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Bangkok, 30 Sept 09

The Global Water Operators' Partnerships Alliance attended the 2009 WaterLinks Forum held in Bangkok.

The Alliance attended the meeting as a development partner of WaterLinks. WaterLinks is a regional partnership network established by the Asian Development Bank, the International Water Association and the United States Agency for International Development to promote and support Water Operators' Partnerships in Asia.

At this first Forum of WaterLinks, the Global Water Operators' Partnerships Alliance made two presentations, one on the mission and recent activities and development of the Alliance and the other is our capacity building programmes. Other speakers presented the success stories from the twinning programmes in the region.

The Forum was an opportunity for the utilities/operators in the region to seek for the twinning partners through the matchmaking breakout session. 10 mentor utilities/operators met more than 6 potential recipient utilities/operators respectively during 3 hours session in the morning of 30 September. Mentor utilities/operators include City West Water (Australia), Indah Water Konsortium (Malaysia), K-Water (Korea), Macau Water Supply Company (Macau), Manila Water Company Inc (Philippines), Penang Water Supply Corporation (Malaysia), Singapore PUB (Singapore), Ranhill Utilities (Malaysia). Viten Evides International (Netherlands) and Yokohama Water Bureau (Japan). There was also a round table discussion by Development Partners to talk about how to strengthen the impact and reach of WaterLinks, where many donor organizations attended.

At the Forum, new WaterLinks website was also introduced. www.waterlinks.org/

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