By THE NATION
Central Group is confident that the event will create opportunities for both Thai and Vietnamese investors to expand business for mutual growth.
Tos Chirathivat, executive chairman and CEO of Central Group, said Thailand and Asean member Vietnam have a long-established relationship of trade and investment, while diplomatic relations go back over 40 years.
“For these reasons, Central Group has joined Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade, Central Vietnam and Central Food Retail to host Vietnamese Goods Week in Thailand Year 2 to promote international business and trade opportunities by distributing outstanding Vietnamese products to be better known among Thai people,” he said.
The opening ceremonies of the event taking place at Central Plaza Ladprao until Sunday were to be presided over by Vietnam’s prime minister, alongside Pichet Durongkaveroj, the Thai digital economy and society minister; Wanvilai Promlakano, deputy Bangkok governor; and senior executives of Central Group.
Products on show are all “Made in Vietnam”. They are on sale at outlets of Central Group in Vietnam.
Consumer goods are in over 60 sales booths, more than 300 SKUs and divided into consumables and non-food products.
Consumables include tea, coffee, nuts, and fresh fruit such as lychee and dragon fruit.
There are also dried fruit, sausages, rice products like prawn crackers and noodles, lingzhi mushrooms and coconut products such as candy and cakes.
Non-food products include home appliances, household utensils, kitchen and bathroom equipment, shoes, bags, accessories, menswear and womenswear, scarves and stationery.
There are also bamboo products such as bags, tables, chairs and clothing.
The event gives Thais the opportunity to purchase many products shipped directly from Vietnam without having to travel there, while it may inspire them to visit the neighbouring country.
The event will also be another channel for over 60 Thai entrepreneurs from both large companies and SMEs to learn about Vietnamese products and negotiate business-to-business deals with their Vietnamese counterparts.
It will also create relationships to expand Thai investment in Vietnam in the future.
At the event, Central Group is expected to sign a memorandum of understanding with Vietnam’s Industry and Trade Ministry to hold the second Vietnamese Goods Week in Thailand and to hold the event annually from now on.
Central Group is aligned to support the distribution of Vietnamese products as well as agricultural products.
It hopes that Vietnam will continue to provide support and trust to this collaboration among the state, the private sector and Central Group.
This will promote mutual trade and investment on a basis of common benefit to improve the standard of living of both countries in the future.