Largest delegation of Israeli water technology companies in India
Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) explores possibilities of using advanced Israeli technologies in its water-supply to the city
Mumbai, March 12, 2011: Senior officials of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) discussed possibility of using the latest Israeli water technologies with the Israeli government officials accompanying a delegation of 17 Israeli companies in Mumbai. In a seminar organized in Mumbai, Israeli companies made presentations about their capabilities and held a number of meetings with Indian companies. Additional Municipal Commissioner Mr. Rajiv Jalota inaugurated the seminar along with Israel’s Consul General Mrs. Orna Sagiv. Last year MCGM and the Government of Israel signed a joint declaration for cooperation in the area of water management.
In the last few years, Israel has emerged as a world leader in water management and technologies. Israel recycles more than 80% of water which will go up to 95% by the end of this year. Israeli companies have invented numerous water technologies in the fields of drip irrigation, desalination, reverse-osmosis, water metering, security of water projects etc. Israel has world’s largest desalination plant at Ashkelon. Israel is very keen in providing end to end solutions and technology transfer. Israel NewTech is a national program aimed at promoting Israel’s water and sustainable energy sectors. Israel NewTech helps to advance the water and sustainable energy sectors by supporting academia and research, encouraging implementation in the local market, and by helping Israeli companies succeed in the international arena.
“MCGM faces the herculean task of supplying safe and secured water to Mumbai. We are very keen to explore possibility of using advanced Israeli technologies to improve quality of our service” said Mr. Rajiv Jalota, Additional Municipal Commissioner, Mumbai.
Ms. Orna Sagiv, Consul General of Israel, Mumbai, said, “In the last few years water management and recycling has acquired prominence all over the world; particularly countries like India. Israel has lot to offer and learn from the Indian experience in water management. There is tremendous potential for bilateral cooperation.”
Mr. Elad Gafni, Consul for Economic Affairs said “Israel is one of the world’s most important innovation hubs, especially in the water sector and we are happy that the India Pvt. Sector companies can understand the technologies and help create effective solutions in the space of Water conservation and Management”
Following Mumbai, the delegation will visit Kerala and New Delhi.