Thai delegation visits Seoul Government to learn about its Clean Construction System

Apr 5, 2017

Government policymakers from Thailand’s Comptroller General’s Department (CGD) participated in a study mission to Seoul co-hosted by the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre (USPC) and the Infrastructure Headquarters of the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) of the Republic of Korea on 5 April, 2017.

The mission is a follow up to the technical and advisory mission on Seoul’s Clean Construction System (CCS) that USPC undertook in July 2016, in partnership with SMG, as 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 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.

CGD has been committed to developing a comprehensive real-time project management system in Thailand’s construction sector, modeled on Seoul’s One-Project Management Information System (One-PMIS), and has been working with UNDP to analyze local systems, allocate the budget and recruit the right people to get a head start on adopting Seoul’s CCS.

The delegation not only had a chance to review Seoul’s CCS, but were also able to share with the Seoul Government the ongoing reform efforts and country-level applications of CCS, including evolving implementation plans. Following the Seoul officials’ series of presentations on the technicalities of CCS, an interactive Q&A session was facilitated by USPC.

“It is our mantra to make Seoul’s CCS as transparent, safe and convenient as possible for our users,” said the Director of Seoul’s Construction Management Division, Mr. Sang-Kook Lee, in his welcome remarks. “I think the Thai Government is on the right track to attain great achievements as well in this regard.”

“With the continuing trend of rapid urbanization, the role of the Government in providing the necessary physical infrastructure is becoming all the ore important for public service delivery and the welfare of its ever-increasing urban populations,” stated Mr. Balazs Horvath, Director of USPC. “In this international context, Seoul’s CCS provides a concrete and successful example of how to strengthen accountability and transparency in the public construction sector.”

The partnership utilizes a unique development cooperation modality involving UNDP, Korea, and partner countries, with USPC and the relevant UNDP country office as a “translator” and facilitator of knowledge sharing and application of Korea’s approaches to public construction management.