German Water Partnership – Annual Conference 2014


This year, the annual conference of German Water Partnership is informed by the "export initiative for environmental technologies", planned by the German government. Having a potential of about 350 companies and institutions from the German field of water management and research, the network sees the chance to position itself with a "Global Market Offensive Water".

Thus the headline „Towards a Global Market Initiative of the German Water Sector“ will determine the political and technological contents of the day.

Political and economic orientation

On 24 June 2014, the RAMADA Hotel Berlin-Alexanderplatz will be the centre of the German and international water branch. German Water Partnership (GWP) invites for an annual conference with a political as well as a market-oriented technological character. One main subject will be the "Market Offensive Water" with which GWP strives to position itself as a partner of the German government, of export promotion and of development cooperation with regard to the planned "Export Initiative Environmental Technologies".

The Market Offensive Water

A well thought-out and well structured "Market Offensive Water can have two goals:

  • Improving sustainability of water management and water infrastructure worldwide
  • Increasing German export by 12 percent per year

These goals can be achieved with the GWP network uniting capability of innovation, quality, safety and sustainability, with the focus on the needs of the metropolis in developing and newly industrialised countries and with a Germany-specific business concept. Therefore it is essential to bring together both sides of the market in an efficacious way and to draw up bespoke, creative and sustainable system solutions and turn them into practice. The detailed analysis of the target market and of the weaknesses of the German water market are the effective methods as is a well coordinated, target-oriented marketing strategy. Sustainable market analysis and permanent presence on the target markets secures establishing German water know-how on a long-term basis. An operative programme ensures the implementation of the system approach along with the required solutions for financing and investment.

Starting with BMUB, BMBF and the Indian embassy

The annual conference starts with keynotes from the Federal Ministries for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and from the Indian embassy to Germany. They introduce a promising, attractive panel discussion led by representatives from politics, development cooperation, research and small and medium-sized companies discussing the elements of the "Market Offensive Water" with regard to both their significance for the planned "Export Initiative Environmental Technologies" and their possible implementation.

The new markets

After the panel discussion, two lectures introduce the technology and business-related part of the programme putting emphasis on "new markets" and inspecting the significance of capacity development on the one hand and how to explore the markets on the other hand.

Four round tables – one main subject

Four round tables with two taking place at the same time each, discuss the demand-oriented presentation of markets or the approach of system solutions respectively, with the aim to discuss the demand-related components of the market offensive with the representatives of the respective markets and to work out possible approaches. Within a final round the results are being processed and presented with the aim to continue the approaches and ideas gathered and to make use of them.

Three of the round tables are focusing on countries or regions (ASEAN, Africa and Central America) the fourth deals with the subject of solutions for urban infrastructure.

The annual conference also features an exhibition where the participants can learn more about German know-how, technologies and products for the water sector.

Registration until 30 May, 2014.

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