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Sustainable investment to forge a new relationship with the environment

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David Escobar Gutiérrez
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    Fady Jameel is Deputy President of Abdul Latif Jameel, a company that, with the creation of Almar Water Solutions, is committed to sustainable investment to solve the world's water quality and scarcity problems.

Before I write each of these letters, I have the good habit of reading again through all the content in the magazine. I must say I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this issue. Mainly because of one reason: in spite of the turbulent times we have lived through and continue to live in, the narrative about raising the importance of water management, and the discussion about the window of opportunity we have to position the resource to leverage sustainable recovery is similar across the world.

Participants in this issue, from as diverse geographies as the Middle East, the United States, Europe, Australia or Africa, advocate for using resources to apply strategies and long-term actions that change our relationship with the environment and promote a more sustainable and digital future.

This is the philosophy of Abdul Latif Jameel, a family business founded 75 years ago that has become consolidated as a world leader in sustainable investments. Fady Jameel, Deputy President and Vice Chairman, International, of the company, featured on our front cover, describes in an interesting interview how, after an extensive and successful trajectory in the field of renewable energies, they created Almar Water Solutions in 2016 to help address water quality and scarcity issues across the world, and, after five years, the company operates in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. Without a doubt, a carefully thought move with a controlled risk, to harness the huge opportunities present in a water sector on the rise.

Participants in this issue advocate for using resources to apply strategies and long-term actions that change our relationship with the environment and promote a more sustainable and digital future

Public-private participation and the investment of companies such as Abdul Latif Jameel have been, are and will be increasingly more relevant in these new times to increase access to drinking water and sanitation all over the world: “Private capital can be a key driver in addressing global challenges facing humankind” rightly notes Fady Jameel in one of his final conclusions.

Along the same lines are the words of José Enrique Bofill, Regional Director MENA-Asia at Aqualia, an entity that proposes the integrated management of all areas related to water management (design, construction, maintenance), including always an important investment component to bolster sustainability, efficiency and service quality.

As a key element for sustainability, the digital transformation occupies an important part of this magazine, with the articles and interviews of leading entities such as Datakorum, Hidroconta, Droople, Diehl, Miya, Water Europe and Melbourne Water.

In summary, 100 pages with a common discourse voiced from different corners of the world: sustainable investments with moderate risk and direct benefits for the environment and our quality of life. Enjoy them.

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