Presided over by President Moon Jae-in and attended by 17 city mayors and provincial governors, the South Korean government on Thursday announced plans for strengthened cooperation between regions, including metropolitan cities and provinces.
The aim is to enhance regional development under what's being called "mega-regional cooperation."
"Mega-regional cooperation is a regionally-led and government-supported strategy. If this new model succeeds, we can move forward towards a well-balanced country, reversing the trend of a concentrated capital area."
This comes as part of efforts to decentralize the densely populated greater Seoul area as well as to ensure balanced regional development across the country.
Earlier this year, the southern port city of Busan, its neighboring city of Ulsan and Gyeongsangnam-do Province that surrounds the two big cities, together put forward plans for a "megacity" similar to the capital region.
Busan, Ulsan and Gyeongsangnam-do Province then became the first to initiate the government's cooperation project.
Currently, talks are also underway in several other regions, including Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, and Gwangju and Jeollanam-do Province.
The government plans to provide financial and legal support for more major cities and provinces to build strong ties which will be provided by the end of this year.
Min Suk-Hyen, Arirang News.