Singapore International Water Week: Leaders Summit, Convention, Business Forums and Expo

By Mallika Naguran

Singapore, 10 June 2009. The 2nd Singapore International Water Week (22-26 June 2009) promises to hold new elements of learning, discovery – with the unveiling of new technologies and products - networking, sharing, and fun.

Held for the second year running in 2009, the Water Week is anchored by five flagship programmes, with the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize as the main highlight.

The other flagship programmes are:

Water Leaders Summit

Water Convention

Water Expo

Business Forums including one on “Financing for Water Infrastructure & Technologies”

Around 20 ministers from various countries, policymakers, industry leaders, experts and practitioners will gather in Singapore to address challenges, showcase technologies, discover opportunities and celebrate achievements in the water world.

Sixteen new technologies and products by leading water companies will be launched globally during this time, joined by 13 other innovations making their initial foray at the event.

Water Expo will be abuzz with 400 participating companies.

Water Expo will be abuzz with 400 participating companies.

The Water Expo is a major tradeshow that showcases the latest and widest range of products, services and water technologies over 12,000 sq m exhibition space with 400 participating companies from 26 countries/regions. Water Expo 2009 will also feature four country/regional pavilions from Singapore, Europe, Japan and Taiwan.

Other highlights of this year’s Water Week include:

The opening of Changi Water Reclamation Plant - the heart of PUB’s Deep Tunnel Sewerage System.

The 7th Ministers’ Forum on Infrastructure Development for the Asia Pacific Region

International Water Association’s 6th Leading-Edge Conference on Water and Wastewater Technologies (LET), held in conjunction with the Water Convention.Expanding the networking opportunities and widening the knowledge exchange at the Water Week are more than 60 co-located events.They include MOU signings, conferences, ceremonies, launches and receptions, such as the signing of R&D collaboration between Sembcorp Industries and Nanyang Technological University’s Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute.

The Don Quixote Fund winner will also be announced; this is a fund set up by Dr Andrew Benedek, winner of the inaugural Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize last year.

Three new R&D centres will also be opened during the Water Week giving a major boost to the growing R&D sector in Singapore. They include the Nitto Denko Water Membrane Technical Centre, National University of Singapore-GE Singapore Water Technology Centre and CDM's Neysadurai Technical Centre for Integrated Water Resources and Urban Planning.In addition, Toray Industries, Inc and Optiqua Technologies will announce the opening of Toray Water Technology Laboratory and Optiqua Research Centre respectively.


But it's not all work and no play. In tandem with the Water Week there will be local and international water competitions such as:

Singapore International Water Festival (20-21 June)

Singapore International Rowing Championship (21-25 June)

Singapore Dragon Boat Festival (27-28 June)

Singapore River Festival (19-27 June)

There's a day open to the public for all to learn the Singapore water story at the Singapore Pavilion, Water Expo. This will be on 25 June. 

Photographs courtesy of PUB.

About the Singapore International Water Week 2009

The Singapore International Water Week 2009 will be held from 22 and 26 June at Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre. The theme is Sustainable Cities – Infrastructure and Technologies for Water.

Go to Singapore International Water Week for more details.

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