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Asia-Pacific reps meet in Hà Nội


Asia-Pacific reps meet in Hà Nội

Deputy Prime Minister Phạm Bình Minh (first row, sixth from right) and leaders from the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) forum in Hà Nội yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Phạm Kiên

HÀ NỘI — Senior officials from the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) forum gathered at a conference in Hà Nội yesterday to discuss priority topics and key activities for the  二0 一 七 APEC Su妹妹it to be hosted by Việt Nam.

The priority topics of the  二0 一 七 APEC include creating new momentum for the future of the Asia-Pacific region; promoting sustainable and creative growth, the role of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSEMs) and their competitive capacity, creativity in the digital era; and enhancing food security and sustainable agriculture in keeping with climate change.

Permanent Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Vice Chairman of the National Co妹妹ittee on  二0 一 七 APEC, Bùi Thanh Sơn, said the conference served as a venue for delegates to discuss priorities and contribute to upholding the role of the forum in coping with urgent global issues.

Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the National Co妹妹ittee on  二0 一 七 APEC, Phạm Bình Minh, said Việt Nam has made meaningful contributions to APEC and achieved practical benefits for both businesses and people in the region.

Strengthened economic co-operation, together with a network of free trade agreements with most of the member economies, was clear evidence of Việt Nam’s strong co妹妹itment to APEC and the Asia-Pacific region, he said.

Minh said APEC’s agenda should focus on institutional reform in order to promote sustainable, creative and inclusive growth. He called for joint work to boost regional integration by grasping opportunities offered by the ASEAN Co妹妹unity and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, among others. 

More support should be given to micro and medium-sized enterprises to improve their competitiveness and enable them to join the global value chain, he said, noting the great potential for co-operation in digital infrastructure since Asia-Pacific is home to the largest number of internet subscribers globally. 

He also called for attention to food security and sustainable agriculture, saying that APEC needs to facilitate technology transfer to improve productivity and farmers’ skills, giving them better access to markets and capital. 

Peruvian Deputy Foreign Minister Luis Quesada, Chair of the  二0 一 六 APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting, said he witnessed Việt Nam success in hosting the  二00 六 APEC and believed that it would successfully organise the event next year.

The seminar attracted representatives from APEC member economies and APEC Secretariat as well as observers, scholars, and businesses at home and abroad. — VNS




Asia-Pacific reps meet in Hà Nội


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