The Israeli Economic Office in Berlin and Israel NewTech conducted activity at the beginning of this month at the 8th Annual Conference of the German Water Partnership (GWP) in Berlin. The objective was twofold – encouraging German-Israeli cooperation in the water sector, and promoting the WATEC event.
The GWP is a joint initiative of the German private and public sectors, combining commercial enterprises, scientific institutions and water-related associations, with the aim of making the German engineering, know-how and experience in the water sector easily available to partners and clients all over the world. Five federal ministries, as well as institutions like Germany Trade and Invest, GIZ and KFW are strong partners in this network, cooperating in the water arena.
The annual conference event started off with a key note address by Mr. Gunther Adler, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, after which representatives the five partner ministries held a panel discussion, each one adding his ministry’s perspective regarding the programs, tools and support concerning the export of German water expertise.
Beyond the conference and exhibition, the event included opportunities for networking at a dinner event and coffee breaks. The conference included four different panel discussions covering the following topics: Innovation – project examples for water 4.0, capacity development, economic and development cooperation and energy efficiency in the water sector.
Israel NewTech hosted a booth at the exhibition area to promote WATEC, which will take place in October in Tel Aviv. “This is just one more opportunity to promote the event, as we have been doing throughout the world,” says Adi Yefet, head of the water sector at Israel NewTech. “We believe 2015 will be the biggest WATEC to date.”
Ms. Hemdat Sagi, the Economic Attaché at the Israeli Embassy in Berlin summarized the event: “The GWP was an excellent platform to promote the Israeli water industry with a local partner which incorporates 350 German firms. The innovative solutions of the Israeli water industry act as a perfect complement to the German industry needs, which has many needs in this field, such as water security and wastewater treatment amongst others. The combination of Israeli technology and marketing abilities of German firms create a combination with high chances of success. We hope that contacts that have been established throughout the event will lead to collaboration and success stories between the countries”.
Ms. Christine von Lonski, General Manager of the German Water Partnership was happy to host the event in this the 50th anniversary of German-Israeli diplomatic relations: “The Israeli water industry is highly innovative and, together with German expertise, we would welcome conducting projects together around the world. We were very happy that Israel Newtech presented at our annual conference and are looking forward to further collaboration.”