19th Vietnam-China border trade fair opens in Lao Cai

The 19th Vietnam-China border economic and trade fair kicked off in Lao Cai city of the northern province of the same name on November 12.
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The event, part of the 2019 National Trade Promotion Programme, is being organised by the Trade Promotion Agency under the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT), the Lao Cai Department of Industry and Trade, and the trade authorities of Honghe prefecture of China’s Yunnan province.

19th vietnam china border trade fair opens in lao cai
Visitors at the fair. (Photo: baolaocai.vn)

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Vice Chairman of the Lao Cai People’s Committee Le Ngoc Hung stressed that the Lao Cai and China’s Yunnan province have nurtured a traditional friendship. The two localities have over the years joined hands to foster socio-economic development.

Export-import revenues through Lao Cai-Hekou border gates report an average growth of nearly 20 percent per year, while the flow of tourist through their border gates rises over 21 percent annually, he noted.

The bilateral cooperation in agriculture, education, health care, culture, sports and crime prevention recorded fruitful results, Hung added.

With more than 800 booths set up by Vietnamese and Chinese businesses, and those from Thailand and the Republic of Korea, the fair introduces a wide range of farm produce, seafood, building materials and handicrafts.

The annual event is rotationally held by Vietnam’s Lao Cai province and China’s Yunnan province, aiming to promote trade between investors from the two countries and others.

It offers a chance for participating businesses to promote their products and seek opportunities to expand the markets.

Within the framework of the five-day event, there will be a seminar on economic and trade cooperation between Lao Cai and Yunnan provinces, and the signing of contracts between Vietnamese and Chinese enterprises. As many as 24 businesses of the two sides have registered to ink contracts worth more than 300 million USD.

On the occasion, a Chinese delegation will pay fact-finding trips to industrial establishments, border gate economic zones and tourist destinations of Lao Cai.

Vietnam has seven provinces bordering China, namely Lang Son, Quang Ninh, Ha Giang, Lai Chau, Lao Cai, Cao Bang and Dien Bien.

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(Source: VNA)