- On November 11, the City hosted the “Love Incheon Discussion Forum” at the Songdo Convensia Grand Ballroom -
- Event encouraged communication and dialogue to ensure the happiness of all 10 million Incheon citizens -
Incheon Metropolitan City (Mayor: Yoo Jeong-bok) hosted the “Love Incheon Discussion Forum” on November 11 at the Songdo Convensia Grand Ballroom (2F) to welcome the City’s new future as a major metropolis with 10 million citizens from all walks of life. The City invited various experts and the general public to discuss “suggestions for making Incheon a happy world-class city.”
<Incheon Mayor Yoo Jeong-bok delivers his opening address>
<Mayor Yoo Jeong-bok debating with his constituents>
The Forum was a departure from other existing debate formats that typically serve to promote City policies and gauge the public’s response. Members from more than 30 committees with policy advisory functions for the City, relevant subject matter experts, and Incheon citizens were all invited to have a sincere discussion, express their opinions on the City’s administration, and interact directly with the Mayor.
<Commemorative photo for the 7th Love Incheon Discussion Forum>
Each year, the Forum uses big data collected across ten different City policies (cross-generation communication/youth, environment, economy, future industry, maritime aviation, urban planning, culture and tourism, health and welfare, women and family/education, and transportation) to identify issues that plagued Incheon over the past year. Using a round-table discussion format, the Forum gets underway for 100 minutes using keywords carefully chosen from the big data Incheon manages to collect.
Incheon Mayor Yoo Jeong-bok said, “Given our three City-wide values of balance, creativity, and communication, I promise to communicate with our constituents, always put them first, and dedicate resources for the future of our City. I want to channel my passion and commitment to turn Incheon into a world-class city where everyone is happy and satisfied.” He added, “My administration and I will do our best to prepare for this Forum every year so that the people participating in the debate can improve their awareness of the City’s policies. We also want to listen to what people are saying and reflect their feedback into our policies going forward.”