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2015 Workshop on Water Resources Management & Planning for Developing Countries Held Successfully in Hangzhou

   ---Entrusted by the Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Water Sources, organized by National Research Institute for Rural Electrification (HRC) of Ministry of Water Resources (MWR), 2015 Workshop on Water Resources Management & Planning for Developing Countries was held successfully in Hangzhou in October 19-25, 2015. Mr. Jiao Yong, Vice Minister of Water Resources was present at the opening ceremony and delivered the keynote speech. Mr. Huang Xuming, Vice Governor, the People's Government of Zhejiang Province, Mr. Huang Dengping, Vice President, Academy for International Business Officials, Ministry of Commerce, P.R. China attended the opening ceremony and delivered speeches. The opening ceremony is hosted by Prof. Zhang Jianyun, Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, President of Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute. Leaders from Department of International Cooperation, Science and Technology of MWR, Department of Water Resources of Zhejiang Province, Taihu Basin Authority of MWR, International Center for Small Hydropower were present at the opening ceremony. 21 ministers and senior officers from Afghanistan, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Egypt, Ghana, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Panama took part in the one-week workshop.

   Mr. Jiao Yong pointed out in his speech that in recent years, with the impact from the in-depth development of industrialization, urbanization and global climate change, water shortages, water ecological deterioration, environmental pollution problems cropped up increasingly, becoming the bottleneck of restricting economic and social development. Therefore, the Chinese government vigorously carried out water conservancy construction, determined the working policy of "water-saving priority, spatial equilibrium, systematic treatment and two-hands holding" in the new era, and carried out fruitful work. He hoped that by means of a good platform of this workshop, the participants could gain a comprehensive understanding of the development of China and the Chinese Water Conservancy and build a bridge with China to carry out exchanges and cooperation in water conservancy. He hoped that with the cooperation of all the developing countries, we can make joint efforts to improve the water resources development, utilization and management level, in order to bring more benefits to the people of the world, and to promote the realization of sustainable development goals of the United Nations in 2030.

   During the workshop, Mr. Jiao Yong delivered a keynote speech named Taking New Cooperative Opportunity & Seeking Common Development, which gave a comprehensive introduction of water conservancy development in China in terms of China's Basic Water Conditions, Achievements of Water Construction and Management, Main Measures and Prospectus of Water Reform and Development, giving answers to the questions about sediment regulation, operation and maintenance of hydraulic projects, forecasting technology for flood control and disaster mitigation and water consumption standard, etc.

   Prof. Zhang Jianyun, president of NHRI, academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, Mr. Liu Heng, Director-General of International Center for Small Hydropower, Prof. Shao Jiannan, Deputy Division Chief, General Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Planning and Design of MWR, Ms. Cheng Xialei, Director-General, National Research Institute for Rural Electrification (HRC) of MWR, Mr. Wang Hai, Director of Operation Department, Construction And Operation Administrative Bureau Of Three Gorges Complex, Mr. Wu Haoyun, Deputy Director-General, Taihu Basin Authority of MWR, respectively gave presentations of Water Resources and Impacts of Climate Change in China, Water Management and Policies in China, Water Resources Planning in China, Development & Utilization of Small Hydropower in China, Three Gorges Project & Water Resource Development on Yangtze River and Management of Water Resources in Taihu Basin.

   During the Workshop, officials paid on-site visits to Caoejiang Water Conservancy Project, Water Environment Regulation Engineering of West Lake, Three-Gorge Project, Suzhou River Tidal Sluice and other hydraulic projects, and also visited China National Water Museum. HRC invited domestic established corporations such as China Energy Engineering Corporation Ltd, The Three Gorges Corporation to conduct economic and technological exchange with all the officials, organizing the officials and relevant industry departments to study, discuss and share successful experience regarding case study and technical route of "management and development planning of water resources". These activities undoubtedly promoted the cooperation between China and other developing countries in this field.

   On the afternoon of October 25, the workshop was concluded in Shanghai. Mr. MOSTAFA ABDEL-KHALEK ABU-ZEID, Vice Minister of Egyptian Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation commented in his speech at the closing ceremony: "We are gathered here again this evening, in your wonderful country, after 7 unforgettable days. These types of knowledge skills are a celebration of humanity, and together we have experienced many strong emotions. We have shared the grief of a dream cut short. The memory of this cooperation will always be with us. We are in the developing countries looking forward to great cooperation and projects. We are sure that China will lead the world in the next 10 years. Thank you to the all of our Chinese volunteers. Your competency, your kindness and your smiles are worthy of a gold medal! This was excellent and very friendly Workshop!."

   This workshop has received strong support and conscientious guidance from Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Water Resources, Zhejiang Provincial Government, and gained great support from associated departments and other organizations. The success of the workshop has strengthened the communication between China and other developing countries in the field of water resources management and development planning, shared the successful experience, advanced technology, enhanced the development and management capability of water resources of the participating countries, promoted the effective utilization and standardized administration of local water resources, thus laying a solid foundation for future cooperation in these fields.

   This workshop is the 79th foreign-aid training program HRC implemented since its establishment. And it is another Ministerial Workshop HRC hosted since 2011.(2015-11-09)



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