SEEAM – Fair & Water Forum, Belgrade, Serbia
Starting from the 15th until the 17th of November, Belgrade was the venue of the three day event dedicated to the water supply sector, i.e. the Water supply equipment and technology Fair and International scientific gathering. Within the second segment, with annual topic “Modern tools, technical experience and new projects” the attendees were introduced to the progress made within the Project “Asset Management – Advisory Services for Water Utilities in South-Eastern Europe”, supported by the German Corporation for International Cooperation – GIZ and “Hydrocomp” a company from Cyprus. The first phase involved 30 actively participating working teams from the same number of companies.
– One by one, all companies comply with all the procedures, they participate in the trainings, pose many interesting questions, they want to know more and implement more and transfer these good practices for their municipalities – said Petros Kolovopoulos from “Hydrocomp” Cyprus.
– In a very brief time, for less than one year, we managed to establish all these new processes, change the position of the management in these companies, and above all, provoke the interest in the teams to want to achieve this success – said Oliver Nachevski, Project Manager – GIZ
A model example for the practical and economic functionality of the system is the Utility Company from Cetinje, Montenegro, where before involvement in the project they had enormous losses in the water supply network, amounting to 80%.
– At the moment, we are in the program for entry of data, and we have found a great part of the network, which has neither been repaired, nor used up to now, and by doing this we reduced losses for 10% – stated Nikola Pejakovic, GIZ expert, DOO “Vodovod”, Cetinje, Montenegro
Partners of the Project are the International Association of Utility companies in the river basin of Dunav-IAWD and World Bank. According to them, asset management is one of the basic preconditions for the companies to improve efficiency, and provide for better conditions for the citizens.
– We are very happy with the progress so far, and it is truly good to see successfully implemented advanced trainings facilitated by UTVSI here in Belgrade. Therefore, I think that we should continue the support for these initiatives – stated Elvira Broeks, World Bank
– We receive great response from the companies, both from Serbia and the region, and I expect that next year we will at least double the number of companies participating in the project – said Vladimir Taushanovic, Vice-president of IAWD.
The second day of the advanced training for the members of the working groups was held at the same time with the conference.