Australia in Vietnam
Major capital investments across Vietnam have delivered greater water security and safety in recent years. However, water infrastructure and services have often not kept pace with economic development. Ageing water supply systems struggle to cope with rapid growth in demand, and environmental management services are not adequately dealing with the final treatment and disposal of liquid or solid waste.
In addition to that, management efficiency of water utilities is often constrained by the lack of up-to-date and reliable information on the extent or condition of assets, low water tariffs and lack of accountability. Rising sea levels and new extremes in droughts and flood events are compounding the challenges facing the Vietnamese water sector.
One key point determining the development of the water sector in Vietnam is the access to capital and private sector involvement. Servicing expanding populations of Vietnam will require continued major capital expenditure and technological innovation. The Vietnamese Government is actively encouraging private investors to provide the capital required and for private service providers to enter the market.
Since the establishment of diplomatic relations in February 1973, Australia and Vietnam have developed a substantive, positive and mutually beneficial relationship, reinforced by warm and expanding people-to-people links.
In recent years there has been a shift in Australia’s and Vietnam’s relationship from one based on development aid to one which strengthens its focus on trade and investment by helping to improve the business climate and expand the scope of business opportunities for mutual benefit.
The Australian Water Association, in partnership with the Vietnam Water Supply and Sewerage Association (VWSA) and with support from the Australian and Vietnamese Governments, has now commenced a series of initiatives designed to support this transition by strengthening relations and sharing of expertise and technological innovations in water. Vietwater’15 marked the start of the program to connect the Australian and Vietnamese water sectors.
Read more about Vietwater'17 outcomes here
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The Australian delegations to Vietwater’15 and Vietwater’16 marked the largest Australian
delegations to ever visit Vietnam including 140 Australian delegates from the private sector,
government, R&D and water utilities in attendance. The Australian delegation to Vietwater’17 will continue this
momentum to build collaborative relationships, and strengthen trade and investment, by
helping to improve the business climate and expand the scope of business opportunities for
Delegates participating in the Australian mission to Vietwater will be involved in a series
of tailored events designed to connect you with the right people across the Vietnamese
water sector. Delegates will have space in the Australian booth, meet with water leaders,
NGO’s, donor agencies, private sector companies and water utilities in a series of workshops,
business meetings, site tours and networking events.
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The Vietnam – Australia workshop on Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
This workshop will be held at Sai Gon Exhibition and Convention Centre on 9 November, 2:00pm - 4:30pm. The workshop offers you the opportunity to discuss commercial partnerships and identify demonstration projects that can trial these partnerships and technology innovation so to increase access to safe drinking water and sustainable wastewater management.
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The Vietnam – Australia Women of Water workshop
This workshop will connect the women of water networks between Australia and Vietnam to enable the empowerment of women in delivering projects that increase access to safe drinking water. The workshop will be held at Sai Gon Exhibition and Convention Centre on 7 November, 2:00pm - 4:30pm.
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Building from the momentum established at Vietwater 2015, and the range of activities the
Association has delivered under the DFAT Economic Diplomacy initiative, the Australian Water Association hosted the
largest Vietnamese water delegation to ever travel to Australia for Ozwater’16 (60 delegates
including Ministerial officials, water utilities and private sector companies).
The Australian delegation to Vietwater 2016 continued this momentum with an even larger
Australian delegation of 72 individuals from the private sector, Government, R&D institutions
and water utilities participating.
Download the Post Event Report
Read more about Vietwater'16 on our Latest News page.
Vietwater 2015 marked the start of the Australian Water Association – Australian Government program to connect the Australian and Vietnamese water sectors. This program saw the largest Australian delegation to ever travel to Vietnam including 70 water professionals from the private sector, government, R&D and water utilities. The momentum established at Vietwater 2015 saw the largest Vietnamese water delegation ever travel to Australia for Ozwater’16.
The Australian delegation to Vietwater enabled dialogue on many common challenges and solutions
regarding safe, secure, efficient and sustainable water management. The experiences and technologies
Australia gathered during Australia’s water reform journey were found to be in high demand and
applicable to the needs of the Vietnam water sector. The outcome report, available for download below, provides a brief snapshot of activities
and outcomes from this delegation.
Download the Outcome Report