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Vietnam represented at ASEAN-India Expo and Forum 2017

Released at: 14:37, 04/08/2017

Vietnam represented at ASEAN-India Expo and Forum 2017

Photo: Hoang Thu (VET)

Representatives from Vietnam attending the ASEAN-India Expo and Forum in Bangkok from August 2-5.

by Thu Hoang

Some 20 Vietnamese enterprises, including Bibica, the Bich Chi Food Company, the BinhTien Inmex Corp. (Biti’s) and others are attending and seizing opportunities for trade cooperation at the ASEAN-India Expo and Forum, which is running from August 2 to 5 at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center in the Thai capital of Bangkok.

The event has been organized to mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the partnership between ASEAN and India.

On August 3, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha gave a keynote address while India’s Minister of Commerce and Industry Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman presented opening remarks and participated in the roundtable discussion.

“ASEAN and India are both essential parts of the world’s economy,” said Prime Minister Chan-o-cha. “If they can work together in harmony, it will generate a very powerful force and be a very large market that can drive the world economy forward at an incredible speed. It will certainly bring about a change in terms of both economy and society.”

He added that the application and implementation of ASEAN and India’s potential for mutual prosperity needs to be developed from the very foundations in the following aspects: the development of digital government to facilitate, answer needs, and reduce opportunity cost within the private sector; the development of innovation and technology by injecting research and development (R&D) funds in the development of ecosystems, agriculture, and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs); and the development of human resources to deal with increasing challenges and opportunities in the modern age of the Internet of Things amid a volatile global economic situation.

Vietnamese Booth at  the ASEAN-India Expo in Bangkok. Photo: Hoang Thu

Attending the forum, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports & Tourism Trinh Thi Thuy expressed her belief that it will create the conditions necessary to connect ASEAN and India and promote the strategic partnership between the two.

Organized by Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce in cooperation with partners from both the public and private sectors, the ASEAN-India Expo & Forum will strengthen the strategic partnership, boost trade and investment, bolster tourism connectivity, and attract business and investment from outside the region.

In addition to brainstorming and exchanging information between leaders from both ASEAN and India, the forum also features a series of networking facilitation activities in one-on-one meetings, business matching, and young entrepreneur networking.

Comprising panel discussions, a roundtable discussion, and special lectures, the forum is being held over two days, August 3 and 4, at the Ballroom of the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, while the expo, with the theme “Creative and Digital”, features a series of cultural performances and box office movies from both Thailand and India daily until August 5, at Plenary Hall, on the second floor of Hall C, and the Atrium.

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