AHK Sri Lanka organizes the first German-Sri Lankan Water Week

The Delegation of German Industry and Trade in Sri Lanka, in cooperation with the German Water Partnership (GWP), organized the first ever German-Sri Lankan Water Week 2022 from June 27 to July 1 to supporting the Sri Lankan water sector. the increasing pollution of Sri Lanka’s water resources and resulting health problems, as well as the country’s political commitment to ensure a national supply of clean water by 2025.

As part of the export initiative for environmental technologies of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection, the German-Sri Water Week -lankaise is part of the German Ministry’s long-term plans to support green technology development and encourage investment in a more environmentally friendly society.

The know-how transfer initiative aims to build capacity within the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) of Sri Lanka with the aim of developing a sustainable drinking water supply and sanitation system.

The German-Sri Lankan Water Week was held recently in the presence of German experts and decision-makers from the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB). At the June 28 virtual conference, the Chairman of the National Water Supply and Drainage Board briefed industry stakeholders on the future of the water sector in Sri Lanka.

A panel of German experts consisting of Frank Braunschweig (Product Management Director, Water Industry Solutions at Bentley Systems), Angeli Büttner (Keynote Speaker, KLIMA.connection representative) and Michael Kersting (Head of Development sales representative at Hermann Sewerin GmbH) presented their technologies and gave an overview of trends in the water sector.

The high-level conference covered topics such as digitalization in the water sector and digital twin solutions, sustainable stormwater management and green-blue solutions, and leak detection technologies.

Following the conference, a virtual site visit of DIMO (Pvt) Ltd was organized, where Chandima Samarasinghe representing DIMO presented a private sector perspective on the water sector in Sri Lanka and its business practices.

The networking dinner and evening on June 29 provided an exclusive platform for industry players to exchange ideas on the latest trends and developments in the water sector.

Over the next month, 25 employees of the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) of Sri Lanka will undergo a series of trainings under the supervision of German industry experts to improve technical knowledge and accelerate the development of a sustainable system. drinking water supply and sanitation in Sri Lanka.

Candidates who successfully complete the training will receive the “German Water Certificate” issued by the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Sri Lanka (AHK Sri Lanka) and the German Water Partnership (GWP). AHK Sri Lanka is committed to expanding its support in the field of environmental technologies.

AHK Sri Lanka will launch a specialized water sector committee with the participation of renowned companies in the sector. The initiative aims to strengthen the participation and contribution of industry leaders to ongoing work in the water sector.

James R. Rhodes