July 17, 2020
SEOUL – WeGO continued its engagement with the ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN) by taking part in the Third ASCN Annual Meeting this morning. High-level officials from all 26 pilot cities met to discuss concrete collaboration toward smarter and more sustainable cities across the region.
Originally scheduled as an offline event, the meeting took place online in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Other ASCN annual gatherings, such as the ASEAN Smart Cities Summit & Expo, have been tentatively moved to the latter half of the year.
As a partner of ASCN, WeGO was invited to the session on “External Proposals on Smart City Development Cooperation” for non-ASCN partners to present upcoming projects and activities that can support smart city development in ASCN cities, along with representatives from Japan, Korea, Norway, Russia, and the US.
Secretary General Kyong-yul Lee introduced WeGO’s newest initiatives including the Smart City Driver—a framework to help cities plan, finance and deploy their smart city projects through a range of customized solution packages and matchmaking with strategic partners—and the Smart Health Responder, which provides useful information to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. SG Lee also mentioned WeGO’s plans on spearheading a similar subregional platform and regional network in Northeast Asia.
At the end of the meeting, it was decided that Brunei would be the host of next year’s Annual Meeting. In the meantime, WeGO will focus on further deepening its relation with ASCN, not only by participating in other events but also through different types of relevant activities such as the Impact Collective—a community-driven acceleration program for startups focusing on solving urban challenges in Asia and the ASEAN region.