South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in has welcomed IEC delegates to Busan. “At this General Meeting, I hope to gather insights into the role and contribution of standardization in responding to the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” he said.
Earlier, IEC President James Shannon officially opened the event, which is being attended by more than 3300 delegates from many of the IEC’s 171 member countries. Mr. Shannon said the IEC was committed to finding solutions to the challenges of the 21st century.
The theme of the 82nd General Meeting—smart cities and sustainable societies—makes Busan a particularly apt venue. Earlier this year, the Korean government announced the creation of an eco-friendly waterfront with an intelligent water circulation system would make Busan one of the country’s first smart cities.
The General Meeting consists of the meetings for the Standardization Management Board (SMB) and Conformity Assessment Board (CAB) as well as the Council Board and Council Open session. Technical committees are convening, while specific workshops have been developed for the Young Professionals and IEC Affiliate countries, among others.
In addition, the Market Strategy Board is organizing a seminar on artificial intelligence. This year, an IEC Regulator Forum is taking place on 23 to 24 October which will bring together around 150 regulators and industry experts to discuss how the IEC can provide support to regulators as they address the challenges and opportunities with renewable energy.
Alongside the General Meeting, IEC City Exhibition is taking place from 21 to 26 October. This exhibition showcases cutting edge technologies and standardization activities from over 30 exhibitors representing some of the key industry leaders in Korea.
It will include technical seminars on topic such as smart cities, automation and conformity assessment. The exhibition will also host the Standards Education Convention which will present global best practices in standards education carried out by universities and standardization organizations.
At the Convention, the winners of the IEC-IEEE-KATS Academic Challenge will present their papers. Award ceremonies for the Thomas Edison and Lord Kelvin prizes are also taking place.
The General Meeting is hosted by the IEC National Committee of South Korea, the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS). This is the second IEC General Meeting that KATS has hosted.