At the opening ceremony (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - The 2016 Made in Thailand Outlet opens in Hanoi on December 15 with a variety of products on offer. 

Addressing the opening ceremony, Monapchai Vongphakdi, Thai Ambassador to Vietnam, spoke highly of the traditional friendship between the two countries. The year 2016 marked the 40th anniversary of the Vietnam – Thailand diplomatic relations.

The fair houses 164 pavilions offering food, beverages, household utensils, garment-textile, electrical devices, health care products and interior decorations of 130 Thai companies.

Nguyen Phuc Nam, Deputy Director of the Department of Asia - Pacific Market under the Ministry of Industry and Trade said the organisation of Thailand trade fairs, particularly the Made-in-Thailand Outlets, shows active support of relevant agencies for the two nations’ trade promotion as well as Vietnam’s potential in ASEAN.

According to the Ministry, ending October, the nations’ trade value posted at 9.9 billion USD, up 5.7 percent from the same period last year.

The figure is expected to reach 11.9 billion USD this year. Thailand remains Vietnam’s biggest trade partner in ASEAN.

It has been held for nine years in Hanoi and received warm response from Vietnamese customers.

The fair, organised by the Vietnam National Trade Fair and Advertising Company (Vinexad) and the Trade Office under the Thai Embassy in Vietnam at the Cultural Friendship Palace, will run until December 18.-VNA