Kuwait is taking part in Lyon International Fair 2013, represented by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, besides a number of companies, and the fair is held from March 22 till April, 1, 2013. Head of the ministry's delegation Mashael Al-Jassas told KUNA that this Kuwaiti participation aims at introducing the Kuwaiti national product to consumers and buyers in new markets. The ministry is keen to participate in various international fairs, and to support Kuwaiti products, which would contribute in boosting the commercial exchange between Kuwait and other countries. Kuwaiti products on offer at the fair varied between petrochemical items, cooling tools, paper and glass products, and sanitary-ware exhibited on an area of 120 square meters. The Kuwaiti pavilion also showed photos of old, modern, and contemporary Kuwaiti landmarks, along with others of various national celebrations in the country. Mayor of Lyon Gerard Collomb, and the president of Lyon chamber of commerce and industry, praised the level of development of Kuwaiti products, in remarks after they paid a visit to the Kuwait pavilion at the fair. They welcomed the Kuwaiti participation, stressing that it would contribute in enhancing commercial cooperation between the two nations. A total of eight Kuwaiti companies are taking part in the events, namely Refrigeration Industries Company, Al-Bahar Industries Company, Gulf Shore Company (Aquasan), Sa'ad Murshed General Trade and Contracting establishment, National Textile Company (NTC), Al-Sanea Chemical Products, Gulf Glass Manufacturing Company, and Gulf Paper Manufacturing Company.