Dispute Conciliation Committees to Be Set up in Seoul, Incheon, and Gyeonggi

Feb 12, 2019

Dispute conciliation within affiliated stores and agencies that has been in an exclusive charge by Korea Fair Trade Mediation Agency (KOFAIR) is now going to be handled by Seoul, Incheon, and Gyeonggi as well. Local small companies can now receive help for unfair trades at a closer distance.
Fair Trade Commission (FTC) held a ‘joint inauguration ceremony for dispute conciliation committee for local affiliated stores and agencies’ with National Policy Committee, Seoul-si, Incheon-si, and Gyeonggi-do at the National Assembly on the 11th.
Dispute conciliation committee is now set up in Seoul, Incheon, and Gyeonggi, which will also handle dispute conciliation task for affiliated stores and agencies that had been solely handled by KOFAIR. Owners of affiliated stores and agencies can now request conciliation from KOFAIR’s committee or a committee from one of these three local governments whenever there is a dispute with a headquarter. 68% of franchise headquarters and 50% of affiliated stores are located in Seoul, Incheon, and Gyeonggi.
Three local governments are also going to handle registration and management of disclosure documents of franchise headquarters that are located in their jurisdictions. Franchise headquarters in other areas will be handled by FTC just like before. As a result, these three local governments will handle registration of 68% of entire disclosure documents.

Chairman Kim Sang-jo (left) of Fair Trade Commission is having a conversation with Mayor Park Won-soon of Seoul-si at a joint inauguration ceremony for dispute conciliation committees in local governments. <Chairman Kim Sang-jo (left) of Fair Trade Commission is having a conversation with Mayor Park Won-soon of Seoul-si at a joint inauguration ceremony for dispute conciliation committees in local governments.>

FTC is planning to carry out an interchange of personnel between FTC and KOFAIR and local governments so that they can share knowledge and experience in dispute conciliation system.
“Because KOFAIR, which is located in Seoul, handled all dispute conciliation task, people living outside of Seoul had to travel far and it was difficult for KOFAIR to handle all dispute conciliations with its limited human resources.” said Chairman Kim Sang-jo of FTC. “We have now solved most of the problems by establishing a dispute conciliation committee in Seoul, Incheon, and Gyeonggi.”
“We are welcoming dispute conciliation committees that are set up in three local governments.” said Chairman Min Byung-doo of National Policy Committee. “We hope that these committees will be examples of successful business cooperation.”
“Our local governments will successfully operate dispute conciliation committees.” said Mayor Park Won-soon of Seoul-si. “We will work on establishing faster dispute settlements and fairer trade order.”
Staff Reporter Yoo, Seonil | ysi@etnews.com

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