A contribution by Aulia Rahman, Water Portal Manager of the Indonesia Water Portal (IWP)
The IndoWater Expo was held by the organizers as a venue for water industry players to meet, exchange ideas, explain new innovations, and establish broader business relationships.
Last week, precisely on 17-19 July 2019, I had the opportunity to visit Jakarta, to attend the annual exhibition and expo of the water industry and waste water treatment. For me, that moment was one I waited for three months after joining the Indonesia Water Portal (IWP) team. Although we are based in different cities; I am based in Surabaya-East Java, and Rangga, IWP Program Manager, is based in Semarang-Central Java; the IWP team remained enthusiastic and excited about working on this “offline” digital project together. Since mostly, when we were doing our own work, we focused on the coordination and execution of several running programs separately based on our own task. I am responsible to enrich the content and develop other strategies related to the field of communication. So, this time with Rangga, we will collaborate for the first time.
Repeating who we are a bit, IWP itself is a digital service from The Water Agency (TWA), a company specializing in network orchestration, especially in water and maritime sector networks. In short, the IWP team has an agenda to expand the network in the water industry by meeting each of these industry players at the 2019 IndoWater Expo & Forum (https://www.indowater.com/), specifically we are looking for potential opportunities to gain new networks from the participants. The Expo, and its several side forums, was held by the organizers as a venue for water industry players to meet, exchange ideas, explain new innovations, and establish broader business relationships.
This year IndoWater was claimed to be attended by 206 companies and organizations from several countries. 183 of them are from countries in Asia, such as Singapore, China, Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, India, and South Korea. The rest was attended by the United States, the Netherlands, Hungary, Germany, Italy, Austria, France, Switzerland, and Turkey, as well as the United Kingdom. The exhibition was due to be opened by the Republic of Indonesia President Joko Widodo, but because of other agenda, the Republic of Indonesia Vice President Jusuf Kalla opened the series of 3 days on Wednesday 17 July 2019. The Vice President opened all the series of exhibitions, noted there was other thematic expo held by the same organizers, namely IndoSecurity (security sector exhibition), IndoEnergy (energy sector exhibition), IndoWaste (waste handling exhibition), and IndoSmartCity (smart city technology exhibition).
For 3 days we went to almost every booth, and attended several seminars. For us, the main agenda is to establish contact with the water industry and its processing and the expo provided us with many potentials. These sectors, water and waste water, are important because water access is one of the pillars of a total of 17 pillars of Sustainable Development Goals, and providing access to clean water meaning that waste water need to be managed properly as well. From hundreds of participants, we found 24 companies / entities that could be explored further in terms of technology transfer cooperation, education, and awareness of water issues, and the potential for cooperation with the PPP (public private partnership) scheme we have in mind.
For the next few months, IWP will participate in other expos such as Water Indonesia and IWWEF 2019 and make sure our agenda is aligned with the sector and with the sustainable development goals. We look forward to meet you at any of these future events!
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