The Israel Embassy in Accra yesterday launched the 2015 Water Technologies and Environ-mental Control (WATEC) international exhibition and conference, and called on players in the water industry to take advantage of the programme to seek business partners and access Israel’s new technologies in water management and treatment.
WATEC is a biennial exhibition by the Israeli government to showcase the country’s modern technologies in the area of water, energy and environment.
This year’s event is scheduled to take place in Tel Aviv, from October 13 to 15 and is expected to attract more than 100 companies and 27,000 visitors and exhibitors in the water value chain.
Speaking at a breakfast meeting, which was used to launch the programme, the Deputy Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing, Sampson Ahi, lauded the Israeli government for the inroads the country was making in the water, energy and environment sector.
He was excited about the technologies the country had developed to treat waste water for agricultural purpose, adding that Israel’s continuous investment to develop modern facilities to manage, treat and conserve water was commendable.
Mr Ahi said the dwindling water resources across the globe, which had come about as a result of climate change, had created the need for new technologies in the management and use of water resources.
The deputy minister pledged Ghana’s commitment to partner Israel to address the water challenges facing the country, adding that, “We hope to deepen the cordial relationship between our two countries and also rely on the water technology and expertise of Israel.”
He said Israel had been supportive of Ghana in implementing her water, sanitation and hygiene programme, and the provision of potable water, saying “this is demonstrated by the number of Israeli firms that are already involved in the development of water infrastructure in the country.”
The deputy minister entreated companies to take advantage of the programme to strike business deals and expand their business portfolios.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Adin Holdings Israel, Raanan Adin said Israel’s inroad in the water sector was through research, education and investment from both the government and private sector.
He said in view of the fact that Israel was a desert country and had sparse rainfall, the government decided to explore all forms of water sources – underground, rainfall, surface and sea water — to provide potable drinking water for the people.
Mr Adin called for regulations and policies to define the country’s water industry, saying “standards are a major driving force in the development of the water industry in Israel”.
Israel’s Ambassador to Ghana, Ami Mehl said although water accounted for 97 per cent of the universe, only three per cent of water resources was usable.
He said Israel lacked fresh water resources and the country had to develop innovative and modern technologies to harness water.
Israel, the Ambassador said, had established large desalination plants to treat sea water for consumption and was currently one of the countries with leading water technologies.
Mr. Mehl said the exhibition and conference was to expose the world to the water, energy and environmental technologies Israel had developed and also help the participants to seek business partners and strike business deals in the water sector.
By Kingsley Asare