During 8 – 11 November 2016 representatives of 15 Finnish companies exhibited in a Finnish pavilion and met Vietnamese businessmen at VietWater event held in Ho Chi Minh City’s Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center.
These are Finnish companies looking for opportunities in Vietnam’s waste, energy and water industries. It was also the fourth time Finland had a pavilion at this Vietnam’s largest exhibition in the water sector, to which Finpro Vietnam Trade Center had invited local companies based on the needs of Finnish companies registered to the event.
The Forum ‘Water, waste water, waste to energy, bioenergy technologies and knowhow of Finland’ was also organised.
The business delegation was organized by Cleantech Finland, Finnish Water Forum and Finpro, with the goal to create new contacts and opportunities for Finnish and Vietnamese companies, to boost Finnish water sector export and to offer innovative and environment-friendly solutions for Vietnam’s current issues regarding waste management.
Vietnam’s demand for water sector know-how is rising, because local water supply and sanitation systems are inefficient and the capacity of the water treatment plants cannot handle the country’s growing quantities of wastewater. Because of this, unmanaged wastewater emissions are causing serious environmental hazards across the country. With its population growing fast, the rapidly urbanizing Vietnam needs new wastewater treatment plants and modern technology for increasing the efficiency of its water supply systems.
Vietnam intends to build 40 new treatment plants by 2020, and the cooperation between Finnish and Vietnamese companies seems promising, because Finland has a good reputation in Vietnam and Finnish know-how is well known in the water industry.
The event brings together thousands of industry professionals, businessmen, consultants and government representatives from around the world.
The pavilion of Finland was awarded the best design prize at the expo.
On 9 November the Ambassador of Finland and Deputy Minister of Construction Phan Thi My Linh visit the Finnish booth.