Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) of South Korea, with the support of World Bank’s Smart Cities KSB and Korea-World Bank Partnership Facility hosted, from September 04-08, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea, World Smart City Summit and Smart City Week.
Two UPP city representatives from Rijeka (Croatia) and Belgrade (Serbia), had the opportunity to join this important event and hear about different infrastructure development projects and outcomes, smart solutions, as well as to exchange and share experiences with other countries worldwide. Rijeka presented smart city approach to Open Data Portal, iURBAN & MySMARTLife, while Belgrade had a presentation on Beokom center and it’s smart solutions related to Aggregation Web Portal with Additional Modules and Mobile Apps.
Korea Smart Cities Study Week was opened with an introductory speech by representatives of Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT), followed by the key note from Professor Joengo Kim on "Urban Transformation as an Opportunity for Economic Prosperity in Environmental Sustainability". Participants learned that 55% of the world's population currently lives in cities and accounts for 70% of GDP; forecasts show that by 2050 90% of people will live in urban areas. It is, therefore, crucial that urban environments strive for smart solutions to respond to current challenges such as: climate change, continued population growth, infrastructure, education and population health, management development that needs to respond to challenges.
Participants had the opportunity to meet with the business community and discuss their smart solutions from different fields. City representative from Rijeka had a chance to present and exchange experiences with representatives from Korea Water Resources Corporation on Rijeka’s project Water Agglomeration, which is in the process of preparation and its total value is about 1.8 billion Kuna (over 24 mil EUR), mostly financed by EU funds. Both UPP city representatives presented the SMART city concepts from their respective cities as well as ongoing SMART projects.
Participants participated in interesting and informative study tour featuring a number of smart projects, including: e-Seoul net, Seoul portal, Mobile Seoul, CCTV integrated system, Seoul public wifi, 120 call centers, Seoul Smart Complaint Reporting System, mVoting, Citizen Participatory Budget Project ,Seoul's Big Data based Services - 24 projects selected in four sectors: transport, health, economics and management, and emphasized the importance of transparency of data for all users - including citizens.
During the conference, participants attended the WSCW (World smart city week) where they listened to a series of exciting presentations on the experiences of Korean cities as well as cities around the world in implementing smart city solutions to improve citizens' services. Significant event was the signing of the MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) between the World Bank and the Government of the Republic of Korea. By signing the MoU Work Plan, the MoLIT and the World Bank have agreed to support clients by developing a Global Smart City Solution Portal, providing just-in-time technical assistance, facilitating smart city study tours and customized knowledge exchange, among many other activities.
UPP participants appreciated learning about the experiences of Korean cities in the implementation of the full spectrum of diverse smart city solutions, visiting locations that are providing smart city services, and exchange of experiences with other participants on their smart solutions. These experiences and learnings are very valuable for developing future ideas and new smart solutions that could be implemented in the UPP cities as well as for current solutions that could be improved.