Mayor of Tallinn Mihhail Kõlvart visited Seoul on the invitation of its Mayor Park Won-soon. The mayors had a meeting on 30 September. Mr Kõlvart will attend the roundtable of mayors that begins on Tuesday as part of the Smart Cities Summit in Seoul where he is one of the keynote speakers at the opening panel of the conference.
At Monday’s meeting the Mayor of Seoul Park Won-soon showed Mr
Kõlvart the Digital Mayor’s Office of Seoul where the Mayor and
other city executives have a live feed of everything what is
going on in the city.
“Like Seoul, Tallinn has invested a lot in e-services and we
have access to similar data and provide even more services.
However, in our city, data is not presented in such a compact,
centralised and openly accessible manner like in Seoul. I
believe we should act quickly in this regard,” noted Mr Kõlvart
based on what he had seen in the South Korean capital.
Mr Won-soon complimented the Mayor of Tallinn for attending
such an important forum for Seoul and contributing to the
development of relations between the two cities. The Mayor of
Seoul bestowed the title ‘Honorary Citizen of Seoul’ upon Mr
Mr Won-soon visited Tallinn last October to learn about our
country’s e-solutions and the city’s e-services as well as
opportunities for cooperation, especially in areas like
digitalisation, smart cities, e-governance, innovative
cybersecurity solutions and the like. Now the Mayor of Tallinn
has the opportunity to do the same in Seoul and present
Tallinn’s achievements in the field of IT to a wider audience.
The Mayor’s four-day visit to Seoul includes two conference
days and high-level meetings with the Mayor of Seoul and the
Speaker of the Korean Parliament as well as learning about the
urban development projects of Seoul like remodelling of
outdated urban spaces, novel transport solutions, circular
Mr Kõlvart will be back in Tallinn on Friday evening. During
the Mayor’s foreign visit, he will be substituted by Deputy
Mayor Kalle Klandorf.