SEOUL – WeGO partner Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF)’s Head of Asia visited WeGO’s Secretariat in Seoul this afternoon, to discuss ways forward in the cooperation between the organizations.
Mr. Charles du Vinage and his delegation expressed FNF’s interest in working with WeGO on its training program in June, arranged jointly with the World Bank and the National Information Agency (NIA). The WeGO-NIA-WB Workshop is a four-day smart city workshop for local and central government officials, that provides the opportunity to obtain a broad understanding of smart city ecosystems and acquire first-hand knowledge of successful Korean and worldwide cases through a series of lectures and technical tours.
FNF further agreed to connect WeGO with the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL)—an international federation that has amassed over 440 members since 2006—for partnership opportunities. WeGO pledged to collaborate with FNF on its next Living Labs & Smart Cities event, which was last co-organized with KLID in 2018.
In addition, FNF explored the idea of promoting WeGO on a dedicated section for smart cities on its homepage and contributing to WeGO products and services including its Smart Sustainable City Projects Catalog. The catalog closely relates to FNF’s own projects in the Western Balkans and Indonesia.
Last November, WeGO signed an MOU with the German organization, which has been dedicated to the advancement of freedom around the world. Under the scope of their partnership, both organizations commit to engage in knowledge sharing, jointly organize projects and programs, and promote each other’s activities.