|“An Era of Central Inland Region Driven by Chungcheongbuk-do”|
- Governor Kim claims to be a “peddler” for citizens, and asking civil servants to have the mind of “tradespeople”
Chungcheongbuk-do Governor Kim Young-hwan emphasized that “the Republic of Korea will have a new era of the central inland region driven by Chungcheongbuk-do moving forward.”
Governor Kim stated, “We once had the era of the eastern coast area driven by Busan, Ulsan and Pohang after the Gyeongbu Line was completed, and we moved on to the era of the western coast area driven by Incheon, Pyeongtaek, Seosan and Mokpo, having diplomatic relations with China. Because of this, the inland regions which have no sea were behind in their economic development. Also, we’ve experienced weakened competitiveness of the rural economy.”
“For now, there is a limit of growth engine with the era of the eastern coast area and the western coast area,” he claimed. “We can discover our new growth engine by focusing on the era of the central inland region driven by Chungcheongbuk-do.”
Being inducted into the office, Governor Kim made a plan to enact a special act on the development of Chungcheongbuk-do. While preparing this, he recognized the fact that “having no sea” is not only the problem of Chungcheongbuk-do, but also the problem of the inland area at large. With this recognition, he provided a new perspective on balanced regional development.
“If the era of the central inland region driven by Chungcheongbuk-do opens, Chungcheongbuk-do could move forward as a center of reform and growth,” Kim said.
Also, Kim stated that he would be a “peddler” for citizens, explaining the traditional four classes of society of the Goryeo and Joseon dynasties (i.e. scholars, farmers, artisans, and tradespeople).
He introduced himself as a person who qualifies in every four classes―“scholar” as a dentist, “farmer” as a farmer, “technician” as an electrician, and “tradesman” as the son of a Chinese restaurant and street vendor―claiming “all my characteristics affect administrating government policy, but the most important one would be the disposition as “tradespeople.”
“What the civil servants lack and need the most is the mind of tradespeople,” he claimed. “The business mindset, marketing, and ability to do business activities will make or break the success of the provincial government.”