On January 10, Unification Minister Kim Yeon Chul met with Gyeonggi
Vice Governor for Peace Lee Hwa-young at the Government Complex Seoul.
The meeting was also attended by Kang Myeong-ja, who was displaced
from her hometown Gaeseong; Lee Jong-cheol, representative of the
Gyeonggi headquarters of the Committee for the Implementation of the
June 15 Joint Declaration; and Jeong Gi-seop, chairman of the
Corporate Association of Gaeseong Industrial Complex.
While delivering the Unification Minister applications for tours to
Gaeseong, Vice Governor Lee requested that the government push for
tourism to Gaeseong more actively. He also asked the government to
support ongoing inter-Korean exchange projects by the Gyeonggi
provincial government, including visits to historical and cultural
sites in Gaeseong and modernization of tree nurseries in Gaepung.
Minister Kim stated that the government will explore ways to
cooperate on tourism with the North while taking into comprehensive
consideration the changed conditions and environment. He answered that
the government will actively support a variety of cooperation projects
being pushed by the Gyeonggi Province since the agreement with the
Governors Association of Korea signed in July last year specified that
local governments are the main agents of inter-Korean exchange and cooperation.
The Ministry of Unification will actively render support so that the
government, local governments, and the private sector can produce
greater change while closely working together in their own spaces.