy and awareness” is being prepared for the realization of carbon neutrality in Suwon Messe.
– Open call held for provincial residents to select event name and slogan
– First such event in Gyeonggi Province in which the climate and energy sector, public sector, private sector (organizations and businesses), and local residents will participate
– Event features forum, debate, and promotional booths to cultivate measures for carbon neutrality

The name “1st Gyeonggi Province C Zero Go” was selected for this climate and energy event day that will take place in October for Gyeonggi Province’s realization of carbon neutrality.

On June 21, Gyeonggi Province announced an open call for ideas regarding the event name and slogan that ran from June 21 to 30, and selected Baek Hyeon-joo’s “C Zero Go” as the final winning entry.

“C Zero Go” was evaluated highly as it implies the empathy and participation of the Gyeonggi Provincial Government, provincial residents, and organizations and businesses from both the public and private sectors in the vital transition to carbon neutrality.

Along with “C Zero Go,” Kim Yeon-jin’s slogan – “Zero Carbon, Double Happiness, Newer Gyeonggi” – was honored with a Consolation Award. The provincial government presented a gift voucher worth KRW 500,000 to the winner of the Excellence Award, as well as KRW 100,000 vouchers to each of the two Consolation Award winners, and KRW 10,000 vouchers to each of the thirty Participation Award winners.

The purpose of the open call was to gather ideas for the name and slogan of this event in which private and public organizations and businesses in the climate and energy sector as well as Gyeonggi residents will participate with the aim of creating a “stage of empathy and awareness” for the realization of carbon neutrality. A total of 471 entries were submitted.

Kim Gyeong-seop, Director of the Climate and Energy Policy Division of the Gyeonggi Provincial Government, said, “The realization of carbon neutrality policy is no one else’s responsibility but our own. It is the story of our near future, so we cannot delay it any more. It is an urgent task that we have to actively achieve.” He added, “The most critical factor in the realization of carbon neutrality is a cooperative system between related organizations and groups. In that regard, we hope to see many people participate in this event.”

The 1st Gyeonggi-do C Zero Go, which take places at Suwon Messe on October 27, will include a forum on carbon neutrality, an exhibition, and promotional and interactive booths for carbon neutrality policy, as well as presentations, debates, and an award ceremony.

gg_mgr <![CDATA[Gyeonggi Province releases 7,000 slender catfish fry in valleys such as Gapyeong Stream as part of conservation efforts]]> 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.