Water Journal : Current May 2016
www.awa.asn.au 30 Ambassador Hugh Borrowman are significant compared with the existing local revenue base and new ways to finance the Vietnam water sector are required. The doors are opening to foreign participation across the Vietnam economy and in particular water. Decree 15 released in 2015 by the Vietnam Prime Minister on PPP is a clear example of this. Enhanced public-private collaboration in water is an area the Australian water sector has deep experience in, and the opportunities for the Australian water sector are strong. But there are risks that must be clearly understood as Australians look to enter the Vietnam water market. AWA: The Association has now been working with the Vietnam water sector for 18 months and just started its second project in Vietnam funded by DFAT's Economic Diplomacy Program -- what impact can this collaboration between the Australian and Vietnam water sectors have? Ambassador: The Australian Water Association, along with their project partners in Vietnam, has commenced a series of initiatives designed to support Vietnam s water sector and showcase the depth and breadth of Australia s water expertise and technological innovations. This includes strengthening governance, financial and investment structures of Vietnam s water sector, as well as private sector participation and improved service delivery and water utility capacity. The evidence speaks for itself. In 2015, the Association facilitated Vietnam delegations to Australia, including from numerous Vietnamese Government ministries and a number of provincial governments. I was delighted to host the AWA lead Australian delegation to Vietnam at my residence in November 2015 during the mission to Vietwater -- Vietnam s largest water conference. The Australian delegation to Vietwater was the largest Australian water delegation to ever visit Vietnam, which included governments, R&D agencies and a range of private sector companies with 20 exhibitors and more than 60 Australian delegates. During the mission, Australian delegates showcased their capabilities at the trade exhibition, attended workshops on PPPs, water quality and institutional reform, and enjoyed business introductions and government-to-government meetings and site tours. The Association s exhibition booth won the "Best and most informative booth" award during Vietwater and I understand the feedback from Australian delegates on business opportunities has been very encouraging. In light of the outcomes from the Association s activities during 2015, I have now approved a second phase to the Association s efforts. The second phase will take forward the outcomes from 2015 into a program of activities to build the platforms for greater commercial partnerships and investments between the Australian and Vietnam water sectors -- specifically in the area of PPPs for water treatment and supply systems. The proposal includes delivering a Feasibility Study on a flagship PPP site that delivers a new form of economic diplomacy, leading to commercially sustainable water projects directly linked to improved health and enterprise development in Vietnam. The project will be designed to illustrate the practical benefits from private sector participation in the improved performance of water services in Vietnam. As I stated in the recent meeting between the Vietnam Deputy Prime Minister [Nguyen Xuan] Phuc and the Association, the Australian Government has recently committed to continue Australian development assistance to Vietnam for the next five years. We look forward to working closely with Association and the broader Australian water sector to further build on an already strong relationship. ON AVERAGE, ABOUT ONE MILLION MORE RURAL PEOPLE HAVE ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER EVERY YEAR.
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