Can Tho (VNA) –A seminar promoting Vietnam – Thailand trade was held in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho on December 22.  

At the event, the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) introduced the Thailand Extra Exhibition “Expand your business opportunities in ASEAN” and the Trade Promoter Reward Programme to participants.

TCEB Director Jaruwan Suwannasat said TCEB will work hard to boost bilateral trade via leading exhibitions in Thailand.

According to the TCEB, Thailand hosted a total of 103 international commercial fairs featuring food industry, agriculture, automation, health care and infrastructure last year.

During the period, more than 2,400 Vietnamese visited exhibitions in Thailand, becoming the fourth largest source of arrivals from Southeast Asia.

Nguyen Phuong Lam, Deputy Director of the Can Tho chapter of Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said Vietnam is the 11th largest importer of Thailand with Thai goods accounting for 20.4 percent of the total imports in the country.

Thailand is currently among top 10 investors in Vietnam with over 300 valid projects. It predominantly sells polymer materials, motorbikes and spare parts, chemicals and steel to Vietnam while importing electrical household appliances, iron, steel, crude oil and fisheries.

The two countries are striving to lift two-way trade to 15 billion USD by 2020.-VNA