The 2013 Vietnam-Cambodia trade fair will commence on November 14 in Cambodia’s capital city Phnom Penh, said a representative from the Defence Ministry at a press briefing on October 18.

The trade show aims to consolidate the traditional friendship and solidarity between the two armies, as well as support Vietnamese businesses in trade promotion in Cambodia and other ASEAN countries.

According to the organising board, as many as 200 Vietnamese enterprises have registered with more than 300 booths introducing high-quality products.

During the five-day event, art troupes of the two countries’ militaries will entertain fair-goers with nightly musical and dance performances.

In addition, Vietnam ’s Military Hospital 175 in association with Cambodia ’s Royal Army Hospital 179 will operate on 300 cataract patients.

Statistics provided by the Trade Counsellor at the Vietnamese Embassy in Cambodia show that bilateral trade between Vietnam and Cambodia has constantly increased, reaching 3.3 billion USD last year and 2.6 billion USD in the first nine months of this year. The figure for the entire 2013 is estimated at 3.5 billion USD.-VNA