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|Lefaso officials announce the international footwear and leather events due to take place in Vietnam next month - Photo: Thu Nguyet|
The Vietnam Leather and Footwear Association (Lefaso) said at a news briefing that the International Footwear Conference to be attended by its 12 member countries would be hosted in Vietnam on September 6-7. Representatives of 12 leather and footwear associations from the member countries, including China, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand, will join the conference.
Nguyen Duc Thuan, chairman of Lefaso, said the conference would bring opportunities for Vietnamese enterprises to learn and share experience as well as look for potential partners.
Diep Thanh Kiet, vice chairman of the association, added the conference was also expected to present solutions to help members improve product quality and tap into the regional market instead of just focusing on export to America and Europe.
Beside the conference, Vietnam will host the international footwear and leather exhibition with 200 stands in Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center in HCMC’s District 7 on September 8-11. Some 120 footwear and leather goods manufacturers, including 30 Vietnamese producers will join the exhibition to promote their brand images and find partners.
Ricky Tran, representative of Top Repute Co., Ltd. as the organizer of the exhibition, said about 100 Chinese enterprises were expected to come to Vietnam to sound out investment opportunities and look for producers interested in receiving outsourcing contracts from Chinese ones.
Tran said the exhibition would promote new products of Asian producers to boost trade in the region.
Beside the two events, Lefaso will honor excellent local footwear producers and announce the long-term development strategy of the industry on the occasion of the 20th year of the association.
A general strategy to develop the industry has been jointly prepared by Lefaso and Vietnam Leather and Footwear Research Institute, and is awaiting the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s approval. It’s expected to solve local footwear producers’ current challenges, including shortage of labor, materials and designs.