Seoul Town Meeting (with European Residents)
March 7, 2015 Leave a comment
Yesterday (March 6, 2015), there was a fruitful meeting at Seoul’s Global Center. The theme of the meeting was to raise some ideas or concerns by the Europian residents of the city to develop new policies. The mayor, Mr. Park also was ready on the meeting, sitting on the center of hole, listening the comments and taking many notes carefully.
-The situation of foreign schools in Seoul. Inadequacy of elementary schools in districts where foreigners mostly live.
-Difficulties of bank loans for foreigners and foreign institutions.
–Traffic safety. Many participant raised their unhappiness with Seoul’s traffic situation.
–Lack of governance caring some sub-community groups like gays and trans.
–Garbage based problems. Dirty situation of the streets.
-And sure, language barrier for foreigners in the city. A few participants asked for bilingual system for services and e-government websites.
At the end, Mayor Park did a speech, and answered some questions.
By the way, he gave a good news that they are going to open Seoul Foreign Resident Council this year.
Hope to see such meetings with the other residents of the city. With Muslim residents, with South East Asian in the city, with foreign students in Seoul, with architects, urban planners, and so on.
Here you can watch the meeting: