08:47 | 22/06/2016 Trade
Over 10 Vietnamese enterprises in different sectors and industries, including agriculture, machinery, pharmaceuticals and handicrafts, are displaying their best products at the Southern African International Trade Exhibition (SAITEX), which opened in Johannesburg, South Africa, on June 19.
Visitors at the fair (Photo: VNA)
Various kinds of farm produce, construction materials, electrical equipment, fine arts and handicraft items, as well as pharmaceutical products from Vietnam are vying for attention alongside products from over 30 other countries.
In the morning of June 19 alone, the Vietnamese pavilion welcomed over 1,000 visitors, including officials of the ruling African National Congress party, the Indonesian and Pakistan ambassadors, and representatives from the diplomatic corps and trade offices of some African and Asian nations.
Deputy Director of the Hanoi Department of Industry and Trade Tran Thi Phuong Lan said the city authorities encouraged its businesses to participate in trade promotion activities, especially in new markets like South Africa and other African nations.
Head of the Inspection Committee of the Hanoi Party Committee Tran Quang Canh, who led the Vietnamese delegation to the event, said the exhibition was a good opportunity for Vietnamese enterprises to learn more about entering the South African market and facilitating access to the larger continent.
Trade revenue between Vietnam and South Africa has reached US$1.2 billion – a bright spot of the Southeast Asian country’s economic activities in Africa, according to Vietnamese Ambassador to South Africa Le Huy Hoang.
SAITEX, the biggest exhibition of its kind on the continent, brings together 700 enterprises, producers, importers and distributors of consumer goods from over 30 countries from Africa, Europe and Asia.
This year’s event drew the participation of over 20,000 visitors./.