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  • Seoul Announces 「Seoul City’s Four-Year Municipal Plan (2019-2022)」

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    Seoul City has announced the 「Seoul City’s Four-Year Municipal Plan (2019-2022)」. This will include the master plan that will accomplish ‘Seoul’s 10-year revolution that changes my life’ based on innovation and changes of the past seven years.

    The vision of 「Seoul City’s Four-Year Municipal Plan (2019-2022)」, drawn from discussion and deliberation with experts and public officials, is ‘Seoul where my life is happy, Seoul where citizens are the host.’ The three main government keynotes are ▴On the scene, ▴Innovation, and ▴Balance. This will continue the flow of the 6th popular election’s government constitution of ‘innovation, governance, communication’ to continue the city’s daring challenges while solving the problems of citizens’ lives at the scene and gradually settling the differences in social gaps.

    As revealed in the ‘2019 New Year’s Address,’ ‘economic revitalization’ will be Seoul City’s project of top priority. The project will focus on revitalizing economic democracy and innovative entrepreneurship under a difficult economic outlook to solve the problems of citizen living and create a future engine for growth.

    To systemize the government-operated four-year plan, Seoul has established five goals and a total of 176 projects. From these projects, Seoul went on to announce 25 key projects that the city will place the highest emphasis on.

    The five goals are: ① ‘Future Seoul’ where citizens grow together, ② pleasant and convenient ‘Safe Seoul,’ ③ ‘Welfare Seoul’ to be responsible for public welfare, ④ ‘Balanced Seoul’ with even growth in all areas, and ⑤ ‘Democratic Seoul’ where citizens become the host.

    First, various policies will be developed to revitalize public economy and create a new engine for growth. The project that fosters the six ‘fused, new industrial base’ into the mecca of the Fourth Industrial Revolution will be officially materialized. In Dongnam area and Magok, a global MICE cluster of 280,000 m2 will be constructed by 2025.

    Second, Seoul will continue to closely monitor citizen safety in everyday life. A special pedestrian zone will be created within the Green Transport Promotion Zone (16.7km2), and roads will be rearranged to expand pedestrian-friendly spaces to create an urban environment conducive to walking.

    Third, care, education, and areas of public concern will be greatly reinforced through the establishment of ‘Seoul Social Service Center,’ the newly built ‘Dolbom SOS Center,’ and the fortified functions of visiting service from community centers.

    In terms of residence, an innovative, public housing model will be introduced to provide 80,000 additional houses in Seoul City. The citizen-initiated ’10-minute neighborhood’ town regeneration project will be promoted as the gauging plan for low-rise residential buildings and old houses over 20 years old.

    In addition, Seoul city has selected five strategies for its job policy amid increasingly difficult employment situations: ▴private-driven strategy (fostering of future smart businesses), ▴public-driven strategy (expansion of public services such as Dolbom, social welfare, social services), ▴building the social safety net for vulnerable social groups (life support jobs, etc.), ▴locally specialized jobs (campus town, local community-type), and ▴job quality improvement (resolution of discrimination, discrimination and complaints in the labor market, protection of workers’ rights). The city plans to offer and support an average of 41,000 jobs annually during the course of the next four years.