Australian water delegation comes knocking

A delegation of eight Australian companies will visit Ho Chi Minh City from 19 to 23 October to explore opportunities in Vietnam’s water sector, including in water management, sanitation and infrastructure, the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) has announced.
The business trip is part of the Developing Water Vietnam 2011 mission organized by Austrade.

The mission includes a three-day conference to be held in conjunction with the World Bank to highlight Vietnam’s water development priorities.

A three-meter-wide drainage system under the Saigon River in Ho Chi Minh City is seen from inside. The major system was put into use on October 14, 2011 to clean up Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Canal in the city. (Photo: SGGP)

“This mission provides a great opportunity for Australia’s leading water companies, AusAID, the World Bank and Vietnamese agencies to work hand-in-hand to resolve the pressing water challenges Vietnam is facing,” Mr. Tony Burchill, Australian Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner in Vietnam, said in an announcement attained by Sai Gon Giai Phong Monday.

He added, “In Vietnam, a number of Australian firms have delivered significant outcomes in water sanitation projects, including the iconic Three Towns Delta Water Supply and Sanitation Project.  This project delivered clean water to over 280,000 people in the Mekong Delta.”

A seminar focusing on Australian expertise in water management, sanitation and infrastructure will be held in the Oct. 18 afternoon at the Sofitel Plaza Saigon Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

By Tuong Thuy

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