South and North Korea have exchanged reports related to a rail project that aims to link the peninsula, South Korea’s Unification Ministry said on February 27, 2019. Officials from the two countries met Monday at the inter-Korean liaison office in the border city of Kaesong to exchange the reports.
Economic viability tests are conducted on projects that get more than about 26 million U.S. dollars in government funds, but the South Korean government will waive the assessments on select projects in the interest of helping less developed regions of the country catch up.
The projects that the government will be waiving the test on are focused on two things: improving traffic and logistics networks across the country and nurturing regional industries.
The whole of South Korea stood still for the moment the leaders shook hands on both sides of the border in the demilitarized zone that divides the countries. It was an apparently unscripted moment during a highly choreographed sequence of events.
Few would have predicted a development like this as North Korea had escalated its nuclear provocations through 2017. The rapprochement began in January when Chairman Kim suggested he was "open to dialogue" with South Korea. The following month the two countries marched under one flag at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics.
A plan being floated among Japan, the United States and South Korea is aimed at the complete denuclearization of North Korea by the summer of 2020.
The three countries are seeking an early end to Pyongyang’s development of nuclear weapons and missiles after past attempts allowed North Korea incremental incentives to halt its nuclear arms program and led Pyongyang to buy time and further develop atomic weapons, the sources close to Japan-U.S. relations said.
The 2017 EROPA Conference and General Assembly was held in Seoul, Republic of Korea from 11 to 15 September 2017. Featured in multiple news agencies such as Yonhap, Munhwa, and 24KZ, social media is also part of the annual event's promotion.
In the past week (10-17 September 2017), up to 100,000 impressions were counted for the conference. This is greater than the 15,000 being reached by EROPA's social media outlets per month (recorded from January to August 2017). The conference in itself is one of the largest in recent years with around 600 registered participants from within Korea and overseas.
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Professor Pan-suk Kim was inaugurated as the Minister of Personnel Management by appointment of Korean President Moon Jae-in on 12 July 2017. He is the third to hold the said position since the ministry was established in 2014. The ministry was formerly known as the Ministry of Security and Public Administration (2013), and the Ministry of Public Administration and Security (2008).
As for Professor Kim, he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Asian Review of Public Administration (ARPA) since 2009. The ARPA is EROPA's biannual journal. He was also the President of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS) from 2010 to 2013, the first Asian to hold the position, and has been serving as the President of the Asian Association for Public Administration (AAPA) since 2010.