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Algiers (VNA) - Vietnam took part in the first online exhibition on trade, marketing, and national products in Algeria recently, as an honorary guest.

The Vietnamese representatives included the Vietnam Trade Office in Algeria and four companies operating in farm produce, food, beverages and healthcare in the country.

The expo was co-organised by the Andalus Trade, Show, Exhibits and Events (TSEE) company and the Algeria Press Service.

The TSEE said a virtual international exhibition on food and beverages is scheduled for November 1-16 in Algeria. Companies from seven countries have lined up to attend, including those from Germany, Turkey, Jordan, and Vietnam.

Vietnamese Trade Counsellor in Algeria Hoang Duc Nhuan said the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT)’s Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency (VIETRADE) also coordinated with Vietnam trade offices abroad and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to hold an online international trade conference on Vietnamese food and farm produce from September 22-25, which attracted over 150 importers from 28 countries and territories worldwide, including 10 Algerian firms.

From July to September, MoIT’s Department of Asian-African Markets and VIETRADE, in cooperation with Vietnam trade offices overseas, held two online seminars in Hanoi and HCM City introducing Vietnam’s export-import potential to companies in Africa and the Middle East, with hundreds of Vietnamese enterprises participating.

According to the General Department of Vietnam Customs, two-way trade between Vietnam and Algeria hit nearly 120 million USD in the first eight months of this year, down 11 percent year-on-year. Vietnam’s exports to the African country were mostly coffee, pepper, aquatic products, metals, and chemicals, while it imported paper, pharmaceuticals, and animal feed./.