Day 2 at Vietwater 2016
Posted 10 November
Reported by Huong Nguyen
Following the in-country briefing on the first day of Vietwater, the Australian delegates had a site tour to Mekong Water Utilities on 8 November, the second day of their mission. The tour took them to two large water utilities in Mekong region: Saigon Water Corporation (SAWACO) which currently serves 7,950,000 customers, and Binh Duong Water Supply Sewerage and Environment Company (BIWASE) which serves 935,946 customers.
At the tour the two Australian utilities Seqwater and Wannon Water were introduced to two Vietnamese water companies: SAWACO and BIWASE, respectively. They started to discuss areas in which the Australian utilities could support and add value to SAWACO and BIWASE in the future. Further detailed discussions on these areas will take place during the twinning program workshop on Friday 11 November.
SAWACO showcased the Australian delegates one of their Built Own Operate (BOO) water treatment plants in Thu Duc district, and BIWASE took them to one of their eight treatment plants where waste from treatment processes is used for brick manufacturing. These site visits provided the tangible on-ground experience to Australian delegates, giving them a better understanding of the actual operation systems that SAWACO and BIWASE have in place, as well as business opportunities within the twinning program.
The site tour ended with a warm welcome reception for Australian delegates and invited guests at the Australian Consulate-General's residence in Ho Chi Minh City. They heard from the Australian Ambassador, Australian Consul General, AWA President, CEO of ANZ Bank and VIPs from the Vietnamese water sector, and had great opportunities for networking as well.