The Global Water Summit 2018 in April in Paris, France, brought together over 700 executives and business leaders from across the water, finance, technology and industrial sectors of over 60 countries. They examined the widespread changes forecast for the water industry, with new project finance strategies and $100 billion of national infrastructure spending plans being unveiled in several key water markets. During a pre-conference workshop, officials from each of the four government institutions outlined their plans, targets and needs for the national privatization program, which offers a $60-billion investment opportunity to the water industry. A speaker panel provided insights on the use of blended finance strategies to mobilize development and private finance for water projects, drought resilience plans and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, with Gail Klintworth (of SYSTEMIQ) remarking “we need to look for the business opportunities behind the SDGs for water.”


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