Originally scheduled for 31 March – 2 April 2020, ASIAWATER has now moved to the revised dates of 30 November – 2 December 2020, at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC).
According to Informa Markets, the organiser of ASIAWATER 2020, the decision was taken after careful consideration and close consultation with stakeholders. In light of the constantly evolving COVID-19 situation which has caused global travel restrictions and disruption, holding ASIAWATER at the revised dates will create a better all-around and inclusive business environment and trading platform for the water and wastewater management industry and community.
Given the global nature of participants to ASIAWATER – a leading biennial event attracting over 1,000 Malaysian and foreign exhibitors and more than 18,000 visitors from 38 countries from the last edition in 2018, recent travel restrictions for executives and travel advisories for certain countries contributed to this decision.
“We offer our sincere sympathies to those who have been affected by the virus in China and other countries, and do hope with the new dates, we will offer all our exhibitors and visitors the opportunity to continue to develop the water infrastructure in Asia” said Dato’ Teo Yen Hua, advisor ASEAN Water Series.
“We understand the organiser of ASIAWATER’s decision to reschedule the show due to the impact on international travels and other commercial considerations. We, MWA, continue to support ASIAWATER and will participate at the new dates to underwrite the importance for ASEAN to preserve water resources, to lowering cost, to promote conservation and to minimise losses due to of Non-Revenue Water” said Datuk Ir. Abdul Kadir bin Mohd Din, President The Malaysian Water Association (MWA).
“The health situation is being managed by the Ministry of Health, National Disaster Management Agency and various other ministries and agencies under a committee chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Dato’ Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who have advised that the COVID-19 situation in Malaysia is under control. We have been adhering to the precautions and safety measures as recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and are taking their guidance and recommendations seriously. On behalf of MyCEB, I look forward to welcoming all international exhibitors and visitors to Malaysia and wish all of you an enjoyable and fruitful ASIAWATER 2020 end November, beginning December 2020,” said Dato’ Sri Abdul Khani bin Daud, Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB).