Expo-Russia Vietnam to enhance bilateral economic links hinh anh 1Expo-Russia Vietnam 2017, the second edition, is scheduled to take place at Melia Hanoi from December 13 to 15. (Source: VNA)

 Hanoi (VNA) – Expo-Russia Vietnam 2017, the second edition, is scheduled to take place at Melia Hanoi from December 13 to 15 with a view to promoting the two countries’ trade and economic ties and Russia’s export to Southeast Asia.

Nguyen Tuan Hai, deputy head of the international relations department of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), said at a press conference on December 11 that the expo will showcase products and services for export, investment projects, and research findings of businesses, universities and research agencies.

It will also introduce achievements in energy, machine manufacturing, transport, telecommunication, mining, chemical industry, health care, agriculture, and hi-tech industries.

He noted at the expo, which will attract hundreds of businesses from the two countries, Vietnamese firms will have a chance to learn about Russia’s investment environment and seek business partnership.

D.R.Vartanov, Director of Russian company Zarubezh Expo – head of the expo’s organising board, said at the first event in December 2015, the Russian side inked 172 agreements with Vietnamese partners.

Russian businesses are paying special attention to the Asian-Pacific region, he noted, expressing his belief that the two countries will reap more successes in cooperation in energy, transport, health care, telecommunications and tourism.

A series of trade promotion activities will take place as part of the expo, including a Vietnam-Russia business forum, a workshop on economic cooperation between member countries of the Eurasian Economic Union and Vietnam, and roundtables on agriculture, energy, transport, and health care.

According to the General Department of Vietnam Customs, bilateral trade was at 1.7 billion USD in the first six months of 2017, including over 1 billion USD of Vietnam’s exports to Russia.-VNA