A customer chooses footwear at the border market in the Tinh Bien Commercial Zone in southern province of An Giang. This zone that borders Cambodia officially opens to promote high quality Vietnamese goods. — VNA/VNS Photo Hoang Hai
AN GIANG — The official opening of the Tinh Bien Commercial Zone in An Giang Province today coincides with a festival to promote high quality Vietnamese goods in the Tinh Bien area that borders Cambodia.
The 10ha commercial zone with duty-free businesses attract 1,500 visitors every day.
Forty-three companies have registered to conduct business in the zone, representing a total of more than VND350 billion (US$19.5 million) in registered capital. Twenty-four of them have begun operations.
Domestic and international tourists are allowed to buy imported products at the supermarket in the Tinh Bien Commercial Zone, and are exempt from import taxes, value-added tax and special consumption taxes for the first VND500,000 of purchases.
The two-day festival of Vietnamese goods attracted 60 Vietnamese businesses to display high quality goods, including textiles and garments, footwear, handicrafts, chemicals, foodstuff and construction materials.
The festival is part of Viet Nam’s efforts to enhance exports and duty-free sales to Cambodia, according to organisers.
Participating enterprises could take the opportunity to promote trade and explore distribution channels, said the An Giang People’s Committee chairman, Lam Minh Chieu.
Cambodian distributors can also sign import deals at the event.
Nguyen Minh Tri, head of the zone’s management board, said the fair played a significant role in the export of Vietnamese goods to Cambodia.
During the fair, Hau Giang Pharmaceutical Joint-Stock Company and An Giang Province’s General Hospital will provide free health check-ups for 400 poor residents living in Cambodia’s border area.
The organisers will also take preventive measures against swine flu during the event.
An Giang, sharing a 94-km-long frontier with Cambodia, is home to five international and national border gates, including Tinh Bien, Vinh Xuong, Khanh Binh, Bac Dai and Vinh Hoi Dong.
The province said total export turnover of commodities transported via the five border gates in the first eight months of 2009 was US$438 million. — VNS