Three Australian state ministers and various business leaders will visit Israel next week to explore water and conservation business opportunities. The group will meet with Israeli political, business and technology leaders and attend the WATEC Israel 2007 conference on water and environmental technologies.
Australia is undergoing a severe drought and has implemented water restrictions. According to the delegation’s leader, Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce Chairman Leon Kempler, “Australia and Israel share the unfortunate fate of having significant challenges to their water supplies. Israel has many companies that provide outstanding technology and solutions to water scarcity problems and this business delegation, the most senior ever to visit Israel, is keen to listen, learn and reach agreements.”
According to a lengthy article in the New York Times Magazine, experts predict that the American West will also face severe water shortages in the coming decades. Perhaps Israeli companies, which are leaders in the global water industry, will be able to provide solutions to this problem as well.