The Lao One District One Product (ODOP) Carnival fair, the first of its kind, is being held at Parkson Shopping Mall, Vientiane with an aim to promote domestic products.
Scheduled for Apr 1-4, the fair has drawn over 50 entrepreneurs and producers of cosmetics, handicraft products, food, beverage and consumer goods.
The opening ceremony was attended by Minister of Industry and Commerce Khampeng Saysompheng, representatives of embassies and relevant offices.
The event aims to promote the consumption of Lao products to help local producers amid Covid-19, according to Mr Khamphamith Sayasombath of Paisai Magazine.
“Among efforts we are doing to help domestic producers is One District One Product Carnival. We all understand that community product development is facing a big challenge, especially, the competition and the outbreak of COVID-19. Therefore, our department has put a lot of effort into capacity building for local entrepreneurs to help them recover from the pandemic’s economic impacts as soon as possible,” said Mr Saysomphet Norasing, Director of the Trade Promotion Department, MOIC.
The department has already granted National ODOP certificates to over 240 units (more than 870 products) in 235 villages (103 districts) nationwide with the handicraft sector sharing 56%, food and beverage 39%, and traditional herbal industry sharing 5% of the total certificates granted.
The event also features a seminar on ODOP development, access to funding for small and medium enterprises –SMEs-, and ODOP competition event.
Source: Lao News Agency