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Ex-diplomat appointed as WeGo secretary-general

All Headlines 15:40 July 02, 2018

SEOUL, July 2 (Yonhap) -- Lee Kyong-yul, a Korea National Diplomatic Academy professor, has been appointed as secretary-general of the World Smart Sustainable Cities Organization (WeGO), a Seoul-based international organization designed to help cities around the world pursue urban development based on e-government and information and communications technology (ICT), officials here said Monday.

Lee, 56, was a career diplomat who worked at the foreign ministry for 33 years, particularly in the trade, investment and ODA fields, and served as ambassador to Angola. He took part in the launch of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in 1989 and South Korea's entry into the OECD in 1996, the officials said.

"I'll further promote cooperation between world cities, and strengthen WeGo's international presence via Lee's appointment," WeGo President and Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon said.

Launched in 2010, the organization currently has 142 city members, including Moscow, Madrid and Mexico City.

Lee Kyong-yul

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