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[2012] Mayor’s Speech

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    Opening Address at the 2012 Seoul Senior Job Expo

    Date: September 25, 2012
    Venue: Seoul Trade Exhibition and Convention Center (SETEC)

    Hello, everyone. I am Park Won Soon, the mayor of Seoul. I would like to convey my respect to Seoul’s senior citizens, who have served as role models for the younger generation through their endless efforts to create new lives for themselves in old age. I would also like to thank those here today from employment agencies for helping to create jobs for the elderly. I appreciate all of you, including Kim Ki-ok, chairman of the Public Health and Welfare Committee; Hwang In-han, president of the Korean Senior Citizens Association; and Park Jong-hwa, honorary vice-mayor; who came here to participate in today’s event. Particularly, I would especially like to express my gratitude to Choe Kyoo-bok, CEO of Yuhan-Kimberly, for leading social contribution activities and making enormous efforts to co-host the Seoul Senior Job Expo.

    Seoul’s elderly population reached 1.04 million in 2011, making up 10.2 percent of the city’s total population. In particular, in 2010, with increasing numbers of the baby boom generation reaching retirement, Seoul is in dire need of comprehensive welfare measures for the elderly.

    Therefore, the Seoul Metropolitan Government plans to establish such comprehensive measures, creating a “Seoul Where the Elderly Can Be Happy for 100 Years”. After completing a series of discussions with numerous senior citizens, welfare experts, and Seoul citizens, the new measures will be announced in October.

    These measures will be of significant importance in that they will provide greater employment opportunities for senior citizens. As we all know, employment is the most effective form of welfare the government can offer, regardless of age.

    The Seoul Senior Job Expo serves as a platform for the provision of a variety of jobs for the elderly. In addition to the 1,150 jobs offered by public services projects—such as jobs providing free meals to students and offering elderly care services (e.g. dementia, depression, etc.)—126 private firms will generate an additional 2,000 jobs. With such an expansion in employment opportunities, I hope you can find jobs that meet your interests and needs. Also, several employment support programs will be offered, including training courses on employment and venture start-ups, consulting services, lectures on successful cases, and additional programs for the elderly.

    I genuinely hope that all the healthy senior citizens here today find suitable places to create new lives for themselves in old age, and I wish you the best of luck and good health through the pleasure of work.

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government will make every effort to ensure the happiness of Seoul’s senior citizens.

    Thank you.