A workshop was held in the central city of Da Nang on August 15 to look at the possible impacts that the formation of the ASEAN Community would have on cooperation in the East-West Economic Corridor (EWEC).

At the event, which was a sideline activity of the 2014 International EWEC Trade and Tourism Fair, participants discussed how the ASEAN Community will affect policies on tax, trade and goods of EWEC countries.

Vice Chairman of Da Nang People’s Committee Huynh Duc Tho said as a locality at the end of the EWEC, Da Nang has been proactive in raising its position as well as improving infrastructure to serve the route’s economic purposes.

The city has made cooperation with other localities in the corridor an important task in order to forge regional friendship and coordination.

The 2014 International EWEC Trade and Tourism Fair opened in Da Nang the same day.

As many as 150 businesses from Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Malaysia and South Africa are showcasing a variety of products such as electronics, home decoration, handicrafts, and tourism services at over 300 pavilions.

The annual event is to embrace economic ties between EWEC countries and their global partners, said head of the ASEAN Department under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Tien Minh.

Initiated in 2006, the East-West Economic Corridor passes through several ASEAN nations, including Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam.-VNA