Fifty Vietnamese enterprises are taking part in the 19th international exhibition on fine art and craft products (AF-L’ARTIGIANO), which kicked off in Milan, Italy on November 29.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Italy Nguyen Hoang Long attended the opening ceremony of the exhibition, which first began in 1996 and now is the largest international event dedicated to the handicraft industry.

The diplomat lauded the Vietnamese businesses’ participation as it allows them to reach customers far and wide and learn experience in production and brand improvement from foreign partners.

The display of hand-made products on an area of nearly 1,000m2 together with the performances of traditional long dress (Ao Dai) and lion dances help feature a beautiful, hospitable, and peaceful Vietnam to visitors, the ambassador said.

The businesses’ trip was co-organised by the Vietnam Cooperatives Alliance, the Vietnamese Embassy in Italy, the Ge.Fi group and the Lombardy region.

This year’s event will run until December 8.-VNA