|Traditional foods on display at the pavilion of Vietnam at the International Fair of Caen in France
The fair is an opportunity for Vietnam to promote cultural exchange with France, bridge the two countries’ markets and deepen mutual understanding between the two countries’ people, Thiep said.
The 860-sqm pavilion of Vietnam features areas for promotion of culture, tourism and trade, a performance stage and a restaurant. Visitors can learn about the country’s distinctive culture through various folk performances, traditional foods and sophisticated handicrafts and souvenirs.
It is part of activities to mark the 45th anniversary of the Vietnam – France diplomatic ties and the 5th year of the two nations’ Strategic Partnership.
This year has seen remarkable steps made by the two countries to boost the bilateral relations, particularly the visit of General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong to France in March and the upcoming visit of French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe to Vietnam this November, the Vietnamese ambassador said.
A number of agreements and business contracts have been inked this year, alongside the hosting of many cultural exchange events, he added.
The International Fair of Caen is a platform to foster cooperation between Vietnamese localities and Normandie as the two sides expect Phu Tho of Vietnam and Caen of France will soon achieve fruitful cooperation results, contributing to the success of the 11th locality cooperation conference between the two nations to be held in Toulouse in April 2019.