The northern border province of Lao Cai will organise 160 pavilions for 46 local businesses - the largest number so far - at the Vietnam-China International Trade Fair that the locality will host from November 13-18.

According to Le Tien Dung, Director of the Lao Cai Trade and Tourism Promotion Agency, Chinese firms have also registered for 200 booths at the fair which will see the participation of more than 20 Vietnamese cities and provinces.

Nearly 500 businesses from home and abroad are expected to join the event, with a total of 700 pavilions, he added.

The stalls will showcase a wide range of products such as handicrafts, machines, chemicals, electrical appliances, seafood, wooden products and materials.

Themed “Cooperation and Friendship for Integration and Development Together”, the event will also focus on strengthening trade connectivity between China and a number of southern provinces of Vietnam.-VNA