The capital of South Korea, Seoul, is running again and takes another leap forward as a global attractive city

The Mayor of Seoul Oh Se-hoon delivers a keynote speech at the ‘2021 Seoul City Competitiveness Global Forum’

The Mayor of Seoul Oh Se-hoon delivers a keynote speech at the ‘2021 Seoul City Competitiveness Global Forum’ held at Dongdaemun Design Plaza on the 24th November 2021 (Korean time).

SEOUL, South Korea, Nov. 25, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Seoul Metropolitan Government recently held the ‘2021 Seoul City Competitiveness Global Forum’ under the theme of ‘Re-running Seoul, a leap forward as a global attractive city’ at the ‘Seoul-On Video Studio’ in Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP).

In order to restore Seoul’s global competitiveness, which has declined over the past decade, prominent domestic and foreign speakers attended the forum and diagnosed Seoul’s present and in-depth discussions on future development strategies.

The Mayor of Seoul Oh se-hoon said, “The world is facing rapid social and economic changes along with a crisis that has never been experienced due to the COVID-19 pandemic” in his opening remarks.

Mayor Oh also added, “Seoul is also at a crossroads to achieve the status of a global leading city and create a foothold for a new leap forward.”

He emphasized that, “The economy and jobs will revive, and the quality of life of citizens will rise when Seoul’s city competitiveness, financial competitiveness, and future competitiveness are restored. The city of Seoul has established ‘Seoul Vision 2030’ to put this into practice. I will make Seoul a globally charming city where everyone wants to visit, live in, and invest in.”

Mayor Oh’s ‘Seoul Vision 2030’ aims to make Seoul a global city where people, businesses, capital, technology and information gather. In order to do so, he is planning on developing Seoul into an Asian economic hub, startup city, emotional-culture-tourism city, and industrial convergence innovation city.

It is to be reborn as one of the world’s five largest financial cities, startup cities, and R&D mecca by reforming regulations and expanding infrastructure.

It aims to become a global attractive city with 20 million foreign tourists by consolidating representative cultural and tourism resources such as beauty, gourmet and shopping linked with Korean contents.

Mayor Oh said, “Please join us on the journey toward Seoul, a global city overflowing with charms that we want to go, live, and invest.”

American economist Tyler Cowen said, “Seoul has great potential, it’s a great city. But there are few reasons why people must go. Korean food, kindness, culture, and beauty should all be known to everyone. Then people will like Seoul more” in his keynote speech.

In this forum, Arturo Bris of IMD, a national competitiveness evaluation agency, Abdo Al Habr of Kearney, a global consulting firm, and Christopher Kip Forbes of Forbes, a media company, participated online.

Jong-jang Yoon, Seoul Metropolitan Government Communication Planning Officer, said, “We were able to share the experiences of Seoul to restore its city competitiveness and grow into a global attractive city through this forum. I hope that it will be a cornerstone for Seoul to regain its former status and become a world-leading global first-class city.”


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One step closer to interoperability: Applying SNOMED CT’s engine to the International Patient Summary

In 2022, SNOMED International will extend the core of SNOMED CT’s structured clinical terminology to deliver an open, standalone sub-ontology to support the scope of content within the International Patient Summary (IPS) under a Creative Commons license.

London, United Kingdom, Nov. 25, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — At SNOMED International’s recent October Business Meetings held in London, the organization’s governance bodies enacted a decision to extend the core of SNOMED CT’s structured clinical terminology to deliver an open, standalone sub-ontology to support the scope of content within the International Patient Summary (IPS.)

The IPS is an electronic health record extract containing essential healthcare information for use in the unscheduled, cross-border care scenario, as well as for local, regional and other care scenarios. It is a minimal, non-exhaustive set of data elements defined by ISO/EN 17269 and delivered by HL7 in both CDA and FHIR using a curated set of SNOMED CT terms.

There is a groundswell of support across all health sectors to increase the portability and usability of patient information for the purpose of safe health care delivery. In 2019, SNOMED International and HL7 International announced the formalization of a license agreement in which a relevant ‘Free for Use’ Set of SNOMED CT coded concepts would be used within the HL7 IPS. Most recently, we watched as G7 leaders collaborated to release a communique on the dire need to progress a global health interoperability agenda. IBM offers a working definition of interoperability as “the timely and secure access, integration and use of electronic health data so that it can be used to optimize health outcomes for individuals and populations.”  The G7 communique, which highlighted the importance of enabling digital healthcare systems worldwide to work together seamlessly as patients move between providers, facilities and even countries, is an impactful statement that rippled throughout the global health community. A charge taken up by the Global Digital Health Partnership, it is one SNOMED International is eager to support.

Embracing a collaborative approach, “SNOMED International has been pleased to continue to work with HL7 International and partners across Europe and beyond to define SNOMED CT content for use in the International Patient Summary,” offered SNOMED International Management Board Chair, Joanne Burns.

Continuing to act in the spirit of the IPS Freeset, SNOMED International has committed to create and release an openly available IPS sub-ontology in the first half of 2022 to enhance the existing cross border movement of information, and ultimately health system interoperability. Unlike SNOMED International’s Global Patient Set, a flat list of SNOMED CT codes and terms, an IPS sub-ontology will provide implementers with a product that can be used in healthcare solutions using the power of SNOMED CT through its query language and hierarchies for the specified scope. Use of the IPS sub-ontology will allow for more effective use of clinical data analytics and decision support, and for Artificial Intelligence applications.

Alex Elias, Chair of SNOMED International’s General Assembly, the organization’s Member governance body, has observed a significant increase in discussion regarding the IPS. “2021 has seen increased interest by governments and Health and Care organizations globally for implementing the IPS to enhance timely cross border health information flow and interoperability. This has been a primary driver in SNOMED International supporting this recent initiative to make the IPS sub-ontology openly available with SNOMED CT content.“

An organization with an extensive history and active program of collaboration, SNOMED International CEO, Don Sweete, has played a pivotal role in positioning the IPS sub-ontology as a ‘soon to be achieved’ reality. “As the G7 Health Ministers recently indicated, the importance of enabling digital healthcare systems worldwide to work together seamlessly so patients don’t suffer as they move between providers, facilities and even countries is a sentiment that has rippled throughout the global health community”, offered Sweete. He went on to state that, “continued work with fellow health standards development, national, clinical and technical entities, SNOMED International will dedicate resources to achieve the goal of digital health interoperability.” Sweete added, “equipping the IPS, already one of the best examples of international collaboration among standards bodies, with the full capability of SNOMED CT’s ontological design is a significant action that we can contribute to achieving health information access gains for patients.”

Over the coming months, SNOMED International is formalizing the steps and due diligence required to make the IPS sub-ontology available for broad release. Throughout this period, SNOMED International will continue to define the IPS sub-ontology, from content through to its release and maintenance approach for launch in the first half of 2022.

Visit SNOMED International’s IPS Sub-Ontology information page or subscribe to the organization’s news service to learn more as this initiative progresses. For additional information, contact


About SNOMED International

SNOMED International is a not-for-profit organization that owns and develops SNOMED CT, the world’s most comprehensive healthcare terminology product. We play an essential role in improving the health of humankind by determining standards for a codified language that represents groups of clinical terms. This enables healthcare information to be exchanged globally for the benefit of patients and other stakeholders. We are committed to the rigorous evolution of our products and services, to deliver continuous innovation for the global healthcare community. SNOMED International is the trading name of the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation.


Kelly Kuru
SNOMED International

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Army troops should protect Papuans from armed criminals: Abdurrachman

Army Chief of Staff  General Dudung Abdurrachman instructed troops stationed in conflict areas to prioritize Papuans’ safety from threats of armed criminal groups.

“Troops stationed in conflict areas, such as Papua, should not aim to kill members of armed criminal groups, but instead, devise ways to provide safety to Papuans, who are intimidated by the criminals,” the army chief of staff stated in Manokwari on Thursday.

General Abdurrachman delivered the instruction while visiting troops stationed under the XVIII Kasuari Regional Military Command in West Papua.

The army chief of staff revealed that his visit to West Papua aimed to continue his personal tradition every time he is assigned to a new military unit to meet troops placed under his command.

“This is my personal vow that every time I am assigned to new units, I will observe my operation area, learn issues that hinder my troops, and challenges they face in their assigned areas,” he stated.

Abdurrachman reminded the top brass and troops of the Kasuari Regional Military Command to always be present and never be reluctant to placate the problems often faced by the Papuan people.

He also encouraged army troops to have an endearing approach in their interactions with Papuans by comprehending what they need the most and conceiving solutions to address their concerns.

“As the leader and TNI troops, we must understand situations in our assigned regions. I remind the troops that their presence and contribution must entice the Papuan people to develop a fondness for them,” the chief of staff remarked.

Abdurrachman also highlighted the importance of personal conscience and courage in facing challenges in their line of duty.

“Leaders must have sensitivity in every situation to consider the most appropriate way in addressing potential threats to our unity,” he affirmed.


Source: Antara News

Govt to launch programs for enhancing teaching quality next year

Education, Culture, Research and Technology Minister Nadiem Anwar Makarim has said that his ministry has prepared several programs for improving teaching quality in schools next year.

“All of our teachers across Indonesia work because of their calling, not for money or just looking for a stable job, but they work to really serve. Please let me tell you, ladies and gentlemen, that we will launch several programs for teachers next year,” Makarim revealed while making a speech at the 2021 National Teacher Day commemoration here on Thursday.

To show gratitude to teachers for their resilience despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the ministry will not only grant them assistance programs related to communication information technology, such as laptops and projectors, but it will also open various technology platforms to assist them in teaching and learning activities, he expounded.

Moreover, the ministry will provide online training that teachers will be able to join independently, based on their capabilities, he said.

“Teachers can join the programs, the training independently, based on their capabilities, not only learning practical theories from teachers to teachers,” he noted.

Moreover, the ministry will offer a curriculum that promotes more independent teaching and test it in some schools, Makarim disclosed.

The curriculum will be made more relevant and practical so teachers can easily understand it and adapt it according to students’ needs and capabilities, according to the minister.

He noted that the curriculum is being drafted in a bid to offer teachers opportunities to create and innovate so that the learning process can be made much easier.

“So, we do not change the curriculum, but next year we will offer a curriculum that promotes independence for teachers,” he highlighted.

In addition, he said that the ministry will strive to focus on ensuring honorary teachers’ welfare through contract-based government employees (PPPK) recruitment.

Through the recruitment, all honorary teachers will be able to take and pass the test to get into the PPPK pool which will improve teaching quality even more, he noted.

“So, there are a lot of interesting things next year. Please wait and be patient. But, the most important thing is please urge all regional education service heads to immediately resume direct learning,” he remarked.


Source: Antara News

Four regions asked to prepare social granary locations in one week

Social Affairs Minister Tri Rismaharini has set a one-week deadline for four regional governments in Central Kalimantan Province to propose and prepare the locations for installing social granaries for disaster victims.

“I expect to receive the proposal as soon as possible. Thus, it must be submitted in a maximum manner in one week,” she said after chairing a flood mitigation meeting with representatives of several regional governments here on Thursday.

The meeting was also attended by representatives from Central Kalimantan Province, Palangkaraya City, East Kotawaringin District, Katingan District, and Pulang Pisau District.

The proposed locations must be in a flood-safe area, but also close to the flood-prone site to allow people to access assistance stored in granaries when a disaster occurs, she said.

The granaries will not only store food, but also other aid needed by disaster victims, such as boats, water purifiers, tents, and generators, she informed.

“Later, the local governments will also do a mapping of which housing complexes are affected by floods often,” Rismaharini added.

Meanwhile, Central Kalimantan Deputy Governor Edy Pratowo said that a map of flood-prone areas has been prepared.

“The cities and districts governments already have data on disaster-prone areas,” he informed.

Regarding social granaries, the provincial government will also coordinate with the four regional governments, he said.

“We will immediately send the data to the minister, along with the attachments. Thus, the assistance can be sent immediately,” the governor added.

The Mayor of Palangkaraya, Fairid Naparin, informed that in the city, the social granaries will be built in five sub-districts.

“The minister has asked for the coordinates of the proposed locations. Thus, we will determine it soon along with the military, police, and the Regional Heads Coordination Forum (Forkopimda),” he added.

On Wednesday, the minister visited flood refugees at the National Sports Committee (KONI) Sports Hall and the residents of Flamboyan Bawah housing complex who were affected by the floods.

She also provided assistance to victims, such as logistics aid, death compensation, Psychosocial Support Services (LDP), and Social Rehabilitation Assistance (ATENSI).


Source: Antara News

Jakarta governor preparing COVID regulation for Christmas, New Year

Governor Anies Baswedan has said he is preparing a regulation concerning COVID-19 handling in Jakarta during Christmas and the New Year in response to the central government’s plan to apply Level 3 public activity restrictions (PPKM).

“Jakarta will make a gubernatorial regulation based on the Domestic Affairs Ministry’s Instruction,” he informed after attending a meeting on COVID-19 handling during Christmas and New Year at the Jakarta City Hall on Thursday.

The Domestic Affairs Ministry’s Instruction regarding people’s activities handling or PPKM has been circulated, the governor noted.

Soon, a gubernatorial regulation will be prepared that will summarize specific points from the instruction and add several others that are not yet covered by the instruction, he elaborated.

Baswedan said he aims to have the regulation ready by December 1, 2021 so that there is enough time to disseminate it before the Level 3 PPKM comes into effect. Level 3 PPKM will be imposed from December 24, 2021 to January 2, 2022.

“In principle, our implementation will be the same as every region in Java with several unique points concerning Jakarta that will be announced,” he affirmed.

With regards to the regulation on the letter of entry and exit permit (SIKM), he noted that his administration will adhere to it if it is included in the instruction.

Earlier, the government announced that Level 3 PPKM will be applied across all regions during the Christmas and New Year holidays to prevent a spike in COVID-19 cases.

All regions in Indonesia, including those where Level 1 and 2 PPKM have been imposed, will apply Level 3 PPKM, it said.

However, the Airlangga University’s public policy analyst, Gitadi Tegas Supramudyo, said the government should provide a clear rationale behind its decision to apply Level 3 PPKM.

According to Supramudyo, good intentions are not enough. A policy should be based on evidence, he added.


Source: Antara News

Central, regional govts must harmonize COVID-19 policies: researcher

A researcher from the Indonesian Institute, a non-governmental organization, has highlighted the need for harmonizing COVID-19 control policies of the central and regional governments to prevent policy overlap and conflict.

“If regional governments initiate new regulations, they need to coordinate with the central government to prevent the policy becoming counter-productive, as central and regional governments’ harmony are paramount in national pandemic handling,” the institute’s research and program manager, Arfianto Purbolaksono, said in Jakarta on Thursday.

He suggested that the Home Affairs Ministry delineate the governance hierarchy to ensure regional regulations are in line with central government policies, including COVID-19 pandemic handling measures.

“Despite the necessity of a hierarchy, the central government must also provide some leeway to regional governments to adjust COVID-19 pandemic handling measures implemented in the respective regions, as any regulation must consider the actual situation in regions,” Purbolaksono explained.

Meanwhile, the implementation of penalties against regional governments that deviate from central government directives must be done in complete prudence to ensure regulation uniformity, he noted.

“In the central-regional authorities relations’ context, frequent sanctions against regional leaders may lead into the centralization of power to the central government,” Purbolaksono warned.

Regulation disharmony seen during the national COVID-19 emergency included differences in the imposition of quarantine and distribution of social benefits, the researcher said and highlighted a regulation conflict before the PON XX National Games last October.

“Shortly before the PON Games, a regional authority in Papua suggested the implementation of regional quarantine to stop COVID-19 infections occurring in the region, yet their suggestion was in conflict with existing regulations,” he noted.

Issues during the distribution of COVID-19 social benefits were made more complicated by a lack of coordination between the central and regional governments, he pointed out.

“The four existing regulations used as a reference for recipients’ data collection and distribution of social benefits were only for non-disaster situations, hence, no wonder, the data discrepancy between the central and regional governments occurred,” Purbolaksono remarked.


Source: Antara News