The event was jointly held by the Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Vietnam Trade Office in Kunming, and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) in Yunnan province.

Head of the Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency Vu Ba Phu said Yunnan shares a border with Vietnam and has traditional friendship with many Vietnamese localities, which is important within overall Vietnam-China trade ties.

Lychee is one of Vietnam's main exports to China.

Economic and trade cooperation with the Chinese province has seen encouraging outcomes in recent times, he said, adding that in its annual trade promotion plans for China, the agency gives priority to trade fairs, exhibitions, and the exchange of trade delegations in Yunnan.

The agency has also been supporting Vietnamese businesses to further tighten trade relations with their counterparts in Yunnan.

Though COVID-19 has been largely controlled in the two countries, traditional bilateral trade is yet to fully resume.

Online trade exchanges, therefore, offer opportunities for businesses, especially those involved in farm produce and food, to maintain links.

Phu said Vietnam has become a supply center for farm produce and food in Asia. Many Vietnamese products have improved in quality and price, better meeting the increasing demand of businesses and people in Yunnan.

Hu Suo Jin, Minister Counselor at the Chinese Embassy in Vietnam, said Vietnam and China in general and Yunnan in particular should work closely together and enhance trade promotion activities, not only by traditional methods but also online methods.

Meanwhile, Liu Guang Xi, Head of the CCPIT in Yunnan, suggested the two sides increase trade exchanges to help bilateral trade thrive in the time to come.

Source: VNA