The 21st Vietnam International Trade Fair (Vietnam Expo 2011) opened at the Vietnam Exhibition and Fair Centre in Hanoi on April 6. With the theme “Vietnam-Integration and Development”, the Vietnam Expo focused on agricultural products, processed food, timber products, indoor and outdoor furniture, handicrafts, the fashion industry, electricity and electronics industry, information technology, machinery and equipment, construction and construction materials, printing, packages and services. The fair attracted businesses from 20 countries and territories, including the US, China, Japan, Russia, India, Cuba, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, the Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong (China), Indonesia, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Nigeria, Thailand, Pakistan, and United Arab Emirates (UEA). In particular, 70 Indian businesses attended the fair with the aim of seeking partners and establishing investment and trade relations with Vietnamese businesses. To help businesses make the most of the fair, the Trade Promotion Department under the Ministry of Industry and Trade organised import-export linking activities at Vietnam’s “export promotion” stand. During the fair, a wide range of activities will take place to strengthen friendship and cooperation between domestic and foreign businesses, such as seminars and talks on trade promotion, signing ceremonies for key contracts, a ceremony to present medals and certificates of merit, and tours of industrial zones and markets.