For the past four years, with support from LVI and Global Victoria, the Australian Water Association (AWA) has sent a trade delegation to VietWater, Vietnam’s largest water conference and exhibition. Many Victorian companies now work in Vietnam, helping to transform the water industry.
This annual delegation provides Victorian businesses with exposure to the Vietnamese water market at a time where demand for technology and expertise in the water sector is growing.
In 2018, around 12 Victorian companies attended VietWater in Ho Chi Minh City and Victoria’s Commissioner to Southeast Asia, Brett Stevens, spoke at the Women in Water Workshop on behalf of the Victorian Government.
The conference resulted in over AUD $25 million worth of contracts for Victorian businesses. In 2019, nine Victorian companies attended.
Victorian water corporations, Coliban, Westernport and Wannon Water, have partnered with Vietnamese water utilities. Victorian companies are working with industry in Vietnam to produce treated water, and others still are involved in aid projects.
Victorian companies are currently providing small water treatment facilities for community projects to provide fresh drinking water to rural schools – a flow on effect of a commercially focused trade delegation that contributes to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Paul Smith, International Manager, AWA likens Vietnam today to where Victoria was 25 years ago, before the Victorian Government of the time invested in water reform, corporatisation and cost recovery of water pricing to become the efficient and effective sector it is today.
Vietnam is facing very similar challenges and the reforms they’re trying to deliver are exactly the kinds of reforms that Victoria has done very well – in terms of security through diversity, drought resilience and managing liveability.
One of the reasons Victorian companies have done so well here is due to the support they get from the Victorian Government in helping smaller enterprises and Victorian businesses move to export, which has raised the profile of additional Australian companies.”
Australian Laboratory Services is now working in Vietnam with AWA testing the treatment technology being installed in rural schools. “They’re now opening an office and lab in Vietnam,” says Paul.
“One of the keys to our success has been having people in the Victorian Government, at LVI and Global Victoria, who understand the sector, maintain relationships with Victorian businesses and come along on the journey. Working with LVI has been a really supportive partnership.”
Page last updated: 04/05/20