At a conference organised by CzechTrade, the HUTIRA brand presented its product portfolio and established cooperation with representatives of individual United Nations (UN) agencies. For example with UNICEF, it discussed mobile water treatment plants from HUTIRA – VISION. Czech technology could soon solve the problem of drinking water shortages in Ukraine.

On 26 and 27 April, representatives of 145 companies from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary, together with buyers from a total of 14 UN agencies, gathered at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Vienna. The event, organised by the Austrian office of CzechTrade together with the embassies of the above-mentioned countries, included seminars, panel discussions and presentations by UN agencies.

The HUTIRA brand was represented at the event by Michal Vala, Development & Export Manager. He met, for example, with representatives of UNICEF, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and presented products from the HUTIRA group’s portfolio. With UNICEF, he discussed, among other things, their demand for WaterTrailer 1500 mobile water treatment plants, which could provide safe water to the people of Ukraine.

Michal Vala has experience with assistance in Ukraine, which he shared with other conference participants in a panel discussion. “The HUTIRA brand has been actively involved in helping Ukraine. I myself was responsible for the communication and export of material aid. We sent a fully loaded special container for medical purposes and a mobile water treatment plant to the country. It was due to this action that we were also noticed by UNICEF, with which we started discussing the delivery of more mobile water treatment units,” says Vala.

According to CzechTrade, the main motivation for organising the event was to bring domestic companies closer to the purchasing processes at the UN and thus to support their involvement in tenders. “The Czech Republic ranks 120th out of all member states in terms of the volume of supplies to the UN. Countries that are significantly higher, such as the United Kingdom, the Netherlands or Germany, hold these conferences regularly at least once every two years. We therefore want to start a new tradition with this pilot event and also offer sourcing to our companies every two years. To enable them to be more involved in UN purchasing processes. In 2020, UN agencies spent more than $20 billion for goods and services. This is a huge business potential, plus a reliable partnership that companies will appreciate especially in uncertain times,” said Radomil Doležal, General Director of CzechTrade, explaining the reasons for the event.