Invitation letter : English
KAPA 2021 Annual International Conference
President’s Welcome Letter

Soonae Park

Dear Korean Association for Public Administration Annual Conference Attendees:

On behalf of the Korean Association for Public Administration (KAPA) boards, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the KAPA 2021 Annual International Conference in Busan, South Korea. The decision has not been made lightly to hold this year’s international conference at the Paradise Hotel Busan. Our commitments will continue to reaffirm the need for bold discourse among scholars and practitioners nationally and internationally.

Our conference theme, Restructuring Government and Public Service to the Era of Digital Transformation and Pandemic, inspires dialogue aimed at exchanging an adaptive update on the theories and practices of public administration and led to bridge collaborative efforts between the academic and practitioner communities.

For one and a half years, governments worldwide have fought against COVID-19, and our efforts are not ended yet. Responding to the crisis, the role of government has become more important because governments are to formulate a new socio-economic operating framework and implement it stably.

Governments have found digital technologies as an essential tool to respond to the crisis, resolve socioeconomic repercussions in the short term, and reinvent government operations in the long term. The experience of the Korean government was not an exception. The Korean government created successful quarantine cases and was praised as a model country leading the world's quarantine, although we have still a long way to overcome the pandemic.

The KAPA 2021 International Conference will be a place to discuss governments’ emerging roles and capabilities in preparation for the new normal era. To this end, we intend to provide an academic forum where practitioners and scholars gather together to share their insight and experience of the field. The high volume of individual and group proposals from around the world is a testament to what scholars want to do amid an unprecedented situation. For the successful hosting of the conference, we will do our best to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in consultation with the city of Busan.

I extend my sincere thanks to Hae-Gu Jung (Chairperson of National Research Council for Economics, Humanities, and Social Sciences), Jong-Il You (Dean of KDI School of Public Policy and Management), and Heong-joon Park (Mayor of Busan Metropolitan City) for supporting our successful work together to hold the international conference this year.

We are confident that your participation at KAPA 2021 International Conference will be a valuable experience for exploring and learning new building blocks of government futures. Thank you for attending and being part of our annual event.

June 2021

KAPA President Soonae Park