|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung attended the debut of the 2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation Forum's (APEC 2017) National Committee for Activities in Ha Noi yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Doan Tan
HA NOI (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung attended the debut of the 2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation Forum's (APEC 2017) National Committee for Activities in Ha Noi yesterday.
The Government leader stressed that APEC was an important economic mechanism for Viet Nam and the Asia-Pacific region.
Hosting APEC 2017 was a new step forward in Viet Nam's international integration process that would enhance its multilateral diplomacy, Dung said. It would also help boost socio-economic development, promote the country's image and give Viet Nam a chance to intensify its bilateral relations with APEC partners.
He asked committee members to make every effort to ensure events were successfully organised under the APEC framework throughout the year. He asked the committee to establish five sub-committees and a Secretariat.
The PM also suggested a communication campaign on APEC 2017 activities to promote Viet Nam's potential and advantages for economic development.
Immediately after the debut ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, who is also the national committee's director, chaired the committee's first plenary meeting to specify major tasks and plans that had to be implemented this year to prepare for the forum.
He called for new ideas, and asked agencies and localities to prepare the required facilities and urge the business community to participate in APEC.
Established in November 1989, APEC comprises 21 economies representing around 39 per cent of the world's population, 57 per cent of the total global GDP and 47 per cent of international trade.
Viet Nam joined the forum in November 1998. It hosted APEC 2006 and the sixth APEC Human Resources Development Ministerial Meeting in September 2014. — VNS