The International Cooperation Office of Incheon City (Director General Yoo Byeong-yoon) is busy these days organizing its schedule for this year. The office works out master plans for the city’s international exchange and cooperation with its peers worldwide and takes charge of foreign investment attraction to the IFEZ and non-IFEZ regions alike.
The office’s emphasis for this year lies in widening the scope of international exchange by furthering its amicable relations with sister cities. Specifically, it is aiming to shore up autonomous diplomacy capabilities for mutual prosperity and make better use of human resources to bring the GCF and the 2014 Asian Games into success. At the same time, the mayors of Incheon and Tianjin, China are going to meet with each other this year, celebrating the 20th anniversary of their diplomatic relations, to achieve greater mutual cooperation and become the hub cities of the pan-Yellow Sea region.
At present, Incheon City is engaged in mutual exchange programs with 34 cities in 17 countries. The office is planning to provide more humanitarian medical aids to them while launching social contribution activities through joint efforts between the public and private sectors so that the positive effects of its humanitarian aid projects can be maximized.
The projects take place in Banten Province, Indonesia, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Naboi, Uzbekistan, etc. The office is going to provide medical assistance to 22 children with a heart disease and three more patients in conjunction with the Incheon City government, Gil Medical Center of Gacon University, and Inha University Hospital.
Moreover, the agency is making cautious preparations to re-launch inter-Korean cooperation projects, which have been halted since the North’s attack on Yeonpyeong Island and the sinking of the Cheonan Ship. To this end, it is going to run without a hitch the Incheon Academy for Inter-Korean Economic Cooperation for those small businesses, citizens, public employees and NGOs that wish to take part in inter-Korean exchange and joint economic projects.
The Academy provides special lectures, in-depth knowledge and information regarding the economic cooperation between the two Koreas and business in the North, and helps them establish human networks for the purpose. “This year will the busiest year in our history, when we’ll put great efforts to foster international exchange so Incheon can make the economic center of the world, not limited to the hub city of Northeast Asia,” said the director general Yoo.