Furnishing, handicrafts fair opens in HCM City

Wednesday, Mar 08, 2017 18:30

A booth at the VIFA-EXPO 2017, which is being held at HCM City’s Saigon Exhibition and Convention Centre until March 11. — VNS Photo Xuan Huong.

A wide range of indoor and outdoor furniture, handicrafts, and interior furnishing and accessories are on display at the 2017 Viet Nam International Furniture and Home Accessories Fair (VIFA-EXPO 2017) that opened in HCM City on March 8.

This year the number of exhibitors has increased by 23 per cent to 313 and the number of booths by 24 per cent to 1,532, Nguyen Quoc Khanh, chairman of the Handicraft and Wood Industry Association of HCM City (Hawa), said.

Vietnamese and overseas firms based here account for a third of the exhibitors while the rest are foreign.

The number of foreign firms has gone up by 72 per cent. They are from 14 countries and territories, including Singapore, Taiwan, the US, Australia, Canada, China, and Italy, and have brought 100 brands, he said.

To serve international visitors, expected to number 4,500, the association has turned to the HCM City Tourism Association for assistance with hotels, transport, visas, travel, and other arrangements, Khanh said.

Inaugurating the event, Bui Huy Son, head of the Viet Nam Trade Promotion Agency, said despite intense competition and trade barriers Viet Nam Nam’s wood and wood product exports last year topped US$7 billion to remain among the country’s top 10 export items.

This was made possible by enterprises improving their production capacity and design and product quality and effective support from business groups and trade promotion agencies.

The fair offers an opportunity for trade promotion by bringing local and international companies together, he said.

A seminar on technical standards for wood glue quality was held on the opening day.

Organised by the city Department of Industry and Trade, Hawa, and Hawa Corporation, the fair at the Sai Gon Exhibition and Convention Centre will go on until March 11. — VNS

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