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Participation in ADB-ADBI Forum on Governance and Institutions

August 14, 2017


ADB-ADBI Forum on Governance and Institutions-Practical Lessons on Governance and Service Delivery for Subnational Governments

The Governance Thematic Group of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) jointly organized the 2017 Forum on Governance and Institutions in partnership with the United Nations Project Office on Governance (UNPOG) and Korea Local Information Research & Development Institute (KLID), on 9-11 August 2017 in Seoul, Korea. This year’s topic was “Governance and Service Delivery: Practical Lessons for Subnational Governments.”  

The primary objectives of the 2017 Forum, with its focus on local level service delivery, were as follows: (1) put in context the need for better service delivery as part of the broader agenda of governance, including devolution and public sector management; (2) share information on global developments (such as Sustainable Development Goals) and the focus on inclusive local service delivery (such that no one is left behind); and (3) discuss priority reforms and innovations, as well as measures to strengthen the capacity of local and subnational governments, in improving service delivery.

The 2017 Forum generated active interactions and learning among global experts and DMC officials in the broad areas of governance through panel discussions after each session, knowledge and information sharing, and field visits to relevant government units in Korea.

Participants came from the following:

Countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, People's Republic of China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Viet Nam.

Organizations: Asian Development Bank (ADB), Manila (and various field offices); ADB Institute, Tokyo; Korea Development Institute, Sejong; Korea Local Information Research & Development Institute, Seoul; Korea Ministry of the Interior and Safety, Sejong; Korea Public Finance Information Service, Seoul; Seoul Metropolitan Government, Seoul; The Asia Foundation, Thailand; and United Nations Project Office on Governance, Seoul.

Venue: Seoul, Republic of Korea

ADB Organizer: Governance Thematic Group

Partner Organization: ADBI, KLID, UNPOG, KDI

Event Coordinator: Gambhir Bhatta

Topics: Capacity Development, Governance and Public Sector Management

Program and Learning Materials: Download Full Agenda

DAY 1-09 August, 2017


Presentation Material



Session I: Opening Remarks

Video Message

Bambang Susantono

Vice President (Knowledge Management&Sustainable Development), ADB, Manila

Chul Ju Kim

Deputy Dean (Capacity Building and Training and Special Activities), ADBI, Toyko

Yeon-gi Son

President, KLID, Seoul

Chae Gun Cheong

Head, UN Project Office on Governance, Seoul

Group Photo and Tea/Coffee Break

Session II: Setting the scene-localizing global agendas

ADB's Governance Thematic Group 

Governance is one of ADB's eight thematic groups that aim to leverage technical expertise on governance-and public sector management-related...

Gambhir Bhatta

Local governance and institutions-The big picture and global trends

Soonhee Kim

KDI School of Public Policy and Management

What are implications for Local Governments and their Inclusive Service Delivery? 

Governments around the world can pursue sustainable development more effectively by embracing a whole of government approach in their adaptation

Keping Yao

21st Conference for the Parties: What are the Implications for Local Governments? 

The Paris Agreement on Climate Change is a universal sustainable development mechanism that includes climate change mitigation commitments...

Preety Bhandari

Discussants: From among participating government officials

Session III: The operating environment of local governments-focusing on multi-stakeholder engagement

Moderated by Gambhir Bhataa, Technical Advisor (Governance), ADB

Local Development Initiative through Inter-Local Mutual Cooperation 

Mutual cooperation among localities can promote economy of scale and scope in service delivery, and efficiency in resource utilization among...

Jeong-Ho Kim

Relationship with citizens-How to manage competing demands? How to enhance inclusiveness in service delivery?

Mark Koenig

Deputy Director&Urban Governance Specialist, Program Specialists Group, The Asia Foundation, Thailand

From among participating government officials: Seung Dae An, Director General, Local Administration Policy, Bureau, Ministry of the Interior and Safety, Seoul; and Bart Edes (Advisor&Head, Knowledge Sharing and Services Center, ADB)


Hosted by ADBI

Session IV: The operating environment of local governments-focusing on fiscal policy

Fiscal risks of local government revenue (PRC)

Wang Guanghua

Principal Economist, EREA, ADB

Fiscal Decentralization and Local Budget Deficits in Vietnam: An Empirical Analysis 

Local fiscal policies play a significant role in Viet Nam's growth and development as a result of the budget alw promulgated in 2002 that...

Peter Morgan

Long Q. Trinh

Budgetary spillover effects in local governments

Soyoung Park

Associate Fellow, Korean Public Finance Information Service, Seoul

Discussants: From among participating government officials

Tea/Coffee break

Session V: Lessons learned and future endeavors for augmenting local governance and smart city: Experiences in Korea

Moderated by Sang-Baek Chris Kang, Director of KLID, Korea

Influences of e-government system for crystallizing local governance and innovations: KLID cases for local governments in Korea

Sang-Baek Chris Kang

Director of KLID, Korea

Big data application cases for enhancing e-government in Korea

Kibyoung Kim

Director of Ministry of the Interior and Safety, Korea

On 'smart cities'-Learning from Seoul Metropolitan Government

Yoonju Heo

Seoul Metropolitan Government

Summary of the day, and information sharing about field visits
End of Day 1 DinnerHosted by KLID

Day 2-10 August 2017


Presentation Material


Session VI: Field Visits

There will be field trips to two local government (in Seoul and surrounding area) to see first-hand how local governments provide services

Organized by UNPOG

Seoul Metropolitan Government: Manages the world's 16th largest city. Seoul also boasts a well resourced local government and then the broader area is gaining reputation as a "smart city"

City of Sejong: Has different, and unique experiences with regard to optimizing resources to deliver services for local residents while at the same time maintaining a particular relationship with central government.

Korea Development Institute (KDI) in Sejong itself: Globally recognized institution of higher learning and Korea's premier think tank. There is a renewed focus on local governance at KDI and participants will be exposed to the work of the Institute.


Hosted by KDI

Day 3-11 August 2017


Presentation Material


Session VII: Attempts at innovations in local governance across DMCs, and scaling them up

Case Study: Cambodia on Local Governance (and subnational investment facility)

Duch Mongsitana

Officer, Expenditure Management Office, Municipality and District Finance Department, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Cambodia

Development in Elderly Care in People's Republic of China and ADB's Involvement 

Yichang City has one of the highest population of elderly residents over the age of 60 in the People's Republic of China. Yet, the availability...

Alix Burell

Fiona Connell

Guangrui Xiao

Sofia Shakil

Governance and Service Delivery: Practical Lessons for Subnational Governments through a Case Study on ADB's Support to Nepal 

Success in the achievement of the sustainable development goals starts with localization of the global agenda that positively impacts the...

Bruno Carrasco

Discussants: From among participating government officials; and Ms. Rachana Shrestha, NRM, ADB


Hosted by ADBI

Session VIII: Where can ADB add value to the works of local governments and support PSM reforms?

Moderated discussions; panelists include:

Capacity Development for Growth and Poverty Reduction in Mindanao and Bangsamoro: A Medium to Long-Term Approach 

With its abundant natural resources, the second largest island of Mindanao has the potential to contribute more to the development of the...

Joven Balbosa

Emma Veve, Director, PAUS, Pacific Regional Department, ADB

Bruno Carrasco, Director, SAPF, South Asia Department, ADB

ADB: Key Issues in Urban Sector 

To address key urban challenges in the Asia-Pacific region, ADB is committed to promoting water security and urban mobility, as well as strengthening...

Vijay Padmanabhan

Discussants: Rabin Hattari, SEPF, ADB

Tea/Coffee break

Session IX: Widening the debate, and preparing for 2018-Discussions on service delivery by SOEs

To extend the discussions to the national stage again, in particular the use of SOEs to deliver services...this prepares the Forum next year's focus on this very important topic

Moderated by Gambhir Bhatta

Technical Advisors (Governance), ADB;

and with discussants from participating government officials

Session X: Concluding discussions, including the rapporteur's report, on Forum experiences and way forward

Moderated by Gambhir Bhatta, ADB

Forum evaluation and presentation of certificates

Closing Remarks

Gambhir Bhatta

Technical Advisor (Governance), ADB

Chul Ju Kim

Deputy Dean, ADBI


Sang-Baek Chris Kang

Director, KLID

End of Forum

Transportation will be provided to those interested to go to the city, with a return trip to the hotel at 9pm


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