USPC presents Seoul's Clean Construction System at Habitat III

Oct 18, 2016

In a room packed with participants from around the world, inspired by innovative solutions to address the problem of corruption in the public construction sector, the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre and the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) of the Republic of Korea, shared the experiences and lessons learnt from its Clean Construction System (CCS), an effective technological and institutional approach, which enhances transparency, efficiency, and the protection of construction workers’ rights in the public construction sector.

A presentation entitled “Seoul’s System for Open Data & Efficient Management of Public Construction Projects: Lessons Learnt for Policy Makers” was delivered by Ms. Ahjung Lee, Policy Specialist, UNDP Policy Centre, as part of the “Why Seoul? Inclusive and Transparent City Development: Sharing Seoul’s Policies and Best Practices” Networking Event at Habitat III on 18 October, 2016 in Quito, Ecuador.  

The presentation on Seoul’s CCS included a substantive and technical description of Seoul’s One Project Management Information System (One-PMIS), a systematic and effective real-time management of public construction projects, about 90% of which is automatically transmitted to the Construction Information Disclosure System (“Allimi”) for public access. Also presented were the overall lessons learnt and policy recommendations  to enhance transparency in the public construction sector.

Introduced in Korea in 2011, the CCS won the prestigious UN Public Service Award in 2013, in recognition of its innovation and potential for application in other countries. CCS was presented as an exemplary innovative idea and policy to promote inclusive cities within the context of the new Sustainable Development Goals and the forthcoming New Urban Agenda. To date, the CSS’ Allimi has disclosed information on 2,600 public construction projects in Seoul. In 2015 alone, some 164,419 people used the Allimi website, while another 5,867 people accessed the information via the mobile application.

Mr. Joseph D’Cruz, Asia-Pacific Regional Team leader for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development, UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub, moderated and opened the session with an introduction on what the New Urban Agenda means to local governments. The Vice Mayor of Seoul, Mr. Jewon Lee, welcomed the session participants with remarks on the relevance of Seoul’s Inclusive City Policy in the context of the New Urban Agenda.

A Resource Book for Practitioners outlining Seoul’s Clean Construction System (Seoul's Clean Construction System for Efficient Public Administration & Transparent Construction Management: A Resource Book for Practitioners) was distributed to all attendees. Thousands of Habitat III participants also visited the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG)’s exhibition booth where details of the CCS and collaboration with the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre, under the Centre’s Development Solutions Partnership (DSP), to share its experiences and lessons learnt with other developing countries were showcased.

USPC’s DSP on Open Data and Public Construction Management for efficiency, transparency and integrity in the public construction sector was initiated in 2014, and utilizes a triangular development cooperation modality involving UNDP, Korea, and developing countries, with USPC serving as a “translator” and facilitator of knowledge sharing and application of Korea’s approaches to public construction management.