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Israeli Water Experts Receive Warm Reception in India
22/02/2016
Dr. Sarah Elhanany, Director of Water Quality Division and of the National Water Monitoring Laboratory, Israel Water authority, and Jonathan Raz, expert in the field of irrigation and water for agriculture, met with water experts, government officials and industry leaders

Israeli water experts Dr. Sarah Elhanany, Director of Water Quality Division and of the National Water Monitoring Laboratory, Israel Water authority, and Jonathan Raz, expert in the field of irrigation and water for agriculture, recently returned from a two week tour of India, which was organized by Israel’s Foreign Ministry.

Noa Amsalem, Israel’s head of water and agriculture Sector at the Economic and Trade mission in New Delhi, explained how this visit is one milestone in the developing cooperation between Israel and India in the water arena: “Only a couple of weeks ago India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Sawaraj visited Israel, and she and Prime Minister Netanyahu discussed the cooperation between the two nations in the water arena.  Moreover, Israel will be India’s partner country this April in India Water Week in New Delhi.  We are working closely with Israel NewTech to make sure that Israeli water companies will get the most out of the event, a stage to showcase their technology, free access to the Indian market, B2B meetings and accesabilty to key figures among India’s policy makers. This water tour with the experts was one in a series of events that is raising the level of interest towards India Water Week.”

Elhanany and Raz met with hundreds of water experts, government officials and industry leaders, during their tour which included events and meetings in New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. The flagship event in Delhi was a seminar attended by over 100 participants in the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry(FICCI), and their visit also included meetings with the Central Water Commission (CWC) in India, the PHED-Public Health Engineering Ministry in Rajasthan (which is responsible for providing drinking water for all 80 million residents of the state of Rajasthan state), a round table with the Chamber of Indian Industry and many others.

“The Israeli story is very inspiring to the Indian audience,” explains Amsalem. “Our experts told audiences how Israel has gone from a desert country, to one in which we actually have a surplus of water today. Indian water professionals are looking to Israel to understand what steps government, and industry, can take to make a similar transition.”

According to Amsalem, the efforts made by the Ministry of Economy, Israel NewTech and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs over the past few years to forge cooperation between Israel and India are already bearing fruit. There are a number of Israeli water companies active in India, and their numbers are growing.

 

Source: Israel NewTech

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