A “Food and Health” seminar was held in Ho Chi Minh City on March 10 to mark the launch of a series of activities to welcome the formation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) late this year.

The event was co-organised by the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations, the Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam-ASEAN Friendship Associations (HCM City – VAFA) and the Haru restaurant.

The seminar aims to tighten mutual international exchange through cuisine in the context of regional integration and globalisation, said Phan Thi Hong Xuan, HCM City – VAFA’s Chairman.

During the event, participants discussed the relationship between food and nutrition, building brand names of Vietnam’s food and combining Vietnamese food with other regional cuisine.

A number of art performances, cultural exchanges, sport games and trade promotions will also be held to mark the ASEAN’s 48th founding anniversary (August 8) and the 20th anniversary of Vietnam joining the bloc and the founding of the HCM City - VAFA (July 28, 1995).-VNA