May 16, 2022 | The International Water Association (IWA) and the Singapore Water Association (SWA) recently announced the creation of the newly established joint IWA-SWA Singapore Young Water Professionals Chapter. The chapter will offer many opportunities dedicated to young water professionals based in Singapore, a leading country in the field of WASH advancements.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between IWA and SWA has been signed in April 2022 to enhance areas of synergy between the respective organizational visions and purposes.
Improving water management through knowledge exchange
Through this MoU, the two organizations seek to connect their respective networks and identify joint actions to enable improved water management. More specifically, the two aim:
- to collaborate and facilitate events that enable knowledge exchange and networking opportunities for YWPs in Singapore and South-East Asia,
- to enhance capacity building and professional development through facilitating connections and knowledge-sharing within both Associations’ broader networks of water professionals,
- to encourage the participation of IWA YWP & SWA YWP members in the Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) and IWA’s World Water Congress/Water & Development Congress, and
- to support the development and implementation of a workplan for the IWA-SWA Singapore YWP Chapter’s activities.
Empowering future water leaders
IWA Executive Director Dr Kala Vairavamoorthy commented: “IWA values our very strong relationships with water sector colleagues in Singapore, and we are extremely pleased to be able to extend these connections further and to support Young Water Professionals through creation of the new joint IWA-SWA Chapter.”
Mr. Kunal Shah, Chair of SWA Young Water Professionals Committee and Council Member of SWA, added: “With the collaborations between the two Associations, we hope to empower future water leaders with relevant tools to build a water resilient world and more importantly enable cross border learning applicable for Singapore and South East Asia. The young water professionals have a bigger role to play and this cooperation will help support exchange of ideas to achieve this goal.”