The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced its “City Administration Plan to Create Seoul Jointly with Its Citizens” on January 9. The plan is an action plan designed to materialize the city administration of the 35th Seoul Metropolitan Government, as well as a master plan that will determine the direction of the city administration over the coming years.
Under the vision of a “Seoul Created Jointly with Citizens, Enjoyed Together by Citizens,” the city administration plan will pursue five main goals, namely, “welfare, economy, culture, sustainable urban development, and citizen’s rights,” which will be backed up by 285 projects in 15 fields.
Under the city administration plan, the Seoul Metropolitan Government aims to develop Seoul into a city for people, going beyond the decade-long period when Seoul neglected people’s needs for the sake of city development.
The plan covers the period to 2014 as the specific target year; however, it will not be finalized on the basis of one-time planning, but instead will be revised and improved each year to comprehensively present Seoul’s vision up to 2020.
The investment required to implement the city administration plan up until 2014 amounts to 25.2981 trillion won, an amount that can be mobilized within the scope of resources based on the City Government’s mid-term financing plan, according to an independent analysis. The fifteen key tasks to be accomplished under the “City Administration Plan to Create Seoul Jointly with Its Citizens” are as follows:
1. We will create a citizens’ welfare standard, the first of its kind in Korea, to enable every citizen to benefit from welfare.
– By guaranteeing a minimum level of livelihood for 50,000 impoverished people, who fall in the gray area of welfare programs and enjoy no welfare benefits, designating them as “Beneficiaries of Seoul Welfare.”
2. We will provide customized rental housing for residents to ease people’s worries about housing.
– By expanding the portion of public rental housing to up to 7 percent by 2014, and thereby establishing the basis for reaching the OECD level.
3. We will create a “City of Women’s Hope” where people work and care for children together.
– By establishing 280 national and public childcare centers, and installing two or more each in every dong (village) through 2014, starting with disadvantaged areas.
4. We will enable students to focus on their studies without worrying about tuition fees.
– By expanding free school meals to benefit all students through middle school, and increasing housing welfare for college students by 2014.
5. We will create a Seoul where everyone stays healthy by strengthening public medical services.
– By increasing the number of urban branches of public health centers from four to 25, setting up at least one per ward.
6. We will create an “Economy of Hope” where young people are assured of a chance to fulfill themselves.
– By cultivating 20,000 youth professionals dedicated to creative work, who will lay the foundations for our future economy by 2014.
7. We will create quality jobs through sharing and coalition.
– By nurturing 300 village companies by 2014 with a view to invigorating the regional economy and creating jobs.
8. We will expand cultural and creative activities within the life and living zones of citizens.
– By securing 200 village-type cultural spaces where citizens can communicate with each other through culture by 2014.
9. We will create a people-oriented city by establishing a system for sustainable city planning.
– By adjusting and improving the “2030 Seoul City Basic Urban Development Plan”, a blueprint for Seoul 20 years from now, jointly with Seoul citizens.
10. We will create a safe city where citizens can live life safely and feel secure.
– By constructing a natural-type precipitation recycling system to expand the volume of managed precipitation by 240 percent by 2020.
11. We will create a Seoul transportation system where people come first.
– By 2014, the amount of disabled people who will be able to get a taxi within 30 minutes of calling for one will increase by 90%.
12. We will continue to transform Seoul from a city that consumes resources and energy into one that generates resources and energy.
– By staging an energy-saving campaign conducive to citizen participation, and by reducing reliance on nuclear power plants by expanding the introduction of renewable energy.
13. We will manage the city budget soundly with Seoul citizens.
– By frugally operating the city budget via the establishment of a Public Investment Management Center, and by implementing a budgeting system based on citizen participation.
14. We will enable citizens to recover their rights via an open city administration.
– By continuing to engage in communication with citizens through such measures as the establishment of the Seoul Information & Communication Center.
15. We will create a warm Seoul where citizens live together in harmony by cultivating village communities
– By cultivating village formation projects and installing General Assistance Centers for Village Communities.