Tech Chiefs to Meet in Seoul for e-Governance

The Inaugural General Assembly of the World e-Governments Organization is to be held in Seoul, the Republic of Korea from September 6–8. It is being organized under the auspices of the United Nations Project Office on Governance (UNPOG) of UNDESA.

The event will bring together mayors, chief information officers (CIOs), and IT experts from over 50 cities and local governments including Barcelona, Chengdu, Frankfurt, Mumbai, Nairobi, San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Tel Aviv, and Vladivostok.

It will cover the theme “e-Sharing for All,” and will discuss ways to achieve green growth utilizing IT technologies, advance administrative efficiency and transparency. The aim is to attain co-prosperity by resolving the digital divide between and among cities in the world.

At the opening session of the Assembly, Darrell M. West, Vice President of Governance Studies and Director of the Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., will keynote the theme “e-Sharing for All.”

The following meetings will discuss organizational statute, election of chair group, projects for international collaboration, and future development. In addition, the exhibition on ICT products and services as well as the workshops concerning GIS, ubiquitous-City, Creative Commons License, and United Nations e-Cities Network are designed to share the latest knowledge and practices on e-governance.

World e-Governments Organization pursues sustainable city development based on e-government by fostering collaboration among e-governing cities. It is to be officially launched in September, 2010 after years of preparation with the World e-Government Mayors Forum 2008 and the World Cities CIO Forum 2009.

To know more about World e-Governments Organization, you can visit http://www.we-gov.org/

Photo courtesy: World e-Governments Organization

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