Water Journal : Current May 2017
15 www.awa.asn.au A ustralia’s water expertise is now enabling Vietnam to achieve its water reform objectives with the launch of a twinning program between Australian and Vietnamese utilities. The five pairs are: • Son La Water Company and Cairns Regional Council • Saigon Water and Seqwater • Binh Duong and Wannon Water, Victoria • Phu Tho and Coliban Water, Victoria • Hue Water Corporation and West Australia Water Corporation With support from the Australian Water Partnership, the twinning program commenced following the third and largest Australian delegation to the Vietwater Expo and Forum in November 2016. “The AWP is very excited to support this initiative and facilitate introductions and ongoing exchange activities between Australian and Vietnamese water utilities,” said Grantley Butterfield from the AWP. “The twinning program is a great example of how our two countries can forge strong alignment for shared goals in water reform, water management, capacity development, technological advancement and trade.” At Vietwater, the Association and the Vietnam Water Supply and Sewerage Association facilitated agreements between five Australian and five Vietnamese water utilities on their twining program and thematic focus areas. “The Associations paired utilities in such a way that it was of value to both the Vietnam utilities and the Australian utilities,” said Australian Water Association International Manager Paul Smith The principal objective of the twinning program is to help the Vietnamese Government in its efforts to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6, which is aimed at universal access to safe and clean water. It will achieve this by offering Australian expertise to water professionals in Vietnam in their delivery of safe and reliable water and wastewater services. Australian utilities are well placed to support Vietnam utilities on these issues, said Smith. “The reforms Australia has enacted – especially relating to micro-economic reforms, private sector participation and more recently supply resilience – are the types of reforms the Vietnamese water sector is looking to implement,” he said. In return, Smith said Australian water utilities can expect benefits such as staff development, and improvements to corporate sustainability and responsibility initiatives. The Australian Ambassador to Vietnam, Craig Chittick, has endorsed the twinning program. He said: “The twinning program will enable a new level of cooperation between the Australian and Vietnamese water sectors, ensuring that the expertise and experience of the Australian water sector are profiled and positioned to play a key role in the fast-transitioning water sector in Vietnam.” Building on the momentum established and nurtured at Vietwater 2015 and 2016, the Association hosted the largest Vietnamese water delegation to Australia for Ozwater’16, including 60 Vietnamese delegates from across the water sector. In addition to facilitating trade opportunities, the Association is also facilitating technology demonstration projects in rural areas of Vietnam, with a special emphasis placed on increasing access to safe drinking water, women’s empowerment and children’s health. One project involves installing a low cost, advanced treatment technology in a school that serves 2000 students. The water treatment kiosks will be operated by women, with profits from selling water invested back into community enterprises to increase economic output. “Our work is increasing access to safe drinking water in remote and rural communities that need it most, which will no doubt save lives by reducing water-borne illnesses.” STRIKING A MATCH AUSTRALIAN WATER ASSOCIATION KICKS OFF INTERNATIONAL TWINNING PROGRAM BETWEEN AUSTRALIA AND VIETNAM. Ozwater’17 International Program If you’re looking to branch into international markets, Ozwater’17 is a great place to start. Several workshops and events have an international focus, including a session on Tuesday May 16 that will explore international opportunities for domestic delegates, said International Projects Officer Robbie Goedecke. On the exhibition floor, the Association will play matchmaker between international delegates and Australian businesses. International delegates are encouraged to approach an Association staff member to enquire if there is an Australian business that might be able to meet their needs.
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