The opening ceremony of the Vietnam Expo 2015 (Photo:

Hanoi (VNA) – The 26th Vietnam International Trade Fair (Vietnam Expo), slated for April 13 – 16 in Hanoi, is considered an effective channel to tighten the country’s economic connections with regional and global partners.

The trade fair features 600 stands from about 500 companies, representing 23 countries and territories including India, China, Singapore, Turkey, Russia, Switzerland, and Australia, an executive of the Vietnam National Trade Fair and Advertising Company said on April 7.

The annual event will provide a platform for Vietnamese enterprises to market their products, expand the domestic market and seek partnership with foreign peers, according to Director General of the Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency (Vietrade) Bui Huy Son.

Notably, it will be attended by many companies with products that have obtained the Vietnam Value title – a symbol of prestige and quality, including Vietnam Electrical Equipment JSC, the Tran Phu Electric Mechanical JSC, the Binh Minh Plastics JSC, the Hanoi Trade Corporation, and the Hoa Tho Textile – Garment Joint Stock Company.

Meanwhile, foreign firms can gain an insight into local markets and discuss investment oppertunities, Son added.

Belarus will be the guest of honour at the expo, he said, noting that Vietnam signed a free trade agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union, of which Belarus is a member, in 2015. The signing will herald more development in trade and investment between Vietnam and the union.

Additionally, a space will be designated for displaying a special range of high quality, highly designed products. They are the result of a business support programme between Vietrade and the Republic of Korea. The programme has helped over 3,500 firms improve their product design and development since 2010.

The Vietnam Expo 2016 will also include an export promotion forum, a trade promotion discussion, workshops and contract signing. It is expected to welcome 20,000 visitors.-VNA