Israel launched the flagship “Water City” project in China on Monday, announcing that the city of Shougang in the Shandong province would be the focus of Israel’s water-related activities in the country.
The announcement was made in the presence of Chinese municipal officials during Minister of Economy Naftali Bennett’s current visit to China, where he’s heading a delegation of representatives from 15 Israeli companies seeking opportunities for water technologies.
The Chinese water system faces many challenges, including rapid population growth and widespread contamination of the country’s water resources.
The project in Shougang is a showcase intended to persuade Chinese authorities to adopt similar solutions in other cities.
According to the Israeli Ministry of Economy, Israel’s trade with China stood at $10.8 billion in 2013. That figure is expected to rise by 15% in 2014.