DUTCH COMPANIES PARTICIPATING AT WISA: PREPARING TO “BREAK BOUNDARIES AND CONNECT IDEAS"
The Kingdom of the Netherlands in South Africa continues to pledge their support to the local water sector through their proud participation in the WISA conference of 2018- the largest bi-annual water conference in Southern Africa.
During the three day conference from 24-27 June, key stakeholders from the water sector of the Kingdom of the Netherlands will be involved in the following initiatives as part of the formal WISA conference programme:
Hosting an informative workshop on co-creating solutions for industrial water re-use
Co-hosting a workshop with the National Department of Water and Sanitation on the Kingfisher Project relating to cooperation between South Africa and the Netherlands to co-create sustainable solutions for Water and Sanitation in a changing environment
Supporting a number of Dutch businesses and organizations with their individual water solution-focused workshops and abstracts
Hosting the Wetskills programme finals
The Kingdom of the Netherlands will furthermore be hosting a number of tailor-made matchmaking programs. This value-add offering is for the Netherlands participants forming part of the official trade delegation facilitated by the Netherlands Water Partnership. Through this matchmaking programme, Dutch and local companies will strategically be brought together to collaborate and co-create solutions for local water problems.
The conference organizers are excited to welcome Dutch water expertise and innovation to the WISA conference in Cape Town.
Jason Mingo, the chairman of WISA’s technical committee stated, “the need for collaboration in improving water management has never had more relevance given the current situation across South Africa. The partnership with the Netherlands and associated Dutch partners and government agencies is significant for sharing experiences, developing mutual trade benefits and co-creating a more water secure future. As such, a warm welcome is to be extended to the Dutch participants at the upcoming WISA 2018 biennial conference. The event provides a further opportunity to celebrate the commitment of the long standing partnership and respectful relationship that continues between the Dutch Government, through the Dutch Consul General, and the Western Cape Government.
The Dutch participation at WISA forms part of the campaign #cocreateSA, a platform for South African and Dutch counterparts to exchange ideas and innovations for a sustainable future.
The following Dutch companies have signed up for the conference and have begun their preparations for “breaking boundaries and connecting ideas
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