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  • Seoul unveils newly certified winners

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    On Dec. 8 Seoul City announced the 65 recipients of the 5th Seoul Good Public Design certification program, a cause aimed at raising the overall quality of the Korean capital.

    The latest Seoul Good Public Design certification competition follows the fourth one held in the first half of this year, which had 551 applicants, while the fifth had 604. Since the adoption of its certification program about two years ago, Seoul City said it has helped participants establish themselves in their respective industries.

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    Since the certification program began in the second half of 2008, it has quickly established itself in local industry. Certified players have been given priority in matters related to the city, Seoul City said. It added that this program has helped the acknowledged companies to reap the benefits of Seoul City’s promotion efforts for its cause, such as through such outlets as the Seoul Design Fair.

    The items that failed to make the government’s list in this fifth round will be able to receive advice for improvements through the “Design Clinic,” which is part of the Seoul Good Public Design program. The consultation period is taking place until Jan. 2011. Seoul City said it plans to help foster more “outstanding” products through the certification program by putting more effort into improving the services of the clinic and build professionalism based on experience.

    Seoul City said it also plans to develop policies that ensure sustainable use of its certified products. By boosting the maintenance system for the certified products, the government stressed that it will exert all its strength to create a city that is safe and convenient.