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G-20 Global Leadership Program

18 May, 2018 News Center 965

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: 

Date  Speaker Institution Seminar Title
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)