Speaking at the opening ceremony, Deputy Standing Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee Le Thanh Liem stressed that the festival aimed to strengthen friendship and cooperation between ASEAN countries and international partners, promote trade, investment, tourism, education and cultural exchanges between Vietnam and other countries, especially ASEAN nations.
The event organized by the People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City is also to celebrate the 43rd Reunification Day (April 30) and the 3rd founding anniversary of the ASEAN Economic Community.
It features more than 150 display booths, including 110 trade pavilions and over 40 cuisine stalls.
Visitors will have a chance to enjoy a wide range of activities during the event, such as traditional art performances presenting various cultures, exhibition on products of Vietnam and ASEAN countries, sport games, the screening of clips promoting tourism and products of participating countries, don ca tai tu (southern amateur music), Central Highlands gong performance.
The event will run until April 22.