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Memorandum of understanding on technical exchange between Osaka City and St. Petersburg City signed


   The Osaka Water & Environment Solutions Association (OWESA) provided support for the Osaka Municipal Public Works Bureau and Waterworks Bureau with their activities in St. Petersburg, Russia.
It includes signing of a memorandum of understanding on technical exchange and a seminar for public and private sectors to exchange technical information.

   The Osaka Municipal Public Works Bureau and Waterworks Bureau signed a memorandum of understanding to promote technical exchange in the water and sewerage field with the government of St. Petersburg and Vodokanal (the State Unitary Enterprise for waterworks and sewage works) of St. Petersburg on Tuesday, November 3, 2015.

   The city of Osaka has a sister city relationship with St. Petersburg. In September 2014, a delegation from the Osaka City Government visited St. Petersburg to celebrate the 35th anniversary of their cities' connection and promised to further develop their relationship in various fields.
   The OWESA delegation accompanied the visit to St. Petersburg and supported the activities of the delegation there.
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   St. Petersburg has great interest in water technologies and the city government again showed strong hopes for technical exchanges with Osaka City as well as the introduction of Japan's technologies in the water and sewerage field after the Osaka City delegation's visit. Under these circumstances, both cities had been preparing for conclusion of a memorandum of understanding on technical exchange in the water and sewerage field.

   The signing ceremony was attended by the Osaka Municipal Public Works Bureau and Waterworks Bureau, Committee for Energy and Engineering Maintenance of the Government of St. Petersburg and Vodokanal, and a memorandum of understanding on technical exchange was concluded. With this as a trigger, further enhancement of the relationship between both cities is expected through the exchange of technical experience in the water and sewerage field.

   The signing ceremony was preceded by the technical exchange seminar, in which parties from private companies also participated and introduced some advanced water/environment technologies from Japan. Thus the network between the local parties in St. Petersburg and Japanese private companies are being enhanced as well.

 

Details of the signing ceremony
(1)
Date & Time:
November 3 (Tue.), 2015 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (local time)
(2)
Venue:
Kozhany Hall, Vodokanal of St. Petersburg
(3)
Major sector for cooperation:
Water and sewerage field
(4)
Signatories:
Satoshi Fukui, Director General, Osaka Municipal Public Works Bureau
Kotaro Yamazaki, Director, Osaka Municipal Waterworks Bureau
Evgeniya E. Rozova, Vice-Chairwoman, Committee for Energy and Engineering Maintenance of the Government of St. Petersburg
Felix V. Karmazinov, Director General, Vodokanal of St. Petersburg

 

 

Details of the technical exchange seminar
(1)
Date & Time:
Tuesday, November 3, 2015 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (local time)
(2)
Venue:
Seminar room, Vodokanal of St. Petersburg
(3)
Participating companies:
Swing Corporation, Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd., Taisei Kiko Co., Ltd.,
Tsukishima Kikai Co., Ltd., Horiba, Ltd.
(4)
Contents:
Needs introduction from the Russian side
Technology introduction from the Japanese side

 

 

(Reference) Past developments
  • Osaka and St. Petersburg have been regularly interacting with each other since forming their sister city affiliation in 1979.
  • In July 2014, the deputy governor of St. Petersburg and a party of executives from Vodokanal of St. Petersburg visited Osaka. They exchanged opinions with the staff in charge in the Waterworks and Public Works Bureaus, and observed water and sewerage facilities (Kunijima Purification Plant / Ebie Sewage Treatment Plant) as well as the Osaka City Sewerage Science Museum.
  • In September 2014, a delegation from the Osaka City Government led by the deputy mayor visited St. Petersburg and held an Osaka Promotion Seminar to celebrate the 35th anniversary of their sister city affiliation.
    ==>The OWESA delegation accompanied them and supported the activities.
  • In July 2015, an official of the Public Works Bureau was sent to St. Petersburg as a lecturer at the technology seminar organized by JETRO and gave a lecture there on the sewerage technology of Osaka City to engineers who maintain St. Petersburg's waterworks and sewage works.
    ==>The OWESA supported the activities.