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Title The 20th Science & Technology ODA Forum
Date 2019-07-04 Hit 1251  

Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) held the 20th Science & Technology ODA Forum at STEPI building at 10 am on Tuesday, June 18. This year's forum was organized to discuss the future direction of ODA convergence project, which has been carried out as a way of improving the effectiveness of the government's ODA effort, under the theme of "Challenges for Activating Science & Technology ODA Convergence Project."


Mr. Tae-jin Kim, manager of the Project Strategy Planning Dept. of KOICA, shared "KOICA's Execution Plan for ODA Convergence Program" as the first presenter of the day. Mr. Kim emphasized the need for a convergence platform to connect ODA and non-ODA and explained three types of ODA convergence in KOICA. The first type of convergence, he said, was the 'convergence of project means', where a variety of organizations, free/pay ODA and private funds/global funds share information and work together. The second type would be the 'convergence of project planning'. Currently, KOICA and other ministries pursue a physical convergence, where they first develop their own programs and then search common ground to come up with a certain convergence program. However, they will work for a chemical convergence going forward, where the agencies start to work together in the initial stage of a program planning, beginning from joint site investigation. The third type would be the 'convergence of sector/space'. For the case, he took KOICA's project in the central area of Vietnam as an example, which has been intensively supported with ICT, transportation and roads through Korea's ODA, saying that the ODA should be able to support both different sectors and spaces to secure sustainable urban development.


It was followed by the second presentation on "Science & Technology ODA Convergence Project: Concept Definition and Challenges” by Dr. Wang-dong Kim, head of the Office of STI ODA Project of STEPI. According to Dr. Kim, the concept of ODA convergence project needs to be established as it will play a critical role in determining the range and direction of a project. He also explained the types, features and approaches of the project as well as problems and challenges. As ODA convergence project is a long- and mid-term large-scaled project which require numerous experts and organizations to take part in, high-quality communication and reconciliation are necessary along with enough time and budget, Dr. Kim said. He also mentioned the need for a new way of participation, where a company makes a top-down plan and then forms a consortium.


After the presentations, there was a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Chi-woong Song, Chief Director of the Division of Global Innovation Strategy of STEPI. The panel included Mr. Hyeong-yong Jeon, deputy director of the Budget Office of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, Mr. Min-ho Cho, deputy director of the Europe and Africa Cooperation Division of the Ministry of Science and ICT, and Dr. Jung-won Lee, Senior Research Fellow of the Office of STI ODA Project of STEPI. Mr. Jeon explained why we need ODA convergence from the perspectives of the aid effectiveness and budget. Dr. Lee said the sector of science & technology is connected to not only policy but also social system and industries, which makes the sector inherently integrated. Yet, he said, convergence in the field of science and technology should be a means to maximize the performance and effectiveness, not a purpose of a project itself.


With the growing need for ODA convergence projects, the forum provided an opportunity to explore various forms of development cooperation. Hopefully, this will raise the understanding of ODA convergence project, and government ministries and ODA agencies will solve the challenges together for effective ODA implementation.