Mayor Herbert M. Bautista led Quezon City officials in welcoming the delegates, along with national government executives and mayors of other Philippine cities. Aside from the mayor, other speakers include the Secretary General of WeGO, Mr. Kyong-yul Lee, Information and Communications Technology Acting Secretary Eliseo M. Rio, and Interior and Local Government Usec. Epimaco Densing III.
Mayor Bautista delivered keynote address during the formal opening of the three-day event where he presented Quezon City’s best practices in information and communication technology towards a smart city. The mayor also presented WeGO secretary general Kyong-yul Lee with the symbolic key to the city.
The Excom was held at the Seda Vertis North, the latest luxury hotel in Quezon City's new central business district, while the Summit took place at the ABS CBN Tent also at Vertis North.
The event will run under the theme of "Advocating for Smart Sustainable Cities through Innovation and Collaboration" and bring together various urban players and stakeholders from the national and local government, private sector, academic institutions, as well as international development organizations.
Expected to fly in to participate in the event are officials from Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, Beyoglu in Turkey, Chengdu in China, Jakarta in Indonesia, Khartoum and East Nile Locality in Sudan, Mexico City, Nairobi in Kenya, Seberang Peral in Malaysia, Seoul and Goyang in South Korea, Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia, Ulyanovsk Region in Russia, Sao Paulo in Brazil, Maputo in Mozambique, Bizarte in Tunisia, and Sundarharaicha in Nepal.
Quezon City is a member organization of WeGO, an international cooperative body of cities and local governments focused on pursuing sustainable city development based on e-Government. WeGO currently has 142 member cities and 3 friendship members across all continents. The WeGO Secretariat is hosted by the President City Seoul (South Korea) and has two Regional Offices in Chengdu (China) and the Ulyanovsk Region (Russia) that help advance the organization's mission in their respective regions.
Other member cities from the Philippines include Makati, Baguio, and La Union.
The WeGO Executive Committee Meeting is an annual event where members of the WeGO Executive Committee gather to deliberate and decide on key agenda that will help set WeGO's future direction and achieve its three-year strategic plan. Aside from the main EXCOM Meeting, WeGO will be organizing workshops, matchmaking meetings, and technical and cultural tours of Quezon City for participants.
During the plenary sessions, sharing their smart city initiatives will be: Dato Sr Hj Rozali bin Hj Mohamud, Municipal President of Seberang, Perai, Malaysia; Mr. Rodrigo Silva who is the Secretary of the Secretariat of International Affairs of Sao Paulo, Brazil; Mr. Setiaji who is the head of Jakarta’s Smart City Management Unit; and Mr. Carlos Alejandro Ibarra Cisneros, who is the Executive Director and Official to the Mayor of Mexico City.
Sessions on Multi-stakeholder Partnerships were held for which the panelists included Ms. Mia Mary Sebastian who is the Deputy Executive Director of the Philippines’ Public-Private Partnership Center; Ms. Joy Bailey who is the Urban Resiliency Specialist of the Asian Development Bank; and Ms. Alizee Rousset who is the Program Officer of WeGO.