2019 KRIHS-IDB Urban Development Academy (KIUDA) Opening Ceremony : Opening ceremony for the invitation program for high-ranking government officials from Latin America hosted by KRIHS and IDB
Date: May 20, 2019
Venue: Grand Hyatt Hotel Seoul
Theme: Sharing Experiences on Development of Korea and Finding Cooperation Measures in the Urban and Housing Sector of Latin America
Global Development Partnership Center (GDPC) of Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements (KRIHS) hosted the opening ceremony of KRIHS-IDB Urban Development Academy (KIUDA) for 11 high-level officials from 6 countries. This is a part of 5-year program, jointly designed by KRIHS and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
Among the participants in the program were Germán Xavier Torres Correa, the Minister of Ministry of Urban Development and Housing in Ecuador, Patricio Morera Víquez, the Vice Minister of Ministry of Housing and Human Settlements in Costa Rica, other high-ranking officials from 6 countries (Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Ecuador) and 2 staffs from IDB.
In the opening ceremony at the 1st day of the program, the President of KRIHS, Hyun-Soo Kang emphasized the challenges of rapid urbanization in Korea and LAC countries, and hoped that both countries could share the experiences and grow together through the program, as the title “KIUDA” means to build and grow based on knowledge exchange and solid relationship.
In addition, he expected that this program would be a great opportunity to share the experiences and find important implications beyond the political, social, and institutional differences among Korea and LAC countries.
Germán Xavier Torres Correa, the Minister of Ministry of Urban Development and Housing in Ecuador extended expectation and appreciation to KRIHS and IDB that organize this program through his speech. Also he highlighted the importance of developing public houses responding to rapid urbanization, and hoped that this would be an important chance for the participants to find applicable solutions to each country from Korea’s best practices.
The lead specialist in IDB, Dr. Andres Blanco mentioned that issues including Korea’s territorial plan, new town policy, free economic zone and smart city should be discussed and shared through the KIUDA program. In addition, he encouraged mutual collaboration and cooperation to be pursued in the future and introduced previous fruitful outcome from cooperation between KRIHS and LAC countries in territorial and urban planning sector.
Afterwards, Se Hoon Park, the director of GDPC introduced KRIHS, and highlighted the topics and areas, where research and mutual collaboration could be pursued in the future.
Following the opening ceremony, Kyunghwan Kim, the professor of Sogang University delivered a presentation on Korea’s urbanization and economic development under the theme of Korea's experience and economic development. After, Wonsup Lee, the senior research fellow of KRIHS, explained Korea’s territorial development policies and policy framework. During the Q&A session, participants asked questions about national territorial development process of Korea, relevant to issues of each country.
Afterwards, during the country report presentation session, the participants from the LAC countries addressed current status and challenges of each country in the urban sector. Most of them pointed the common problems of reckless development and its side effects from rapid urbanization, and frequently emphasized inclusive development for social vulnerable groups.
During the 5-day program with lectures, site visits and discussions, KRIHS, IDB and LAC countries are going to share Korea’s territorial planning, urban and housing development experiences and discuss measures for future cooperation. It is expected that this program would be a great opportunity to develop strong mutual cooperation between Korea and LAC countries.
2019 Technical Deep Dive on Urban Regeneration Theme: KRIHS-SMG-WB Joint Workshop on Urban RegenerationDate: February 21(Thu) - 23(Sat), 2019Venue: The Westin Chosun Seoul (2F)The Global Development Partnership Center(GDPC) at the Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements(KRIHS) held the joint workshop titled ‘Technical Deep Dive on Urban Regeneration’ with Seoul Metropolitan Government(SMG) and World Bank(WB) from February 21(Thu) to 23(Sat) at Cosmos Room at the Westin Chosun Seoul in Korea.The workshop was attended by about 55 people including 26 policy practitioners and government officials from 14 countries (Cameroon, Malawi, South Africa, China, Malaysia, Bosnia, Serbia, Kazakhstan, Honduras, Uruguay, Egypt, Palestine, Afghanistan and India), 29 regional consultants and staffs from World Bank Group (WBG).The joint workshop took place in two largest cities, Tokyo and Seoul, which enabled participants to study urban regeneration policy making and case studies in both countries. It is designed to provide applicable measures to participants’ countries through presentations, lectures and field trips. At the same time, they employed quite different strategies and approaches so this workshop would be a good opportunity to compare their differences and distinctiveness.In the opening ceremony, the president of KRIHS, Hyunsoo Kang expressed thanks to the participants and was honored that KRIHS has a history of sharing knowledge and experiences on national territorial and urban development since it was established in 1978, and it could contribute to making urban regeneration policies in participant countries. Also he suggested to continually proceed future cooperation between KRIHS and participant countries after this workshop. On the last day of the program, during the action plan presentation, participants presented implications from the workshop, and short, medium and long-term plans of each country, and possible projects with WB, KRIHS and SMG. Also panels provided additional feedback on the action plan presentations and suggestions and considerations for future cooperation and it established important foundation to plan medium and long-term plan.In the closing ceremony, moderated by the Lead Knowledge Management Specialist of WB, Phil Karp, each participant shared ideas and implications on urban development of Korea and Japan during the workshop. The director of the GDPC at KRIHS, Se Hoon Park highlighted the importance of expanding knowledge sharing and policy consultation for developing regional models through trilateral cooperation among KRIHS, WB and participant countries. Also he suggested to continually proceed following projects in a variety forms and explore other cooperative sectors reflecting mutual interest.[Opening Ceremony (Feb. 21), The Westin Chosun Seoul (Cosmos Room, 2F)]
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2018 GDPC Evaluation Committee Meeting Date: Nov. 27th (Tue), 2018Venue: KRIHS 5-1 Meeting RoomTheme: 2018 Global Development Partnership Center Evaluation CommitteeThe Global Development Partnership Center(GDPC) of the KRIHS hosted 1st 2018 GDPC Evaluation Committee at KRIHS 5-1 meeting room in November 27. The Committee members are Kim Sung Ho(Director of Overseas Construction Policy Division, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport), Park Joong Min(Deputy Director of Development Cooperation Division, Ministry of Strategy and Finance), Koh Young Sun(Executive Director of Center for International Development, Korea Development Institute), Lee Sang Min(Chief Director of Department of Global Transport Cooperation of the Korea Transport Institute), Lee Jung Wook(Director General of International Business Office, Korea Land & Housing Corporation) and Seong Jang Hwan(Director of Global Cooperation Land and Housing Institute). On the KRIHS side, Kang Hyun Soo(President of KRIHS), Park Se Hoon(Director of GDPC) and 11 GDPC staffs attended in this committee.At the meeting, GDPC’s achievement in 2018 were reviewed and operation plans for 2019 were discussed. In order to improve the quality of GDPC activities for international development and global networking, committee members suggested following recommendations: 1) to establish the information database of developing countries, 2) to build sharing system to connect related organizations, 3) to strengthen local networking in developing countries to enhance project effectiveness, 4) to create incentive policies to encourage researchers to join international development projects and 6) to utilize KRIHS’ expertise and practices on national territorial and urban development.GDPC will plan and implement effective strategies for international cooperation and global partnership reflecting suggestions and implication from the evaluation committee meeting.
2018 KOICA-UNESCAP-KRIHS Capacity Building on Spatial Data and TechnologiesDate: Oct. 29th (Mon) ~ Nov. 10th(Sat), 2018Venue: Courtyard Marriott Seoul Namdaemun (3rd Floor) and KRIHSTheme: 2018 KOICA-UNESCAP-KRIHS Capacity Building on Spatial Data and TechnologiesFrom October 29(Mon) to November 10(Sat), the Global Development Partnership Center (GDPC) of the Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements (KRIHS), Korea International Cooperation Agency(KOICA), and United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific(UN-ESCAP) co-hosted 2018 KOICA-UNESCAP Capacity building on spatial data and technologies for urban planning and disaster management, which is the second year of the invitational training program. It is aimed to share Korea’s knowledge and experiences on urban disaster prevention and management, disaster information sharing platform and prediction technology and GIS application for sustainable urban development. The participants are 19 government officials, who are in charge of disaster management and spatial technologies in Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. In this program, 19 trainees are from the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, the Ministry of Innovative Development of the Republic of Uzbekistan and other relevant organizations and lecturers and staff from KRIHS and universities. The program includes lectures, advisor meeting, site visits on urban development and disaster management and cultural experiences on weekends.The opening ceremony was held at Courtyard Marriott Seoul Namdaemun on the 31st of October with warm welcoming remarks made by the president of KRIHS, Kang Hyun Soo. He stated that Korea’s urban disaster management policy and disaster prediction and reduction technologies could be delivered and applied to participant countries’ policy establishment and implementation. Also he closed the remarks by saying that this program would build strong foundation for continuous cooperation between KRIHS, UNESCAP and Central Asian countries. The senior research fellow, Sakong Hosang suggested that each country could cooperate with KRIHS in various ways including expert consultation. It is expected that this training program could be a good opportunity to develop capacity building measures on spatial technologies and establish network between Korea and participant countries.
2018 KRIHS-IDB Urban Development Academy (KIUDA)Date: Oct 15th (Mon) ~18th(Thur), 2018 Venue: Seoul Lotte Hotel(37th, Garnet Suite)Theme: The 4th KRIHS-IDB Urban Development Academy (KIUDA) for high-ranking government officials from LAC countriesThe Global Development Partnership Center (GDPC) of the Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements (KRIHS) held The 4th KRIHS-IDB Urban Development Academy (KIUDA) jointly designed by the KRIHS and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) from October 15th (Mon) to 18th (Thur) in Seoul Lotte Hotel(37F, Garnet Suite).Among the 19 participants in the program were the Vice Minister of Ministry of Habitat and Local Development in Dominique and other 16 high-ranking officials from 11 countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Dominique, Ecuador, Honduras, Panama, Peru and Uruguay) and 2 staffs from IDB. The KIUDA is aimed to share current issues and experiences on national territorial and urban development. From the opening ceremony in October 15th, the 4-day lasting KIUDA included lectures on Korea national planning, urban development policies, housing, metropolitan management and smart citie and site visits including urban Seoullo 7017, Cheonggyestream for urban regeneration and Seoul Transportation Operation and Information Service (TOPIS) for urban management and smart cities, which provided applicable measures to developing countries. In the closing ceremony, participants explored detailed measures of trilateral cooperative projects among KRIHS-IDB-LACs based on the discussions during the last 4 days. The director of the GDPC in KRIHS, Sehoon Park suggested developing KIUDA in depth and building strong relationship between Korea and LAC countries for the future.The Vice Minister of the Ministry of Housing and Territorial Ordering, Juan Vasquez impressed with the Korean rapid growth after the Korean war and expressed gratitude to KRIHS for sharing Korean urban development know-hows.After the workshop, it is expected that KRIHS and IDB will develop mutual cooperation to discuss Korea ODA projects and technical cooperation on urban and housing issues in LAC countries. Closing Ceremony (Oct 18th), Seoul Lotte Hotel