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Regional Networks

Regional networks play a key role in facilitating the smart city development of local governments around the world.
Read more about how WeGO supports smart city development regionally on this page.

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In 2019, WeGO undertook a series of activities to support ASCN cities through matchmaking with partners, consultants, and solution providers, through a workshop for knowledge sharing and a mayoral conference with signing ceremonies for partnerships. In 2020, along with its continued support of ASCN, WeGO embarked on a new initiative to establish a network of smart cities in Northeast Asia, including capitals and other major cities across China, Korea, Mongolia and Russia.

In the coming year, WeGO will continue pushing for regional cooperation for the development of smart cities in Latin America and Africa.

ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN)

About ASCN

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, was established on 8 August 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand, with the signing of the ASEAN Declaration (Bangkok Declaration) by the Founding Fathers of ASEAN. 

In 2018, 26 pilot cities from the 10 ASEAN Member States took on an initiative of establishing the ASEAN Smart City Network (ASCN),which is  an international, interurban platform for cities to work together toward smarter and more sustainable cities across the region. 

All of the ASCN members developed Smart City Action Plans (SCAPs) as well as priority projects specific to each of the cities. Each SCAP consists of the following four components: vision, focus areas, strategic targets, and priority projects.

WeGO & ASCN

In 2019, WeGO began undertaking a series of activities to support ASCN cities through matchmaking with partners, consultants, and solution providers, through a workshop for knowledge sharing and a mayoral conference with signing ceremonies for partnerships. In the years to come, WeGO will continue its support for the network and stakeholders for the implementation of smart city action plans.

Read more about WeGO-ASCN activities below.

ASCN Workshop

June 5-7, 2019  |  Bangkok  

ASCN Annual Meeting 2019

August 22-24, 2019  |  Bangkok

WeGO-ASCN Mayoral Conference

November 21-22, 2019  |  Seoul

ASCN Annual Meeting 2020

June 17, 2020  |  Online

Northeast Asia Smart Cities Network (NEASCN)

NEASCN is envisioned as an open-ended regional network of city and other local governments across China, Japan, Mongolia, ROK, DPRK, and Russia, each represented by a Chief Smart City Officer (CSCO) appointed by the relevant authority within the local government to spearhead smart city development and manage interregional relations in the context of NEASCN.


NEASCN-related ACTIVITIES

NEASCN Online Pre-Workshop

In preparation for an inaugural Meeting of Northeast Asia Smart Cities Network (NEASCN) with founding members in 2021, WeGO held the NEASCN Online Pre-Worskhop on December 9, 2020 to showcase a foretaste of NEASCN in its mobilization of local governments, investors, and enablers to develop more bankable and sustainable smart city action plans. Smart city experts from cities, regional networks and project financing partners convened online toshare their visions and plans for long-term cooperation.

Latin America Smart Cities Network (LASCN)

With 80% of its population living in the cities, Latin America is experiencing various challenges in urban development such as the population density, pollution, water management, waste management, internet accessibility, public safety, digital divide, mobility, open government and citizen participation. Despite the vast diversity and extension of the region, many of the challenges the cities face today share similarities in nature. Taking advantage of such characteristics, the regional cooperation promotes knowledge sharing among the cities and accelerates smart sustainable development of the cities in the region.

WeGO will take the initiative to establish LASCN and serve as its international platform to improve the quality of life, innovate in the delivery of public services, and strengthen regional competitiveness.

The LASCN is envisioned as an open-ended regional network of city and other local governments across Latin America that will serve as a platform to exchange knowledge and foster cooperation on smart city development in the region.

KEY EVENTS IN 2021

LASCN Pre-workshop
June  | Online

This pre-workshop will serve as a cornerstone in the establishment of LASCN, introducing the new LASCN initiative to the interested cities, and partners. It will be an opportunity to identify the regional challenges and needs in smart city development.

Join us to learn more about WeGO’s new initiative and to take part in the discussion on the shaping of the network’s activities.

Africa Smart City Network (AFSCN)

According to projections by UNDESA, 60% of the population of Africa will live in urban areas by 2030, with 13 of the 20 most populous cities in the world located in Africa by the end of the century (Global Cities Institute). Never has creating resilient, sustainable, and intelligent communities for citizens been more critical for local governments in Africa.

WeGO will take the initiative to establish AfSCN and serve as its international platform to improve the quality of life, innovate in the delivery of public services, and strengthen regional competitiveness.

KEY EVENTS IN 2021

Africa Smart City Network Seminar
June 29, 2021  | Online

This seminar brings together representatives of municipal leadership, the diplomatic corps, research institutions and practitioners, NGOs and industries to discuss the current achievements and challenges in smart cities under the theme “Strengthening Awareness of the Need for Transformational Leadership, Regional Cooperation, and Digital Skills for Smart and Sustainable Communities in Africa.”

Join us to hear from experts about the necessity and enablers of digitization, learn about ongoing success stories in African cities and towns, and contribute to the discussion on the future direction of smart and sustainable cities in Africa.

AIMS

Knowledge exchange and cooperation on smart city development.
Partnerships for consultation and funding toward feasibility studies and pilot projects.
Bankable projects with the private sector.
LASCN Inaugural Meeting
Mid October | Merida

At the occasion of the Smart City Expo LATAM Congress, WeGO will hold its first LASCN Inaugural Meeting gathering cities and local governments, partners, and other stakeholders interested in being part of the network. The Inaugural meeting will be chaired by the host city with the support of WeGO, and will include keynote speeches, panel discussions, breakout sessions, MOU signing ceremonies, and matchmaking meetings.

Northeast Asia Smart Cities Network

NEASCN is envisioned as an open-ended regional network of city and other local governments across China, Japan, Mongolia, ROK, DPRK, and Russia, each represented by a Chief Smart City Officer (CSCO) appointed by the relevant authority within the local government to spearhead smart city development and manage interregional relations in the context of NEASCN.

AIMS

  • Knowledge exchange and cooperation on smart city development.
    Members and their CSCOs will share best practice, develop short- and/or long-term action plans for smart city development, identify areas of overlap across action plans, and pursue joint initiatives toward project implementation. Action plans and projects may correspond to such areas as transportation, water management, sewage treatment, urban planning and housing, environment, waste management, e-government, citizen safety, disaster prevention and management, and others related to smart cities.
  • Partnerships for consultation and funding toward feasibility studies and pilot projects.
    Members will have access to a worldwide network of WeGO members and partners, MDBs, development aid agencies, and other stakeholders, in planning and investment toward smart cities as a donor and/or beneficiary of feasibility studies and pilot projects. Support may be provided at any stage of a project, from identification, appraisal, preparation, implementation, and operation and maintenance.
  • Bankable projects with the private sector.
    Members will be matchmade according to their needs and requests, with smart tech solution providers that have expertise in a diverse range of smart city areas and can develop tailored solutions for citywide implementation. Members may additionally introduce their own partners from the private sector as implementors of such projects across the network. Solutions may relate to such areas as big data, blockchain, data visualization, digital dashboards, e-offices, e-petitions, call centers, clouds, monitoring, mobility, payments, security, street lights, telecommunications, and others related to smart cities.

KEY COMPONENTS

  • Smart City Action Plans (SCAPs).
    These are developed by each member and may be short- or long-term, existing or planned. They serve as the basis for members’ activity in the context of NEASCN. SCAPs should identify the CSCO and a sector along with current status, needs, and expected outcome, as described with reference to partners/stakeholders, investments, timelines, and challenges/solutions.
  • NEASCN Framework.
    A separately assembled task force will establish a framework that outlines the network’s key principles and functions, which will serve as the guidelines for membership in, and cooperation with, NEASCN. The task force will present its outline for the framework at the NEASCN Online Pre-Workshop, and WeGO will submit the framework for discussion, revision, and adoption at the Inaugural Meeting of NEASCN.
  • NEASCN Annual Meetings.
    In Q3 2021, WeGO will convene an online Inaugural Meeting of NEASCN with all founding members and their governors/mayors/chairpersons of people’s committees and CSCOs. From 2021, members and their governors/mayors/chairpersons of people’s committees and CSCOs will convene once a year in a host city to report on the progress of their SCAPs, enter into new partnerships and MOUs, and induct new members into the network. The Inaugural and Annual Meetings of NEASCN will be chaired by the host city with the support of WeGO, and will include keynote speeches, panel discussions, breakout sessions, MOU signing ceremonies, matchmaking meetings, and site visits.
  • WeGO Smart City Driver.
    Members will have exclusive access to the WeGO Smart City Driver—WeGO’s overarching framework for cities to help plan, finance, and deploy their smart city projects through a range of customized solution packages and matchmaking with strategic partners that can assist in citywide implementation. The WeGO Activator, a customized platform for project planning and case sharing accessible in English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Mongolian. The system includes such features as Activator Plan—which assists local governments as they start to plan a project and identify stakeholders and their roles—and Activator Exchange, a public directory of projects that serves as a mutual sharing opportunity for local governments with a function to contact one another via the system. Through the WeGO Activator, members will also be exposed to an extensive catalog of solutions provided by partners of WeGO and NEASCN through the WeGO Solution Finder. In addition to MDBs and development aid agencies, national and local institutions dedicated to the sharing and provision of integrated solutions to local governments can actively propose their solutions through an online application form that pinpoints the appropriate solution(s) for a local government based on its indicated needs and requests and lays out the next steps for targeted support.

ASEAN Smart Cities Network

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, was established on 8 August 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand, with the signing of the ASEAN Declaration (Bangkok Declaration) by the Founding Fathers of ASEAN. 

In 2018, 26 pilot cities from the 10 ASEAN Member States took on an initiative of establishing the ASEAN Smart City Network (ASCN),which is  an international, interurban platform for cities to work together toward smarter and more sustainable cities across the region. 

All of the ASCN members developed Smart City Action Plans (SCAPs) as well as priority projects specific to each of the cities. Each SCAP consists of the following four components: vision, focus areas, strategic targets, and priority projects.

WeGO & ASCN

ASCN Workshop

June 5-7, 2019  |  Bangkok  

ASCN Annual Meeting

August 22-24, 2019  |  Bangkok

WeGO-ASCN Mayoral Conference

November 21-22, 2019  |  Seoul