SEOUL – Italian national broadcaster RAI (Radiotelevisione Italiana) paid a visit to WeGO’s Secretariat in Seoul yesterday for an exclusive interview with Secretary General Kyong-yul Lee.
In the interview, reporter Barbara Carfagna asked about how WeGO is changing cities in an increasingly connected world. Secretary General Lee described his organization of “like-minded” cities and corporations, along with the trend of decentralization of public administration to local governments and the resulting increase in civic participation and ownership, assisted by smart technologies.
Secretary General Lee further explained the importance of PPPPs in the context of smart cities, where government and the private sector along cannot function without the people as a key component.
In response to how citizens could be motivated to participate in governance, Secretary General Lee cited the examples of Citypreneurs and WeGO President City Seoul’s own initiatives: its startup accelerator and Big Data Campus, a platform that collects big data to solve common issues.
The interview will serve as part of a broader feature story on Korea’s leadership in 5G, and will include segments on telecommunications giants Samsung and LG Uplus.
The Italian national broadcaster was introduced to WeGO by British charity organization Nesta, which has taken part in various WeGO events including its General Assembly in 2017.