SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, September 18, 2019 – The Seoul Metropolitan Government announces that it will host the 18th meeting of the 2019 Seoul International Business Advisory Council (SIBAC) at the Four Seasons Hotel in Seoul on September 20. Under the theme of “Seoul, a Leading Smart City,” the meeting will be attended by more than 400 people from home and abroad including SIBAC members and advisors who will share best practices of smart cities around the world and discuss how to apply them to Seoul.
SIBAC, the advisory council to the Mayor of Seoul, was founded in 2001. The current members include representatives of leading global enterprises including Esquel Group, SUEZ, Red Dot, Forbes, Siemens, Brookfield, Audi, Dassault Systems, Veolia, the Yozma Group, MIT and Phillips Auction as well as 27 scholars and 2 advisors.
Marking the 18th anniversary this year, SIBAC meeting will be run under the leadership of Marjorie Yang (Esquel Group), the first chairwoman of the council. This year, more women including Jessica Tan (Co-CEO of Ping An Group) and Daniela Rus (Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT) became members, which will strengthen the role of woman leaders in discussing economic affairs of Seoul.
At this year’s SIBAC, Seoul Mayor Park Won-Soon will deliver the keynote speech about Seoul as a leading smart city, and three sessions of “Smart City Life,” “Smart Enterprise” and “Smart City Service” will be followed, where participants will discuss how to enhance competitive edge of Seoul as a global smart city with best practices of other cities around the world.
On September 19, SIBAC members will visit the Seoul Transport Operation & Information Service (TOPIS) and Seoul Fintech Lab in Yeouido. The next day, Seoul-foreign embassy collaboration plan for smart city will be presented to the ambassadors to Korea from 20 countries who will attend the SIBAC meeting. At the presentation, the Seoul Metropolitan Government will explain how the city government collects, shares and utilizes urban data and provides citizens and enterprises with data-based smart administrative services and business opportunities, and discuss how cities can make cooperation.