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The local citizenry of Incheon, which threw its full support behind the administration to help win the bid for the Overseas Korean Service, celebrated the beginning of a new era for the City.
On May 16, Incheon Metropolitan City (Mayor: Yoo Jeong-bok) invited the public, including local citizens, members of the ruling and opposition parties, Incheon City Council, officials from the City’s counties and districts, and the education office, to a celebration at the Aetteul Square near City Hall and thanked everyone for their support in bringing the Overseas Korean Service to Incheon.
The day's event was to express the City’s gratitude to the 3 million citizens of Incheon who sent their continued support for Incheon's hosting of the Overseas Korean Service, and to share the new hope of becoming the home of 10 million people going forward.
Prior to the City winning its bid early this month, the entire civic society, including local lawmakers, City Council, the City’s counties and districts, the education office, and various social organizations across Incheon, stepped up to help bring in Overseas Korean Service to the City. The entire community came together to launch the Civic Campaign Headquarters, showing its determination and commitment toward the Overseas Korean Service.
The event started with a video showing how the City’s administration was able to win its bid for the Overseas Koreans Service, then its future vision for the Office, followed by a congratulatory message from citizen representatives, an invitational performance by the Incheon Multicultural Children's Choir, and a ceremony to celebrate the Overseas Koreans Service. In particular, citizens prepared peony flowers to mark the momentous occasion, and Mayor Yoo Jeong-bok presented the flowers to the people, sharing in the joy of successfully hosting its latest organization to the City.
The Mayor said, “I am deeply grateful to the 3 million citizens of Incheon who have kept up their generous support over the past eight months.” He added, “Bringing the Overseas Korean Service to Incheon is not the end-game. It’s the starting point from which we hope to extend our reach beyond Korea, leverage our capacity to be a competitive global city, and take the next leap forward as a world-class metropolis.”
In addition, the Mayor explained, “Incheon will evolve into a hub for the economy, education, and culture of 7.5 million overseas Koreans spread across 193 countries around the world. We want to make history as a great city with the capacity to shape the future of Korea, and grow into a hub for local businesses using the network of Korean enterprises overseas.”