AWWA has completed missions to Colombia, Peru, Cuba and Mexico. We believe there is great opportunity in fostering commercial understanding as well as the exchange of knowledge between diverse water professionals.
Missions bring companies into contact with potential agents, distributors, joint venture partners, licensees, local businesses, and government contacts. There are numerous opportunities to learn about local industry practices through one-on-one business appointments, market briefings, networking receptions, selective sessions on local business practices, site visits, and seminars.
The Israel-Colorado Innovation Fund, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the Israeli government hosted a water delegation from February 1-8. A round table that took place on February 4 in Tel Aviv included discussion about US water and wastewater utilities’ challenges and their technology needs, and an introduction to promising Israeli technology solutions. Read more about the event.
For more information, visit the Israel-Colorado Innovation website.
A trade mission to Mexico took place in September 2018. Participants learned about Mexico's water sector from local water and wastewater professionals. They met with customers in one-on-one appointments in Mexico City and Monterrey, toured a wastewater facility and networked with customers at receptions.
Water becomes the focus of the new Peru president, with $1.7 billion dedicated to the water and wastewater sector.
AWWA led a trade mission to Peru in May 2017 with a delegation of 13 companies and 21 participants. The mission consisted of tours of water and wastewater facilities, meetings with government officials, and matching appointments tailored to the company’s interest, objectives and market priorities.
AWWA once had an active Section in Cuba. The Section was shut down on request from the Kennedy administration.
The U.S. government still prohibits travel to Cuba for tourism, but the rules were changed in 2011 to allow Americans to visit the island nation for “people-to-people” cultural exchange tours.
The five-day trip laid groundwork for AWWA members for when the embargo is lifted, and gave them a leg up on selling services and products in a country in need of water and wastewater infrastructure.