Over the course of two weeks, March 11th, 2018 – March 24th, 2018, KDI School of Public Policy and Management, in partnership with the Ministry of Strategy and Finance of Korea, hosted its annual G-20 Global Leadership Program, designed for eligible stakeholders from developing economies and G-20 member countries. An exclusive opportunity to stimulate further advancements in the Development Working Group agenda.
The G-20 Global Leadership Program, one of the pivots of KDIS’ International Cooperation and Capacity Building Program, was established as a direct result of the Seoul Development Consensus for Shared Growth, an outcome of the G-20 Summit held in South Korea – 2010, as stated by Professor LEE, Seung Joo during the his opening remarks on March 12th 2018.
Reduction of global poverty through inclusive economic growth has been the main objective binding the commitment of G-20 member states whilst adding value and complement to prevailing development goals. Additionally, it is through this commitment that KDI School annually trails its G-20 Global Leadership Program.
Matching the theme of this years’ G-20 Summit held in Buenos Aires, Argentina “Building Consensus for Fair and Sustainable Development” KDI School and the Ministry of Strategy and Finance of Korea drew-up a two weeks program integrating the deemed objectives of this years’ Summit. These include future works in infrastructure for development, sustainable food and emphasized regulation approaches for cryptocurrencies. In conjunction with open dialogue and knowledge sharing, the two-week program encompassed a series of site visits to Koreas’ signature industries, some of which contributed significantly to the development of the country, and others which were the direct result from its rapid development. Visited industrial sites included Hyundai Motor Company, Hyundai Heavy Industry, Samsung Innovation Museum and Korea Highway Traffic Center. On the other hand, from a cultural and historical realm, participants were taken to visit the Gyeongju Historic Areas and the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).
In addition to the site visits, prominent experts in diverse fields were invited to deliver complementary seminars on this years’ agenda:
|March 12th, 2018||Prof. LIM, Wonhyuk||KDI School||G20 Overview|
|March 12th, 2018||Prof. PARK, Jin||KDI School||Korea’s Developing Experiences|
|March 13th, 2018||Prof. KIM, Booyuel||KDI School||G20 & Sustainable Development|
|March 13th, 2018||Prof. JUNG, Taeyong||Yonsei Univ.||Green Growth & Climate Change|
|March 14th, 2018||Prof. PARK, Hyeon||Univ. of Seoul||Global Infrastructure Development|
|March 15th, 2018||Prof. SHADIKHODJAEV, Sherzod||KDI School||Energy Trade and International Regulation|
|March 19th, 2018||Prof. LEE, Kyewoo||KDI School||Aid & Development|
|March 19th, 2018||Mr. CHUNG, Sungchul||Korea Association for the advancement of Scientific Culture||Korea’s Experiences: Science and Technology and Innovation Policy|
|March 20th, 2018||Prof. HONG, Kihoon||Hongik Univ.||An overview of Fintech, Blockchain, and Cryptocurrency|
|March 20th, 2018||Mr. KIM, Wonik||The Bank of Korea||Regulation of Cryptocurrencies|
|March 21st, 2018||Prof. LEE, Young||Hanyang Univ.||Korea’s Experiences: Education Policy|
|March 22nd, 2018||Mr. KANG, Seongjoo||Korea Post||Policy for the 4th Industrial Revolution – Challenges and Opportunities|
Concluding a productive two-week crash course training program, Professor LEE, Seung-Joo offered his closing remarks by firstly expressing his deepest gratitude for the enriched contributions and participation to the program offered by the participants. Furthermore, on behalf of KDIS, he aspires that on forth, each participant is able to translate the obtained knowledge into viable policy alternatives back in their home-countries whilst furthering the global agendas.
By Stella CONSELHO (2018 MDP, Mozambique)