A corner of Vietfish 2016. (Photo: vietfish.com.vn)

HCM City (VNA) – The 2017 Vietnam Fisheries International Exhibition (Vietfish) opened at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Centre in Ho Chi Minh City on August 29 with seafood producers and exporters from 15 countries in attendance.

The expo, themed “Asia’s Home of Seafood", features over 350 booths showcasing seafood products and machinery and equipment for aquaculture by over 200 exhibitors from Vietnam and foreign countries, for example, Japan, China, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Germany, and Denmark.

Opening the event, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam highlighted the significance of Vietfish over the past 18 years, saying it has been an effective marketing platform to promote Vietnamese aquatic products to international consumers.
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A series of activities will also take place on the sidelines of the exhibition, including a cooking show, launches of new products and an aquaculture seminar.

The annual event is held by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers until August 31.

Seafood exports have contributed to 6-7 percent of Vietnam’s total export revenue and 4-5 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Products over the past few years.

Exports of seafood hit 3.5 billion USD during the first half of 2017, up 14.1 percent from the same period last year.

Vietnam is now on the world’s Top 5 seafood producers with products brought to 165 countries and territories worldwide.-VNA