At the trade fair (Photo: An Giang newspaper) Of the figure, local businesses earned nearly VND500 million in total revenue, while notable sectors that enjoyed high sales at the fair include consumer goods, plant varieties, wood, garments and textiles, and footwear. Le Trung Hieu, deputy head of the organizing board highlighted the great significance of accelerating trade exchanges between Vietnam and countries in the Greater Mekong Sub-region. The fair is part of the national trade promotion programme for 2019 which has been approved by the Minister of Industry and Trade. This is the first time such a fair has been elevated to the national and international level from a provincial border expo. Over 110 Vietnamese and Cambodian businesses showcased their products across 240 booths in fields such as agro-fisheries, consumer goods, handicrafts, and home decoration items, among others. The trade fair has helped boost An Giang’s position as a gateway for businesses that seek to strengthen trade exchanges and co-operation with regional partners, as well as those which are looking to introduce domestic goods to markets throughout the Greater Mekong Sub-region. The event has also served to help the province fully tap into its potential as a border economy, which in turn will bolster exports and attract greater investment.