The World Smart Sustainable Cities Organization (WeGO) will be organizing the WeGO-ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN) Mayoral Conference in Seoul from November 21-22, 2019. Governors and mayors from ASCN and the broader region will converge at the event, which will include keynote speeches, panel discussions, breakout sessions, and site visits thematically targeted to the needs of smart cities in ASEAN.
The World Smart Sustainable Cities Organization (WeGO), established by 50 founding member cities in 2010, is an international association of city and other local governments, smart tech solution providers, and national and regional institutions committed to the transformation of cities into smart sustainable cities. Its Secretariat is based in Seoul, with regional offices in East Asia (Chengdu, China), Eurasia (Ulyanovsk Region, Russia), Latin America (Mexico City, Mexico), and the Mediterranean (Beyoğlu, Turkey). With more than 185 members around the world, WeGO serves as their international platform to improve the quality of life, innovate in the delivery of public services, and strengthen regional competitiveness.
What is the WeGO-ASCN Mayoral Conference?
WeGO is taking the lead to provide knowledge sharing and networking opportunities to ASCN, ASEAN’s initiative for 26 pilot cities—and counting—across the region. Plenary sessions will include keynote speeches from Korean ministries in charge of smart city development and diplomacy to ASEAN, along with heads of international organizations actively working to support ASCN. In a series of breakout sessions, governors and mayors will also be matched with a range of strategic partners who can assist in carrying out feasibility studies, pilot projects, and other arrangements jointly with cities toward the successful implementation of their Smart City Action Plans (SCAPs).
Program at a Glance
Ahead of the 2019 ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit in Busan, WeGO will mobilize leading experts from national and local government, development agencies, research institutions, MDBs, and the private sector, to establish a dynamic platform for substantive exchange. Representatives from the Korean Government, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and others will guide governors and mayors in how to tap into available resources to access the necessary funding and consultation for their projects. Korean partners will also showcase their bilateral agreements and other inroads with cities in ASCN.
Mini roundtables tailored to the thematic focuses of the SCAPs—Buildings, Roads and Public Space, Traffic Management and Public Safety, Solid Waste and Wastewater Management, and E-Government and Social Welfare—will be separately arranged and closely facilitated, with the aim to provide each city with a clearer roadmap for smart city development. Through this dialogue, cities will have the opportunity to identify areas of overlap with their peers in the network, and share common challenges along with insights toward joint solutions.
□ Date: November 20-21, 2019
□ Venue: Grand Hilton Hotel, 353 Yeonhui-ro, Hongeun 2(i)-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
□ Participants: ASCN, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Presidential Committee on New Southern Policy, Seoul Metropolitan Government, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Economic Development Cooperation Fund, Korea International Cooperation Agency
□ Organizer: WeGO
□ Sponsors: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Presidential Committee on New Southern Policy, Seoul Metropolitan Government
□ Partners: Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, ASEAN Secretariat
□ Website : http://we-gov.org/