Vietnam International Trade Fair Opens

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Apr. 12 – The 23rd Vietnam International Trade Fair (Vietnam Expo 2013) opened on April 10 at the Vietnam Exhibition Fair Center in Hanoi, Vietnam. Booths and products representing the agriculture, electronics, information technology, industrial machinery, equipment, construction materials, and trade and services sectors will be present and on display until April 13.

Themed “Vietnam: Cooperation for Development”, Vietnam Expo 2013 aims to showcase Vietnam’s goal to boost international economic ties, promote trade and increase exports while also developing its domestic market and promoting its service industry. The Expo is jointly organized by the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency and VINEXAD–VIETNAM International Trade Fair and Advertising.

More than 400 domestic and international companies will be in attendance, and a total of 500 booths from 17 various countries and territories, including India, Belarus, Cuba, Cambodia, Korea, Hong Kong, Laos, Indonesia, South Africa, Russia, Nigeria, Czech Republic, Singapore, Slovakia, Korea, and China will be present.

The Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce and Industry will also be holding workshops at the Expo, one of which is an export promotion forum which will provide Vietnamese enterprises with useful trade information and potential business opportunities.

Local and international experts will also be at the Expo helping to analyze potential export opportunities brought upon by Vietnam’s various free trade agreements (FTAs), especially the EU-Vietnam FTA. Thus far, Vietnam has signed only eight FTAs with other countries. The Ministry of Industry and Trade had recently decided to speed up its FTA negotiations as it views them as key for increasing Vietnamese exports.

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