Russian Gastro Week opens in Hanoi hinh anh 1Russian Ambassador to Vietnam Konstantin Vnukov speaks at the Russian Gastro Week (Photo: NDO)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Russian Gastro Week began in Hanoi on September 21, in a bid to boost agro-forestry-fishery partnership between Vietnam and Russia.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Russian Ambassador to Vietnam Konstantin Vnukov said the two-day fair is a culture-trade event to introduce products from top 50 Russian firms in agricultural processing, food, and beverage.

The fair will contribute to optimizing the impact of the two countries’ free trade agreement for a 10-billion USD goal in bilateral trade by 2020, the diplomat noted.

Nguyen Van Suu, Vice Chairman of the capital People’s Committee, said he expects more Russian products, like wines, meat and chocolates, will be available in Hanoi.

Statistics showed that Vietnam-Russia trade hit 2.4 billion USD in the first seven months of 2017, up 18 percent year on year.

Export value of Russian food and farm produce to Vietnam amounted to 170 million USD between January and June, an annual increase of 9.3 percent. -VNA