GWP experts advising VWSA management on association work in Water sector

On 2nd August, 2019, in Hanoi, the Vietnam Water Supply and Sewerage Association (VWSA) and the German Water Partnership (GWP) organized a workshop on association work in the Water sector with expertise sharing from Mrs. Gunda Roestel, GWP Chairwoman of the Board and Ms. Natalie Kolbe, GWP Advisor of International Projects. This is one of the last activities within the framework of the Vietnamese-German Cooperation Project on Capacity building for Water sector in Viet Nam (DEVIWAS).

For the VWSA side, there were Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Hong Tien - VWSA Vice Chairman and Secretary General, Mrs. Ha Thanh Hang - Head of International Cooperation Department and  Policy Department, Mr. Pham Xuan Dieu - Head of Training Department, Mrs. Nguyen Phuong Thao – DEVIWAS Project Manager, as well as all staffs  working at VWSA Head Office.

As the GWP Chairwoman of the Board, also leader of a prestigious water treatment utility in Germany, Mrs. Gunda Roestel opently shared her experience on the key works of a water association in conjunction with concern as well as issues facing leaders of water utilities. According to Mrs. Roestel, VWSA in particular and Vietnam's water sector in general are facing substential development opportunities for the future.

During the workshop, both VWSA and GWP managements actively discussed, exchanged and shared experiences on achievement, challenges, as well as  emerging issues in implementing key activities of an water association such as policy advocacy and dialogue with politicans, dialogue with the public on  water services provision, as well as association works such as on-demand training and consulting service provision, startegic and financial planning, etc. in order to build a sustainable association.

On behalf of VWSA, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Hong Tien expressed a deep gratitude to Mrs. Gunda Roestel and all GWP coleagues for their great and fruitful support to VWSA so far, which has contributed effectively to the current development of VWSA in particular, the Vietnamese water sector in general.

At the end of the workshop, the two sides also discussed potential cooperation projects to be implemented in the near future, i.e. vocational training activities to cater for future human resources in water sector in Vietnam, Vietnamese-German water forums and exchanges at Vietwater in Ho Chi Minh City in this November, as well as at the IFAT Munich 2020 - World's leading trade fair for water, sewage, waste and raw materials management to be held in May 2010 in Munich, Germany.

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