Dutch Minister of State to open Aquatech China

Tineke Huizinga, the Dutch Minister of State of the Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management, will open Aquatech China on May 21, 2008, in Shanghai. The international exhibition brand for process, drinking and wastewater will be held for the first time in China from May 21 to May 23, 2008. Bert Keijts, Director-General of the Dutch Department of Waterways and Public Works, will also be present at the opening as a member of the VIP delegation...

AMSTERDAM, Jan. 22, 2008 -- Tineke Huizinga, the Dutch Minister of State of the Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management, will open Aquatech China on May 21, 2008, in Shanghai. The leading international exhibition brand for process, drinking and wastewater will be held for the first time in China from May 21 to May 23, 2008. Bert Keijts, Director-General of the Dutch Department of Waterways and Public Works, will also be present at the opening as a member of the VIP delegation. It is expected that a large delegation of representatives from the Chinese government will also attend.

Unprecedented opportunities in China
The potential of China has been well documented, with some 1.3 billion inhabitants driving double-digit economic growth. The country's entry to the WTO and the awarding of the 2008 Olympic Games has accelerated this process. As cities grow exponentially and commercial and industrial output increases, huge pressure is being placed on China's water infrastructure. These developments offer unprecedented opportunities for water industry developers and related businesses.

The Netherlands has considerable experience and an excellent reputation when it comes to water treatment, transport and storage and process control and automation. Launched in 1964 in Amsterdam, the Aquatech exhibition brand has grown into the leading international platform for the water industry.

Supported by key local organisations
Aquatech is organised by Amsterdam RAI in cooperation with the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT). The exhibition is supported by the International Water Association (IWA), the Water Quality Association (WQA), CHC Business Development and Bridge.

Over 200 companies from China and the rest of the world have already registered as exhibitors. The exhibition floor of the Shanghaimart Expo is now up to 87 percent of its capacity. In addition to the usual trade fair activities, there will also be an IWA congress. See www.aquatechtrade.com for more information.

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