On March 22, U.S. Consul General in Guangzhou Brian Goldbeck hosted a roundtable event for Chinese officials from various water agencies and U.S. representatives from companies that supply water technology and related consulting services. Consul General Goldbeck highlighted the critical importance of water conservation and management in China and the important role technology is playing in solving this problem. He noted USTDA's water financing program in China and efforts Consulate Guangzhou is taking to conserve water.
At the event, Chinese officials discussed the water challenges they face in Guangzhou and Guangdong Province as a whole. The officials emphasized their openness to using U.S. water treatment technologies, provided they are of sufficient quality and low enough in price. These officials noted that Chinese companies often lack the technology to deal effectively with issues such as sludge treatment, so foreign companies can and do provide the needed expertise. U.S. participants expressed their interest in working on municipal and rural projects in China. The event also provided an opportunity for the Chinese participants from different agencies to meet and learn about each other's work. The Foreign Commercial Service and the Economic-Political Section collaborated to organize the successful event.