[This article is written by a JDC Junior Journalist. The JDC Junior Journalist program is an educational project sponsored by Jeju Free International City Development Center (JDC). JDC Junior Journalist articles are only briefly edited by mentors before publishing.]
On May 17 the chairman of JDC (Jeju Free International City Development center), Kim Han-wook held a press conference.. The JDC was established to install the“Jeju Special Self-Governing Province.” Jeju Special-Self Governing Province’s goal is to make Jeju into a free international city. As a free international city, people as well as goods and capital can freely come as well as corporate activity. It is especially important that certain areas ensure maximum convenient features, including trade and production, international finance and/or tourism. A Free International City must perform these multiple functions.
It has been an impressive first year for Kim Han-wook after his appointment on June 10, 2013 as the chairman of the Jeju Free International City Development Center. WHen he took office he promised to establish a systemwhere “… rewards are merited and faults are punished.”
The JDC was soon ranked highest on the Korean Business Ehics Index and the 2013 Public Service customer satisfaction Index. It also scored high on the intergity assessment and anticorruption initiatives of the Anti-corruption and Civil Rights Comission. This is important because it reflects how the JDC conducts its business, handles complaints, improves related asministrative system and prevents the occurrence of corruption.
When talking about what it is that makes a Free International City, Kim Han-wook said,“ A free international city is where people, product, capital displace freely….” He talked about why he wants to make Jeju a free international city, and he said, “It’s because we want to leave Jeju to our descendants.”
The current projects that the JDC is working on now are the Globel Education City, the Aerospace Museum, the Jeju Health Care Town, and the Myths& History Theme Park.
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