Water & Wastewater Asia Jan/Feb 2018

WATER & WASTEWATER ASIA January / February 2018 More than just a water exhibition The VIETWATER 2017 was held from 8 to 10 November 2017 at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center (SECC) in Ho Chi Minh City. O rganised by UBM Asia, the ninth edition of VIETWATER brought 14,072 visitors and more than 480 participating companies from across 38 countries together, as we l l as saw 14 international pavilions participating: Australia, Belgium, China, Europe, France, Finland, German, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore and the UK. “With VIETWATER 2017, I hope all exhibitors, visitors and professionals were able to exchange information, share knowledge and build strong business networks with each other in order to support the sustainable development of Vietnam’s water sector,” said Ms Phan Thi My Linh, vice minister, Ministry of Construction of Social Republic of Vietnam, at the opening ceremony. VIETWATER 2017 furnished both visitors and exhibitors with many in-depth technical seminars and international conferences, which saw participants sharing ideas and updates as well as exchanging practical case studies with industry players and experts. In addition, the Taitrade, Australian Water Association and Hungarian Water Association hostedworkshops and conferences that provided insights into the water market in their respective countries. YBhg. Datuk Ir. Abdul Kadir bin Mohd Din, president of Malaysian Water Association said, “Vietnam’s water industry actually will benefit a lot from this exhibition, especially from the financial side. You can see many models from different parts of the world, some of which are similar to Vietnams, allowing participants to adopt and change accordingly, and see which model fits. The problems faced by other countries shared in the sessions can be of help to Vietnam’s water industry.” Another highlight was the Safe Drinking Water Tower; a CSR initiative, which offer free water to trade visitors too. A joint venture between VietnamWater & Sewerage Association (VWSA); Australian Water Association (AWA); Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT); Khanh Hoa People Committee; SkyJuice Foundation; and UBM, the initiative saw the delivery of safe drinking water to rural communities of Khanh Phu and Lien Sang, Khanh Hoa Province in Vietnam after the event. VIETWATER 2017 was supported by the Ministry of Construction, VietnamWater Supply andSewerage Association, along with other water associations fromTaiwan, Singapore and Korea. The next edition of VIETWATER will be held from 7 to 9 November 2018 at SECC, Ho Chi Minh City. WWA