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30 June 2009 in Hanoi

The findings of the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) sponsored study on Private Sector Participation (PSP) in the Vietnam Water and Sanitation Sector (WSS) were presented at a workshop in Hanoi on Tuesday June 30th.

 The Study which had been carried out by the South East Asian Water Utilities Network involved the participation of WSS sector planners/decision makers in , Lao PDR and under the framework of the Sanitation and Water Partnership for the Mekong Region (SAWAP). SAWAP is a new inter-country program supported by WSP focusing on shared issues related to sanitation, water supply and hygiene in these countries.

 The 110 participants, from the public and private sectors in , , Lao PDR and Yunnan Province of China, reviewed and discussed the findings which aimed to explore and recommend approaches in which the domestic private sector could assist in addressing the financing gap by improving the efficiency of sector investment, operational and other services.

 Based on 16 water and sanitation models in Vietnam, and a further 3 models in Cambodia and Lao PDR, the study indicated: a need for raising the awareness of both the public and private sectors; for transparent, corruption free procedures to be in place; for service contracts based on outputs rather than inputs; and for improved legal frame works and risk management arrangements to ensure continuity of contracted services.

 WSP Country Team Leader, Mr Nguyen Thanh Vinh, welcomed the findings from the study and indicated that the results would be important under the and is in the final phase. The final international workshop is organized for the participation of different stakeholders from , , Lao PDR and Yunnan Province in to review and comment on the findings from the study, and to consider the lessons learned for better mobilization of the private sector participation in the water supply and sanitation sector.







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