The Gyeonggi-do government of Korea Participates in the Kazakhstan
International Tourism Fair for the 9th consecutive time.
- The fair was successfully held and participants felt that COVID-19 had become endemic.
The Gyeonggi-do government participated in the Kazakhstan International Tourism Fair (KITF) 2023, which is one of the largest medical tourism/industry events in Central Asia. This year, Gyeonggi-do participated in the KITF for the 9th consecutive time and provided 1,400 consultations, promoting outstanding medical institutions located in Gyeonggi-do.
KITF 2023 was held at the Atakent KCDS in Almaty, the economic center of Kazakhstan, for three days from April 19 to 21. The fair was teeming with visitors from not only Kazakhstan but also neighboring countries like Uzbekistan, Russia and Turkey, including officials from Europe.
The Gyeonggi-do Medical Promotion Center set up a booth with the theme 'Korean Medical-Gyeonggido' at the event. The Gyeonggi-do government has participated in the fair nine consecutive times with the exception of the years from 2020 to 2022 when the fair event was temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Particularly, this year, Gyeonggi-do was the only local government from Korea that participated in the promotional hall project of KITF 2023.
A total of 10 medical institutions from Gyeonggi-do (Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, The Catholic Univ. of Korea Bucheon St. Mary’s Hospital, The Catholic Univ. of Korea Bucheon St. Vincent’s Hospital, Korea University Ansan Hospital, Soon Chun Hyang University Hospital Bucheon, National Health Insurance Service Ilsan Hospital, Cha University Bundang Medical Center, G Sam Medical Hospital, Bucheon Sejong Hospital, Bucheon U-Ri Hospital) participated and made all-out efforts to promote their medical technology provided in Gyeonggi-do.
During the fair, about 2,000 people visited the Gyeonggi-do booth. Medical institutions and agencies from Gyeonggi-do provided 1,400 consultations and 45 MOUs were signed.
While the fair was held, four out of the participating medical institutions (Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, The Catholic Univ. of Korea Bucheon St. Vincent’s Hospital, National Health Insurance Service Ilsan Hospital, G Sam Medical Hospital) conducted ‘Medical Gyeonggi Cooperative Medical Consultation Session for Local People’ at a medical institution located in Almaty. Professors of neurosurgery, hemato-oncology and family medicine provided medical consultations for 38 patients.
“After the difficulties during the pandemic, we are participating in the Kazakhstan International Tourism Fair again,” stated an official from Gyeonggi-do. “This will be an opportunity for our international medical project to move forward again by utilizing Kazakhstan as a valuable stepping stone and a base for attracting patients.”
The Gyeonggi-do government signed a business agreement for health and medical cooperation with the government of Almaty Region in 2012, and has since carried out cooperative projects in the health and medical field by signing business agreements with other Kazakh local governments, such as Astana City, Aktyubinsk Region, Akmola Region, and Mangystau Region.
In 2011-2022, the Gyeonggi-do government invited 248 Kazakh medical professionals for training. The government also held international medical conferences and managed medical marketing and promotional projects, constantly carrying out exchange activities with Kazakhstan.