(photo credit: Sharon Udasin)
Israel signed agreements with Taiwan and Kenya on the sidelines of the WATEC
2011 conference this week, which will see it increase water-technology
cooperation with both countries.
The three-day international exhibition
and conference on water, renewable energy and environmental control began
Tuesday in Tel Aviv. This is the sixth year the exhibition has been been
Industry, Trade and Labor Ministry Director-General Sharon Kedmi
and Taiwanese Vice Minister of Economy Jung-Chiou Hwang had signed two memoranda
of understanding in the fields of water technologies and small and medium
businesses on Wednesday.
The water agreement encompasses the fields of
resource management, water purification, wastewater treatment, recycling and
reuse, and irrigation.
Cooperation exist through exchange of experts and
scholars, exchange of technologies and data, and conduct of joint
Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Shalom Simhon and Kenyan
Prime Minister Raila Odinga agreed Tuesday that Israel would assist the East
African country in the areas of water-management technology, drip irrigation and
Israel had conquered the desert, he said, adding
that climate change presented a wake-up call for Kenya in everything related to
the way it manages its water.
Odinga also called for the two countries to
expand bilateral trade.
WATEC also provided an opportunity for the
expansion Israel’s ties with Moldova. National Infrastructures Minister Uzi
Landau and Moldovan Deputy Environment Minister Rodion Bajureanu discussed water
Bajureanu said his country suffers from water-shortage
issues, but Israel has already found solutions through desalination and sewage