200 Vietnamese firms to join CAEXPO 2016 hinh anh 1At the press conference to introduce the 13th China –ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO). (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – About 200 Vietnamese enterprises will attend the 13th China –ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO) which is scheduled to be held from September 23-26 in Nanning city in the Chinese province of Guangxi.

The information was revealed by Yang Yanyan, deputy secretary general of the CAEXPO Secretariat, at a press conference to introduce the event in Hanoi on June 14.

The Vietnamese businesses will display their products in an area of 5,000 square metres, forming the largest exhibition space among the ASEAN nations at the expo.

This year, Vietnam is named as the Country of Honour, which is a mechanism first introduced at the CAEXPO 2007 in order to make it easier for a country to popularise its images during the event. It is chosen alternately among the 10 ASEAN member countries, which include Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Vietnam will also co-host sideline activities to celebrate the 25th anniversary of China-ASEAN Dialogue Relations.

 The annual CAEXPO was first held in 2004 under the Chinese government’s initiative with the consensus of ASEAN member countries at the seventh ASEAN-China Summit.

 To advertise the CAEXPO, the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade’s Trade Promotion Agency in collaboration with Guangxi’s authorities will organise the 2016 CAEXPO Vietnamese Exhibition from June 16-18 in Hanoi.

The exhibition is expected to attract the participation of about 160 Chinese leading businesses displaying products, including industrial machines, electricity device, hi-tech products and construction materials.

The event will offer the two countries’ businesses a chance to strengthen cooperation and take advantage of the ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement, said Ta Hoang Linh, deputy head of the trade promotion agency at the press conference.-VNA