The Aid International & Development Forum (AIDF) recently hosted Asia-Pacific’s first major water security summit at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre on the 23rd and 24th of April. The AIDF Water Security Summit aimed to discuss the important issues of water management.
The summit attracted close to 250 attendees from over 20 countries. It was officiated by Datuk Loo Took Gee, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology & Water of Malaysia who also gave a keynote address that articulated Malaysia’s vision on water security for the region as a whole.
Inspiring keynote speakers, challenging panel discussions teamed with interactive presentations are just a few of this year’s summit highlights. Keynote speakers included H.E. G Palanivel, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of Malaysia; Phiraphan Phalusuk, Minister of Science and Technology of Thailand; H.E. Paveena Hongsakul, Minister of Social Development and Human Security of Thailand.
A line-up of high profile speakers were passionately discussing public-private collaborations and transferring knowledge to develop and scale-up projects, technologies and business/policy models.
AIDF along with the support of their strategic partners, including Life Saver, SunEdison, Echologics, Pak Oasis, FutureTech, Trunz, KPMG, H2O Saver, reflected their common interest through the expressive open exhibition floor, showcasing special focus areas of water security and water sanitation.
Throughout the first day and indeed the second day, the exhibition and networking area allowed plenty of opportunities for delegates to analyse and discuss the future of water sustainability and of course gave the exhibitors the chance to share insights with fellow delegates from other organisations.
Assisted introductions also presented delegates with the chance to present the impact of their work and studies to delegates of their choosing. This interactive networking community spirit, once again demonstrated the value of such an event.