Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has officially commenced the Vietnamese Goods Week in Singapore within the framework of his ongoing visit to the city-state from November 13 to 15.
PM Phuc, along with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh and Singaporean Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, attended the opening ceremony of the event on Tuesday evening.
The activity was part of the Vietnamese’s premier trip to Singapore to attend the 33rd ASEAN Summit and related meetings.
Vietnam is the only ASEAN member nation to organize the fair on the sidelines of the summit.
|Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Singaporean Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong (L, 3rd) cut the ribbon to kick-start the event. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
Running from November 13 to 25, the Vietnamese Goods Week is aimed at promoting hundreds of Vietnamese agro-fishery products and commodities to Singaporean and international consumers.
Themed ‘Vivid Vietnam,’ the event is held by Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade, in coordination with Vietnamese retailer Saigon Co.op and Singaporean supermarket chain FairPrice.
|PM Phuc holds a bottle of fish sauce made in Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
It also marks the 45th anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic relationship.
According to Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh, the Vietnamese Goods Week in Singapore offers chances to expand cooperation models between the two countries’ businesses.
Seah Kim Peng, FairPrice’s CEO, stated that Vietnamese products, such as rice, seafood, and fresh fruits, have become more well known among Singaporean families.
|Consumers browse for products at the Vietnamese Goods Week. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
There have been positive achievements in the cooperation between FairPrice and Saigon Co.op, Peng continued, adding that the ties will continue flourishing in the future.
Nearly 700 Vietnamese products are being sold at more than 300 FairPrice supermarkets across Singapore, Nguyen Anh Duc, deputy general director of Saigon Co.op, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.