Mayor Park Won-soon takes a tour of three cities in the United States (Las Vegas → San Francisco → Washington D.C.) for ten days and seven nights from January 7-16 (Tues-Thurs.). It has been four years since he last visited the United States in 2016.
His visit was planned in line with Seoul’s first participation in this year’s CES, the world’s largest home appliances fair and arena for innovative future technologies that opens in Las Vegas on January 7.
The main purpose of his stay in Las Vegas, the first city that he will visit, is the participation in CES for the first time as a mayor of Seoul. He will focus on preparing a stage for sales for the 20 participating innovative companies from Korea and promote the innovative policies of Seoul, including the “Digital Mayor’s Office,” the symbol of Smart Seoul. Additionally, the mayor will build a network with global companies, startups, governments, and IT experts from countries all over the world to advertise the competitiveness of Seoul as a smart city and Korean companies on an international stage.
In San Francisco, the world’s leading innovative city thanks to Silicon Valley, the mayor will make Seoul recognized as a favorable city in which to start a business and an attractive target for investment. He has plans to aggressively advertise Seoul Sales, which makes known the major contents and results of innovative startups that have been actively pursued by Seoul over the past eight years.
Mayor Park will also have meetings separately with John L. Hennessy from Alphabet Inc., the parent company of Google, and Eric E. Schmidt, the former CEO of Google. He will also give a special speech to next-generation innovation leaders at a guest lecture at Stanford University, followed by an open Q&A session.
In Washington D.C., the last city on the mayor’s itinerary, he will give a speech at a round-table talk organized by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), a think tank in the field of foreign relations and security, on the topic of “peace on the Korean peninsula” and meet Brian Bulatao, the Under Secretary of State for Management. Mayor Park is also the first Korean local government leader to be invited to give a speech at the US Chamber of Commerce.