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Saturday, 26 June 2010, 18:28 HKT/SGT

Source: Singapore International Water Week (SIWW)
When Business Forums Really Mean Business: Water Leaders Tap Opportunities in $483 Billion World Water Market

SIWW, Singapore, June 26, 2010 - (ACN Newswire) - Next week, water leaders, industry players, investors and experts are expected to converge at Singapore International Water Week's highly anticipated country forums to advance top level exchange of knowledge and insights, and formulate possible solutions that could address the world's pressing water challenges. Many of these solutions will transform into viable business opportunities, ultimately boosting the value of the world water market currently estimated to be worth nearly US $500 billion.

As one of the pillar events of the Singapore International Water Week, the Business Forums have left an indelible mark as a business catalyst and growth engine as it opens up immense business networking, partnership formation, and deal-making opportunities in leading water markets in Americas, China, Europe, Australia, India, Japan, Middle East and North Africa, and Southeast Asia. Top billed by over 80 eminent speakers and distinguished industry experts from both the public and private sectors, each of the eight business forums will engage attendees in enriching and eye opening discussions on upcoming water projects, development hotspots, industry trends and policies from different market perspectives.

A recent Global Water Market Report from Global Water Intelligence has revealed that global mega-trends such as urbanisation, scarcity, and environmental protection have placed the water industry at its tipping point, heavily impacting the ever increasing demand for this precious resource. This year's business forums will provide the platform to capture key market opportunities while addressing these challenges.

"With the plethora of innovative solutions and global best practices that are available for participants in the Business Forum series, fuelled by the spirit of international cooperation and collaboration, we are optimistic of a bright future for the world water industry. The high level of expertise and experience present at the Business Forums will help countries adopt a glo-cal approach in their own water management programs - leveraging global best practices, while still making them relevant to the unique water needs of the local market," said Michael Toh, Managing Director of Singapore International Water Week.

Some 300 attendees in the highly anticipated China Business Forum are expected to leverage on key market intelligence and business outlook drivers in the RMB1 trillion China water sector. Increased government financing and support as well as existing policy and regulatory frameworks will be the China Business Forum's central themes. Accelerated water demand resulting from population explosion, rapid urbanization and increased agricultural and irrigation activities have pushed the demand for sustainable water projects in this emerging superpower.

Meanwhile, join the Australia Business Forum to learn how to get in with one of the world's top five spenders on desalination and water reuse. With huge swings in climactic conditions and strict environmental regulations, Australia can be an extremely challenging market to work in. Fortunately, the Australian Federal Government's generous A$12.9 billion "Water for the Future" water management and reform water policy framework makes this all worthwhile. Companies can look forward to projects ranging from small systems serving rural townships, to mega state-sponsored projects, as part of this serious national effort to ensure long term water sustainability in the world's driest inhabited continent.

In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, water is increasingly becoming scarce. As such industry speakers from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of Bahrain, Egypt, Morocco, Sultanate of Oman, and the United Arab Emirates will focus on water reuse and opportunities in the water and wastewater industry in the MENA business forum.

On the other hand, the India Business Forum will highlight the importance of public and private partnerships in developing sustainable water solutions for the world's second most populous country. A distinguished panel of top brass from the Indian government and industry players will converge in the forum to develop synergistic approaches in solving India's water problems.

Industry leaders and water experts in the Americas, Europe, Japan, business forums are expected to facilitate knowledge and insight sharing, showcase innovative technologies, and cover market opportunities while ministers and government leaders responsible for the development and management of water supply and resources in South East Asia (SEA) will tackle solutions that will provide clean and affordable water in this region within the SEA Business Forum.

A premiere networking event, the Business Forum series will be held on June 30 and July 1. In addition to sharing market perspectives, the eight business forums will host the signing of several memoranda of understanding by water bodies and commercial entities to boost development of water solutions and infrastructure.

About Singapore International Water Week (SIWW)

The Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) is the global platform to share and co-create innovative water solutions. The biennial event gathers stakeholders from the global water industry to share best practices, showcase the latest technologies and tap business opportunities. SIWW is part of the strategic programme of the Singapore Government to grow the water industry and develop water technologies.

Held in between the main SIWW editions, the SIWW Spotlight series are exclusive by-invitation events to continue the dialogue from SIWW and foster ongoing exchanges on pressing challenges faced by the water industry worldwide. This meeting of minds focuses on critical issues and discussions in greater depth, where the outcomes will shape the programme and content for SIWW.

These events are organised by Singapore International Water Week Pte Ltd, a company set up by Singapore's Ministry of the Environment & Water Resources and PUB, Singapore's national water agency. The 7th Singapore International Water Week will be held in conjunction with the 5th World Cities Summit and the 3rd CleanEnviro Summit Singapore, from 10 - 14 July 2016 at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. For more information, visit www.siww.com.sg.

Aaron Yeo
Burson Marsteller for Singapore International Water Week
Tel: +65 6829 9333
Email: [email protected]

Sally Toh
Singapore International Water Week 
Tel: +65 6731 3108
Email: [email protected]

Source: Singapore International Water Week (SIWW)

Topic: Trade Show or Conference
Sectors: Water, Environment, Daily News
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