International collaboration: Dutch-Korean partnership

Dutch Smart Cities each have a different focus, be it sustainable building, mobility or circular economy. This is also the case for Korean Smart Cities. In the workshop we will explore Dutch and Korean Public and Private strengths and solutions and match Dutch cities with Korean cities to cooperate on the focused technology and solutions.



  • The Netherlands has ambitious plans for Smart Cities. And international cooperation with equally ambitious countries, such as Korea, is high on our agenda. The Presidential Special Committee on Smart City is looking for a few countries to work with in a strategic way. They have indicated that the Netherlands could be one of these countries. The Embassy in Seoul, DIO and RVO are currently looking into possibilities to facilitate multi-annual, public private cooperation on Smart Cities between both countries.
  • In the Netherlands, Dutch cities are taking the lead in their own Smart City Roadmap, and do so in close cooperation with great Dutch companies working on sustainable building, energy storage, etc.
  • The Netherlands has a strong tradition of cooperation between governments and private sector, as well as in involving citizens for more sustainable and livable cities. We are interested to cooperate between governments, private sectors and research institutes.
  • We can benefit from each other’s different but complementary technologies, solutions, expertise and other strengths. We would be happy to have an exchange on opportunities and explore the possibility to seal our ambitions with a bilateral agreement on Smart Cities cooperation in the future.
  • In Korea, President Moon has prioritized developing smart cities technologies under the framework of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Also, local elections were held in June 2018 and newly elected mayors in some mayor cities have ambitious Smart City plans. The Korean 2019 budget proposal calls for a spending increase of about 9.7 percent from last year’s initial budget, the biggest jump since the aftermath of the global financial crisis in 2009. Notable sectors are: urban regeneration and new city plans to revive economies and generate more jobs.
  • Busan and Sejong are the two flagship Smart City projects announced by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT). Daegu has won an important National Smart City Award. More projects are expected to be announced, as the government wants to supply housing due to surging house prices in Seoul. New city plans embrace new technologies such as IoT and new mobility.
  • As the Netherlands’ Smart City brand becomes stronger, there is more chance for business in such new technology and urban regeneration topics. Also, Korean companies want to utilize living labs in the Netherlands in order to have a globally recognizable pilot record.



  • Dutch cities who want to get acquainted with South Korean cities and their solutions
  • Companies looking for (or already working with Korea) growth business,
  • Companies who want to bring South Korean solutions to Europe


Facilitator Information

Bas van Beers – CEO Fringe


International collaboration: Dutch-Korean partnership
Insight room

Bas van Beers
+316 47 97 04 67