Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesia and Vietnam are commemorating 63 years of bilateral relations through fashion diplomacy at the 2018 International Fashion Fair in Vietnam, as stated in a statement from the Indonesian Embassy in Hanoi received by ANTARA here Sunday.

Through the Indonesian Pavilion at the Vietnam International Fashion Fair 2018, the Indonesian Embassy in Hanoi facilitates 34 national brands to promote their products.

The event is held on December 13-18 at the International Center for Exhibition (ICE) in Hanoi.

The Indonesian Pavilion at the 2018 Vietnam International Fashion Fair was opened on December 13, 2018 by the Indonesian Ambassador to Vietnam, Ibnu Hadi.

The event was attended by ambassadors and representatives of diplomatic missions in Hanoi, representatives from Vietnamese ministries/agencies, the Ministry of Trade and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, and the business community in Hanoi and the vicinity areas.

"The Indonesian Pavilion provides an added value and is one of the extraordinary models of fashion diplomacy," Ambassador Ibnu Hadi said.

He stressed that the Indonesian Pavilion could expand market for national products, become a place for creative ideas exchange, and help realize interests of the Indonesian fashion industries.

Ambassador Ibnu Hadi hoped that a mutually beneficial bilateral trade of Indonesia and Vietnam worth US$10 billion could be achieved by 2020.

In the first ten months of 2018, the value of bilateral trade between Indonesia and Vietnam reached US$6.3 billion, up from US$5.3 billion achieved in the same period in 2017.

In 2017, the total trade between Indonesia and Vietnam increased by 16.36 percent to US$6.5 billion, up from US$5.58 billion in 2016.

Reporting by Yuni Arisandy
Editing by Libertina, Yoseph Hariyadi

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