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Water agreement ensures mutually beneficial knowledge and expertise transfer

Monday, 08 August 2016

South Australian know how will help ensure clean water for one of the world’s largest populations following the signing of an agreement in India tonight.

The Confederation of Indian Industry, Triveni Water Institute (Triveni) and South Australia’s Water Industry Alliance (WIA) will sign the agreement in Delhi this evening that will see the groups work together on water industry development and share latest technologies.

The agreement’s signing establishes a basis for cooperation, collaboration and consultation between the CII and the WIA on issues of mutual interest. It will help ensure that South Australia’s world-class water related research, services and skills can contribute to Indian Government’s plan to rejuvenate the River Ganges and provide water security for the country.

Background

The agreement was announced by Minister for Investment and Trade Martin Hamilton-Smith today as he and a large South Australian delegation comprising 70 industry and education delegates visit India this week.

The focus of the mission is on growth opportunities in defence and advanced manufacturing, water and environment management, resources and energy, higher education and skills training, premium food and wine, health, sports, tourism and culture.

Triveni is a centre of excellence on water and wastewater management. It’s responsible for projects that examine water risks using state-of-the-art tools and techniques. Triveni organises key water technology events in India, including the annual Water Innovation Summit.

The Water Industry Alliance leads a globally recognised hub of water expertise and research in South Australia. The WIA’s membership includes expertise on the environment, rural and urban water and wastewater, including research, policy and governance, consulting, technology, manufacturing and operations.

The India mission contributes to the State Government’s economic priority of building international connections and engagement.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Investment and Trade Martin Hamilton-Smith

South Australia is a leader in many areas of water management. We are well placed to support international partners, like India, to help address challenging environmental and economic conditions.

Today’s signing is the latest in a series of agreements between South Australian and Indian entities that establish a basis for collaboration.

These existing relationships are based on mutually beneficial objectives to ensure we work cooperatively and share information.

Quotes attributable to South Australia’s Strategic Advisor for Water Opportunities Karlene Maywald

Expertise within South Australia can contribute to further improving water access and security for businesses and communities in India.

Today’s agreement is a great foundation to further develop engagement and create opportunities to explore technologies and encourage investment.