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  • Delegation of Government Officials from India Visits and Learns about Seoul’s Best Policies

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  • A total of 108 high-ranking government officials from India visited Seoul on September 15th. India is the world’s eleventh largest national economy, with a GDP of KRW 1,800 trillion, and a country with a population of 1.2 billion people. The delegation came to learn about the best policies established by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, related to mass transportation and environment, and to visit relevant facilities.

    With the election of Narendra Modi as India’s new prime minister in May, “Modinomics” began to sweep across India. Currently, India is pushing forward major economic reforms, putting all their efforts into the construction of infrastructure, such as city and gas.

    - Key Features of Modinomics –

    • Construct a subway system in cities with a population over 2 million
    • Plan to construct a high speed railroad, at a cost of USD 10 billion, between Ahmedabad and Mumbai
    • Allocate USD 1.2 billion of the national budget to build 100 smart cities equipped with cutting-edge ICT
    • Set up a management bureau that establishes strategies related to highway construction and urbanization

    The delegation was introduced to Seoul’s best policies related to transportation and urban planning and taken on tours of the Seoul Transport Operation and Information Service (TOPIS), Mapo Resource Recovery Facility, and the Cheonggyecheon (stream) to gain a better understanding of policy administration.

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government will actively support India in its adoption and implementation of Seoul’s best policies by continuously providing them with information on such policies, offering a regular mailing service, and holding policy negotiations with major policy experts in Seoul.

    As of September 2014, Seoul is in the process of exporting 25 policy solutions to 22 cities in 21 countries, and is rising as an urban development role model for developing countries.

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    <Visit to the Seoul Transport Operation and Information Service>

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