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Vietnam to move centre stage next week

Vietnam to move centre stage next week

Ho Chi Minh City: The European equipment sector will be to the fore as industry players converge on Vietnam in coming days to attend events surrounding the Maritime Vietnam 2006 show being held in Ho Chi Minh City next week.

A one-week Norwegian study tour, comprising some 20 persons from more than a dozen marine companies, has already arrived in the country, touring the facilities of shipbuilding corporation Vinashin as well as visiting shipowner Vinalines.

Organised by Norwegian Maritime Exporters (NME), a highlight of the tour will be the signing of a Letter of Intent between Vinashin and NME to enter into closer co-operation to support Norwegian companies in entering the Vietnamese maritime market, and to identify possible Vietnamese partners and shipyards.

The group will also visit the Maritime Vietnam 2006 exhibition being held in Ho Chi Minh City, November 7-9. Holland will have a particularly strong presence at the show as Feature Country with some 25 companies represented on the Holland pavilion, which will cover an area of 300 sq mtr. And Damen Shipyards' Pim Sherman will be among attendees, delivering a presentation 'Shipbuilding in Vietnam: an opportunity or threat."

However, Vinashin is at pains to emphasise that it is not taking part at the Maritime Vietnam event, which it does not want linked in any way to its own Vietship trade show which took place earlier in the year in Hanoi.  [03/11/06]