Photo Credit: Courtesy Ministry of Economy
Minister of Economy Naftali Bennett meets with Chinese water experts in China. (Photo Credit: Courtesy Ministry of Economy)

Israeli Minister of Economy Naftali Bennett has launched the flagship “Water City” project in China, which will help open the Chinese market to Israeli water companies as well as advance bilateral relations. The city of Shougang in the Shandong province was chosen as the focus of Israel’s water-related activities in China.

Fifteen representatives of Israeli companies took part in the visit to China, hoping their technology will be chosen for China’s massive water system. Thanks to rapid population growth and widespread contamination of the country’s water resources, Beijing is said to be “thirsty” for Israeli solutions.

As part of the project, the city of Shougang will enjoy technologies offered by Israeli firms in the fields of desalination, sewage management, irrigation, reuse of water for agricultural, water supply and more. This is a first-of-its-kind enterprise supported by the joint Israel-China Mission entrusted with advancing bilateral economic ties.

“Israel and China are natural partners for technological and business cooperation,” said Minister Bennett during the inauguration of Shougang as the ‘Water City.’ “We have extensive experience in management of water resources and the ‘Water City’ project will help open the Chinese market to Israeli water companies, as well as advancing bilateral relations.”