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China will be one of the eight business forums held on 25 June during the Water Week.

The China Business Forum this year will have strong support from leading global organization as well as China’s municipal and provincial levels that sent speakers to the forum to share their insights on the water policy framework, development trends and business opportunities in a bid to forge business partnerships during the week.

According to the World Bank, urban water services is an important part of China’s national economy and the annual capital investment in this sector accounted for about 0.4 percent of China’s GDP. According to the Worldwatch Institute, China has only eight per cent of global freshwater resources but 22 per cent of the world’s population.

Based on its 11th five-year plan, the Chinese government projected that the total investment in its water sector would amount to almost RMB1 trillion from 2006 to 2010. Of this, some RMB300 billion would be for investments in sewage and water reclamation projects, and RMB100 billion for rehabilitation of the water supply network and infrastructure.

Water and wastewater treatment capabilities are limited as well. . The 11th five-year plan seeks to control water pollution by raising sewage treatment and water reclamation rates, especially in the arid cities of the north.

In recent years, there has been strong cooperation between China and Singapore both at the government and private sector level and several Singapore water firms such as Hyflux and Sembcorp have made substantial inroads into the burgeoning China market.

The Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City Project by China’s MHURD and Singapore’s Ministry of National Development as well as the ZhangJiagang wastewater treatment plant, a water demonstration project between China’s MHURD and Singapore’s Ministry of Environment and Water Resources is one of the recent collaborations between the two countries. .

Hyflux is one of the pioneers in the water industry in China, and it has expanded steadily across the country since 1994. Hyflux is currently building Chinas largest desalination plant in Tianjin.
The S$155 million membrane-based project has a capacity of 100,000m3/day, using Hyflux’s proprietary ultra-filtration technology.

Hylux has also secured more than 40 water and wastewater treatment, water recycling and desalination plants in 26 provinces, with a combined designed capacity of more than 1.5million m3/day.

Sembcorp is operating China’s first wastewater treatment plant in Zhangjiagang, which is capable of treating high concentration wastewater directly from source without pre-treatment.

The Singapore International Water Week bring policymakers, industry leaders, experts and practitioners together to address challenges in the water world.

Source : Konaxis

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