SEOUL, June 28 (Korea Bizwire) — The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport have joined hands to prevent population decline in fishing villages.
The two government bodies announced on Sunday that they had signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to promote the invigoration of fishing villages as part of efforts to achieve balanced national development.
The initiative includes the development of a residential platform pilot program for five fishing villages, aimed at establishing better infrastructure for residence, work and life there.
Since most of the nation’s fishing villages are underdeveloped, their residential environment remains poor and the number of jobs is limited.
With a shortage of living infrastructure, including educational, medical and welfare facilities, fishing villages have suffered from population aging and an exodus of young people.
The cooperation between the two ministries will help facilitate the provision of high-quality housing for the fishing villages, thereby addressing the residential problem, one of the key factors that has restricted people from returning to fishing and rural villages.
The fishing villages that will benefit from this pilot program will be selected at the end of this year.
M. H. Lee (email@example.com)