The fifth Cho Lon trade fair will offer many opportunities for companies to promote their trademarks and seek local partners.

Speaking at a press conference on Dec. 23 in HCM City , Truong Tu Muoi, director of the Cho Lon Economic Development Centre, said the fair would be a bridge for exchanging information and increasing economic cooperation among domestic enterprises.

The event will feature outstanding economic achievements of the Hoa (Chinese-Vietnamese) community in maintaining production despite the global economic crisis.

“The fair was seen as one of the biggest festival days for Chinese-Vietnamese enterprises,” she said.

According to organisers, the five-day event attracts more than 140 enterprises form many provinces and cities including Long An, Hanoi, Binh Duong, Dong Thap, Dong Nai, Soc Trang and HCM City.

The fair will feature about 300 booths showcasing products ranging from electric cables, industrial machines, steel, leather shoes, textiles and garments, handicrafts, furniture, household utensils, foodstuff processing and confectionery.

The enterprises will offer a discount of at least 5-10 percent on their products at the fair. A Chinese food area will also be set up.

A job festival day will also be held during the event to help young Chinese-speaking people find jobs.

Forty-five businesses need to recruit 5,500 labourers in the fields of interpretation, business administration, marketing and accounting.

Advisory programmes will be offered to enterprises to help them understand intellectual property law and the registration process for brand protection.

The fair will be held from Dec. 31 to January 4 at the Phu Tho Indoor Stadium by HCM City ’s Department of Industry and Trade in collaboration with the city’s Chinese Mission Committee./.