Largest Australian delegation to ever visit Vietnam

Posted 13 November 2017

The Australia-Vietnam relationship has reached a new high with the Australian Water Association facilitating the largest Australian delegation to ever visit Vietnam. In total, 92 individuals representing 42 companies participated in a week long program which provided a range of business development opportunities as well as furthering each participant’s awareness of the cultural barriers that exist. The program coincided with Vietwater’17, Vietnam’s largest water trade exhibition which allowed for many companies to profile their products and services while making connections across the Vietnamese water sector.

The feedback received from the majority of exhibitors to date was very positive suggesting that many will be likely to recommit for the next delegation in one years’ time. This was capped off by the Association taking out the best booth award as a result of the high degree of traffic flow that the Pavilion was able to take on across the three days. All of this could not have been achieved without the strong financial support from both the Australian and Victorian Governments as well as ANZ Bank. 

At the same time as Vietwater’17 there were many other objectives of the week. This included:

1. Inaugural Women of Water workshop attracting over 100 men and women
2. Promotion of the Australia-Vietnam twinning program between five Australian and Five Vietnam water utilities
3. Facilitation of drinking water kiosks installation within a regional primary school of the Khanh Hoa Province

The Association was also grateful to have considerable support provided by its Board of directors. This included President Francois Gouws, Immediate Past President Peter Moore PSM, Fabiana Tessele and Louise Dudley of whom both played an important role within the Women of Water Workshop and promotion of the Association’s Channeling Change program.

Delegates were provided with opportunities across the week to network with each other and understand each other’s products, allowing for a more effective team effort. The outcome of this activity has allowed for improvements to the way safe drinking water is delivered to both urban and rural communities within Vietnam as well as increased business opportunities for many innovative Australian water technology companies. By doing so, a sense of commitment has been established by all parties involved in the delivery of economic aid to the people of Vietnam, with water being front and centre of mind.

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