Association supports Australian Government with Global Heads of Mission Meeting and high level delegation from Vietnam

Posted: 3 April 2017

Australian ambassadors from across the world met for a Global Heads of Mission Meeting from 28–30 March in Canberra. This brought together, for the first time, ambassadors, high commissioners and consuls-general to discuss foreign trade and development policy objectives and the global environment in which we are seeking to achieve them.

The Association is supporting the Mission by facilitating a program for the Australian Ambassador to Vietnam, the Consul General to Vietnam and a high level delegation from Vietnam. The Vietnam delegation comprises of senior officials from the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Office of Government, the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Transport and Provincial Governments of Vietnam. 

The outcomes from the mission will make a direct contribution to the formulation of the Foreign Policy White Paper that will define how the Australian Government maximises engagement with, and influence in, the world to advance our national interests.

On Thursday, 30 March, Jonathan McKeown, Chief Executive of the Association, presented to DFAT and the delegation from Vietnam on Australia’s water reform journey and the institutional and regulatory arrangements that are necessary to enable private sector participation. 

Also on 30 March, Paul Smith, the Association’s International Manager and An Nguyen, the Association’s International Coordinator, facilitated an information sharing seminar for the Australian Ambassador to Vietnam at the University of Newcastle.   

Dr Sarah Pearson, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Industry Engagement and Innovation of The University of Newcastle, said: “It was a privilege to meet the Australian Ambassador to Vietnam to discuss opportunities to collaborate on innovation and R&D. Vietnam is certainly working hard to transform its economy through start-up hubs and there is opportunity for the Hunter region and UON to contribute to this growth, whilst also building bridges to access this growing Asian market. It was also great to see so much collaboration between UON researchers and Vietnamese entities already underway.”
Seminar with the Australian Ambassador to Vietnam, University of Newcastle professors, Hunter Water and AWA
Photo 1: Seminar with the Australian Ambassador to Vietnam, University of Newcastle professors, Hunter Water and the Association
On Friday, 31 March, the Association hosted a business lunch for Consul-General Karen Lanyon at ANZ Tower in Sydney with 25 industry leaders who are currently interested in expanding their business in Vietnam.
AWA hosted a business lunch for Consul-General Karen Lanyon at ANZ Bank Tower
Photo 2: The Association hosted a business lunch for Consul-General Karen Lanyon at ANZ Bank Tower
On Saturday, 1 April, the Association facilitated a tour of Flow Systems Central Park site, one of Australia’s first fully private sector water utilities. During the tour, the delegation from Vietnam heard insights and lessons from Australia’s water reform journey from Professor Greg Leslie from University of NSW, Brian Butturini from SMEC, Rhett Butler from SkyJuice, and Lisa Mclean from Flow Systems.
Vietnam delegation at Central Park
Photo 3: Vietnam delegation at Central Park
Professor Greg Leslie presenting to the Vietnam delegation at Central Park
Photo 5: Professor Greg Leslie presenting to the Vietnam delegation at Central Park
Lisa Mclean discussing the treatment system of Central Park
Photo 4: Lisa Mclean discussing the treatment system of Central Park
Brian Butturini from SMEC presenting to the Vietnam delegation at Central Park
Photo 6: Brian Butturini from SMEC presenting to the Vietnam delegation at Central Park

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The Vietnam delegation to Australia during March is part of the Australian Government’s and the Australian Water Association’s broader program of work to connect the Australian and Vietnam water sectors and strengthen focus on trade and investment by helping to improve the business climate and expand the scope of business opportunities for mutual benefit.

As part of this broader set of activities, the Association and DFAT are facilitating a delegation of 60 Vietnam water professionals to Ozwater'17 to participate in a tailored program of site tours, workshops, social events and business introductions. The Ozwater Vietnam program is your chance to meet with Vietnam public and private sector water leaders prior to the Australian delegation to Vietwater17 – Vietnam’s largest water conference and exhibition to be held 6-10 November.

If you are interested in getting involved in Ozwater or Vietwater, please contact An Nguyen at ANguyen@awa.asn.au or +61 2 9467 8436.