The inaugural meeting of the World e-Government Organization, established to reduce the information gap among the member cities and to promote a common prosperity, kicked off in Seoul on Tuesday.
Mayors and IT experts from some 50 cities participated in the two-day conference followed by a four-day forum in order to draw up the organization’s basic bylaws, said officials.
The participants also voted for Barcelona as the hosting state of the next assembly.
“The e-government system has become a crucial goal for all cities around the world,” said Seoul Mayor and first WEGO Chairman Oh Se-hoon in his opening speech.
|The inaugural meeting of the World e-Government Organization under way in Seoul on Tuesday. Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon is at center. (Kim Myung-sub/The Korea Herald)|
“We hope to see cities sharing information and cooperating through information technology, to achieve common prosperity through.”
Seoul suggested back in 2008 the concept of an internatinal municipal e-government body in the World City e-Government Market Forum and was selected as the hosting city of the inaugural assembly.
The primary goal of the WEGO is for the member cities to share their e-administration systems in order to achieve a transparent and competitive local government, according to officials.
The South Korean capital was ranked first for four consecutive times ― from 2003 to last year ― in the biannual World 100 Cities’ e-Government Evaluation.
A total of 689 officials from 124 cities around the world have visited Seoul so far to learn and benchmark the city’s advanced e-government system, said officials.
“The WEGO, together with Seoul’s repuation in the e-government system, will promote the city’s brand value and drive forth the competitiveness of Korean IT companies in the global market,” said a city official.
By Bae Hyun-jung (email@example.com)