|Under the chairmanship by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, sub-committee officials reported on preparations in material facilities, communications, culture, protocol, security and health services. — VNA/VNS Photo Thong Nhat
HA NOI (VNS) – The National Committee for an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum that Viet Nam is hosting in 2017 convened its 2nd plenary session in Ha Noi yesterday to review preparations across sectors.
Under the chairmanship by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, sub-committee officials reported on preparations in material facilities, communications, culture, protocol, security and health services.
He asked ministries and sectors to work closely together and cooperate with the hosts of APEC 2015, which was the Philippines, and APEC 2016, which was Peru, and the APEC Secretariat to make contributions to promoting regional connection and development.
According to the Deputy PM, hosting APEC 2017 is one of the most important diplomatic events that Viet Nam has taken on to realise its extensive international integration goal.
In the remaining months of this year, the National Committee and its member agencies should accelerate the completion of works designated for 2015 while calling for assistance and coordination from APEC's member economies to make the best preparations for APEC 2017, Deputy PM Minh stressed.
Established in November 1989, APEC now comprises 21 economies, representing around 39 percent of the world's population, 57 percent of global GDP and 47 percent of international trade.
Since joining the forum in November 1998, Vietnam has made a number of significant contributions, including the successful organisation of APEC 2006 and the 6th APEC Human Resources Development Ministerial Meeting in September 2014. — VNS