Mozambique visitors at the Vietnamese pavilion (Source: Vietnamese Embassy in Mozambique)

Vietnamese businesses are participating in the ongoing 2015 Maputo International Fair (FACIM) in the Mozambican capital city of Maputo.

Taking place from August 31 to September 6, the event, one of the largest trade fairs in the country, has attracted 680 enterprises from 31 countries and territories together with about 1,900 domestic producers.

At the fair, Vietnam’s pavilion, which is reopened after five years of absence, features a wide range of consumer goods such as rice, dried noodles, coffee, and tea. Some of these products have been sold on a trial basis in the Mozambican market.

Additionally, mobile phones, telephones, and other telecommunication services supplied by Movitel, a joint venture between the Vietnamese military-run telecom group Viettel and a Mozambican partner, have also received special attention from local customers.

Mozambique’s businesses have showed their interest in importing devices and construction materials from Vietnam as well as forming joint ventures to process wooden products and food.

The re-appearance of Vietnamese businesses in the FACIM marks their first step in accessing potential markets in southern Sahara, the most dynamic economic region in Africa.-VNA