Ho Chi Minh City kicked off simultaneous exhibitions of garment and cosmetics industries on April 9.

The 2015 Vietnam Saigon Garment & Accessories Machinery Expo (Saigon Tex 2015) was launched at the Tan Binh Exhibition and Convention Centre.

Vietnam plans to develop the textile and garment industry towards the goal of earning 28 billion USD export turnover and increase local content to 60-70 percent of garment products in 2015, remarked Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Ho Thi Kim Thoa at the launching ceremony.

The goals necessitate urgent technology innovation, improvements in product quality and human resources management and development of a global-standard supply chain, she noted.

Saigon Tex 2015 will provide a platform for both domestic and foreign enterprises to seek partnership and promote their brands and products.

Running through April 12, the expo features a collection of accessories, advanced technologies and machinery in the field, exhibited by some 655 businesses from 21 countries and territories, including Belgium, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, the Republic of Korea, Pakistan, the Netherlands, Thailand and Japan.

Srijib Roy, Director of the Synthetic and Rayon Textiles Export Promotion Council (SRTEPC), said over 20 Indian leading textile companies attended the Exhibition of Indian Textiles (INTEXPO), part of the Saigon Tex this year, to showcase a wide range of the latest Indian textile products from rayon to fashion and upholstery fabrics.

The same day, the International Exhibition and Conference on Cosmetics, Beauty, Hair and Spa (CosmoBeaute Vietnam 2015) was also opened, drawing 150 business participants from 15 countries worldwide, such as the US, Hungary, Indonesia, Singapore and the Republic of Korea.

Around 200 booths showcased an array of perfumes, cosmetics and accessories, professional care products, beauty salon equipment, packaging equipment and materials.

A make-up contest, fashion show and hair show, alongside seminars, will be organised on the sidelines of the three-day event.-VNA