From left to right : H.E. Dr António Tomás Correia, Honorary Consul of Singapore in Lisbon; Puah Aik Num (PUB), Chief Specialist (Water Treatment) & Deputy Director Technology Department; Maurice Neo (PUB), Deputy Director (Industry Development); Benoît Gillmann, CEO of Bio UV, member of the board of Invest Sud de France, president of SWELIA, and a member of the board of the Pole Wate; Françoise Clerc, Project Leader Invest Sud de France; Jean-Loïc Carré, Director of Pole Water; Jean-François Blarel, Ambassador of France in Portugal, Credits : PUB
Singapore’s national water agency (PUB), the Singapore Water Association (SWA), and the Innovation Competitive Cluster (Pôle de Compétitivité EAU à vocation mondiale) and the Association of Water Companies of Languedoc-Roussillon (SWELIA ), both from Montpelier in France, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 23 September 2014. The signing ceremony took place at the Embassy of France in Lisbon, in the presence of H.E. Mr Jean-François Blarel, Ambassador of France to Portugal, H.E. Dr António Tomás Correia, Honorary Consul of Singapore to Lisbon and Mr Dean Amhaus, President and CEO of the Water Council of Milwaukee.
Following the visit of the Chief Technology Officer of PUB, Mr Harry Seah, to the International Water Show, Hydrogaia in Montpellier from 21-22 May 2014, Invest Sud of France attended the Singapore Water Week from 1 to 5 June 2014 to explore possible collaborations between the water clusters of the two countries.
The mission is part of the Smart Specialization Strategy (3S) and has the support of the Invest In France Agency and Ubifrance to foster international visibility. The MOU lays the framework of future cooperation between PUB/SWA and Pôle EAU/SWELIA. It sets the guidelines to explore the various ways that scientific and technological co-operation can be achieved in research and development, applied research and training, and other projects.
The MOU will thus :
- Develop collaboration, technical, economic and business exchanges
- Enhance and implement common innovation projects in strategic areas of mutual interest
- Promote collaboration and the sharing of experience which contribute to the development of the water industry ecosystems in Singapore and France (Languedoc-Roussillon), and foster their internationalization and funding
- Encourage information exchanges
- Identify and develop specific projects of mutual interest involving public research.
Recycling and wastewater usage are priorities for Singapore and will thus be one of first actions to be taken within the collaborative agreement.