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Incheon looking to attract new Overseas Koreans Service office and build stronger ties with overseas Koreans

Delegation from Incheontraveling across four European countries, including France, until November 20to seek support from overseas Koreans in Europe

The Mayor of Incheon andofficials from Incheon are going on their second overseas business trip sincetaking office as the 8th democratically elected city administration in order tostrengthen Incheon’s cooperation with overseas Koreans and also to encourageoverseas Koreans to open their Overseas Koreans Service office in Incheon.



▲ On November 13 (localtime), the Mayor of Incheon Metropolitan City took a tour around Caen’s CityHall led by Mayor Joel Bruneau in Normandy, France.

Incheon Metropolitan CityMayor Yoo Jeongbok is on a 9-day trip to four European countries, includingFrance, from November 12 to 20 with other officials from the City’sadministration.

Upon receiving an officialinvitation to the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) from the Associationof Korean Residents in Europe, Incheon organized this trip to Europe in hopesto strengthen its cooperation with local institutions, attract investment, andshare its plans to transform Incheon into a world-class international city.During his trip, Mayor Yoo Jeongbok also visited historical sites to pay homageto the historical significance of the Battle of Incheon.

He first visited the CaenMemorial Museum after landing in Paris, France, and Omaha Beach, where theAllied Forces pitched its fiercest resistance against the Germans during WorldWar II. The Mayor also visited the Korean War Veterans Memorial. Here, whilecommemorating the noble sacrifices made by countless soldiers in Incheon andNormandy, Mayor Yoo Jeongbok spent time reflecting on their resolve anddedication toward defending peace.

In 2017, Incheon City andthe French province of Normandy signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) onfriendship and cooperation to help preserve the cultural heritage of bothregions and to protect the peace. Incheon, which is planning a majorcommemorative event for the Battle of Incheon next year, shared a wide varietyof experiences and know-how with Normandy through this visit and discusseddifferent ways to work together.



▲ Incheon MetropolitanCity Mayor Yoo Jeongbok listens to an official at the Caen Memorial Museum inNormandy, France on November 13 (local time).

On the second leg of theirvisit to Europe, which is in Barcelona, Spain, Mayor Yoo Jeongbok and hisdelegation will attend the 2022 Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) andparticipate in discussions on city governance under the theme of “Sharing theFuture Society through Cooperative Governance.”

As the world's largestinternational event on the subject of smart cities, the SCEWC gets under wayfrom November 15 to 17 to provide a glimpse into the present and future ofsmart infrastructure and next-generation mobility solutions, such as digitaltransformation, urban environment, mobility, and shared cities.

More than 24,000 peoplefrom 700 cities in 140 or more countries are expected to attend this year'sevent, with 400 city leaders and internationally renowned speakers scheduled totake part in more than 110 discussion sessions. Incheon plans to raise itsstatus and reputation internationally using its slogan, “Global Smart CityIncheon,” with an exhibition and public relations booth in collaboration withthe Incheon Free Economic Zone Authority, and in doing so, actively promotingthe city’s smart city policies and projects.

In Frankfurt, Germany, thethird part of this latest trip to Europe by Incheon City officials, thedelegation will meet global corporations and officials from the Federation ofGerman Industries to share information regarding the investment environment atthe Incheon Free Economic Zone and make a pitch to attract investment intoIncheon.

Moreover, the delegationplans to show its support for Korean residents in Europe and sign an MOU onmutual cooperation with the Association of Korean Residents in Europe(Chairperson: Yoo Je-heon). Here, the Incheon Free Economic Zone Authorityplans to explain the new “culture town” for overseas Koreans in Europe build inIncheon, and also explain what the Overseas Korean Service is in order to seektheir support in opening a new office in Incheon.



▲ Normandy AmericanCemetery and Memorial Museum in Normandy, France

The last part of the tripwill bring Mayor Yoo Jeongbok and his delegation to Amsterdam in theNetherlands, which is considered one of the best examples of regenerating theold port to fit modern times. The delegation will visit NDSM, De Ceuvel, andthe IJdok district, which are great examples of voluntary urban regenerationdriven by local residents and artists, and develop ways to combine ideas fromthese destinations with the Jemulpo Renaissance plan.

Meanwhile, Mayor YooJeongbok and his spouse were invited by the Association of Korean Residents inEurope, which is why Ms. Choi Eun-yeong will accompany the Mayor to Europe - ather own personal expense - to visit the Korean Cultural Center in Essen,Germany, and host a meeting with Korean residents, including former miners andnurses who had been dispatched to Germany decades ago. Furthermore, Ms. Choiplans to explore the possibility of opening a Korean branch of the PompidouMuseum in Incheon.

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