UNIDO Tokyo Office invited experts from 5 countries in the area of waste management to Japan from 23 to 30 October.
The representatives from the five countries were active at “Smart Engineering 2016” (26-28 October) held at the Big Sight; meeting individually with the Japanese companies and participating in the seminar on 27 October entitled “Waste Management in Asia — Current Status and Business Opportunities in Indonesia, Iran, Mongolia, Myanmar and the Philippines”.
At the event, the current situation along with ongoing and planned projects were introduced in detail, which attracted much interest from Japanese companies who are eager to further enhance investment and technology transfer abroad.
Some of the comments by the representatives are as follows:
Head of Research & Development
Center of Industrial Pollution Prevention Technology, Ministry of Industry
“In Indonesia, the idea of eco-friendliness is not fully practiced. To encourage the implementation of a system to be eco-friendly, the cost aspect is therefore just as important. With Japan, we would be interested in strengthening ties by starting with pilot projects”.
Mr. Ehsan Khayambashi 【Iran】
UNIDO SPX Project Coordinator
“Iran currently has a 5% growth rate and we are aiming for 8% in the next 10 years. The moment for Japan to be present in Iran is, therefore, now. We welcome people to first come to Iran and see what the country has to offer. This is my first visit to Japan and I am impressed with the culture that gives attention to detail. This would be an aspect to be fully welcomed in Iran”.
Mr. Delgerbayar Badam【Mongolia】
UNIDO Project Manager
UNIDO Regional Project on Demonstration of BAT/BEP
“We often hear the Japanese technology comes with high cost. I do not believe that they are necessarily high, when one considers the operation and the maintenance cost. Waste management comes with a long-term perspective, including the cost efficiency. Therefore, I do not believe that cheaper is necessarily better”.
Dr. Aung Myint Maw【Myanmar】
Assistant Chief Engineer
Pollution Control and Cleansing Department, Yangon City Development Committee
Technologies in the area of waste management are growing daily throughout the world and we learn much from Japan. In Myanmar, traditionally waste has been managed through manually collection using “waste baskets”. We have implemented use of garbage trucks since 2012 and there is now a need to double the number of trucks in order to accommodate the demand”.
Mr. Ferdinand Pareja【Philippines】
Waste Management Office, General Santos City
“Japan and the Philippines have a history of a long-term relationship. We expect Japanese companies to come to General Santos with innovative technologies such as bio fuels and waste to energy. We would like to further enhance this friendly relationship by jointly working on projects. Creating a win-win situation will definitely lead us to the right direction”.