On Friday, Feb. 25, 2001 1stopKorea had a chance to sit down and talk with Goh Kun, the current Mayor of Seoul, in a wide-ranging interview on life here in the big city. Here's the second part of our interview, focusing on the mayor's first year and a half in office, his best and worst times while in office, and a way for you to contact the mayor should you have any problems here in Seoul.
What do you personally think is the most important
thing for Seoul to do to prepare for the new millennium?
You've been in office for about a year and a half
now. What do you consider your most worthwhile accomplishment?
Another thing I'm proud of is the new 'Civil Affairs Online System' that
allows people to use the Internet to check on the progress of any business
they are doing with the city. [People can log on to the system and by
entering a case or document number they can track its progress through
the city bureaucracy - editor's note] I believe this system contributes
to a clearer, cleaner civil society and government.
Getting through the subway strike was truly a difficult time but it gave me a chance to see the real maturity of the public in dealing with such a difficult problem. I find the subsequent reshuffling of the subway union and its pledge to forego strikes a very encouraging sign for the future.
Mayor Goh: First I would like to say that as we work to improve Seoul we hope to make it a true world city, one that will eliminate any inconveniences foreigners may encounter while living here.
For those living here who do encounter difficulties or inconveniences, whatever they may be, we are listening carefully and think it is important that City Hall reflect that. Anyone wishing to report a problem can call City Hall, visit our homepage on the Internet [available in English] or e-mail me direct at MayorGK@www.metro.seoul.kr anytime.
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