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Valerie Naidoo 
The Water Research Commission engages with Midea from China

The Water Research Commission (WRC), Midea Corporation, Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) joined forces to explore future collaboration in the field of global research and transfer (RT) commercial opportunities. The focus of the discussion was on global market development and commercialisation of transformative technologies, especially in the field of reinvented toilet business opportunities.

Midea Corporation is a China-based global company primarily manufacturing home appliances, but has shown a strong interest in the global RT commercial opportunity, and is interested to learn more about opportunities for partnerships in South Africa. The main intention of the discussions was to connect BMGF, DST, Midea and other relevant role-players around the current sanitation challenges and opportunities in South Africa and, more broadly, SADC.

The Forum on China–Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit is currently underway in Gauteng and these discussions could also strengthen future research and innovation opportunities with Midea (China) and SA through the WRC's partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Present at the discussion were Danielle Pedi (BMGF); Dong Liu from the BMGF’s China office, Dr Zhang Yong (Midea); Jiangfeng Xiang (Midea); Tshepang Mosiea (DST); Nonhlanhla Mkhize (DST) and Mandla Msibi, Valerie Naidoo, Sudhir Pillay and Stuart Woolley from the WRC.

Midea's visit to SA will also include several field visits to technology transfer sites in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

To find out more about the WRC go to www.wrc.org.za  or Email: adriaant@wrc.org.za


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