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19th International Shoes & Leather Exhibition underway

Released at: 17:35, 13/07/2017

19th International Shoes & Leather Exhibition underway

19th Shoes & Leather Exhibition in SECC. Photo: ITC

Expo being held at Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center in HCMC from July 12 to 14.

by Khanh Chi

The 19th International Shoes & Leather Exhibition is a great opportunity for Vietnamese and Italian footwear and leather businesses to meet, talk, and share information about each country’s market, as well as to find partners, boost exports, and expand markets.

Organized by Top Repute in cooperation with the Leather, Footwear and Handbag Association (LEFASO), the expo is being held at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center (SECC) in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 7 from July 12 to 14.

Twenty-nine Italian enterprises at the exhibition are manufacturers of machinery, equipment, and chemicals used in footwear and leather-related industries, including major names in the Italian market as well as the world. This clearly shows the interest of Italian businesses in the Vietnamese market.

The event aims to realize the commitment to increasing two-way between Vietnam and Italy to $6 billion in the 2017-2018 period, as agreed by the two sides during the visit by State President Tran Dai Quang to Italy in November last year.

Footwear is an industry of great investment interest to Italian businesses in Vietnam. As a country with remarkable success in footwear and leather, Italy hopes to help Vietnamese businesses improve product quality and enhance cooperation between businesses. The exhibition provides an opportunity for Vietnamese and Italian enterprises to identify partnership opportunities and improve investment.

“Trade activities such as this exhibition, which is being attended by many Italian businesses, are a great opportunity for Vietnam and Italy to enhance cooperation in the footwear and leather industry,” said Mr. Paolo Lemma, Director of the Italian Trade Commission (ITC) in Vietnam. “We are always willing to support Vietnamese footwear and leather enterprises in boosting cooperation with their Italian counterparts, as well as to transfer technology and sign agreements in manufacturing and distribution for the leather industry.”

At the same time, the first ever Italian - Vietnamese Footwear Technology Center in Vietnam, the result of a project between the ITC, ASSOMAC from Italy, and Vietnam’s LEFASO, will be opened in southern Binh Duong province. Italy will bring to Vietnam state-of-the-art machinery and technology as well as leading experts in the shoes and leather industry.

The ITC in Vietnam is a non-profit government organization with the purpose of helping Italian businesses and investors find opportunities in Vietnam. Its office contributes to boosting the globalization of Italian companies in line with the strategy of the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, providing information, support, and advice to Italian and foreign businesses to cooperate and invest in each country.

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