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Phnom Penh (VNA) – The Vietnam Trade Fair 2016, themed “Friendship, Cooperation and Development”, opened in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on October 6.

The five-day event, co-organised by the two countries’ defence and trade ministries, attracted nearly 150 Vietnamese firms and trade promotion centres from Lam Dong, Kien Giang and Phu Yen with a total of more than 250 stalls.

On display are apparel, footwear, agro-forestry-fisheries, handicraft, processing food, electronics, mechanical engineering, chemicals, construction materials, animal feed, fertilisers, among others.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Deputy Defence Minister Tran Don said the fair is part of the national trade promotion programme for 2016, aiming to help Vietnamese firms, including those from the army, expand market and seek business opportunities in Cambodia and ASEAN.

Cambodian Secretary of State Chhuon Dara, for his part, said the event also affords the two nations a chance to strengthen exchanges and mutual cultural understanding.

The fair also showcases photos featuring Vietnam-Cambodia ties on the occasion of the 49th anniversary of diplomatic ties, and the Vietnam People’s Army involvement in production and economic development.

On the occasion, the organising board presented gifts to the Royal Cambodian Army school and poor families in Cambodia.-VNA