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Global shipbuilding expo launches

Update: February, 29/2012 - 10:41

 

Visitors look at a hydraulic motor displayed at the 6th Vietship expo which began yesterday in Ha Noi. — VNA/VNS Photo The Duyet
HA NOI — The 6th International Exhibition on Shipbuilding, Marine Technology and Transportation (Vietship 2012) will be an opportunity for businesses to co-operate in the context of the global economic meltdown.

The three-day event, which kicked off at the National Convention Centre in Ha Noi yesterday, has attracted 300 stalls from more than 200 companies including those from leading marine industry nations such as Japan, South Korea, China, the Netherlands, Poland, Finland, Norway, France, Singapore, Russia and Spain.

In a speech delivered at the opening ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai said the Government had built a restructuring programme for the shipbuilding industry as well as a strategy to develop the maritime shipping sector.

The Government targeted to develop multi-ownership and technology strategies for Viet Nam's maritime industry, the deputy PM added.

He said the country's shipbuilding sector had had to cope with challenges such as its business and financial management ability, its technology and the global economic crisis.

Hai said he hoped that the national shipbuilding and maritime transport industries would see high growth with the support and co-operation of countries in the sector.

He urged businesses to restructure and ensure their financial health ahead of seeking international investors.

General Director of the Viet Nam Shipbuilding Industry Group (VINASHIN) Truong Van Tuyen said that over 10 years of successful organisation, Vietship had become the focal point of the local and regional sector.

"The exhibition has done much for the prestige and brand development of Viet Nam's shipbuilding industry via the signing of contracts related to shipbuilding for export, investment cooperation, joint ventures and the supply of marine materials and equipment," Tuyen said.

He added that the exhibition would provide an introduction platform for advanced technologies, equipment, services, ship designs and the latest industrial processes in manufacturing.

Nguyen Quoc Anh, VINASHIN deputy general director, said the event had attracted domestic and international investors who are expected to sign deals worth up to US$100 million.

At the exhibition, organised by Vinashin Group and CIS Viet Nam, symposium were held with the theme "Future Market – Opportunities and Challenges" and "Supplier Forum" to discuss future opportunities and challenges related to the shipbuilding industry.

The organising board plans to review and award typical products, services and outstanding exhibition display areas. — VNS

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