Delegation from Afghanistan Introduced to Seoul’s Clean Construction System

Mar 9, 2017

Government representatives and UNDP programme managers from Afghanistan visited the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre (USPC) as part of a study mission facilitated by the USPC from 27 Feb to 9 March, 2017.

The visit is part of the institutional development component of UNDP’s “Ministry of Interior and Policy Development (MPD) Project” which aims to improve e-governance and technology solutions in public administration in Afghanistan.

The Afghan delegation, headed by the General Director for Planning and Policy of the Ministry of Interior Affairs (MOIA) and consisting of members of MOIA, MPD, the President’s Office and UNDP Afghanistan, had a chance to review Korea’s major e-governance systems.

Notably, the delegation met with officials of the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) who, together with USPC, presented on the city’s Clean Construction System (CCS) and how the system has increased the efficiency, accountability and transparency of Seoul’s public construction management, through full digitalization of its business process and real-time public disclosure of information on its construction projects.

CCS is an effective technological and institutional approach which enhances transparency, efficiency, and the protection of construction workers’ rights in the public construction sector, consisting of the One Project Management Information System (One-PMIS) for systematic and effective real-time management of public construction projects, and the Construction Information Disclosure System (“Allimi”) which automatically transmits the information for public access.

“It is our philosophy to make public construction management open and transparent, such that urban infrastructure is as safe and convenient as possible for all citizens of Seoul” said Mr. Sang-Koo Lee, Director of the Construction Management Department of SMG, in his welcome remarks.

“I believe that Seoul’s CCS provides a concrete example of how to strengthen the accountability and transparency of the public construction sector, which accounts for significant portions of the national as well as local government budget in Afghanistan,” added Mr. Balazs Horvath, Director of USPC.

The study tour was organized as part of USPC’s mandate to facilitate knowledge sharing and application of Korea’s policy approaches to partner countries, in this case, to increase the efficiency of public administration of construction management.