Following on the heels of the launch of the Israeli “Water City” in Shouguang, China, Israeli Minister of Economy Naftali Bennett attended the launch of another important initiative whose goal is to open doors for Israeli water companies in China.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed in the Jiangsu province by Ohad Cohen, Head of Foreign Trade Administration of Israel and Zhuo Lan, DG of Urban Planning DEP, Jiangsu.
Economic Attache to China Elad Gafni gave us his perspective on the signing: “This agreement is another step in the effort to step up the cooperation between Israel and China’s Jiangsu province. An R&D cooperation agreement was signed in 2011 and since then a number of joint projects have taken off. We believe this agreement will help even more Israeli water companies effectively penetrate the Jiangsu region, which holds tremendous potential in the water arena.”
Jiangsu is one of the most prosperous provinces in China. Even as it occupies 1% of the country’s area, it makes up 10% of the GDP. The decision of Minister Bennett to include Jiangsu in his current visit in China demonstrates the prominent place the province holds in the business collaboration with Israel.
However the effort invested by the Ministry of Economy and Israel NewTech to foster collaborations for Israeli companies did not end in Jiangsu. A seminar was held in Taipei, Taiwan on Friday November 28th, aimed at fostering closer cooperation in the area of water resources management for daily and industrial uses.
The China Post reported on the event:
Noting that water scarcity is a challenge faced by many countries, Yang Wei-fuu, director general of Taiwan’s Water Resources Agency, said that the seminar was an opportunity for participants from the two nations to explore potential future cooperation.
The seminar was organized by the Water Resources Agency and the Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei and brought representatives of seven Israeli water technology companies to meet with Taiwanese officials and businesspeople from the semiconductor, chemical, agriculture sectors amongst others.
The challenges facing Taiwan include growing industrial consumption, low water prices, over-pumping of ground water and severe reservoir sedimentation, he said.
To address these problems, Taiwan is making efforts to develop new water resources by reclaiming domestic and industrial wastewater and desalinating seawater–efforts that could prove important areas of cooperation with Israel, according to Chiang. 70% of water in the arid country comes from desalination, according to Niv Morag, manager of the Water, Oil and Gas Sector at the Israel Export and International Cooperation Institute.
To meet demands, Israel has also resorted to treatment, reuse, and smart management of water resources, he said.
Morag said the challenges facing Israel include figuring out how to lower costs and improve efficiency. Innovation and international cooperation are needed to address those problems, he added.
The participating companies from Israel also gave presentations of their products and solutions on waste wastewater treatment, water quality control and reducing leaks.
For the full China Post article click here.