SEOUL – WeGO held a session this afternoon to brief current and potential member cities, corporations, and partners in Korea about its activities planned for the year.
The first event in an annual series to come was organized to raise interest from domestic entities about WeGO’s programs. Over 70 participants from metropolitan, provincial, municipal, and district governments, and other public and private sector organizations were present.
WeGO’s Secretary General Kyong-yul Lee opened the event by giving his definition of a smart city as “a happy city for smart people” and presenting his vision for WeGO. The Secretariat staff were then introduced to the audience, before a presentation was delivered highlighting WeGO’s activities slated for 2019.
Stakeholders in WeGO’s network also had the opportunity to speak at the event. WeGO’s President City Seoul presented its smart city policies, future ambitions, and highlighted its close cooperation with WeGO. Corporate members Fantom Foundation, ICONLOOP, and SRPOST gave an overview of their businesses. Partner organizations World Federations of United Nations Associations (WFUNA), Seoul Urban Solutions Agency (SUSA), and Green Technology Center (GTC) introduced their activities, focusing on projects jointly organized with WeGO.
To close the event, an MOU signing ceremony was held between WeGO and GTC, a Korean research and development think tank focusing on sustainable growth technologies and green technology transfer to foreign countries. Under the agreement, both organizations commit to undertaking joint projects and seminars and building a network with partner countries and cities to develop transformative solutions for smart sustainable cities.
With the success of the event, WeGO plans to carry out next year’s briefing session as early as January or February.