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OWESA Forum 2011 held at Hyatt Regency Hotel in Osaka on October 19th, 2011.


OWESA Forum held at Hyatt Regency Hotel in Osaka on October 19th was successfully completed.This forum was held as one of the side events of the "BPC (Business partner cities) Round Table". In this forum, participants from overseas and water and environment technology companies in Osaka/Kansai region gave presentations on current status of home country and products and technologies, respectively. Thereby this forum could provide the venue for business matching and network building.

"Participants"

Overseas:
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11 from BPC of 3 countries
 
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25 trainees from 16 countries of "JICA training course on Sewerage Technology for Wastewater Control and Urban Drainage" conducted by Osaka City Government.
Domestic:
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29 from 16 private companies having water and environmental technologies
 
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1 from Kansai Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry
 
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10 from water and environment related bureaus of Osaka City Government

The forum started with the opening speech of Mr.Shiroi, Director for Water Environment of Public Works Bureau. Following his speech, Mr.Sugano, Secretary General of OWESA, explained intentions of OWESA and its initiatives. Then Mr.Kobashi, Deputy Director of Kansai Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry, introduced the activities of Team E-Kansai.
In the next program, speakers from Malaysia, Philippines, and Australia delivered presentations about current situation and challenges of water supply, sewerage and solid waste management of each country.
After a coffee break, Japanese six private companies gave the presentations and appealed their cutting-edge products and technologies which might contribute to solve the various issues. During the Q&A session, overseas participants raised thought-provoking questions and generated enthusiastic discussions.
In the network meeting over coffee and refreshments, it was only a limited time, but participants could enjoy the chance for business card exchange, information sharing, and discussion on panel exhibition from 4 companies at the back of the room.

Program of OWESA Forum (PDF) click here

 

Opening speech
Opening speech
Presentation of overseas participants
Presentation of overseas participants
Exploring panel exhibition
Exploring panel exhibition(*)
Network meeting
Network meeting

 

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Panel Exhibition:
Toyo Screen Kogyo Co., Ltd.
NET Corporation
Hitachi Zosen Corporation
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Environmental & Chemical Engineering Co., Ltd.

 

This forum was the first event for OWESA to invite participants from both domestic and overseas. It could deliver an opportunity for engineers from about 20 countries and private sectors in Osaka/Kansai region to exchange the information of their challenges and technologies to solve them by interactive presentations. We received favorable feedback from 25 JICA trainees such as they got wide range of knowledge and would like to have more detailed information of those six private sectors.
We would like to make the event more well-organized and effective in future based on the request such as securing enough presentation time and grasping the much needs of overseas participants in advance.