Officials visit a booth at the East-West Economic Corridor’s International Trade, Tourism and Investment Fair – Da Nang on August 3 (Photo: VNA)

Da Nang (VNA) – The East-West Economic Corridor’s International Trade, Tourism and Investment Fair – Da Nang kicked off in the central city of Vietnam on August 3.

The event, which will last through August 8, features over 350 booths of nearly 200 Vietnamese and foreign businesses.

It showcases various tourism, trade and investment products such as electrical, electronic and IT products, processed food, wood products, home accessories, leather footwear, apparel, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, along with restaurant and hotel services.

Other activities of the fair include a conference to connect suppliers and buyers, a workshop introducing Cambodia’s tourism and travel tours.

In his opening speech, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Do Thang Hai said the fair has been held annually over the past years to introduce development achievements and trade, investment and tourism potential of Vietnam’s central and Central Highlands regions, localities along the East-West Economic Corridor, and countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion.

He expressed his belief that this year’s event, with a diversity of high-quality products, would be an effective platform for enterprises to access consumers, promote trade and seek business partnerships.

It would also help step up trade, investment and tourism ties among central and Central Highlands provinces, and increase trading activities with neighbouring countries, he added.

The 1,450km-long East-West Economic Corridor links the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. It begins at the Myanmar port city of Mawlamyine and ends at Da Nang Port of Vietnam. It traverses 13 provinces and cities of Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, which are members of the Greater Mekong Subregion.–VNA