Symposium on opportunities for the Australian water sector in Vietnam 

Friday, 1 April 2016, 10am Meeting Rooms 1 & 2, National Measurement Institute, 105 Delhi Road, North Ryde, NSW  

Vietnam and Australia share many common challenges when it comes to water management, and water plays a critical role in both nations’ economic growth and the well-being of our populations.   We are both experiencing new climate extremes featuring record droughts, floods and temperatures. To tackle these challenges, our water industries must develop greater resilience, flexibility and strengthen a culture of innovation and collaboration. 

Consequently in January this year, The Australian Water Association was engaged by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to share Australia’s water reform experiences and technological capabilities to support three critical water sector issues in Vietnam:
-   Strengthening governance, financial and investment structures of Vietnam’s water sector 
-   Strengthening private sector participation in Vietnam’s water sector
-   Improved service delivery and utility capacity  

Following consultation with the water sector in Vietnam, the AWA identified three priority areas where the Australian water sector can support Vietnam to address these issues: 
1. Clear institutional and market structures 
        -   Role clarity: policy, regulation and service delivery 
        -   Institutional coordination and corporatisation of utilities
        -   Transparency on asset ownership and condition  

2. Efficient regulation 
        -   Clear, efficient and stable approval processes 
        -   Outcome based regulation unlocking innovation 
        -   Pricing based on cost recovery principles 

3. Innovation and collaboration 
        -   Demand-led R&D
        -   Nationally coordinated & accessible
        -   International collaboration

AWA is now spearheading a program to deliver on these streams. Join us at this seminar to hear Paul Smith International Manager, Australian Water Association explore these streams in more detail, outline next steps in the development of the Vietnam-Australia program and to explore opportunities for collaboration between NMI, the broader Australian water sector and the Vietnam water sector. 

External visitors are welcome; RSVPs would be appreciated so we can ensure there is sufficient seating. For further information, please contact: Cheryl Lim (02 8467 3845 or 0451 632 202, or by email on Cheryl.lim@measurement.gov.au)