Korea’s ‘Clean Construction System’ for enhancing transparency in public construction shared with Jordan

Dec 15, 2016

The UNDP Seoul Policy Centre (USPC), in partnership with the UNDP Jordan Country Office, the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) of the Republic of Korea, and the Ministry of Public Works and Housing of Jordan, organized a webinar on 15 December, 2016, with the aim to share with Jordan the experiences and lessons learnt from SMG’s Clean Construction System (CCS) for efficient public administration and transparency in construction management.

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.

The webinar shared technical and policy information on Seoul’s CCS in an interactive format with some 30 Jordanian government officials and key stakeholders, including the Minister of Public Works and Housing of Jordan and the Chairman of the Integrity and Anti-Corruption Commission.

The event featured a combination of webinar presentations, live online discussions and a Q&A session. The main presentation prepared jointly by USPC and SMG 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 Informer (“Allimi”) System. 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.

The Jordanian Government is currently implementing an initiative to adopt policies aimed at establishing a more open and transparent construction management process which supports efforts dedicated to preventing corruption and increasing the efficiency of the sector.

With the applicability of CCS to the Jordanian context in mind, the webinar participants showed interest in learning more about the details of the system, including the overarching legal framework, performance evaluation methods, and various aspects of implementing One-PMIS such as system maintenance methods and scope of information disclosure.

Going beyond the technicalities of the system, however, the discussion also touched upon broader governance issues. For instance, SMG highlighted the necessity of institutionalizing a cross-sector management approach within the Government—for instance by putting data managers, engineers, and policy specialists in one single department to work together on system building, upgrades and management from a user perspective.

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 also emphasized the value of exploring such a practical approach to introducing initiatives. 

This webinar with Jordan 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.

The webinar marked the first follow-up support to Jordan since the country’s participation in 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. Jordan was selected as a partner country through a competitive selection process, along with Vietnam, Thailand, Uganda and Ukraine.