|Heads of delegations to APEC 14 held in Viet Nam in 2006 pose for picture. Viet Nam will host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum for the second time next year. — VNA/VNS Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — A national committee has been set up to co-ordinate the organisation of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum to be hosted by Viet Nam in 2017.
Led by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, the committee consists of five sub-committees in charge of content, logistics, health and safety and communications, as well as protocol.
Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son and Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Nguyen Cam Tu will serve as the APEC committee's vice-directors.
Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh said hosting the (APEC) forum in 2017 would be a lynchpin in Viet Nam's foreign policy till 2020, reflecting the country's dedication to the promotion of shared interests in APEC in an evolving regional landscape. The forum includes most of Viet Nam's strategic and leading economic and trade partners, who account for 78 per cent of the country's FDI, 79 per cent of the total foreign trade and 70 per cent of foreign tourists.
Established in November 1989, APEC comprises 21 economies, representing about 39 per cent of the world's population, 57 per cent of the total global GDP and 47 per cent of international trade.
Since joining the forum in November 1998, Viet Nam has made a number of significant contributions, including the successful organisation of APEC 2006 and the sixth APEC Human Resources Development Ministerial Meeting in September 2014. — VNS