Vietnam Da Nang hosts UNDP-Seoul Government advisory mission for sharing Korea’s ‘Clean Construction System’

Jul 8, 2016

The Assistant Mayor of Seoul and Chairman of Da Nang People’s Committee celebrating the signing of an Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Mayor of Seoul and the Chairman of Da Nang People’s Committee (photos: UNDP)

The UNDP Seoul Policy Centre (USPC) and the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) of the Republic of Korea, in partnership with the UNDP Vietnam Country Office, the Da Nang People’s Committee and the Public Administration Reform Project of Da Nang City, undertook a joint technical mission to Da Nang on 7-8 June 2016 to facilitate a workshop with key Government institutions and UNDP partners in the city working on open data and construction sector management reforms.

The workshop shared with Da Nang City the experiences and lessons learnt from SMG’s Clean Construction System (CCS) for efficient public administration and transparency in construction management with 50 Vietnamese government officials and key stakeholders, including leadership of Da Nang People’s Committee, representatives from the Ministry of Planning and Investment, relevant Da Nang city’s Departments and city’s construction project management units.

Introduced in 2011, CCS is an effective technological and institutional approach to enhancing transparency, efficiency, and the protection of construction workers’ rights in the public construction sector. The system won the prestigious UN Public Service Award in 2013, in recognition of its innovation and potential for application in other countries.

Presentations by representatives of Seoul and USPC included not just an overview of CCS, but also a substantive and technical description of Seoul’s One Project Management Information System (One-PMIS) and the Construction Information Disclosure System (“Allimi”). One-PMIS allows for the systematic and effective real-time management of public construction projects, and automatically transmits about 90% of this information to the Allimi for public access. A multidisciplinary team of engineers and data managers from SMG also dialed into the workshop from Seoul in real time to provide valuable technical support and contribute to the discussions.

In addition to the technical sharing of CCS, the delegation from Seoul shared the overall lessons learnt from Korea and the policy recommendations for enhancing transparency in the public construction sector. Knowledge sharing was further reinforced by ensuring advance distribution of a comprehensive 70-page Resource Book on CCS, written jointly by USPC and SMG, to all workshop participants.

Explaining how Seoul managed to successfully implement CCS even without a law, by means of continuous advocacy, training and demonstration of the practical value of the system among users, USPC’s Policy Specialist Ms. Ahjung Lee emphasized in her presentation the value of exploring such a practical approach to introducing initiatives, rather than taking a legislation-first approach which may delay reform processes. 

“I believe this workshop is a positive example of how triangular development cooperation involving the Seoul Government, with the right ‘match-making’ by UNDP can make a difference for our partner countries, meeting the country demand and creating an impact, together,” Ms. Lee further added.

Vietnam’s government partners provided their overview of Da Nang’s current construction sector development strategy and shared the city’s proposal to develop its own Allimi system and link Allimi with eGP, Da Nang’s e-Government Portal. The People’s Committee also presented a draft action plan with the concrete next steps envisioned for finalizing the “Da Nang Allimi” system in the near future.

Based on the knowledge materials provided by SMG and UNDP, Da Nang City presented their detailed plans to apply Seoul’s system to meet the specific context and needs of the City. Substantive discussions and intensive Q & A sessions also helped clarify the system and set policy directions.

On the second day of the workshop, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Mayor of Seoul, Mr. Won-soon Park and the Chairman of Da Nang People’s Committee, Mr. Huynh Duc Tho, with support from the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre, affirming their mutual interest in sharing Korea’s experiences on enhancing efficient and transparent public construction management with Da Nang.

The Chairman of Da Nang People’s Committee welcomed the delegation from Korea and the workshop participants, emphasizing that Da Nang People’s Committee will provide full support to the development and implementation of Da Nang’s construction information disclosure for efficiency and transparency. He also expressed his expectation that today’s seminar will strengthen the important partnership between Seoul and Da Nang City with support from UNDP Vietnam and UNDP Seoul Policy Centre.

Da Nang City officials have been working on developing a ‘Da Nang Allimi’ for public disclosure of construction-related information since they were introduced to Seoul’s system at the International Training Workshop on Public Construction Transparency, co-organized by USPC and SMG on 2-4 December 2015 in Seoul. Based on demand for sustained partnerships and support from the participants of the December workshop, USPC had released a Call for Expressions of Interests (EoIs) earlier this year to solicit country proposals for the selection of five partner countries to receive advisory and technical support, combined with seed funding. Vietnam was selected as a partner country through a competitive selection process, along with Ukraine, Thailand, Uganda and Jordan. 

“With the strong support from Da Nang’s top leadership, and all the dedication from relevant officials in the city, I have no doubt that Da Nang will succeed in making public construction more efficient and transparent through the Da Nang Allimi, thereby accelerating its economic and social development even further,” said the Mayor of Seoul, Mr. Park Won-soon, in his congratulatory remarks delivered through a video message.

“Sharing Seoul’s Allimi today with Da Nang City is equivalent to sharing Seoul’s fundamental values and visions for governance. […] As you continue on this important journey of developing and installing the Allimi system in Da Nang, I hope that Seoul’s experiences and lessons learned will provide useful reference points,” added Mr. In-seok Koh, Assistant Mayor of Seoul and Head of the Seoul Metropolitan Infrastructure Headquarters.

 

The advisory mission to Vietnam is part of USPC’s Development Solutions Partnership (DSP) on Open Data and Public Construction Management for efficiency, transparency and integrity in the public construction sector initiated in 2014 and utilizes a triangular development cooperation modality involving UNDP, Korea, and Vietnam, with USPC and UNDP Vietnam as a “translator” and facilitator of knowledge sharing and application of Korea’s approaches to public construction management.