March 6, 2020
PANAJI – WeGO signed an MOU with All India Institute of Local Self Government (AIILSG), opening up for more expansion to the South Asian subcontinent, and networked with local stakeholders on the occasion of the 5th South Asian Cities Summit.
Founded in 1926, AIISLG is a research and training institution that works closely with local and central governments, and national and international agencies to reinforce good local governance across India. Within the framework of the MOU, the two organizations will collaborate on joint capacity building programs under the context of AIILSG’s membership with WeGO, among other initiatives such as AIISLG’s establishment of its Virtual Library, an open platform where local governments can access courses on different urban areas.
WeGO also discussed the possibility of organizing joint training programs with the Indian National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), particularly on the topic of smart procurement. To further cooperation, NIUA invited WeGO to attend the Indian Urban Forum in New Delhi, tentatively in late October.
At the two-day summit organized by AIISLG for mayors and senior officials from municipal corporations in the region, WeGO presented on how it works to build sustainable cities by supporting national and regional networks such as India’s Smart Cities Mission and the ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN), and by assisting with project implementation through WeGO’s Smart City Driver.
On the topic of “Digital Innovations for Data-Driven Future Cities”, WeGO also shared best practice cases from around the world along with those of its members in Asia-Pacific, including Goyang, Jakarta, La Union, Makati, Seberang Perai, and Seoul. It also showcased solutions of some of its corporate members, as well as WeGO’s own solutions such as its Activator and Civic Participation System (CPS).
As a result of WeGO’s mission, three more Nepalese municipalities joined as members, Bhadrapur, Kanakai, and Shivasatakshi. Accordingly, WeGO’s total membership is now at 201.