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Wood products expo to help VN firms network

Update: October, 15/2015 - 09:00
Around 280 companies from 21 countries and territories including France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, India and Taiwan are showcasing 1,200 machines besides components, industrial wood products and services at over 500 stalls at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center in District 7. — Photo baohaiquan
HCM CITY (Biz Hub) — The Vietnam Woodworking Industry Fair that opened in HCM City yesterday is expected to help businesses in the sector find trade and investment partners and thus bolster their competitiveness amid the country's global integration.

Around 280 companies from 21 countries and territories including France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, India and Taiwan are showcasing 1,200 machines besides components, industrial wood products and services at over 500 stalls at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center in District 7.

The event, organised every two years by Vinexad and Chan Chao Int'l of Taiwan, helps companies meet clients, consolidate business ties and familiarise themselves with new technologies, according to Pham Quynh Giang, vice chairman of Vinexad.

Phan Thi Thanh Minh, head of the Southern Operation Department, Ministry of Industry and Trade, said: "Viet Nam's economy is integrating deeply into the regional and world economies. In 2015 there are many important events related to international economic integration: the Viet Nam – Korea free trade agreement signed in early May, the trade agreement between Viet Nam and the Asia – Europe Economic Union in late May, the Trans-Pacific Partnership across the Pacific concluded early this month, and the ASEAN Economic Community which comes into being in late 2015."

She said the agreements would bring growth opportunities for Vietnamese enterprises, including those in the wood processing and exporting sector, but also fiercer competition.

Wood products have become a major export item for Viet Nam in recent years, with exports sustaining a high growth rate. Last year shipments of timber products were valued at US$4.3 billion, up 14.1 per cent from 2013. In the first nine months of this year exports grew 8.5 per cent to $3.4 billion. — VNS

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