|Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh. — File Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — The National Committee for APEC 2017 held the third session in Ha Noi yesterday to review preparations for the country's hosting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) forum in two years.
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, who chaired the committee, spoke highly of the sub-committees' efforts to consolidate their organisations and effectively carry out the roadmap for the APEC 2017 organisation.
He said 2016 is the key year to finalise preparations.
The Deputy PM asked relevant ministries and sectors to speed up the drafting of topics, priorities and initiatives, and the schedule for APEC 2017 events so that they can be made public in late 2016.
Authorised agencies should draw out their concrete working plans, strengthen inter-sectoral co-ordination, and utilise the support of the APEC member economies, the APEC Secretariat and the business community, Minh noted.
The hosting of APEC 2017 is a focus of Viet Nam's external activities by 2020. The successful organisation of the events is significant to promoting the country's image as a peaceful, stable and friendly destination.
The fourth session of the National Committee for APEC 2017 is expected to convene next March.
Established in November 1989, APEC now comprises 21 economies, representing around 39 per cent of the world's population, 57 per cent of total global GDP and 47 per cent of international trade.
Viet Nam joined the forum in November 1998 and hosted the 2006 APEC and the 6th APEC Human Resources Development Ministerial Meeting in 2014. — VNS