The first edition of Taiwan International Water Week (TIWW), organized by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), will take place next week at the Taipei World Trade Center from 26 – 28 September 2019. With over 150 exhibitors including global companies like Aqua Care, Ye Sail, Easywell, Lan Shan, EMEC Taiwan and GEMUE Taiwan, TIWW is the leading platform for the water industry in the country.
Additionally, the Water Resources Agency (WRC) of the Ministry of Economic Affairs will organize the "Water for the Future" international forum, where experts, scholars and industry leaders from around the world with get together to discuss and exchange ideas on various water issues.
We speak to Lilyan Kao, Show Manager, and Kate Chen, PR Manager at TAITRA to learn a bit more about this ambitious and global event.
Question: What do you think are the biggest challenges facing the water sector today?
Answer: Due to drastic climate change, many countries around the globe are suffering from floods, water pollution and drought. We believe that how to find the way out to cope with the issue is the biggest challenge.
Q: And more specifically, what are the challenges of this sector in Taiwan?
A: The main challenges in Taiwan are currently three:
- To secure smart water management;
- To reach environment sustainability;
- To explore smart water treatment.
Q: Could you tell us a bit about the Taiwan International Water Week (TIWW) and its main objectives?
A: In this light, the organizer, Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), takes the initiative to organize Taiwan’s first, one and only water event, Taiwan International Water Week (TIWW), which features exhibition, conferences, and business matching meetings. It offers an excellent trade platform for water professionals to network with global visions, insights and perspectives. Two other shows, the Taiwan Innotech Expo and the Circular Economy Taiwan, will be concurrently held at the same time and venue under one roof.
We expect that TIWW will be one of Asia’s top 3 water events in the near future
Q: Will TIWW be focusing on any areas of the water industry in particular?
A: TIWW will be concentrated mainly on smart water management, advanced wastewater treatment technology and renewable/reclaimed water treatment.
Q: This year, TIWW and the Water Resources Agency have come together for the first time. What does this mean for Taiwan’s Water Week?
A: With the support from the national water agency, TIWW may be more presentable and versatile for the water industry. The coalition between the event and the government means a lot to the water industry as a whole. We expect that TIWW will be one of Asia’s top 3 water events in the near future.
Q: Could you tell us a bit more about the “Water for the Future” international forum and who will be attending?
A: The Water Resources Agency, Ministry of Economic Affairs, will hold "Water for the Future" Summit with 28 sessions and keynote speeches, themed by “smart water management”, “advanced water treatment”, and “water in our life”. Among the speakers, to name a few, three of them are Professor Kala Vairavamoorthy, Executive Director, IWA, Mr Graham Duxbury, CEO, Groundwork, and Ms Kuo, Vice Chairman, Delta Electronics Foundation.