6 days, 17 countries, 30 negotiations

6 days, 17 countries, 30 negotiations

It was a busy and productive week at the 2021 Sustainability Exhibition and World Summit in Budapest from 29 November to 5 December. Our entire Group was present in the water section of the Expo and we welcomed professional and public visitors and students to this exceptional event. In the framework of the World Summit, we further deepened our cooperation with our partners in more than 30 business meetings, introduced ourselves to new partners and successfully negotiated future project opportunities. Our stand attracted a lot of interest in our completed wastewater treatment project in Ghana (Kumasi), which was brought to life in its entirety through a VR goggle (Kumasi VR), and the plans for the Tamale plant (also in Ghana), which is currently under construction and can be viewed on a mock-up. The unique feature of both works is the development of a unique technology for the treatment of 100% of fecal sludge. Our company and our invited partners from Ghana and Egypt also played an active role in the panel discussions at the World Summit. Our Managing Director, Bálint Horváth, participated in the 5th session "Global issues - local answers: solutions offered by the Central-European water industry", moderated by Mr. András Szőllősi-Nagy. During the discussion, the participants concluded that the best solutions, both from a business and an environmental point of view, can be found through strong cooperation and collaboration. In addition, water problems at global level need to be tackled at local level to avoid global impacts. Participants also agreed that, in addition to technical solutions, training programmes and the involvement of local people are of paramount importance. As part of this, we launched our environmental education programme, which included online training for local engineers and the creation of our "Pipe-it-up, Ghana!" board game. We designed the game to raise awareness for kids aged 10-14 in Ghana, took the prototype to the exhibition and had it played several times on our stand by our visitors and partners. Members of our invited delegations were also active participants at the World Summit, Mr. Hossam Farid, Vice President and CEO of SFH Holding from Egypt, spoke on 30 November in the 3rd session of the World Summit (Circular Economy in 2021 - Are We Closing the Loop Fast Enough? ), while Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong, CEO of Jospong Group of Companies from Ghana, was the keynote speaker and panelist in Session 10 (Waste Management - Recycling, Burning or Exporting Rubbish?) on 2 December. All in all, we closed a very productive and forward-looking week at Hungexpo on Sunday.