A wide range of products in the fields of electronics - machinery and supporting industries, digital technology, e-commerce, and food, as well as numerous export commodities groups will be introduced during the event, said Radio the Voice of Vietnam.
Most notably, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through the Improving Private Sector Competitiveness Project (IPSC), will support 20 small Vietnamese enterprises to display their products and services at the expo.
The highlight of the expo 2023 will be the Korean national pavilion. According to organisers, this is the 24th consecutive year that the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) has selected Vietnam Expo as a special event to promote trade in the light industry, smart and consumer electronics, and both the food and beauty sectors.
Furthermore, the pavilion of Chinese provinces and cities is expected to open up bright prospects ahead for trade promotion between Vietnam and China after a period of suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
To mark 10 years of the Vietnam - Indonesia strategic partnership, the Indonesian national pavilion will focus on business opportunities between the two countries, along with introducing Indonesia’s landscapes, culture and people.
As the special guest of the Vietnam Expo, Poland will bring to the event a stall themed “Tasteful EUROPE”, aiming to introduce high-quality agricultural products from Europe to the domestic market.
Vietnamese documentary films screened in France
Documentary films produced by young Vietnamese directors are being screened in a special programme entitled “L’aventure Varan Vietnam” (Adventure of Varan Vietnam) under the umbrella of the Cinéma du Réel 2023 (International documentary film festival) which is underway in Paris from March 24- April 2, according to the Vietnam News Agency.
Director Ha Le Diem’s “Nhung dua tre trong suong” (Children of the Mist), Tran Phuong Thao’s “Uoc mo lam cong nhan” (Pomelo), “Chuyen di cuoi cung cua chi Phung” (The last journey of madame Phung) by Nguyen Thi Tham are three among 20 works introduced at the event.
The works were created in training programmes conducted by Varan Vietnam Productions since 2004.
Speaking at a screening, Vietnamese Ambassador to France Dinh Toan Thang highlighted the significant meaning of the event in welcoming the 50th anniversary of Vietnam-France diplomatic relations and the tenth anniversary of the two countries' strategic partnership. He also expressed his hope that intriguing experience through the movies will liven up the special bond between Vietnam and France.
The films reflect lives and emotions of individuals or communities in all walks of life in an open society. Through art works, young filmmakers want to express the desire to rise up of ordinary Vietnamese people.
Founded by Jean Rouch in 1978, Ateliers Varan is a programme dedicated to Direct Cinema and to training filmmakers across the world. In 2004, a team of instructors led by André Van In organized the first Varan workshop in Hanoi. Since then, nine workshops have been held in Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City.
In 2012, a handful of participants created their own production company, soon followed by their own training programme, Varan Vietnam, in 2016. Several films were born out of this experience and enjoyed screenings in numerous festivals, including Ha Le Diem’s Children of the Mist, which took home the Clarens Prize for Humanist Documentary Filmmaking during the 2022 edition of Cinéma du Réel.
Vientiane-Da Nang direct air route launched
Lao Airlines officially put a direct air route from Vientiane to Da Nang into operation on March 30, with the debut flight carrying the first 150 passengers to coastal Vietnamese city from the Lao capital, Radio the Voice of Vietnam reported.
Upon their arrival, disembarking passengers were greeted to a lively welcome ceremony with a lion dance performance.
As part of the occasion, the carrier also offered three vouchers for round-trip air tickets for the Vientiane-Da Nang route to three lucky passengers.
The airline will use an Airbus A320 aircraft on the Vientiane - Da Nang route with two flights running per week on Thursdays and Sundays. The journey is expected to last for one hour and 15 minutes.
Lao Airlines has been operating direct flights to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. These routes are anticipated to attract more passengers from countries such as the Republic of Korea and China, with Vientiane becoming transit points for passengers heading to Vietnam.
Furthermore, the new air service is of great significance to Da Nang tourism as it not only links the central city to Laos, but it also connects to other tourism markets in the northeast region of Thailand.
Last year witnessed Laos rank 10th among the top 10 major tourism markets of Da Nang, with the number of passengers reaching nearly 10,000, duly accounting for 2.1% of the total number of tourists to the central coastal city.
Nguyen Xuan Binh, deputy director of the Da Nang city Department of Tourism, said the central city has actively restored international markets as part of activities aimed at reviving the local tourism industry.
In particular, the rising number of flights to Da Nang city during the initial months of the year represents a positive sign for the recovery and development of the Da Nang aviation and tourism market, Binh added.
Vietnamese painting sold for EUR200,000 at French auction
The oil painting "Portrait of my mother” by the late veteran painter Nguyen Nam Son fetched EUR200,000 as it was sold on March 30 by auction house Art Research Paris in France, said Radio the Voice of Vietnam.
This iconic portrait featuring the artist’s mother represents a classical local art masterpiece. The painting won the silver medal at the Fine Art exhibition in France back in 1932 and was subsequently bought by a French person a year later.
The painting features the historical value of the country's fine arts and has a deep meaning in terms of the culture of the Vietnamese people.
Painter Nguyen Nam Son, whose real name was Nguyen Van Tho, was born in 1890 in Hanoi.
Nguyen Nam Son and Victor Tardieu are the two founders of the Indochina Fine Arts College, the first Fine Arts school in South-East Asia which ran from 1925 to 1945. The talented artist had been a teacher of many Vietnamese painters and contributed to the development of fine arts locally.
He passed away on January 26, 1973, at the age of 83 in Hanoi./.