USPC and Seoul Government share knowledge on Korea’s Clean Construction System with Tunisia to kickstart the bilateral Development Solutions Partnership

Mar 8, 2018

A high-level webinar was held on 8 March 2018 at Seoul Metropolitan Infrastructure Headquarters with UNDP Seoul Policy Centre (USPC), Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG), and UNDP Tunisia. This webinar provided a unique opportunity to share SMG’s expertise on Korea’s Clean Construction System (CCS) and to discuss further implementation of the system in Tunisia.

Mr. Hakjin Kim, Assistant Mayor of Seoul, opened the webinar by stating that “taking the first step, even if it is small, is critical”. Mr. Kim explained how Korea’s CCS “started as a simple process management in the beginning and it is still evolving to meet the needs of the users and accommodate the new IT environment”.

CCS is an anti-corruption tool that aims to enhance transparency and integrity in the public construction sector. The system won the prestigious UN Public Service Award in 2013. SMG provided a detailed presentation on Seoul’s CCS, introducing two sub-systems of the CCS – One Project Management Information System (One-PMIS) and Construction Information Disclosure System (“Allimi”). One-PMIS is a digitalized reporting system that discloses information on public construction projects for relevant stakeholders to access. It also established a more transparent reporting line by eliminating conventional paper-reporting process. Information stored in One-PMIS is then automatically sent to the “Allimi” website for public access. SMG emphasized that these two systems have contributed to reducing corruption within public construction processes in Korea over the years.

Tunisian partners also introduced the Tunisian system of monitoring and evaluation of public program and projects, along with Cabrane, a Tunisian platform for transparent public construction. The Tunisian government is currently in the process of integrating these anti-corruption policy tools, with executive support from relevant ministries. Officials from Tunisia showed great interest in learning more about Korea’s CCS with an aim to develop a more sustainable and effective system in Tunisia.

UNDP Jordan joined the discussion by sharing Jordan’s previous experience of collaborating with SMG and USPC for Tunisian partners. The Team Leader of UNDP Jordan shared the challenges and success of the Jordanian case and underlined that their experience could provide useful lessons for Tunisia.

Throughout an interactive Q&A session, Tunisian partners requested SMG to share further knowledge on the relationship between Korean e-governance systems and on management of CCS. Ms. Ahjung Lee, Policy Specialist of USPC, pointed out that while it is crucial to build a good system, it is even more important to ensure that the system is understood and utilized well. Further exchange of knowledge between SMG and Tunisian partners will follow to facilitate the development of such system.

In his closing remarks, Mr. Balázs Horváth, the Director of USPC, praised political will and commitment from Tunisian partners and re-emphasized the importance of tailoring the Korean system in accordance with the Tunisian context. The webinar was one of the first steps to establish a more concrete and targeted cooperation between the two countries. This partnership is part of USPC’s Development Solutions Partnership (DSP) project, which aims to share Korea’s knowledge and expertise with developing countries to promote sustainable development.