Speaking at the opening ceremony, Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Pham Anh Tuan said that Vietstampex was first held in 1998.

Since 2000, Vietstampex has been organised by the Ministry of Information and Communications, the Vietnam Post and the Vietnam Stamp Association every 5 years.

This is an opportunity for stamp collectors to exchange and share knowledge on building stamp collections.

It is an opportunity for the masses, young people and teenagers to learn about stamp collecting – a highly cultural hobby.

“This is the largest postage stamp exhibition ever held in Vietnam, with 120 sets of stamps and 500 stamp frames, of which there are nearly 100 stamp frames for display and more than 400 stamp frames for competition. The exhibition is not only attended by senior stamp collectors, but also attracts a large number of young stamp collectors. The stamp collections participating in the competition and exhibiting have increased in quantity and improved in quality in all aspects in terms of knowledge and aesthetics of the subject", said Pham Anh Tuan.

This stamp exhibition is like a lively flow, introducing viewers to the nature, country, people, and culture of Vietnam as well as the world at large through the typical painting language of the stamps and the diligence and meticulousness of the collectors.

After the opening ceremony, the Ministry of Information and Communications decided to issue a set of postage stamps "Vietnamese seas and islands (set 3): Seabirds, islands" (including 4 stamp samples and 1 block) according to a special ceremony.

The set of postage stamps "Vietnamese seas and islands (set 3): Seabirds and islands", which was designed using computer graphics methods, portrays images of typical birds living in offshore islands or coastal marshes of Vietnam.