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Seoul, South Korea. Chisako Fukuda/World Bank
MetroLab – Seoul Global Exchange
April 28-May 01, 2014Seoul, South Korea

The Global Lab on Metropolitan Strategic Planning (MetroLab)–Seoul Global Exchange brings together city leaders to discuss city planning challenges and innovations.

Worldwide, urban development is expanding beyond boundaries encompassing multiple cities, states and provinces, giving rise to the need for strategic planning at the metropolitan level to ensure services are delivered efficiently and sustainably.

In response, the Global Lab on Metropolitan Strategic Planning (MetroLab) was launched in New York in April 2013 to help cities learn from each other, promoting knowledge sharing about successful innovations in metropolitan planning and governance. Over the course of the year, numerous virtual meetings and webinars have been convened and a community of practice is being developed. 

The Seoul Global Exchange brings together city leaders from a dynamic and diverse group of members at all stages of development – Seoul, New York, Paris, Barcelona, Ulaanbaatar, Bandung, Karachi, Mumbai, Sao Paulo, Guadalajara, Dar es Salaam, Accra, Addis Ababa, and Nairobi – to engage in discussions to address their concerns, including metropolitan planning, development and urban transformations; metropolitan transport and land use; city e-government; and metropolitan economy.

The host city Seoul offers a "laboratory for learning," with site visits to see the impressive results of the city’s efforts in urban regeneration and transportation, to inspire the week’s discussions.  

MetroLab–Seoul Global Exchange is organized by the World Bank, World Bank Institute, and Seoul Metropolitan Government. The events on Tuesday, April 29, are open to the public. 

Opening day events on Tuesday, April 29, at the Seoul Global Center Building are open to the public. Other events are for member cities only.

Tuesday, April 29 
Seoul Global Center Building

08:30-08:50 Opening Remarks
Sameh Wahba, Acting Director for Urban Development, World Bank
Kim Sang Bum, Vice Mayor, Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG)
Kyung Hwan Kim, President, Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements (KRIHS)

08:50-09:20 Keynote speech
Managing the Unmanageable: Seoul’s Experience of Urban Transformation

Kwang-Joong Kim, Professor, Seoul National University

09:40-12:30 (Policy Session #1)
Metropolitan Planning, Development

How should metropolitan cities handle rapid urbanization and prepare for future urban growth? Experiences on metropolitan urbanization planning, land readjustment, and historic neighborhood regeneration focusing on planning, policy, regulation, finance, governance, private sector involvement and others. 

Moderator:  Kyung Hwan Kim, President, KRIHS
· Didas Massaburi, Mayor, Dar es Salaam City Council
· Kwang-Joong Kim, Professor, Seoul National University
· Vijay Jagannathan, Secretary General, CityNet

· Seoul: Seoul’s Sustainable Urbanization Planning and Land Readjustment:  Myounggu Kang, Director General, International Urban Development Collaboration,  SMG
· Addis Ababa:  Mathewos Asfaw Bekele, Surrounding Oromia Integrated Development Plan Project Officer, Addis Ababa
· Paris:  Julie Nouvion, Member of the Paris Region Parliament
· Seoul: Bukchon Conservation Project: Hyun-Suk Min, Research Fellow, Seoul Institute
· Karachi:  Development Initiatives in Karachi and Urban Issues: Muhammad Hussain Syed, Principal Secretary to Governor Sindh,  and Mumtaz Ali, Director general (technical service) K.M.C.
· Barcelona:  Vicente Guallart, Chief Architect, Barcelona City Council

13:30-16:30 (Service Delivery #1)
Metropolitan Transport and Land Use

Policy responses to challenges around metropolitan transport and urban expansion

Moderator:  Sameh Wahba, Acting Director for Urban Development, World Bank
· Mochamad Ridwan Kamil, Mayor, Bandung
· Kwang Sik Kim, Professor, Sungkyunkwan University

· Sao Paulo:  Marcelo Ignatios, Superintendent of Structuring Projects at São Paulo Urbanismo
· Seoul: A Driving Force for Sustainable Development and Remarkable Change, Seoul Metropolitan Subway: Seungjun Kim, Research Fellow, Seoul Institute
· Nairobi:  Martha Muthoni, Urban Planner, Forward Planning and Secretariat Member for the Nairobi Integrated Urban Development Master Plan
· Seoul: Seoul Public Transportation Reform: Joonho Ko, Director of Megacity Research Center, Seoul Institute
· Dar es Salaam:  Challenges for Service Delivery in Dar es Salaam: Eng Mussa B. Natty, Municipal Director, Kinondoni Municipal Council

Wednesday, April 30 (closed sessions)
Seoul Institute

08:40-10:10 (Urban Systems #1)
City e-Government

Integrated Smart Urban Management (iSUM) using ICT for accountability, efficiency and better service
Presentations: Seoul; SMG Cases, World Bank WeGO city e-government tool kit, Dar es Salaam, Ulaanbaatar

10:30-12:30 (Policy Session #2)
Metropolitan Economy

Metropolitan economic development and restructuring – from planning to implementation
Presentations: Accra, Ulaanbaatar, Bandung, Paris, Seoul

13:40-15:40 (Urban Systems #2)
Inter-Jurisdictional Coordination

Examples of inter-jurisdictional coordination and governance at a metropolitan level
Presentations: Dar es Salaam, Nairobi, Paris, Seoul (Case 1), Seoul (Case 2)

16:00-18:00 (Policy Session #3)
Urban Think-Tanks

The role and function of urban think-tanks in planning and policy implementation
Presentations: Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements (KRIHS), Guadalajara 2020, Seoul Institute, Gyeongi Research Institute (GRI), Regional Planning Association NYC 

Thursday, May 1 (closed sessions)
Seoul Global Center Building

8:30-10:40 (Service Delivery #2)
Metropolitan Water and Waste Management
Examples of sustainable water supply, sewage treatment, and solid waste management
Presentations: Nairobi, Seoul, Water Management, Seoul, Solid Waste Management

11:00-12:00 Panel Discussions on Next Steps by Region

12:00-12:15 Wrap-up and Closing Remarks
Sameh Wahba, Acting Director for Urban Development, World Bank
Yeonsik Yoo, Director General, International Relations Bureau, Seoul Metropolitan Government

Event Details
  • Location: Seoul, South Korea
  • Dates: April 28 - May 1
  • For More Information, Contact: Chisako Fukuda