International experts highly praised preparations of the Ulyanovsk region to host the IV WeGO General Assembly

Representatives of the World e-Governments Organization of Cities and Local Governments (WeGO) have visited the region with a working visit.

 It is worth mentioning that this globally-recognized event will take place in Ulyanovsk on June 27-30. Over 300 experts from more than 60 countries of the world, including Spain, Canada, the USA, Indonesia, Israel, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Mongolia, and Mexico will participate in it.

Participants of the assembly will discuss issues connected with implementation of modern intelligent technologies in priority spheres and their availability to all world citizens. Round tables and forums will take place within the event. In addition, it is planned to hold the third ceremony of WeGO Smart Sustainable City Awards.

Upon the initiative of the Governor Sergey Morozov, the e-Government infrastructure is being actively developed in the Ulyanovsk region.

“It is necessary to do everything possible so that all industries, including healthcare, housing and utility and education, will use the newest technologies. Even people from the farthest corners of our district should not have to come to the regional center in order to receive specific services. We are building Santor, a city in Zavolzhye where only the most modern technologies in the field of medicine, education and transport will be used. But it does not mean that these developments will not ve implemented in other municipalities. Our task is to share successful experience on use of "smart technologies" in the whole territory of the region. For this purpose, the Smart Region concept is under development, which is consistent with the Ulyanovsk Region's development strategy untill 2030. International experts, who will come to the region in June, will also participate in the discussion. It is a great honor to welcome members and guests from more than one hundred cities of the world. Within the IV WeGO General Assembly we are planning to talk about the best practices on development of "smart cities" and the issues that people have to face while implementing this concept”, - Sergey Morozov noted.

WeGO unites city governments in the countries from all over the world that are interested in improving the quality of life of the people through e-government and information technologies. The Ulyanovsk region has been actively cooperating with the World Organization since 2010, and in 2013, the region was chosen as its European regional office.

“We were impressed that the Smart Region project, which is planned to be implemented in the Ulyanovsk region, involves many important aspects of life such as ecology, housing and public utilities, education and many others. The upcoming event will help to reveal the problems faced by the countries that are developing the IT sphere, and Ulyanovsk may become the platform for exchange of experience in the field of "smart cities". As far as we know, the Ulyanovsk region is among the TOP-3 innovative regions of Russia. We were impressed by the initiatives that were presented to us, for example, during our visit to the Nanocenter”, - commented the WeGO Secretary General Dr. Young-sook Nam.

Delegates from Korea visited venues where the event will take place and examined hotels where participants and guests of the forthcoming Assembly will live. Dr. Young-sook Nam, the Director of the organization David Ham, the Senior Programme Coordinator Yonbiel Cho, Coordinators of Programmes Anthony Levero and Alexandra Sidorova were introduced to the work of Ulyanovsk NanoCenter, examined the special economic zone in Zavolzhye and the DMG MORI plant. They also held a number of meetings with representatives of the Ulyanovsk Regional Government and the Directorate of sporting and mass participation events, which is in charge of preparing for the General Assembly. According to the Directorate, the Hilton hotel, which has two conference rooms for 350 people each, was selected as the venue to hold the WeGO event. The issues connected with equipment for platforms are being addressed.

As the Chairman of the regional Government Alexander Smekalin has noted, the Ulyanovsk concept of "Smart region" will be presented at the General Assembly.

“Our region participates in the WeGO Award competition on a regular basis, and representative of the Ulyanovsk Higher School are members of its Judicial Commission. We are sure that holding such an important event will allow to involve international experts in discussion of the Smart Region concept, which is being developed upon the request of the Governor Sergey Morozov. In the nearest future, we will be able to change life of citizens. We will create modern parking spaces, people will be able to check their houses' condition while being away thanks to remote access technologies (metering devices will automatically read data and transfer it to processing centers), and street lighting will be "smart" and cost-effective too. Our citizens will not have to stand in queues as they will receive state services without the need to leave their houses”, - said Svetlana Openysheva, the IT-Ambassador of the Ulyanovsk region, the Head of the regional state public institution "Government for Citizens".

As a reference

Today WeGO includes 115 cities from different countries of the world - North America and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East. Russia is represented by three cities (Moscow, Vladivostok, Yakutsk) and the Ulyanovsk region.

The Secretary General of WeGO Europe Regional Office is Svetlana Openysheva.

In 2010, the General Assembly of the World Organization took place in Seoul (Korea), in 2012 - in Barcelona (Spain), in 2014 - to Chengdu (China).