SINGAPORE — Singapore International Water Week (SIWW), held June 1-5, 2014, saw $14.5 billion in total value for the announcements on projects awarded, tenders, investments and MOUs concluded at the event.

Held in conjunction with the World Cities Summit and CleanEnviro Summit Singapore, the event attracted more than 20,000 participants from 118 countries/regions spanning the government, international organizations, industry and academia sectors.

The Water Expo at this year’s SIWW was the largest edition to date with more than 800 participating companies and 24 Group Pavilions exhibiting over 23,000 sqm of covered space.

Various announcements on company investments, R&D collaborations and project partnerships were made, underscoring Singapore’s stature as a global hydrohub and SIWW’s role as the global platform for the co-creation of water solutions.

Some notable examples include the opening of Beijing Enterprises Water Group (BEWG) International’s regional hub and the Danish Water Technology House, as well as the location of Xylem’s Greater Asia headquarters in Singapore.

“R&D and innovation are at the forefront of the quest for water sustainability, and SIWW connects leaders and organizations across the water ecosystem to exchange ideas and experiences on real-world solutions, establishing valuable partnerships in these areas. The presence and expansion of major global water companies in Singapore also reaffirm  Singapore’s development as a global hydrohub,” said Chew Men Leong, Executive Director, Environment and Water Industry Program Office and Chief Executive, PUB Singapore.