Water Journal : Water Journal May 2015
WATER MAY 2015 4 From the CEO viadux.com.au ADELAIDE BRISBANE DARWIN GOLD COAST MELBOURNE NEWCASTLE PERTH SYDNEY TOWNSVILLE BUILDING REGIONAL SUPPORT TO PROMOTE OUR WATER EXPERTISE Jonathan McKeown – AWA Chief Executive AWA has been involved in promoting the Australian water sector’s capabilities internationally for more than 40 years – an important and ongoing task that benefits the whole water sector by profiling the expertise of our water practitioners. The experience and knowhow accumulated by AWA’s individual members across all aspects of the water cycle has never been so relevant to the needs of the developing nations across the Indo-Pacific region. Australia is seen as a regional leader in water resource management and the development of industries that are dependent on water. In particular, many aspects of the journey Australian State and Commonwealth Governments have taken to evolve a regulatory regime to govern water is now recognised as directly applicable to parts of Asia. Balancing the economic, social, and environmental demands for water is at the heart of this Australian expertise. The role of AWA is to facilitate introductions, activities and focused projects across the region that position the capabilities of our members, both individual and corporate. Where AWA offers some unique strengths is in marshalling our members’ private sector capabilities with the skills of our public sector members, including our utility and individual members with water policy expertise. With the support of Austrade’s Asian Business Engagement Plan AWA has developed a series of bilateral alliances with our counterpart peak national water bodies in several countries across Asia. Through these alliances AWA will provide members with access to many of the fastest-growing markets across the Indo-Pacific region. With the assistance of Austrade and the Department of Foreign Affairs AWA has taken delegations to key Asian events or facilitated our members into business and development opportunities in Singapore, India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, and China. ANZ Sponsors AWA’s International Program ANZ has this month been appointed Principal Sponsor for AWA’s International Program. This is an important sponsorship that brings our members the assistance of ANZ’s many offices across Asia and their vast experience in maintaining business across the region. No other Australian financial institution offers the same extensive footprint. ANZ has a significant portfolio of investments and clients that are directly involved in infrastructure, agribusiness, mining and manufacturing projects that are all dependent on water. AWA looks forward to developing this new alliance for the benefit of our members. AWA Vietnam Project AWA has been selected by DFAT to facilitate a project in Vietnam that will review Vietnam’s recent reforms to its regulatory framework for water and make recommendations to: support increased public private partnerships; strengthen the VWSA (our counterpart organisation) capacity to support the Vietnamese water sector and provide AWA members with relevant trade, investment, and policy information; and encourage more trade between the Vietnamese and Australian water sectors through participation at VietWater in November and increased Vietnamese participation at Ozwater’16. As we implement this project we will position expertise from our members, Specialist Networks and other stakeholders to maximise the profile of Australia’s water sector in Vietnam. Special Cooperation with the Bureau of Meteorology Over the past eight years, with Federal Government investment of over $400 million, the Bureau has developed a comprehensive range of water information products to assist the water industry make sound evidence-based decisions. AWA wants its members and industry to extract maximum benefit from these tools. Through this collaboration, AWA staff will work with the BoM to create greater industry awareness and uptake of these products and services, and help identify and share information about how they can be applied to a broader range of uses and industries. These alliances will provide AWA with additional means to support our members while profiling the capabilities of the whole water sector. All of these activities will help support the proposed DFAT initiative to establish an Australian Water Partnership in which AWA is looking forward to participating.
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