In November, as part of my role in developing the LuminUltra business in the Asia Pacific Region, I ventured off to Vietnam alongside nearly two dozen other Australian businesses. We were part of the Australian delegation (largest ever) for the Vietwater 2017 exhibition in Ho Chi Minh City. The delegation was organised by the Australian Water Association as part of the continued co-operation between the water and wastewater sectors of our two countries.
Vietnam is a fascinating country filled with beautiful people. This I had experienced before. The growth and development of Vietnam is amazing. I learnt that Vietnam is Asia’s newest tiger with a constant economic growth of 6% and over the last 20 years, only surpassed by China. The speed of urbanization is astounding and with 60% of the population covering an average age of 30 years old, it’s a youthful and vibrant population driving this growth.
What was heartening and encouraging to see was the passion and commitment from all the stakeholders in the water and wastewater segments to deliver rapid improvements for the country, its people and the environment. The Vietwater 2017 exhibition was one of the most dynamic and engaging I’ve had the pleasure to be part of. Three full and busy days of enquiries, inquisitive questions and a thirst to learn more from all the attendees.
At the completion of the exhibition, the delegation moved to Nha Trang in the Khanh Hoa Province located over 400km northeast from Ho Chi Minh City. This is another beautiful rapidly developing coastal city dominated by tourism. This leg of our experience proved to be one of the most satisfying and memorable few days of my working career.
Co-ordinated by the Australian Water Association and with the support of the Australian Government and multiple Australian agencies and companies, we trekked into the mountains of Khanh Hoa Province to the town of Le Van Tam. Along the one-hour route to site, we saw firsthand the devastation delivered by a typhoon only a few days earlier and that had claimed dozens of lives in the region. We were there to deliver to the local elementary school and entire town, a simple and basic water treatment kiosk that now delivers safe drinking water where there was none before. The drinking water kiosk was assembled by the members of the delegation within a couple of hours. Alongside there were many locals only too willing to lend a hand. The entire school of children gathered along with local dignitaries and the entire community. The children and teachers of the school performed local dances and songs to welcome us. The official opening was conducted with grand pomp and ceremony, almost fitting of royalty. It was with great satisfaction to then see all the attendees drinking from the newly constructed water kiosk built only a few hours earlier. It was particularly touching to see the children’s smiles and interaction. They had never drunk water direct from a tap before, one of the things we easily take for granted.
All of this would not have been possible without the members of the Australian delegation. This included many individuals and companies offering their expertise, products and solutions to deliver safe drinking water from the tap. In challenging and tough conditions, everyone pulled together to deliver a wonderful asset to the school and local community. The LuminUltra Technologies contribution included the supply of 2nd Generation ATP rapid microbial monitoring solutions to ensure that the water quality continues to be delivered without the threat of microbial contamination. Onsite training was provided with support through local language materials to ensure that no threat goes undetected.
The generosity and humble gratitude of the community was more than ample reward for all involved.
In conclusion; Thank You Amazing Vietnam!