Representatives of the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MoEP) and China’s Jiangsu Province have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen cooperation and deepen the working relationship that was created with the signing of a previous MoU between Israel and China. The agreement signed on June 5th – World Environment Day – will focus on cooperation in the areas of environmental planning, policy, and regulation, as well as the promotion of projects involving Israeli technologies. The previous MoU was signed in March 2017, and was aimed at formalizing cooperation on issues including water, waste treatment, air pollution, and more.
The Israeli delegation is in Jiangsu Province, China for a conference on environmental technologies. The MoU continues the cooperation begun on March 21, 2017, with the signing of an Israel-China environmental MoU in Beijing. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was on hand for the signing of that agreement. The MoEP’s objective in signing the current deal is to work with Chinese authorities to help Israeli companies penetrate the Chinese market by providing technological solutions to environmental problems.
MoEP Deputy Director General Alon Zask spoke at the opening of the conference in Jiangsu Province, alongside senior officials of the province, the new Chinese environment minister, California Governor Jerry Brown, and government and academic representatives from Denmark, Germany and other countries. Mr. Zask focused on Israel’s capabilities in the field of environmental technologies, with an emphasis on integrating regulation and technologies in the field of water.
While in China this week, MoEP representatives also met with Chinese industry leaders, in order to learn about the environmental challenges they face.