Thursday, April 5, 2012

Fiscal crisis of municipal and provincial gov`ts APRIL 05, 2012 06:55[English donga]

The same problems are occurring in the hot economic environment of South Korea.  Please see the article below:[English donga]

The city of Incheon has paid its civil servants one day late, blaming “a temporary lack of liquidity.” The delay in pay due to a deficit of 2 billion won (1.8 million U.S. dollars) is something not to be ignored given the city`s annual budget of 8 trillion won (7.1 billion dollars). The debt ratio of the Incheon City Hall by year`s end is expected to reach 40 percent. If the figure exceeds 40 percent, this will plunge the city into a debt crisis and prompt an audit by the central government. This is tantamount to a debt workout program for corporations. 

Incheon became debt-saddled due to a host of reckless populist projects carried out under former mayor Ahn Sang-soo. Eunha Rail, which cost 85.3 billion won (75.5 million dollars), will be torn down due to poor construction. A free economic zone into which the city injected more than 1 trillion won (885 million dollars) has attracted few investors. The construction of the main stadium for the 2014 Asian Games, a venture needing more than 500 billion won (443 million dollars), has also come under scrutiny. If Incheon`s Munhak Stadium, which hosted games of the 2002 World Cup soccer finals, had been renovated, the city would have needed just 54 billion won (48 million dollars). This is in stark contrast to Daegu, which successfully hosted the IAAF World Championships in 2011 by refurbishing Daegu Stadium.

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