International textile, garment expo opens in HCMC

Wednesday, 10/04/2024 18:43
The Saigon Textile & Garment Industry – Fabric & Garment Accessories Expo 2024 (Saigontex - Saigonfabric 2024) kicked off in Ho Chi Minh City on April 10, said the Vietnam News Agency.
The opening ceremony of the 2024 Vietnam Saigon Textile & Garment Industry – Fabric & Garment Accessories Expo in HCM City on April 10. (Photo: VNA)

Saigontex - Saigonfabric 2024, covering an area of over 30,000 sq.m in one outdoor and two indoor halls, has attracted over 1,000 exhibitors from over 20 countries and territories, including Belgium, China, Germany, Hong Kong (China), India, Italy, Japan and the host Vietnam.

On display include textile and garment machinery and parts, fabrics and non-woven fabrics, dyes and chemicals, and accessories.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Chairman of the Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association (VITAS) Vu Duc Giang said the country’s textile and garment exports were worth 10 billion USD in the first quarter, a year-on-year increase of nearly 10%, and are expected to top 44 billion USD this year.

The expo has gathered big brand names from major textile and garment manufacturing and supplying countries, offering a very good opportunity for Vietnam’s textile industry to integrate deeper into the global supply chain, he said.

Within the framework of the expo, there will be seminars on eco-friendly conversion, sustainable solutions and innovative textiles, digital transformation, yarn to fashion; product presentation programmes; business matching sessions; and fashion parades.

Organised by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, VITAS, Vinatex, the Association of Garments, Textiles, Embroidery and Knitting of HCM City, CP Exhibition LTD (Hong Kong), and CP Vietnam Exhibition Organising Co., Ltd, the expo, held at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Centre will last until April 13.

Vietnamese swimmers win golds, set new records at Thai championships

Vietnamese swimmers won two gold medals and set two records at the ongoing Thailand Age Group Swimming Championships 2024 in Bangkok, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

Tran Hung Nguyen finished first in the men's 400m individual medley category in a time of 4min 23.89sec, leaving his nearest rival Navaphat Wongcharoen of the host country behind by almost half the length of the pool.

Nguyen's result was also a new record of the tournament, beating the one of 4:26.54 set by Peter Harry Whittington of Hong Kong last year.

Tran Hung Nguyen won a gold in the men's 400IM at the Thailand Age Group
Swimming Championships 2024 in Bangkok. (Photo: VNS/VNA)

Meanwhile, Nguyen Huy Hoang won in the men's 1,500m in 15:37.29, also a new tournament record.

Both Nguyen and Hoang took part in the Thai event as it is a recognised event of the International Swimming Federation. Athletes who reach Olympics' A standards will secure spots at the Paris Games.

Despite the golds and record, the Vietnamese swimmers did not qualify.

Currently, Vietnam only has one place in Paris with Hoang in the 800m event after he took bronze at the 19th Asian Games last year.

At the previous 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Vietnam had two representatives, Hoang in 800m freestyle and 1500m, and Nguyen Thi Anh Vien in the women's 200m and 800m freestyle.

Vietnamese anise exports to India skyrocket by 178% in March

Vietnam’s anise exports to the Indian market in March skyrocketed by 178% compared to the previous month with 645 tonnes, accounting for a proportion of nearly 65%, Radio the Voice of Vietnam quoted statistics released by the Vietnam Pepper Association (VPA).

The country raked in US$5.4 million from exporting 998 tonnes of anise in March, representing an annual increase of 79% in output.

In the first quarter of the year, the nation shipped 2,435 tonnes of anise abroad worth US$13.3 million, down 27% in output and 38% in turnover.

Vietnamese anise exports to India skyrocket by 178% in March (Photo: VOV)

With regard to export markets, India represented the largest consumer of Vietnamese anise in the reviewed period with 1,376 tonnes, suffering a fall of 39% and accounting for a proportion of 56.5%.

The United States was the third largest export market with 212 tonnes, making up for 8.7% of the overall proportion and a drop of 16% on-year.

Last year saw the nation earn US$83 million from exporting 16,136 tonnes of anise, up 26% in volume. India remained the country’s largest export market with 499 tonnes, accounting for a proportion of 57%.

Ninh Binh listed among world’s top 10 less-visited wonders

The northern province of Ninh Binh has been named among the list of the top 10 less-visited wonders of the world, Radio the Voice of Vietnam quoted the information compiled by media outlet the Daily Mail of the UK.

A part of Trang An Eco Tourism Complex (Photo: VNA)

With its towering run of jagged karst pinnacles, Ninh Binh is just as dramatic a sight as the better-known Ha Long Bay, although it doesn’t come with hordes of tourists, according to the publication.

Located just two hours south of Hanoi and bordered by rivers, farms, and temples, it’s best discovered by bike or by gliding downstream on a sampan, it wrote.

Daily Mail also suggests that travelers should visit this place in October and November when water levels are high and the rice fields are ready for harvest.

Tam Coc - Bich Dong tourist area (Photo: VNA)

A 12-night tour of Vietnamese landscapes is available, which spends two nights in Ninh Binh, including flights into Hanoi and back from Ho Chi Minh City, transfers, most meals, and some excursions.

Other places to make the list include ancient Tibet, the Namib Desert, and Dominica’s boiling lake./.

Compiled by BTA