NEWS & EVENTS
Seminar in Celebration of the GDPC’s 11th AnniversarySeminar in Celebration of the GDPC’s 11th Anniversary Date: Decembe 8 (Wed), 2021 Venue: KRIHS, Sejong, Korea On December 8, GDPC held a seminar in celebration of its 11th anniversary entitled “The Future of International Development Cooperation in the Urban Sector of Latin America and the Caribbean (hereinafter LAC).” The seminar served as a forum to examine the current status and major challenges of international development cooperation projects in LAC’s urban areas and to discuss future visions and plans together. During the opening ceremony, KRIHS President Hyun Soo Kang congratulated the GDPC’s membership on its performance and development over the past 11 years. GDPC Director Sang Keon Lee made a presentation on the current status and implications of KRIHS’ international development cooperation projects in LAC. Many interesting topics were presented during the seminar. Pukyong National University Professor Ji Hyun Seo presented on the achievements and challenges of development cooperation in the LAC urban field. The director of the Paraguay Office of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Dae Hwan Kim, spoke on a proposal for risk mitigation for international development cooperation projects in LAC, focusing on the urban transportation project of the KOICA in Paraguay. Finally, an associate research fellow from KRIHS’ urban research division, Jin Hui Lee, presented on urban renewal policies and practices in Colombia. During the discussion session, the director of the international finance bureau of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, Kwang Chul Ji; the director of theoverseas construction policy division of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Sung Ik Oh; the director of the Korea Research Center for Overseas Construction of the International Contractors Association of Korea, Chang Gu Jung; and the director of the MDB co-financing team from the Export-Import Bank of Korea’s MDB operations department, Woo Young Choi, shared their insights and discussed the vision for the future of international development cooperation projects in LAC’s urban areas.
[World Bank] City, Culture & Creativity: Virtual Cross-learning from the Republic of Korea and JapanCity, Culture & Creativity: Virtual Cross-learning from the Republic of Korea and Japan Date: November 29(Mon) - December 2(Thur), 2021 Venue: KRIHS, Sejong, Korea From November 29, 2021, to December 2, 2021, GDPC organized a workshop in collaboration with the World Bank’s Culture, Heritage, and Sustainable Tourism Knowledge Silos Breaker and the Tokyo Learning Development Center. This cooperation was part of the joint research project “Creative Cities: Learning from the Republic of Korea’s (ROK) Experience.” The workshop was targeted at senior government officials of client countries and task teams. It aimed to explore Korea and Japan’s experiences in boosting culture and creativity and promoting cultural and creative industries (CCIs) in terms of success factors and challenges. This workshop provided an interactive virtual platform to learn different enablers for unlocking the potentials of CCIs and delivering the triple benefits across the economic, social, and spatial dimensions. It also presented the guiding principles, national and local support systems, and best practices from Korea and Japan. Moreover, the workshop provided decision-makers and task teams with the knowledge to design and operationalize policies and measures to support CCIs for sustainable urban development and city competitiveness.
KRIHS Visit from the Master of Urban and Regional Development, University of SeoulKRIHS Visit from the Master of Urban Regional Development from the International School of Urban Sciences, University of Seoul Date: November 17 (Wed), 2021 Venue: KRIHS, Sejong, Korea On November 17, 2021, GDPC held a workshop for overseas students from the Master of Urban and Regional Development (MURD) of the University of Seoul visiting Sejong City and KRIHS. This workshop was requested by the International School of Urban Sciences at the University of Seoul, which runs the master’s program for government officials from developing countries. Vice President Dr. Jeong Ho Moon gave a welcoming remark to the visiting students. In addition, GDPC Director Dr. Sang Keon Lee introduced the roles of KRIHS and GDPC and gave a lecture on the perspective of the smart city of Sejong Multifunctional Administrative City. Subsequently, the visiting students and Dr. Lee continued an active discussion. The students also visited important sights in Sejong City, such as the Urban Integrated Information Center and Sejong Lake Park, before visiting KRIHS. Overseas students from MURD had the chance to understand Korea’s new administrative city, Sejong, and KRIHS.
2020/21 KSP: Policy Practitioner's Workshop for 2020/21 KSP Policy Consultation Program with Vietnam2020/21 KSP: Policy Practitioner's Workshop for 2020/21 Knowledge Sharing Program Policy Consultation Program with Vietnam Date: October 17 (Thur), 2021 Venue: KRIHS, Sejong, Korea Theme: National Balanced Development Policy On October 7, 2021, a policy practitioners’ workshop has been conducted at the Westin Josun Hotel Seoul as a part of the 2020/21 Vietnam Knowledge Sharing Program (KSP) Policy Consultation Program by the National Balanced Development Research Center and Global Development Partnership Center at KRIHS. As Korea and Vietnam face grave issues in preventing the further spread of COVID-19, the workshop was held virtually through video conferencing. The KRIHS research team shared video lectures on the (1) main details of the Five-Year Balanced National Development Plan and its meaning, (2) outcome and significance of developing innovation cities for balanced national development, (3) development and management of industrial complexes in Korea, (4) means of strengthening competitiveness and managing metropolitan areas, and (5) regional development and its implications for balanced national development. Thereafter, a live Q&A session was held to respond to the inquiries of the trainees. President Tran Thi Hong Minh of Vietnam’s Central Institute for Economic Management, 15 other policy practitioners from Vietnam, and lecturers participated in the virtual Q&A session via Zoom to share questions and views on the Korean experience of balanced national growth. Vietnamese policy practitioners expressed particular interest in how Korea developed rural and underdeveloped areas. The workshop is expected to contribute to reflecting research findings effectively from the 2020/21 Vietnam KSP Policy Consultation Program on Vietnam’s national balanced development policies. Additionally, the workshop provided an opportunity to publicize widely the achievements from the Korean experience in balanced development throughout the international society.
2021 MCUD-KRIHS-PCBND-KOICA Capacity Building on Territorial Policy for Balanced Development2021 MCUD-KRIHS-PCBND-KOICA Capacity Building on Territorial Policy and Planning for Balanced Development Date: September 13(Mon)-17(Fri), 2021 Venue: KRIHS, Sejong, Korea Theme: National Balanced Development In collaboration with the Presidential Committee for Balanced National Development (PCBND) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), GDPC co-hosted the capacity building program on Territorial Policy and Planning for Balanced National Development in Mongolia from Monday, September 13 to Friday, September 17, 2021. Twenty-three government officials from the Ministry of Construction and Urban Development (MCUD) in Mongolia were invited to this program; due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program was held online. In the opening session, KRIHS President Dr. Hyun Soo Kang encouraged the participants to learn about Korea’s experience for Mongolia’s National Balanced Development. Twenty-two officials completed the program and received completion certificate during the closing ceremony, which was held on the final day of the program. GDPC Director Dr. Sang Keon Lee expressed his hope that MCUD in Mongolia will continue to cooperate with GDPC after this program.